Iowa Supreme Court Decisions 2016

State v. Letscher  
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: 141851

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pleaded guilty to theft in the first degree. The district court sentenced Defendant to a term of imprisonment and imposed fines and restitution. The sentencing order also included...

JBS Swift & Co. v. Ochoa  
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: 150840

Justia Opinion Summary: Rosalva Ochoa was terminated from her employment with JBS Swift & Company for absenteeism. Ochoa filed two workers’ compensation petitions against Swift and its workers’ compensation carrier, alleging a cumulative left g...

Newhall v. Roll  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 141622

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and Defendant were siblings who owned two farm properties as tenants in common. The first tract was located in Butler County and the second tract was located in Hardin County. In 2013, Plaintiff filed separate...

State v. Brooks  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 150101

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was on probation after having been convicted of drug offenses related to methamphetamine when his sister and father, concerned that he had relapsed, contacted his probation officer. Probation officers were disp...

Dinsdale Construction, LLC v. Lumber Specialties, Ltd.  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 150164

Justia Opinion Summary: Lumber Specialties was hired as a subcontractor on a construction project to provide the truss package and certain engineering services. Dinsdale Construction was hired to supply the labor and building materials on the p...

State v. Iowa District Court for Jones County  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 150948

Justia Opinion Summary: An inmate pled guilty to domestic abuse assault in a plea bargain that dismissed a related sex abuse charge. After the inmate arrived at a facility of the Iowa Department of Corrections (IDOC), the IDOC required the inma...

Roll v. Newhall  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 151838

Justia Opinion Summary: Testator executed a last will and testament devising property to her adult son and daughter. After the will was executed but before Testator’s death, Son was adopted by his paternal aunt. After Testator’s death, Daughter...

In re Interest of C.F.-H.  
Date: December 16, 2016
Docket Number: 160918

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Human Services filed a petition to terminate Father’s parental rights to his minor child. After a hearing, the district court terminated Father’s parental rights under Iowa Code 232.116(1)(e) and (f). U...

Residential & Agricultural Advisory Committee, LLC v. Dyersville City Council  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 151413

Justia Opinion Summary: The Dyersville City Council voted to rezone the area containing the Field of Dreams movie site from agricultural to commercial in order to facilitate the development of a baseball and softball complex. Community members...

State v. Dubois  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 151758

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to theft in the third degree. The district court sentenced Defendant to a suspended term of imprisonment and ordered that he pay $2950 in restitution to the victim. At a hearing, the victim state...

In re Petition of Kent Langholz  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 150547

Justia Opinion Summary: Father filed a petition seeking a permanent injunction precluding communication and contact between his minor children and their former softball coach. The district court granted a permanent injunction against the former...

State v. White  
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Number: 142104

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with operating while intoxicated, third offense. Defendant filed a motion to suppress evidence obtained after a police officer pulled his patrol car into Defendant’s driveway with its emergency ligh...

Auto-Owners Insurance Co. v. Iowa Insurance Division  
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Number: 150714

Justia Opinion Summary: Insured filed a complaint challenging Insurer’s termination of workers’ compensation issuance. The insurance commissioner declined to consider the merits of the complaint on the ground that the complaint raised factual i...

Breeden v. Iowa Department of Corrections  
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Number: 151459

Justia Opinion Summary: Shannon Breeden and Laura Hochmuth, both juveniles when their crimes were committed, were convicted of forcible felonies listed in Iowa Code 902.12. Both offenders were subject to the mandatory minimum requirement to ser...

James v. State  
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Number: 151827

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of attempted murder and terrorism with intent. Appellant was a juvenile when he committed the offenses. Appellant was sentenced to an indeterminate term of incarceration. A mandatory minimum sente...

Jacobs v. Iowa Department of Transportation  
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Number: 160133

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner received a one-year driver’s license revocation and suspension for failure to submit to chemical testing. The Department of Transportation (DOT) affirmed the ALJ’s decision. Petitioner sought judicial review o...

State v. Coleman  
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Number: 160540

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee pled guilty to a crime listed in Iowa Code 902.12, which requires offenders to serve a mandatory minimum term of their sentence before being eligible for parole or work release. Appellee, who was a juvenile when...

IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. DAVID A. MORSE
Date: November 10, 2016
Docket Number: 151502
Homan v. Branstad  
Date: November 10, 2016
Docket Number: 152099

Justia Opinion Summary: This petition for injunctive relief and writ of mandamus challenged the Governor’s item veto of appropriations intended to fund the Mount Pleasant and Clarinda Mental Health Institutes. The AFSCME Iowa Council 61 preside...

IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. KAREN A. TAYLOR
Date: November 10, 2016
Docket Number: 160130
Iowa Arboretum, Inc. v. Iowa 4-H Foundation  
Date: October 28, 2016
Docket Number: 150740

Justia Opinion Summary: Iowa Arboretum, Inc. and Iowa 4-H Foundation entered into a ninety-nine-year lease agreement for a tract of land owned by the Foundation. The majority of the land is used by the Arboretum as an arboretum. The Foundation...

State Public Defender v. Iowa District Court  
Date: October 21, 2016
Docket Number: 150848

Justia Opinion Summary: The Iowa District Court for Story County issued an order appointing the local public defender of Nevada, Iowa to represent a juvenile, who had been detained. The public defender filed a motion to withdraw, citing conflic...

Roth v. Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society  
Date: October 21, 2016
Docket Number: 152095

Justia Opinion Summary: Following the death of Cletus Roth, a resident of a nursing facility operated by The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Roth’s estate and his adult children filed an action against Good Samaritan, alleging, int...

Johnson v. Associated Milk Producers, Inc.  
Date: October 14, 2016
Docket Number: 150105

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a dispute over a change in hauling fees paid by a dairy cooperative to an independent contractor who transported milk from farms to the cooperative’s facilities. When the co-op notified the hauler that...

Smith v. Iowa State Univ. of Science & Tech.  
Date: September 23, 2016
Docket Number: 150852

Justia Opinion Summary: Dennis Smith, a former employee of Iowa State University (ISU), sued ISU and the State of Iowa (collectively, ISU) after his position at the university was eliminated. Smith ultimately recovered $150,000 on his statutory...

STATE OF IOWA vs. ROMEO CASINO HARDIN
Date: September 16, 2016
Docket Number: 140798
State v. Toles  
Date: September 16, 2016
Docket Number: 150321

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor. Defendant appealed, arguing that the sentencing judge should have sua sponte recused himself from the case based on his prior familiarity with Defenda...

IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. KATHRYN S. BARNHILL
Date: September 16, 2016
Docket Number: 160731
IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. SHEREE L. SMITH
Date: September 9, 2016
Docket Number: 160111
State v. Marshall  
Date: June 30, 2016
Docket Number: 130739

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder. The court of appeals reversed, concluding (1) the State violated Appellant’s Sixth Amendment right to counsel by acquiring incriminating evidence throug...

Griffin v. Pate  
Date: June 30, 2016
Docket Number: 151661

Justia Opinion Summary: Kelli Jo Griffin was convicted for the crime of delivery of a controlled substance. Griffin later registered to vote and cast a provision ballot in a municipal election. The county auditor concluded that Griffin was not...

Winger v. CM Holdings, LLC  
Date: June 24, 2016
Docket Number: 140199

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs’ daughter fatally fell over the railing of an apartment balcony. The railing complied with the local housing code when the apartment complex was built but was ten inches shorter than allowed under the current...

State v. Lindsey  
Date: June 24, 2016
Docket Number: 140773

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, a high school football player, was charged with possession of a firearm as a felon, carrying a weapon on school grounds, carrying a weapon, and possession of a controlled substance after the school superintend...

Spitz v. Iowa Dist. Court for Mitchell County  
Date: June 24, 2016
Docket Number: 141808

Justia Opinion Summary: Erika Spitz and Bradley Gentz, the parents of three minor children, were divorced in 2011. Erika and Bradley were later found in contempt for willfully violating provisions of the dissolution decree. Both Erika and Bradl...

State v. Senn  
Date: June 24, 2016
Docket Number: 150624

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was detained at the police station for suspicion of drunk driving but was not yet formally charged when he made a phone call with a lawyer to get advice regarding the implied-consent procedure and his decision...

Estate of McFarlin v. State  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: 141180

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff’s ten-year-old child died when Plaintiff’s boyfriend drove the speedboat in which the child was riding between two danger buoys and struck a submerged dredge pipe. Plaintiff settled claims against her boyfriend...

