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Bill Watch, March 19, 2019: Current Litigation Legislation of Note - Litigation News

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Posted on: Mar 19, 2019

The IndyBar Legislative Committee is currently monitoring the following litigation related legislation. IndyBar members can request that the Legislative Committee track specific legislation by contacting committee chair Mindy Westrick at

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HB1055    LIENS. (TORR J) Permits a person to discharge a mechanic's lien by filing an indemnification or payment bond with the recorder's office in an amount equal to at least 150% of the lien. Requires the surety responsible for issuing an indemnification or payment bond to: (1) be authorized to do business in Indiana; and (2) be rated at least "A-" by at least one nationally recognized investment rating service. Specifies certain requirements concerning the recording of an indemnification or payment bond. Repeals the current statute concerning the filing of an undertaking to discharge a lien. Urges the legislative council to assign to the appropriate interim study committee (committee) the topic of judgment liens. Provides that if the topic of judgment liens is assigned to the appropriate committee, the following topics will be addressed by the committee: (1) The feasability of developing, preparing, and implementing, before January 1, 2021, a plan, protocol, or Internet based system concerning judgments and pending cases. (2) The feasibility of providing, before January 1, 2021, all necessary training and education to clerks of court regarding any plan, protocol, or Internet based system concerning judgments or pending cases. (3) Any other issue or topic relevant to the development and implementation of any plan, protocol, or Internet based system concerning judgments or pending cases. Makes conforming amendments.

SB27    PUNITIVE DAMAGES. (BECKER V) Provides that certain limitations on punitive damages do not apply to civil actions where the defendant has been charged with committing an act of sexual misconduct and the act of sexual misconduct gives rise to the civil action. Raises cap on punitive damages for such claims to $250,000. Provides that 25% of punitive damages awarded will go to the violent crime victims compensation fund and 75% of the punitive damages awarded will be paid to the person to whom the punitive damages were awarded. Provides that the exception to the punitive damages law does not apply to a cause of action brought against an employer whose liability is based solely on the doctrine of respondeat superior.

SB192    NONCONSENSUAL PORNOGRAPHY. (BOHACEK M) Defines "intimate image" and creates a civil cause of action against a person who discloses an intimate image without the consent of the individual depicted in the intimate image. Provides that a prevailing plaintiff may recover the greater of: (1) economic and noneconomic damages; or (2) statutory damages not to exceed $10,000; plus attorney's fees, court costs, and other relief, including injunctive relief. Establishes criteria to be used by the trier of fact in determining damages. Provides that an interactive computer service may not be liable for disclosing nonconsensual pornography.

SB208    ELECTRONIC FILING AND NOTICE. (YOUNG M) Allows a person to use electronic filing or service instead of mailing in certain cases if electronic filing or service is authorized by rules adopted by the supreme court.

SB220    GOING UPON THE PREMISES OF ANOTHER. (KOCH E) Amends the law providing that a person who goes upon the premises of another for certain purposes does not have an assurance that the premises are safe for the person's purpose. Specifies that the law applies to a person who goes upon the premises of another for the purpose of departing from a trail, greenway, or similar area.


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