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Andersen v. Khanna  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 14-1682

Justia Opinion Summary: In this medical malpractice action, the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the judgment of the district court removing Plaintiffs’ informed consent claims from this case and entering judgmen...

In re T.H.  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0158

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals finding substantial evidence that the juvenile in this case committed a sex offense by force and that the sex offender registry requirements imposed upon th...

Ackerman v. State  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0287

Justia Opinion Summary: Retaliatory discharge claims are not categorically reserved for at-will employees. A state administrative law judge (ALJ) brought suit alleging wrongful termination in violation of public policy after she was terminated...

Mormann v. Iowa Workforce Development  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1333

Justia Opinion Summary: The equitable tolling doctrines of the discovery rule and equitable estoppel are available with respect to the 300-day filing limitation in the Iowa Civil Rights Act (ICRA). Plaintiff, an applicant for the position of...

Walsh v. Wahlert  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0202

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants on Plaintiff’s claims challenging his termination. Plaintiff, a former chief ad...

Brewer-Strong v. HNI Corp.  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1364

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court affirmed the decision of the workers’ compensation commissioner that Claimant was not entitled to healing period benefits under Iowa Code 85.34(1). Claimant...

Johnson v. Humboldt County  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1896

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court correctly granted summary judgment in favor Humboldt County on Plaintiff’s claim that the county was liable for the injuries she received when her vehicle went off the county road and into a ditch then...

Kinseth v. Weil-McLain  
Date: June 1, 2018
Docket Number: 15-0943

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court remanded this case alleging negligence and products liability for a new trial, holding that statements made by Plaintiff’s counsel during closing arguments were prejudicial. On appeal, the Supreme Cour...

TSB Holdings, LLC v. City of Iowa City, Iowa  
Date: June 1, 2018
Docket Numbers: 15-1373, 16–0988

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court in favor of the Board of Adjustment in this action brought of developers seeking the right to build apartments on adjoining properties they owned in Iowa City...

Walnut Creek Townhome Ass’n v. Depositors Insurance Co.  
Date: June 1, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0121

Justia Opinion Summary: Appraisers may determine the factual cause of damage to insured property to ascertain the amount of the loss, but coverage questions are to be resolved by the court. In the instant case, the district court rejected an i...

Bandstra v. Covenant Reformed Church  
Date: June 1, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1078

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was negligence and defamation claims brought by two female parishioners and their spouses against a church based on sexual abuse and exploitation perpetrated on the women by the church pastor and the subsequent...

In re Property Seized from Jean Carlos Herrera and Fernando Rodriguez  
Date: May 25, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0440

Justia Opinion Summary: Assertion of the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination excuses compliance with forfeiture threshold pleading requirements in Iowa Code 809A.13(4)(d), such as identifying the source of cash. Claimants’ pro...

Hernandez-Ruiz v. State  
Date: May 25, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1619

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court’s decision granting postconviction relief to Defendant on his claim that he had received ineffective assistance of counsel from an immigration attorney when he tried to get a...

Larsen v. Larsen  
Date: May 25, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1794

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was Mother’s and Father’s parental responsibility for postsecondary education for their daughter following the dissolution of their marriage. On Mother’s motion, the district court entered an order requiring th...

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