And discovery sanctions and attorney fees and garnishment orders. At sixty-seven pages, I still have not fully digested Prime Mortgage USA, Inc. v. Nichols (PDF format) beyond recognizing that this looks like a bombshell of a case. The Court of Appeals describes the issues as follows:
1. Whether Nichols's claim under Indiana Code section 34-24-3-1 (the "Crime Victims Statute") is barred by the statute of limitations;
2. Whether the Defendants were entitled to a jury trial on the amount of damages under the Crime Victims Statute:
3. Whether the trial court abused its discretion in ordering default judgments as a sanction for discovery violations:
4. Whether the trial court's award of damages was proper and supported by the evidence;
5. Whether sufficient evidence existed to hold the Defendants liable under the Crime Victims Statute;
6. Whether the trial court's award of attorney's fees was improper:
7. Whether the trial court improperly determined that Nichols's unpaid compensation constituted "wages" under Indiana Code sections 22-2-5-1 and -2:
8. Whether Nichols's claims are barred by the doctrine of unclean hands: and
9. Whether the trial court's garnishment order was improper under either Indiana Code section 27-1-12-14(e) or Indiana Code section 27-I-I 2-17.1(1).
I plan on breaking the case down by topic in separate posts rather than one big post. Stay tuned.