State v. Taylor  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: 142075

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with one count of driving while barred and one count of prostitution. Defendant filed a motion to dismiss, asserting that the state failed to try her case within ninety days of filing the trial info...

In re James H. Martinek  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: 160097

Justia Opinion Summary: The Iowa Commission on Judicial Qualifications recommended that a magistrate, who maintained a website where he posted information regarding his availability to perform marriage ceremonies - for a fee - at locations othe...

State v. Schlitter  
Date: June 10, 2016
Docket Number: 130346

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by commission of public offense and child endangerment resulting in death. The trial court merged the sentences for the charges under the one-hom...

Alcala v. Marriott Int’l, Inc.  
Date: June 10, 2016
Docket Number: 141058

Justia Opinion Summary: While she was a business guest at the Courtyard by Marriott, Plaintiff slipped and fell on its icy sidewalk, breaking her ankle. After a trial, the jury found Marriott ninety-eight percent at fault and awarded Plaintiff...

Nat’l Surety Corp. v. Westlake Invs., LLC  
Date: June 10, 2016
Docket Number: 141274

Justia Opinion Summary: Developers and a general contractor of an apartment complex purchased a primary commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policy from Arch Insurance Group and an excess CGL insurance policy from National Surety Corpor...

Bass v. J.C. Penney Co., Inc.  
Date: June 10, 2016
Docket Number: 150334

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a class action petition against J.C. Penney asserting that the internet retailer unlawfully charged Iowa sales tax on shipping and handling charges. J.C. Penney forwarded the tax to the Iowa Department of...

Des Moines Flying Service, Inc. v. Aerial Services, Inc.  
Date: June 3, 2016
Docket Number: 140632

Justia Opinion Summary: An aviation company challenged the application of a statutory immunity provision to its claim of a breach of the implied warranty of merchantability found in the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) arising from an alleged defe...

Evenson v. Winnebago Insudtries, Inc.  
Date: June 3, 2016
Docket Number: 142097

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal, the issue this case presented for the Iowa Supreme Court's review was whether an employer’s matching contributions to an employee’s 401k plan should be considered part of weekly earnings for purposes of c...

Irving v. Employment Appeal Board  
Date: June 3, 2016
Docket Number: 150104

Justia Opinion Summary: Sondra Irving was employed as a medical assistant at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). She was arrested on November 28, 2013, and incarcerated through December 24, but the charges were ultimately dismi...

Taft v. District Court  
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 140207

Justia Opinion Summary: David Taft, Jr. was convicted in 1987 for lascivious acts with a minor. He received one two-year and two five-year sentences. The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently. Taft was discharged in 1991. He was arre...

Iowa v. Sweet  
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 140455

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, seventeen-year-old appellant Isaiah Sweet shot and killed Richard and Janet Sweet. Richard and Janet had cared for Sweet since he was four years old, as his biological mother was unable to do. Richard was Sweet’...

Oyens Feed & Supply, Inc. v. Primebank  
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 150806

Justia Opinion Summary: A federal district court certified two questions of law to the Iowa Supreme Court in a priority dispute between competing creditors of a bankrupt hog operation. Crooked Creek Corporation operated a farrow-to-finish hog f...

More v. Iowa  
Date: May 20, 2016
Docket Number: 141623

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Glendale More Jr. of first-degree murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Wauneita Townsend. He applied for postconviction relief, arguing that he was entitled to a new trial because at hi...

In the matter of Honorable Mary E. Howes  
Date: May 20, 2016
Docket Number: 160005

Justia Opinion Summary: The Iowa Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed an application for discipline of a judicial officer recommending the Supreme Court publicly reprimand district court judge Mary E. Howes, Seventh Judicial District. Ju...

NuStar Farms, LLC v. Zylstra  
Date: May 13, 2016
Docket Number: 141860

Justia Opinion Summary: Attorney Larry Stoller filed a multicount petition on behalf of NuStar Farms, LLC against Robert and Marcia Zylstra, alleging that the Zylstras agreed to sell NuStar a parcel of farmland but failed to tender the requisit...

State v. Richards  
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 140019

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with domestic abuse assault. During trial, the court admitted evidence about previous incidents during which Defendant allegedly slapped the victim, struck her, and threw her against a refrigerator,...

