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Indiana Court Grants Summary Judgment in Favor of School Charged with ADA Violations

September 5, 2012

Johnson & Bell obtained summary judgment from Judge Hamilton of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana in favor of its School Corporation client. The case, entitled Sandlin v. Switzerland County School Corp., involved claims by Jonathan Sandlin that he had been mistreated by school officials related to his seizure events during his tenure as a high school student and allegations that the School Corporation had wrongfully denied him an education. Sandlin alleged violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and other state law claims against the School Corporation. Johnson & Bell's Indiana Office Managing Shareholder, Edward W. Hearn, with the assistance of Attorney, Susan K. Swing, were able to successfully convince Judge Hamilton to grant summary judgment in favor of the School Corporation. The court's 28-page opinion analyzed the plaintiff's various claims of ADA violations and concluded that the School Corporation did not violate the ADA and was not guilty of state law negligence.

Mr. Hearn focuses his practice in product liability, commercial litigation, transportation law and insurance coverage. He has tried cases to verdict in courts throughout Northern Indiana, handling all aspects of civil litigation, as well as coverage opinions and declaratory judgment actions.

Ms. Swing focuses on civil litigation, primarily in the areas of premises liability, product liability, accident and injury litigation, trucking litigation, insurance coverage and toxic tort.

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