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Monday, June 15, 2015

Ind. Courts - Marion County judge orders BMV to meditate ...

Meditate? Yes, apparently that is the next step, if mediation has not succeeded ...

Here is the story, posted this afternoon by Tim Evans of the Indianapolis Star. It begins (emphasis added):

A Marion County judge today refused the Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ request to dismiss a lawsuit alleging the agency overcharged Hoosier motorists millions of dollars.

Instead, Marion Superior Judge John F. Hanley ordered the BMV to resume with meditation efforts with the attorney representing Indiana residents who allegedly paid too much for services.

The two sides previously attempted to resolve the case through mediation, but could not reach an agreement.

The state agency had asked for a summary judgment in the case, which would basically amount to a determination that the case is without merit, or issues to be decided by the court.

See also this story from Jim Shella of WISHTV that begins:
The Pence Administration was handed another setback Monday in its efforts to avoid a lawsuit for overcharging Indiana drivers at the BMV.

It came in a court ruling from Marion County Judge John Hanley.

Judge Hanley’s order is short and to the point. In it he rejected a state motion to dismiss the lawsuit that alleges overcharges going back more than a decade.

They are overcharges that total as much as $60 million.

The ruling is a potential victory for Indiana drivers and for the lawyers who first filed a lawsuit in 2012 following an I-team investigation.

“We’re very pleased by this ruling because the BMV has been throwing up obstacles and roadblocks to this case all along,” said attorney Richard Shevitz, “and today’s ruling clears away those obstacles and sets the way for us to go to trial in December.”

Shevitz is on a legal team led by Irwin Levin, who was in court fighting the BMV request to dismiss the case not quite a month ago.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 15, 2015 07:59 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts