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Local Lawsuit Goes to State Supreme Court

(Indianapolis, IN) - A civil lawsuit against the city of Michigan City earned a hearing in the state’s highest court.


The legal action stems from a bicycle accident suffered by Laura Johnson in May of 2017. Johnson was thrown from her bike after hitting a pothole on Duneland Beach Drive. According to court documents, she suffered serious arm and leg injuries that have kept her from enlisting in the armed forces.


Various officials, including a county commissioner, had previously complained of the poor road conditions. Plans were being made to repair the road, but Johnson’s accident happened before the work was done. She sued the city for negligence.


A LaPorte Superior Court found in favor of Michigan City, and in June the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the ruling.


On Thursday, Johnson’s case was heard by the Indiana Supreme Court. Following oral arguments and delibertion, the Court deferred to the lower court's ruling and brought the appeal to an end.

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