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State v. Rogerson
Date: October 24, 2014
Docket Number: 131329

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with four counts of unintentionally causing serious injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. Before trial, the State moved to allow three out-of-state victims of the car accident and three lab...

Gits Mfg. Co. v. Frank
Date: October 17, 2014
Docket Number: 130665

Justia Opinion Summary: The Workers’ Compensation Commission found Employee to be totally and permanently disabled under the odd-lot doctrine and denied Employer and its Insurer (collectively, Employer) certain credits for disability payments p...

In re Dean
Date: September 12, 2014
Docket Number: 140510

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on a complaint from a district court judge alleging that District Associate Judge Emily Dean arrived at a courthouse in an intoxicated state and could not perform her judicial duties, the Iowa Commission on Judicia...

Date: September 5, 2014
Docket Number: 140507

State v. Taylor
Date: July 18, 2014
Docket Number: 111020

Justia Opinion Summary: When he was seventeen years old, Appellant committed the crime of first-degree robbery. Appellant was sentenced to a term of imprisonment not to exceed twenty-five years. Appellant was sentenced under a statute that requ...

State v. Lyle
Date: July 18, 2014
Docket Number: 111339

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was a seventeen-year-old high school student when he took a small plastic bag containing marijuana from a fellow student outside the high school. After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of robbery in the se...

Pippen v. State
Date: July 18, 2014
Docket Number: 120913

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, fourteen African-Americans, brought a class action suit against the State, including thirty-seven different executive branch departments, under the Federal Civil Rights Act and the Iowa Civil Rights Act. In t...

State v. Short
Date: July 18, 2014
Docket Number: 121150

Justia Opinion Summary: The State charged Defendant, a probationer, with burglary and theft after police officers conducted a warrantless search of Defendant’s home. Defendant filed a motion to suppress contending that the search warrant was in...

Smith v. Iowa State Univ. of Sci. & Tech.
Date: July 18, 2014
Docket Number: 121182

Justia Opinion Summary: Dennis Smith was formerly employed by the College of Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU), where he was “subjected to wrongful conduct for an extended period of time in a job he had held for nearly a decade.” Smith...

State v. Edouard
Date: July 18, 2014
Docket Number: 121899

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was a pastor who had sexual relations with four women in his congregation. Defendant was convicted of four counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist and one count of a pattern or practice to eng...

Huck v. Wyeth, Inc.
Date: July 11, 2014
Docket Number: 120596

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff developed a neurological disorder from her prolonged use of metoclopramide, sold under the brand name Reglan and as a competing generic formulation. Plaintiff admitted she ingested only generic metoclopramide b...

Iowa Farm Bureau Fed’n v. Envtl. Prot. Comm’n
Date: July 11, 2014
Docket Number: 120827

Justia Opinion Summary: Susan Heathcote and Carrie La Seur served on the Environmental Protection Commission during a period of time when the Commission considered the adoption of rules to prevent the degradation of Iowa’s water resources. In 2...

SZ Enters., LLC v. Iowa Utils. Bd.
Date: July 11, 2014
Docket Number: 130642

Justia Opinion Summary: Eagle Point Solar proposed to enter into a long term financing agreement with the City of Dubuque that would provide the City with renewable energy. Under the agreement, Eagle Point would construct a solar energy system,...

Palmer College of Chiropractic v. Davenport Civil Rights Comm’n
Date: June 27, 2014
Docket Number: 120924

Justia Opinion Summary: Aaron Cannon, a student at Palmer College of Chiropractic, was blind and requested that Palmer make accommodations for his visual disability. Palmer denied the request, explaining that it could not provide the proposed a...

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