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Barker v. Capotosto
Date: February 5, 2016
Docket Number: 141550

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued his former criminal defense attorneys for legal malpractice, alleging that they allowed him to plead guilty to a crime that lacked a factual basis. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of t...

Kobal v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 131926

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this quiet title action was whether the two-year special statute of limitations in Iowa Code 615.1(1) applies only to judgment liens or whether the underlying debt is also extinguished after the end of the tw...

In re Marriage of Mauer
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 140317

Justia Opinion Summary: After a trial, the district court entered judgment in this divorce case distributing the parties’ assets, ordering Husband to pay spousal support, awarding primary physical custody of the parties’ two children to Wife,...

U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n v. Callen
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 141536

Justia Opinion Summary: Bank was the holder of a promissory note executed by Mortgagors and the mortgage that secured the note. After Mortgagors defaulted on the note Bank brought a foreclosure action and obtained an in rem judgment and decree...

Reg’l Util. Serv. Sys. v. City of Mount Union
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 142095

Justia Opinion Summary: The Regional Utility Service Systems Commission (RUSS) brought a breach of contract action against the City of Mount Union. The district court entered judgment in favor of RUSS. The clerk of court subsequently issued a w...

State v. Tyler
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 140256

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of second-degree murder for delivering the first, nonlethal blow to the victim in a fatal beating. Defendant’s blow knocked the victim down, and then others kicked and stomped the victim to death....

UZMA AMIN vs. IOWA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 140399

Legg v. West Bank
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 140691

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, former customers of West Bank, filed a multiple-count proposed consumer class action lawsuit against the Bank challenging one-time nonsufficient funds fees the Bank charged when Plaintiffs used their debit ca...

Legg v. West Bank
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 140692

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, former customers of West Bank, filed a multiple-count proposed consumer class action lawsuit against the Bank challenging one-time nonsufficient funds fees the Bank charged when Plaintiffs used their debit ca...

McFadden v. Dep’t of Transp.
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 141557

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a tort claim with the state appeal board for wrongful death, alleging that the Iowa Department of Transportation’s negligent maintenance of a highway caused her husband’s death. The appeal board took no a...

Gansen v. Gansen
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 142006

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether the terms of two five-year leases, which automatically self-renewed for four additional five-year terms unless the tenant unilaterally opted out of the lease, offended Iowa Const. art. I...

State v. Dahl
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 142114

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, and domestic abuse. The district court found Defendant to be indigent and appointed private counsel to represent him. Defendant pled not guilty and...

Villarreal v. United Fire & Cas. Co.
Date: January 8, 2016
Docket Number: 140298

Justia Opinion Summary: A fire severely damaged a restaurant that was owned by Plaintiffs. Plaintiffs made a claim to Defendant, the insurer of the restaurant, but Defendant denied the majority of the claim. Plaintiffs filed a breach-of-contrac...

McQuistion v. City of Clinton
Date: December 24, 2015
Docket Number: 140413

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, who was employed as an engineer and paramedic for the City of Clinton fire department, requested light-duty assignments when she became pregnant. The fire chief denied Plaintiff’s request, determining that she...

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