De Stefano v. Apartments Downtown, Inc.  
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 140820

Justia Opinion Summary: After Tenants moved out of an apartment, Landlord withheld the rental deposit for an automatic carpet-cleaning charge, replacement of a damaged door, and monthly penalties for failure to pay for the door. Tenant sued in...

Estate of Gray v. Baldi  
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 141547

Justia Opinion Summary: Paul Gray’s surviving spouse, Brenna, and daughter, O.D.G., filed suit against Dr. Daniel Baldi and several Iowa healthcare providers, alleging that Defendants negligently treated Paul during his struggle with substance...

Caruso v. Apartments Downtown, Inc.  
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Numbers: 141783, 141783

Justia Opinion Summary: After Tenants moved out of an apartment, Landlord deducted $904 fomr the rental deposit for an automatic carpet-cleaning charge, replacement of an interior door, and monthly penalties for failure to pay for the door. Ten...

State v. Jackson  
Date: April 29, 2016
Docket Number: 140067

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with two counts of robbery in the second degree. Defendant filed a motion to suppress, arguing that the warrantless search of his closed backpack by an officer who relied on a third party’s consent...

Exceptional Persons, Inc. v. Iowa Dep’t of Human Servs.  
Date: April 22, 2016
Docket Number: 140569

Justia Opinion Summary: In response to a 2009 executive order announcing a ten percent reduction in state departments and agencies for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, the Iowa Department of Human Services (IDHS) promulgated temporary rule...

Concerned Citizens of Southeast Polk Sch. Dist. v. City of Pleasant Hill  
Date: April 22, 2016
Docket Number: 141362

Justia Opinion Summary: A citizens group and a school district (collectively, Appellants) challenged a city’s amendment of an economic development urban renewal plan. Specifically, Appellants challenged the use of tax increment financing (TIF)...

State v. Olutunde  
Date: April 22, 2016
Docket Number: 141799

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with dependent adult abuse for allegedly punching a disabled client while Defendant was employed at a home caring for dependent adults. Defendant was charged with dependent adult abuse. The State fi...

State v. Hill  
Date: April 22, 2016
Docket Number: 150030

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to failure to comply with sex-offender registry requirements. Defendant committed the offense while on parole for the underlying sex crime. The district court imposed a two-year prison sentence c...

Ramirez-Trujillo v. Quality Egg, LLC  
Date: April 15, 2016
Docket Number: 140640

Justia Opinion Summary: Employee injured her back during the course of her employment. Employer paid for the cost of care Employee received to treat her injury through September 2009. Employee later brought a workers’ compensation claim seeking...

State v. Martin  
Date: April 15, 2016
Docket Number: 141615

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled not guilty to the charge of delivering methamphetamine. During jury selection, the prosecutor posed hypothetical questions approximating the facts of the case, intimated the State possessed additional evid...

Rhoades v. State  
Date: April 15, 2016
Docket Number: 151169

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to one count of criminal transmission of HIV. Appellant later filed an application for postconviction relief alleging that his trial counsel provided ineffective assistance by allowing Appellant...

State v. Fisher  
Date: April 8, 2016
Docket Number: 131238

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance first offense. The judgment and sentence provided that Defendant’s driver’s license shall be revoked for 180 days and provide...

State v. Ary  
Date: April 8, 2016
Docket Number: 141112

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of three counts of delivery of a controlled substance. The court of appeals reversed, concluding that defendant’s right to a fair trial by an impartial jury was violated due to...

In re Inquiry Concerning Joseph Sevcik  
Date: April 8, 2016
Docket Number: 152008

Justia Opinion Summary: The Iowa Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed an application for imposition of discipline against Joseph Sevcik, a part-time magistrate who also practiced law. The Commission found Magistrate Sevcik violated two o...

In re J.C.  
Date: April 1, 2016
Docket Number: 140357

Justia Opinion Summary: The juvenile court adjudicated J.C. a delinquent child after finding beyond a reasonable doubt that J.C. committed assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. The court of appeals affirmed. At issue before the Supreme Co...

Hughes v. Farmers Auto. Ins. Ass’n  
Date: April 1, 2016
Docket Number: 151161

Justia Opinion Summary: An SUV was being driven in the wrong direction on a highway when it collided with a semi-tractor-trailer. The SUV was totaled, and the SUV’s driver was killed. Second later, a motorcyclist ran into the SUV that was still...

