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Dolphin Residential Coop., Inc. v. Iowa City Bd. of Review
Date: May 15, 2015
Docket Number: 131031

Justia Opinion Summary: Dolphin Residential Cooperative, Inc. owned an apartment complex in Iowa City that consisted of twenty-two buildings comprising four hundred residential units. The Iowa City assessor classified the multiunit apartment bu...

City of Iowa City v. Iowa City Bd. of Review
Date: May 15, 2015
Docket Number: 140495

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, the Iowa City Board of Review reclassified eighteen properties from commercial to residential for property tax purposes because the properties had recently been organized as multiple housing cooperatives. Two Io...

In re Marriage of Hoffman
Date: May 8, 2015
Docket Number: 131757

Justia Opinion Summary: Father and Mother married in 1996 and had two children. The parties divorced in 2006. The divorce decree granted the parents joint legal custody of the children but allocated primary physical care of the children to Moth...

Sanford v. Lawler
Date: May 8, 2015
Docket Number: 140411

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, Joseph and Suzanna Sanford, filed suit against a beach resort for damages resulting from an injury Joseph received during an assault committed by James Lawler when all the parties were guests of the resort. J...

Ostergren v. Iowa Dist. Court for Muscatine County
Date: May 8, 2015
Docket Number: 141372

Justia Opinion Summary: On July 22, 2014, the Muscatine County District Court issued an administrative order prescribing a formal procedure through which persons protected by orders of protection entered in criminal proceedings may seek to have...

State v. Hoyman
Date: May 1, 2015
Docket Number: 140262

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first-degree fraudulent practice and sentenced to an indeterminate term of ten years in prison. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in its instructions...

Nelson v. Lindaman
Date: April 24, 2015
Docket Number: 130719

Justia Opinion Summary: A physician (Dr. Lindaman) participating in a child abuse assessment of a three-week-old infant (E.N.) treated E.N.’s broken arm and told the investigator for the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) that the father’s...

McKee v. Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.
Date: April 24, 2015
Docket Number: 140802

Justia Opinion Summary: Patron won 185 credits, or $1.85, while playing a penny slot machine at a Casino. However, at the same time, a message appeared on the screen stating, “Bonus Award - $41797550.16.” The Casino refused to pay the alleged b...

State v. Nicoletto
Date: April 24, 2015
Docket Number: 141193

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee, a former high school basketball coach, was convicted of sexual exploitation of a student. Within hours of his sentencing, Appellee filed a notice of appeal, posted the appeal bond, and was released from custody...

State v. Penn-Kennedy
Date: April 17, 2015
Docket Number: 131615

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was arrested for public intoxication. The State filed a criminal complaint 120 days later charging Defendant with operating while intoxicated (OWI). The complaint arose from the same incident that resulted in t...

State v. Lyon
Date: April 17, 2015
Docket Number: 131938

Justia Opinion Summary: A police officer stopped Defendant’s vehicle based upon a suspicion that Defendant was operating a vehicle without proper illumination. Defendant was subsequently arrested for, and charged with, driving while intoxicated...

State v. Thacker
Date: April 17, 2015
Docket Number: 140374

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea bargain, Defendant pled guilty to harassment in the first degree, an aggravated misdemeanor. The district court imposed a sentence, but the sentencing order did not contain the provisions of the plea b...

State v. Rooney
Date: April 10, 2015
Docket Number: 130618

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of third-degree burglary for entering a soon-to-be demolished, dilapidated house to obtain scrap metal. Defendant appealed, arguing (1) the evidence was insufficient to support...

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