This week, we look at the unusual circumstances in which a finding against liability in a civil suit may preclude subsequent criminal conviction.
Indiana Supreme Court: Trial Court Has Discretion to Not Grant Crime Victims Relief Act Award Even When Predicate Act is Proven
This discussion focuses on the Indiana Supreme Court decision in Wysocki v. Johnson, in which the Indiana Supreme Court held that a trial court is not obligated to apply the Indiana Crime Victims Relief Act even where plaintiffs have proven commission of a predicate act.
This week’s discussion examines the interplay between Indiana’s Punitive Damages Statute that caps and otherwise limits the ability recover common-law punitive damage awards and exemplary damage awards available under certain statutes allowing for, at times, treble damages for successful litigants. The discussion is conducted through the lens of the recent Indiana Supreme Court decision in Andrews v. Mor/Ryde International, Inc.
Indiana Appellate Decision Seems to Signal Major Change in Civil Action Under Ind. Crime Victim’s Relief Act
This week we revisit the Indiana Crime Victim’s Relief Act and a surprising decision by the Indiana Court of Appeals that seems to have signaled a monumental change to the CVRA.