State v. Rimmer  
Date: March 25, 2016
Docket Number: 131397

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants participated in an insurance fraud ring that staged car accidents in Illinois. Defendants lived in Wisconsin and Illinois and had never been to Iowa before their extradition. A Wisconsin insurance company paid...

State v. Gathercole  
Date: March 25, 2016
Docket Number: 140816

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with attempted murder, robbery, and willful injury. During jury deliberations, Defendant moved for a mistrial or, alternatively, a poll of the jurors about their possible exposure to a factually ina...

In re Marriage of Harris  
Date: March 25, 2016
Docket Number: 150573

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother and Father were divorced pursuant to a decree that called for the continuation of a rotating custodial framework that the parties had followed during the previous two years. The Supreme Court affirmed, concluding...

Iowa Individual Health Benefit Reinsurance Ass’n v. Stat Univ. of Iowa  
Date: March 18, 2016
Docket Number: 141605

Justia Opinion Summary: The Iowa Individual Health Benefit Reinsurance Association (“IIHBRA”), a nonprofit corporation, sued its members (“the universities”) for unpaid assessments it was statutorily obligated to collect. The universities filed...

Hutchison v. Shull  
Date: March 18, 2016
Docket Number: 141649

Justia Opinion Summary: Former employees of Warren County sued the County and its Board of Supervisors, alleging a violation of the open meetings law contained in Iowa Code chapter 21. The district court dismissed the action, concluding that th...

Young v. Healthport Technologies, Inc.  
Date: March 18, 2016
Docket Number: 141918

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a class action alleging that the fees Defendant charged for providing copies of their medical records and billing statements were excessive in violation of Iowa Code 622.10(6). Defendant filed a motion t...

Nguyen v. State  
Date: March 11, 2016
Docket Number: 140401

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder. The trial court instructed the jury on both the premeditation and felony-murder alternatives of first-degree murder, with the underlying predicate felon...

United Suppliers, Inc. v. Hanson  
Date: March 11, 2016
Docket Number: 141553

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, an agricultural supply company, was delivering its own products in a semi-trailer when the semi-trailer wrecked and spilled fertilizers and chemicals, contaminating several hundred cubic yards of soil. Plainti...

In re Interest of R.D.  
Date: March 11, 2016
Docket Number: 151198

Justia Opinion Summary: R.D., now age fifty-one, was born in Iowa to parents who gave her up for adoption. The adoption records were sealed. R.D.’s adoptive family was loving and supportive, but R.D. struggles with depression, anxiety, and alco...

State v. Smith  
Date: March 4, 2016
Docket Number: 131202

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of domestic abuse assault and domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury. Defendant appealed, arguing that the district court erred in (1) admitting hearsay statements mad...

State v. Pearson  
Date: March 4, 2016
Docket Number: 131906

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to two counts of sexual abuse in the third degree. The district sentenced Defendant to two concurrent, indeterminate ten-year sentences. Defendant appealed, arguing that the district court applied t...

In re Interest of M.W.  
Date: March 4, 2016
Docket Number: 151256

Justia Opinion Summary: The juvenile court terminated Mother’s parental rights to two of her children, M.W. and Z.W., concluding that each of the statutory grounds advanced by the State in its petition for termination of parental rights as to t...

State v. Reed  
Date: February 26, 2016
Docket Number: 130988

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of drug dealing, child endangerment, and possession of firearms. The trial court sentenced Defendant to 100 years in prison with a mandatory one-third minimum term. The cour...

State v. Alvarado  
Date: February 26, 2016
Docket Number: 140889

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of lascivious acts with a child for inappropriately touching his granddaughter’s genitals over her clothing on more than one occasion. Defendant appealed, arguing...

Hedlund v. State  
Date: February 26, 2016
Docket Number: 141969

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a former agent of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation brought this action alleging wrongful discharge in violation of public policy. The Supreme Court dismissed the common-law wrongful discharge claim....

IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. JAMIE F. DEREMIAH
Date: February 26, 2016
Docket Number: 151917
State v. Wilson  
Date: February 19, 2016
Docket Number: 130712

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of forgery and falsifying a public document. Defendant filed a motion for new trial, arguing that the evidence of his efforts to avoid apprehension was improperly admitted....

