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Abbas v. Iowa Insurance Division  
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 151248

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1986, the Iowa legislature enacted House File 2219 to provide for payment by healthcare service corporations for services performed by chiropractors. Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Mueller v. Wellmark, seve...

State v. Angel  
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 151830

Justia Opinion Summary: Deputy Dan Furlong prepared a warrant application to search a residence. The detective brought the application before a judicial officer and, without signing the application, orally swore to the trust of the application...

Chicoine v. Wellmark, Inc.  
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 160364

Justia Opinion Summary: Several Iowa chiropractors brought this class-action lawsuit against Wellmark, Inc., Iowa’s largest health insurer, alleging that it conspired with competitors to fix prices, allocate markets, and engage in other anticom...

In re Estate of Joseph C. Gantner III  
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 161028

Justia Opinion Summary: Joseph Gantner died in 2015, survived by his wife, Rachel Gantner, and two daughters, Meredith and Paige Gantner. After Joseph’s will was admitted to probate, Rachel filed for an elective share of Joseph’s estate and als...

State v. Shorter  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 141239

Justia Opinion Summary: Four defendants, including Kent Tyler and James Shorter, were charged with murder in connection with the death of Richard Daughenbaugh. Tyler was convicted of second-degree murder. In State v. Tyler, the Supreme Court re...

State v. Russell  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 141242

Justia Opinion Summary: Kent Tyler, Yarvon Russell, James Shorter, and Leprese Williams were charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Richard Daughenbaugh. Tyler was tried separately from the other three defendants. At t...

Estate of Mercedes Gottschalk  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 141326

Justia Opinion Summary: William Cubbage was convicted of sexually violent offenses and was adjudicated a sexually violent predator. While in custody at the State’s civil commitment unit for sexual offenders (CCUSO), Cubbage was diagnosed with d...

State v. Downey  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 151585

Justia Opinion Summary: After a bench trial, Defendant was convicted of making a false statement on an application to acquire a weapon permit, in violation of Iowa Code 724.17. The court of appeals affirmed the conviction, concluding that the d...

State v. Harrington  
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: 150308

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with robbery in the second degree. After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty. The State sought a habitual offender sentencing enhancement, but the district court did not inform Defendant of cer...

Estate of Michael G. Cox II v. Dunakey & Klatt, P.C.  
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: 160649

Justia Opinion Summary: This legal malpractice case arose from work performed by the Dunakey & Klatt law firm for Michael Cox II. Cox later died. Thereafter, Michael Cox’s parents (Plaintiffs) filed this action for legal malpractice against Dun...

Willard v. State  
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: 161009

Justia Opinion Summary: Dennis Willard was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident. Defendant was treated at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). Willard claimed that while undergoing an abdominal CT scan, UIHC was neglige...

Papillon v. Jones  
Date: March 31, 2017
Docket Number: 151813

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Bryan Jones secretly recorded Brenda Papillon’s conversations with other people outside his presence. Papillon sued Jones under the Interception of Communications Act, Iowa Code chapter 808B, which prohibits “w...

Myria Holdings Inc. v. Iowa Department of Revenue  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 150296

Justia Opinion Summary: Myria Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation with its primary place of business in Texas, holds an ownership interest in two subsidiaries doing business in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Revenue issued a final order conclu...

Yocum v. State  
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 150545

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to failure to appear for sentencing. Appellant filed a postconviction relief action asserting that his counsel provided ineffective assistance. The district court denied relief. Appellant appeale...

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