Iowa Supreme Court Decisions 2018

State v. Gordon  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0395

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals reversing Defendant’s sentence and affirmed the judgment of the district court, holding that Defendant failed to preserve error on his due process claim and...

State v. Guise  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0589

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals finding that there is no legislative authority supporting the use of the Iowa Risk Revised risk assessment tool (IRR) at sentencing and affirmed the decision...

State v. Buesing  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1750

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court sentencing Defendant to prison for a maximum of ten years for theft in the first degree, to be served consecutively with five years for theft in the second de...

Lowe's Home Centers, LLC v. Iowa Department of Revenue  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-0097

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court upheld the Iowa Department of Revenue’s sales tax assessment on labor installing building components sold by Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC, except as to those transactions in which the predominant service or...

Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Melissa Nine
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1582
State v. Shears  
Date: November 30, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1665

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court ordering Defendant to pay restitution to the City of Davenport for damage to patrol vehicles after Defendant pleaded guilty to criminal mischief and eluding a...

Cox v. Iowa Department of Human Services  
Date: November 30, 2018
Docket Number: 18-0026

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court affirming the position of the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) determining that transfers made by Petitioners, nursing home residents, to a pooled spe...

In re M.D.  
Date: November 30, 2018
Docket Number: 18-0947

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the juvenile court permitting Mother to participate from prison by telephone in a hearing to terminate parental rights, but only to give testimony, holding that an incarcerated...

Goode v. State  
Date: November 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0318

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Appellant’s application for postconviction relief (PCR), holding that Appellant’s requested remand for a new hearing was not available and that Appell...

State v. Roache  
Date: November 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0931

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed a $1900 fine-based restitution award ordered by the district court after Defendant pleaded guilty to theft of a student backpack as punitive and unsupported by substantial evidence, holding tha...

Bluml v. Dee Jay's Inc.  
Date: November 16, 2018
Docket Number: 18-0317

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court affirming the decision of the workers’ compensation commissioner declining to award benefits to a fast-food employee who suffered serious head injuries when h...

State v. Harris  
Date: November 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0118

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals denying Defendant’s ineffective assistance of counsel claim on appeal, holding that the court erred in finding that Defendant waived his ineffective...

Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Derek T. Moran
Date: November 9, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1365
Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Lonnie B. Saunders
Date: November 9, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1392
Kunde v. Estate of Arthur D. Bowman  
Date: November 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0791

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff’s unjust enrichment, quantum meruit, and promissory estoppel claims, holding that the district court erred i...

State v. Benson  
Date: October 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0650

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s convictions for assault causing bodily injury and child endangerment and remanded for a new trial, holding that the jury instructions were prejudicially erroneous. On appeal, Defen...

Noll v. Iowa District Court for Muscatine County  
Date: October 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0783

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Richard Eugene Noll’s sentence as a habitual offender for operating while intoxicated (OWI), third offense, holding that the habitual offender provisions in Iowa Code 902.8 and 902.9 do not appl...

State v. Werner  
Date: October 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1232

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court denying Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence resulting from a stop by an Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) Motor Vehicle Enforcement (MVE) officer,...

Rilea v. Iowa Department of Transportation  
Date: October 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1803

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held tha before May 11, 2017, Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) Motor Vehicle Enforcement (MVE) officers lacked authority to stop vehicles and issue speeding tickets or other traffic citations un...

State v. Smith  
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0317

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of operating while intoxicated (OWI), holding that the stop of the van in which Defendant was a passenger violated Iowa Const. art. I, secti...

Banilla Games, Inc. v. Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals  
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1300

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court affirming the decision of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals denying the petition filed by a manufacturer and seller of electronic game devices (P...

Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Mathahs  
Date: September 21, 2018
Docket Number: 18-0535

Justia Opinion Summary: Mathahs has practiced law in Iowa since 2001. In October 2001, he contracted with the Iowa State Public Defender (SPD) to provide legal services to indigent adults and juveniles in certain Iowa counties. The contract was...

Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Royce D. Turner
Date: September 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-0352
Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Todd W. Kowalke
Date: September 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-0906
City of Cedar Rapids v. Leaf  
Date: August 31, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0435

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court and the decision of the court of appeals concluding that Appellant violated the ordinance established by City of Cedar Rapids regarding the operation of an au...

Charles Nicholes v. State of Iowa
Date: August 31, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0860
Behm v. City of Cedar Rapids  
Date: August 31, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1031

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 Plaintiffs’ class-action petition claiming that an automated traffic enforcem...

Weizberg v. City of Des Moines  
Date: August 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1489

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case challenging an automated traffic enforcement (ATE) program implemented by the City of Des Moines and its private contractor, Gatso USA, Inc., the Supreme Court reversed in part and affirmed in part the distr...

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...

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...

Burroughs v. City Of Davenport Zoning Board Of Adjustment  
Date: May 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0752

Justia Opinion Summary: The thirty-day period set forth in Iowa Code 414.15, which requires a petition for writ of certiorari seeking review of a decision of a city zoning board of adjustment to be filed in district court “within thirty days af...

Jahnke v. Deere & Co.  
Date: May 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0638

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court denying Employer’s motion for summary judgment on Employee’s lawsuit filed under the Iowa Civil Rights Act (ICRA) alleging that Employer discriminated against...

Powers v. State  
Date: May 11, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1650

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the rulings of the district court in this appeal from the denial of Defendant’s application for postconviction relief and remanded for further proceedings. As part of his application, Defendan...