State v. Howse  
Date: February 19, 2016
Docket Number: 131997

Justia Opinion Summary: After a bench trial, Defendant was found guilty of going armed with a dangerous weapon concealed on or about her person. The conviction stemmed from Defendant's act of carrying a stun gun with her in her purse. The court...

State v. Lamoreux  
Date: February 19, 2016
Docket Number: 140831

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Defendant was transported to a law enforcement center and placed in the booking room. Defendant telephoned an attorney, who went into the booking room to meet with De...

Wellmark, Inc. v. Polk County Bd. of Review  
Date: February 12, 2016
Docket Number: 140093

Justia Opinion Summary: The Polk County assessor set the 2011 valuation of Wellmark, Inc.’s corporate headquarters located in Des Moines at $99 million. Wellmark protested. The Polk County Board of Review denied the protest. On appeal, the dist...

State v. Prusha  
Date: February 12, 2016
Docket Number: 140656

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was approached by law enforcement officers while walking on the side of the road at 1:10 a.m. The officers asked Defendant if he would consent to a search of his person, and Defendant consented to a search. Def...

Lee v. State  
Date: February 12, 2016
Docket Number: 141386

Justia Opinion Summary: Tina Lee filed suit against the State, alleging a violation of her rights under the self-care provision of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In October 2007, the district court entered judgment in favor of Lee and awa...

Barker v. Capotosto  
Date: February 5, 2016
Docket Number: 141550

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued his former criminal defense attorneys for legal malpractice, alleging that they allowed him to plead guilty to a crime that lacked a factual basis. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of t...

Kobal v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.  
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 131926

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this quiet title action was whether the two-year special statute of limitations in Iowa Code 615.1(1) applies only to judgment liens or whether the underlying debt is also extinguished after the end of the tw...

In re Marriage of Mauer  
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 140317

Justia Opinion Summary: After a trial, the district court entered judgment in this divorce case distributing the parties’ assets, ordering Husband to pay spousal support, awarding primary physical custody of the parties’ two children to Wife,...

U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n v. Callen  
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 141536

Justia Opinion Summary: Bank was the holder of a promissory note executed by Mortgagors and the mortgage that secured the note. After Mortgagors defaulted on the note Bank brought a foreclosure action and obtained an in rem judgment and decree...

Reg’l Util. Serv. Sys. v. City of Mount Union  
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 142095

Justia Opinion Summary: The Regional Utility Service Systems Commission (RUSS) brought a breach of contract action against the City of Mount Union. The district court entered judgment in favor of RUSS. The clerk of court subsequently issued a w...

State v. Tyler  
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 140256

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of second-degree murder for delivering the first, nonlethal blow to the victim in a fatal beating. Defendant’s blow knocked the victim down, and then others kicked and stomped the victim to death....

UZMA AMIN vs. IOWA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 140399
Legg v. West Bank  
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 140691

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, former customers of West Bank, filed a multiple-count proposed consumer class action lawsuit against the Bank challenging one-time nonsufficient funds fees the Bank charged when Plaintiffs used their debit ca...

Legg v. West Bank  
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 140692

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, former customers of West Bank, filed a multiple-count proposed consumer class action lawsuit against the Bank challenging one-time nonsufficient funds fees the Bank charged when Plaintiffs used their debit ca...

McFadden v. Dep’t of Transp.  
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 141557

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a tort claim with the state appeal board for wrongful death, alleging that the Iowa Department of Transportation’s negligent maintenance of a highway caused her husband’s death. The appeal board took no a...

Gansen v. Gansen  
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 142006

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether the terms of two five-year leases, which automatically self-renewed for four additional five-year terms unless the tenant unilaterally opted out of the lease, offended Iowa Const. art. I...

State v. Dahl  
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 142114

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, and domestic abuse. The district court found Defendant to be indigent and appointed private counsel to represent him. Defendant pled not guilty and...

Villarreal v. United Fire & Cas. Co.  
Date: January 8, 2016
Docket Number: 140298

Justia Opinion Summary: A fire severely damaged a restaurant that was owned by Plaintiffs. Plaintiffs made a claim to Defendant, the insurer of the restaurant, but Defendant denied the majority of the claim. Plaintiffs filed a breach-of-contrac...

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