Fair Share Organization, Inc. v. Mitnick, 30596

Citation245 Ind. 324,198 N.E.2d 765
Decision Date26 May 1964
Docket NumberNo. 30596,30596
Parties, 1 Fair Empl.Prac.Cas. (BNA) 48 FAIR SHARE ORGANIZATION, INC., an Indiana Corporation, Appellant, v. Morris MITNICK, a/b/a Central 4th Street Drugs, Appellee.
CourtSupreme Court of Indiana

Hilbert L. Bradley, Gary, for appellant.

Fox, Franceschini, Transki & Martin, Michigan City, for appellee.


This appeal comes to us by transfer from the Appellate Court under Cause Number 20,153 on the ground that a constitutional question is involved.

It appears from the record that the appellee-Mitnick brought an action against the appellant to enjoin the appellant temporarily and permanently from picketing appellee's place of business. After a hearing on the merits for the temporary injunction, the trial court granted the same. From this interlocutory decree appellant appealed. The appeal was affirmed in an opinion by the Appellate Court on March 19, 1963, Ind.App., 188 N.E.2d 840. We denied transfer on June 18, 1963, Ind., 191 N.E.2d 100.

The present appeal arises from the granting of a permanent injunction by the trial court upon a final trial. The appellee argues in this appeal that the appellant seeks to raise the same identical questions raised in the previous appeal from the interlocutory order granting the temporary injunction. In the briefs filed in both appeals, appellant states 'What the issues were' in identical language, namely:

'Appellee, MORRIS MITNICK, doing business as CENTRAL FOURTH STREET DRUGS, filed its verified complaint for injunctive relief and $25,000.00 damages, which verified complaint was amended, charging that appellant was unlawfully picketing a certain store belonging to appellee. Appellant filed a verified answer containing denials and averring that the relief sought by appellee was prohibited by Indiana's Anti-Injunction Act; that appellant was engaged only in the peaceful dissemination of information regarding the labor dispute without fraud, violence or other unlawful acts; that appellant's acts were within the protection of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, Article I, and Sections 9 and 31 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana.'

The condensed recital of the evidence in each case is the same. On the hearing for a permanent injunction, each of the parties herein resubmitted the evidence heard by the trial court on the temporary injunction. No additional or new evidence was heard.

The constitutional question sought to be determined here was whether there was an infringement of the constitutional right to free speech and picketing. This same question was raised and considered in the previous appeal.

Under the circumstances, the principle known as the 'law of the case' is applicable here. The decision of a court of appeals rendered upon a given state of facts becomes the law of the case applicable to such state of facts. Of course, upon a new trial, if new evidence is introduced and a new state of facts presented, we have a different case, and the trial court is not conclusively bound by the previous decision; but if the cause is submitted for a retrial...

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  • Cantrell v. Morris, 94S00-0505-CQ-243.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Indiana
    • June 21, 2006
    ...analyze whether the Legislature intended that a private right of action be inferred from a statute."). 14. Fair Share Org. v. Mitnick, 245 Ind. 324, 327-28, 198 N.E.2d 765, 766 (1964) (upholding an order permanently enjoining appellant from picketing appellee's place of business despite Art......
  • Hinds v. McNair
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • December 1, 1980
    ...remand and an appellate court on a subsequent appeal given the same case and substantially the same facts. Fair Share Organization v. Mitnick, (1964) 245 Ind. 324, 198 N.E.2d 765, cert. denied 379 U.S. 843, 85 S.Ct. 82, 13 L.Ed.2d 48; Egbert v. Egbert, (1956) 235 Ind. 405, 132 N.E.2d 910; 5......
  • Gross Income Tax Division Indiana Dept. of State Revenue v. Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp., OWENS-CORNING
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Indiana
    • November 3, 1969
    ...(1964), 246 Ind. 409, 205 N.E.2d 155; J. I. Case Co. v. Sandefur (1964), 245 Ind. 213, 197 N.E.2d 519; Fair Share Organization v. Mitnick (1964), 245 Ind. 324, 198 N.E.2d 765. Our sole function in this respect in civil cases is to review the record to determine if there is evidence from whi......
  • State v. Mileff, 50A04-8707-CV-211
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • March 22, 1988
    ...the same facts are involved in the subsequent appeal. Cha v. Warnick (1985), Ind., 476 N.E.2d 109, 114; Fair Share Organization, Inc. v. Mitnick (1964), 245 Ind. 324, 198 N.E.2d 765, cert. denied 379 U.S. 843, 85 S.Ct. 82, 13 L.Ed.2d However, Robertson constitutes binding precedent upon us ......
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