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Charles Nicholes v. State of Iowa
Date: July 27, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0860
Erpelding v. Erpelding  
Date: July 6, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1419

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that a premarital agreement provision waiving an award of attorney fees related to issues of child or spousal support is categorically prohibited by Iowa Code 596.5(2), and Iowa Code 596.5(1)(g) pr...

State v. Ingram  
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0736

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court adopted a tighter legal framework for warrantless inventory searches and seizures of automobiles under Iowa Const. art. I, 8 than provided under the recent precedents of the United States Supreme Court....

Allison v. State  
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0764

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether the three-year statute of limitations in Iowa Code 822.3 applies where a postconviction relief (PCR) petitioner files an untimely second petition for PCR alleging that counsel for his timely filed fi...

State v. Watkins  
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0183

Justia Opinion Summary: The conduct of an attorney who was removed by order of the district court from his elected position as Van Buren County Attorney, while deserving of disapproval, did not rise to the level of misconduct that would warrant...

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland v. Reynolds ex rel. State  
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1579

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Division I of Senate File 471 (the Act), which creates new prerequisites for physicians performing an abortion, violates both the due process and equal protection clauses of the Iowa Constitut...

Baldwin v. City of Estherville, Iowa  
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1592

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered a question asked by the federal district court as to whether a defendant can raise a defense of qualified immunity to an individual’s claim for damages in violation of Iowa Const. art. I, 1 and...

Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Mark T. Hamer
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1599
Krogmann v. State  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 15-0772

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was entitled to a new trial after the State limited his access to his personal funds by freezing his assets prior to trial. Defendant was convicted of attempted murder and willful injury causing serious injury...

Honomichl v. Valley View Swine, LLC  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1006

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed and remanded the case to the district court for further proceedings, holding that because the district court did not make specific findings of fact relative to any plaintiff when concluding tha...

Griffioen v. Cedar Rapids  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1462

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether property owners’ state-law damage claims against the railroad bridge owners alleging that the design and operation of the railroad bridges resulted in flood damage to other properties were preempted...

Deeds v. City of Marion, Iowa  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1666

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff could not prove the City discriminated against him because of his multiple sclerosis (MS) when the City was unaware he had MS. Plaintiff applied for a full-time job as a firefighter with the City of Marion. T...

State v. Coffman  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1720

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the Iowa Constitution, a community caretaking seizure of a vehicle must be undertaken for genuine community caretaking purposes. In this case, a law enforcement officer was justified under the “community caretaking...

State v. Harrison  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1998

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court declined to hold that the felony-murder rule violates due process under the Iowa or United States Constitution when it is applied to juvenile offenders pursuant to a theory of aiding and abetting. Defe...

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