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Haskenhoff v. Homeland Energy Solutions, LLC
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 150574
State v. Tipton
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 151515
State v. McNeal
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 151606
STATE OF IOWA vs. ZACHARY RYAN JAMES
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 160609
State v. Russell
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 160807
State v. Majors  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 141670

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to attempted murder and burglary in the second degree for a crime he committed when he was a juvenile. Following a resentencing hearing, the district court sentenced Defendant to a term of incarc...

State v. Roby  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 150175

Justia Opinion Summary: Iowa Const. art. I, section 17 does not categorically prohibit a district court form sentencing a juvenile offender to a minimum term of incarceration without the possibility of parole, provided that the court only impos...

Brakke v. Iowa Department of Natural Resources  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 150328

Justia Opinion Summary: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) lacked statutory authority to issue an emergency order that imposed a quarantine on land used as a whitetail deer-hunting preserve. Landowners challenged an emergency order...

Stender v. Blessum  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 152016

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought claims against her former attorney for legal malpractice. The district court submitted to the jury four claims (1) legal malpractice in Defendant’s representation of Plaintiff in her divorce, (2) legal...

State v. Martinez  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 150671

Justia Opinion Summary: Iowa’s forgery statute is preempted on its face by federal immigration law. Further, Iowa’s identity theft statute is field preempted as applied in this case, and enforcement of the identity theft statute is conflict pre...

Diaz v. State  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 150862

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Defendant must be allowed to withdraw his plea of guilty to a criminal offense because Defendant would not have accepted the plea agreement if he had been provided the effective assistance of...

State v. Green  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 150871

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant did not have a right to counsel under Iowa Const. art. I, section 10 when he voluntarily participated in a noncustodial police interview under the supervision of an Iowa county attorney even though the State’s...

Whitwer v. Civil Service Commission of the City of Sioux City  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 151131

Justia Opinion Summary: A civil service employee may enter into a valid last-chance agreement, which remains subject to principles of contract law, and the civil service commission need not sanction the agreement for it to be effective. A muni...

Plowman v. Fort Madison Community Hospital  
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: 150974

Justia Opinion Summary: Parents of a child born with severe disabilities may bring a wrongful birth claim based on the physicians’ failure to inform them of prenatal test results showing a congenital defect that would have led them to terminate...

Ludman v. Davenport Assumption High School  
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: 151191

Justia Opinion Summary: In this premises liability action, the district court entered judgment finding that a high school’s negligence was responsible for injuries sustained by a high school baseball player after a foul ball struck him while he...

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