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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...

Ghost Player, LLC v. State
Date: February 27, 2015
Docket Number: 140339

Justia Opinion Summary: The Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) and Ghost Player, LLC executed a contract for tax credits under which Ghost Player believed it would receive certain tax credits for a documentary film it produced. CH I...

City of Sioux City v. Jacobsma
Date: February 20, 2015
Docket Number: 131502

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, the City of Sioux City enacted an automatic traffic enforcement (ATE) ordinance. In 2012, a vehicle registered to Appellant was detected by ATE equipment traveling at an excessive speed. As a result, the City is...

In re Krull
Date: February 20, 2015
Docket Number: 141596

Justia Opinion Summary: Magistrate Douglas A. Krull, in his private practice, represented a mother in a pending action against her ex-husband to modify child custody provisions of their dissolution decree. A police officer sought a search warra...

State v. Tomkins
Date: February 13, 2015
Docket Number: 122270

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury. The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the court of appeals and affirmed, holding (1) trial counsel was not ineffective in f...

Vossoughi v. Polaschek
Date: February 13, 2015
Docket Number: 131381

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed an amended petition against two attorneys who prepared documents in connection with the sale of real and personal property, alleging that Defendants negligently performed legal services in negotiating, d...

State v. Robinson
Date: February 6, 2015
Docket Number: 121323

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first-degree kidnapping allegedly arising out of a sexual assault. The court of appeals affirmed the conviction. Defendant appealed, raising eight allegations of error. The Supreme Court affirm...

State v. Vaughan
Date: February 6, 2015
Docket Number: 130224

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first-degree arson. On appeal, Defendant requested a judgment of acquittal or, alternatively, a new trial, claiming that the evidence was insufficient to support the conv...

Sioux Pharm, Inc. v. Summit Nutritionals Int’l, Inc.
Date: January 30, 2015
Docket Number: 131756

Justia Opinion Summary: An Iowa plaintiff sued a nonresident corporation (Defendant) for unfair competition and civil conspiracy. Defendant filed a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. The district court denied the motion, concl...

IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. CAMI N. ESLICK
Date: January 30, 2015
Docket Number: 141577

Jack v. Booth
Date: January 23, 2015
Docket Number: 130257

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, individually, and on behalf of her children, sued two physicians for medical malpractice. During the ensuing trial, one of the jurors fainted while she was sitting in her chair in the jury box. One of the defe...

State v. Love
Date: January 23, 2015
Docket Number: 130738

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving a violent domestic altercation, Defendant was charged with kidnapping in the first degree, attempted murder, and willful injury causing bodily injury. The jury was instructed on each of the offense...

In re Marriage of Gust
Date: January 16, 2015
Docket Number: 130356

Justia Opinion Summary: In its order dissolving the marriage of Steven Gust and Linda Gust, the district court required Steven to pay traditional child support in the amount of $1400 and then in the amount of $2000 per month upon termination of...

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