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State v. Marshall  
Date: June 30, 2016
Docket Number: 130739

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder. The court of appeals reversed, concluding (1) the State violated Appellant’s Sixth Amendment right to counsel by acquiring incriminating evidence throug...

Griffin v. Pate  
Date: June 30, 2016
Docket Number: 151661

Justia Opinion Summary: Kelli Jo Griffin was convicted for the crime of delivery of a controlled substance. Griffin later registered to vote and cast a provision ballot in a municipal election. The county auditor concluded that Griffin was not...

Winger v. CM Holdings, LLC  
Date: June 24, 2016
Docket Number: 140199

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs’ daughter fatally fell over the railing of an apartment balcony. The railing complied with the local housing code when the apartment complex was built but was ten inches shorter than allowed under the current...

State v. Lindsey  
Date: June 24, 2016
Docket Number: 140773

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, a high school football player, was charged with possession of a firearm as a felon, carrying a weapon on school grounds, carrying a weapon, and possession of a controlled substance after the school superintend...

Spitz v. Iowa Dist. Court for Mitchell County  
Date: June 24, 2016
Docket Number: 141808

Justia Opinion Summary: Erika Spitz and Bradley Gentz, the parents of three minor children, were divorced in 2011. Erika and Bradley were later found in contempt for willfully violating provisions of the dissolution decree. Both Erika and Bradl...

State v. Senn  
Date: June 24, 2016
Docket Number: 150624

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was detained at the police station for suspicion of drunk driving but was not yet formally charged when he made a phone call with a lawyer to get advice regarding the implied-consent procedure and his decision...

Estate of McFarlin v. State  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: 141180

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff’s ten-year-old child died when Plaintiff’s boyfriend drove the speedboat in which the child was riding between two danger buoys and struck a submerged dredge pipe. Plaintiff settled claims against her boyfriend...

State v. Taylor  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: 142075

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with one count of driving while barred and one count of prostitution. Defendant filed a motion to dismiss, asserting that the state failed to try her case within ninety days of filing the trial info...

In re James H. Martinek  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: 160097

Justia Opinion Summary: The Iowa Commission on Judicial Qualifications recommended that a magistrate, who maintained a website where he posted information regarding his availability to perform marriage ceremonies - for a fee - at locations othe...

State v. Schlitter  
Date: June 10, 2016
Docket Number: 130346

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by commission of public offense and child endangerment resulting in death. The trial court merged the sentences for the charges under the one-hom...

Alcala v. Marriott Int’l, Inc.  
Date: June 10, 2016
Docket Number: 141058

Justia Opinion Summary: While she was a business guest at the Courtyard by Marriott, Plaintiff slipped and fell on its icy sidewalk, breaking her ankle. After a trial, the jury found Marriott ninety-eight percent at fault and awarded Plaintiff...

Nat’l Surety Corp. v. Westlake Invs., LLC  
Date: June 10, 2016
Docket Number: 141274

Justia Opinion Summary: Developers and a general contractor of an apartment complex purchased a primary commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policy from Arch Insurance Group and an excess CGL insurance policy from National Surety Corpor...

Bass v. J.C. Penney Co., Inc.  
Date: June 10, 2016
Docket Number: 150334

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a class action petition against J.C. Penney asserting that the internet retailer unlawfully charged Iowa sales tax on shipping and handling charges. J.C. Penney forwarded the tax to the Iowa Department of...

Des Moines Flying Service, Inc. v. Aerial Services, Inc.  
Date: June 3, 2016
Docket Number: 140632

Justia Opinion Summary: An aviation company challenged the application of a statutory immunity provision to its claim of a breach of the implied warranty of merchantability found in the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) arising from an alleged defe...

Evenson v. Winnebago Insudtries, Inc.  
Date: June 3, 2016
Docket Number: 142097

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal, the issue this case presented for the Iowa Supreme Court's review was whether an employer’s matching contributions to an employee’s 401k plan should be considered part of weekly earnings for purposes of c...

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