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State v. Letscher  
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: 141851

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pleaded guilty to theft in the first degree. The district court sentenced Defendant to a term of imprisonment and imposed fines and restitution. The sentencing order also included...

JBS Swift & Co. v. Ochoa  
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: 150840

Justia Opinion Summary: Rosalva Ochoa was terminated from her employment with JBS Swift & Company for absenteeism. Ochoa filed two workers’ compensation petitions against Swift and its workers’ compensation carrier, alleging a cumulative left g...

Newhall v. Roll  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 141622

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and Defendant were siblings who owned two farm properties as tenants in common. The first tract was located in Butler County and the second tract was located in Hardin County. In 2013, Plaintiff filed separate...

State v. Brooks  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 150101

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was on probation after having been convicted of drug offenses related to methamphetamine when his sister and father, concerned that he had relapsed, contacted his probation officer. Probation officers were disp...

Dinsdale Construction, LLC v. Lumber Specialties, Ltd.  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 150164

Justia Opinion Summary: Lumber Specialties was hired as a subcontractor on a construction project to provide the truss package and certain engineering services. Dinsdale Construction was hired to supply the labor and building materials on the p...

State v. Iowa District Court for Jones County  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 150948

Justia Opinion Summary: An inmate pled guilty to domestic abuse assault in a plea bargain that dismissed a related sex abuse charge. After the inmate arrived at a facility of the Iowa Department of Corrections (IDOC), the IDOC required the inma...

Roll v. Newhall  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 151838

Justia Opinion Summary: Testator executed a last will and testament devising property to her adult son and daughter. After the will was executed but before Testator’s death, Son was adopted by his paternal aunt. After Testator’s death, Daughter...

In re Interest of C.F.-H.  
Date: December 16, 2016
Docket Number: 160918

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Human Services filed a petition to terminate Father’s parental rights to his minor child. After a hearing, the district court terminated Father’s parental rights under Iowa Code 232.116(1)(e) and (f). U...

Residential & Agricultural Advisory Committee, LLC v. Dyersville City Council  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 151413

Justia Opinion Summary: The Dyersville City Council voted to rezone the area containing the Field of Dreams movie site from agricultural to commercial in order to facilitate the development of a baseball and softball complex. Community members...

State v. Dubois  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 151758

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to theft in the third degree. The district court sentenced Defendant to a suspended term of imprisonment and ordered that he pay $2950 in restitution to the victim. At a hearing, the victim state...

In re Petition of Kent Langholz  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 150547

Justia Opinion Summary: Father filed a petition seeking a permanent injunction precluding communication and contact between his minor children and their former softball coach. The district court granted a permanent injunction against the former...

State v. White  
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Number: 142104

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with operating while intoxicated, third offense. Defendant filed a motion to suppress evidence obtained after a police officer pulled his patrol car into Defendant’s driveway with its emergency ligh...

Auto-Owners Insurance Co. v. Iowa Insurance Division  
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Number: 150714

Justia Opinion Summary: Insured filed a complaint challenging Insurer’s termination of workers’ compensation issuance. The insurance commissioner declined to consider the merits of the complaint on the ground that the complaint raised factual i...

Breeden v. Iowa Department of Corrections  
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Number: 151459

Justia Opinion Summary: Shannon Breeden and Laura Hochmuth, both juveniles when their crimes were committed, were convicted of forcible felonies listed in Iowa Code 902.12. Both offenders were subject to the mandatory minimum requirement to ser...

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