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State v. Cordero
Date: March 20, 2015
Docket Number: 122122

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first-degree murder and attempt to commit murder. The trial court imposed a sentence of life imprisonment for the murder conviction and a term of twenty-five years for th...

Amish Connection, Inc. v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co.
Date: March 20, 2015
Docket Number: 130124

Justia Opinion Summary: Amish Connection Inc. purchased a business insurance policy from State Farm Fire and Casualty Company that only insured damage “caused by rain” if an insured event first ruptured the roof or exterior walls to allow the r...

Dempsey v. State
Date: March 13, 2015
Docket Number: 130543

Justia Opinion Summary: After the State withdrew its first plea offer and proposed a second, less favorable plea offer, Defendant accepted the second plea offer and pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and assault with intent to commit sexu...

State v. McKinley
Date: March 13, 2015
Docket Number: 131226

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with first-degree murder. The district court appointed two attorneys from the Des Moines adult public defender’s office to represent Defendant. When the two attorneys discovered that other attorneys...

In re Detention of Curtiss
Date: March 13, 2015
Docket Number: 131241

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, the district court placed Stephen Curtiss in the Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders (CCUSO). In 2011, the district court found the State failed to meet its burden to prove Curtiss was likely to commit a...

In re Detention of Matlock
Date: March 13, 2015
Docket Number: 132022

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2001, Calvin Matlock was confined to the Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders (CCUSO). In 2013, the district court found the State failed to meet its burden to prove Matlock’s mental abnormality made him likely...

State v. Hopkins
Date: March 6, 2015
Docket Number: 131103

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of six drug-related crimes. After Defendant was sentenced, the court of appeals reversed one of Defendant’s convictions, and Defendant received a resentencing hearing on...

Dindinger v. AllSteel, Inc.
Date: March 6, 2015
Docket Number: 131411

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs initiated suit in federal district court against Defendant, their former employer, alleging employment discrimination. Plaintiff’s complaint included claims that Defendant had violated Iowa Code 216.6A, Iowa’s...

Book v. Voma Tire Corp.
Date: March 6, 2015
Docket Number: 131793

Justia Opinion Summary: Jim Book, the owner of an auto repair shop in Iowa, bought from an Iowa retailer four Treadstone tires manufactured in China by Doublestar Dongfeng Tyre Company, Ltd. Jim’s son, Dylan Book, was airing up one of the tires...

State v. Thorndike
Date: February 27, 2015
Docket Number: 131403

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of sexual abuse in the second degree and one count of lascivious acts with a child. Defendant appealed, arguing, among other things, that trial counsel was ineffe...

Mueller v. Wellmark, Inc.
Date: February 27, 2015
Docket Number: 131872

Justia Opinion Summary: Wellmark, Inc., an Iowa-based health insurer that belongs to the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) network, contracted with health care providers in Iowa to provide services at certain reimbursement rates. Wellm...

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