Skadburg v. Gately  
Date: May 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0151

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court that granted summary judgment in favor of Defendants - Plaintiff’s attorney and the attorney’s law firm - in Pla...

State v. Kelso-Christy  
Date: May 4, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0134

Justia Opinion Summary: One person’s consent to engage in a sexual encounter with another, obtained through the other actor’s fraudulent misrepresentations that he is someone else, does not constitute a valid consent to engage in the sexual enc...

In re Q.G.  
Date: May 4, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2152

Justia Opinion Summary: In this private action filed by Mother under Iowa Code chapter 600A, the Supreme Court concluded that Father’s parental rights to his children should not be terminated. Mother filed petitions to terminate the parental r...

State v. Hensley  
Date: May 4, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2178

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the ruling of the district court denying Defendant’s motion for credit for time served based on the time he spent in the Bridges of Iowa (Bridges) program, holding that Bridges qualified as a c...

State v. Mulder  
Date: April 27, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0824

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court remanded this case involving the resentencing of Defendant, who was convicted of a murder he committed as a juvenile in 1976, holding that the resentencing failed to meet the standards established in St...

State v. Einfeldt  
Date: April 27, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0955

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether the district court erred in not ordering a competency examination and in excluding evidence when Defendant’s lawyer moved midtrial for the examination of Defendant, who, among other things, stated th...

City of Des Moines v. Iowa Department of Transportation  
Date: April 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0686

Justia Opinion Summary: The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) did not have the statutory authority from the legislature to promulgate administrative rules regulating automated traffic enforcement (ATE) systems located along primary roads...

In re Property Seized From Bo Li, Na Tian, And Wei Tian  
Date: April 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1237

Justia Opinion Summary: Practicing massage therapy without a license is not a serious misdemeanor, and therefore, the district court properly dismissed the forfeiture action in this case and ordered the cash returned to the claimants. Respondi...

Moon v. State  
Date: April 20, 2018
Docket Number: 15-1815

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court summarily dismissing Appellant’s application for postconviction relief, holding that the statute of limitations did not bar Appellant’s claims but that Appell...

State v. Crooks  
Date: April 20, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0851

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal, Appellant, who at age thirteen shot and killed his mother, raised challenges to Iowa’s youthful offender laws. Specifically, he argued (1) Iowa Code 232.45(7)(a) does not provide statutory authority to tr...

In re Detention of Nicholas Wygle  
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1732

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court denying Appellant’s motion to dismiss the State’s petition for his civil commitment as a sexually violent predator (SVP) under Iowa Code Ch. 229A, holding tha...

In re Detention of Ronald Tripp  
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2141

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court denying Appellant’s motion to dismiss the State’s petition for his civil commitment as a sexually violent predator (SVP) under Iowa Code Ch. 229A, holding tha...

State v. Scheffert  
Date: April 6, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0267

Justia Opinion Summary: A law enforcement officer in this case had probable cause to stop a motorist’s vehicle when it was on a county access road after hours. The district court denied the motorist’s motion to suppress the evidence and convic...

State v. Williams  
Date: April 6, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0894

Justia Opinion Summary: Under Iowa Code 321.561, the State must prove as the essential elements of the offense of driving while barred as a habitual offender that the defendant operated a motor vehicle during the time period his or her license...

Banwart v. 50th Street Sports, LLC  
Date: March 30, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1218

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment for Defendant, a bar, which was sued under Iowa’s dramshop statute after an alleged intoxicated person’s (AIP) vehicle struck the re...

State v. Wickes  
Date: March 30, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1684

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether the evidence was sufficient to support Defendant’s conviction on one count of sexual exploitation by a school employee under Iowa Code 709.15(3)(a)(1) and 709.15(5)(a) where Defendant hugged a studen...

Schmidt v. State  
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 15-1408

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court overruled its cases holding that defendants may attack the voluntary and intelligent character of their pleas, holding that the Iowa Constitution allows freestanding claims of actual innocence, and ther...

City of Des Moines v. Ogden  
Date: March 16, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1080

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court enjoining Mark Ogden from continuing his nonconforming use of his property as a mobile home park, holding that the City of Des Moines failed to prove that Ogd...

Kraklio v. Simmons  
Date: March 16, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1392

Justia Opinion Summary: The relief-required rule, which ordinarily requires proof that a criminal client had been exonerated from the underlying conviction, does not apply to a convicted criminal suing one of his defense attorneys for legal mal...

Kellogg v. City of Albia  
Date: March 9, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2143

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Albia was statutorily immune from a homeowner’s nuisance claim stemming from reoccurring flooding in the basement of her home due to rainwater discharge from a storm sewer located near the home. The Supreme...

State v. Zarate  
Date: March 9, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2203

Justia Opinion Summary: Iowa Code 902.1(2)(a)(1), which gives the district court the option to sentence a juvenile offender convicted of murder in the first degree to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, is unconstitutional base...

Cote v. Derby Insurance Agency, Inc.  
Date: March 9, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0558

Justia Opinion Summary: A corporation does not have family members and therefore cannot qualify for the family-member exception to the employee-numerosity requirement in the Iowa Civil Rights Act (ICRA). Plaintiff worked for Defendant, a smal...

State v. Henderson  
Date: March 9, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0575

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s conviction for robbery in the first degree and remanded for entry of judgment and sentencing for robbery in the second degree, holding that Defendant’s conviction for robbery in the...

Erpelding v. Erpelding  
Date: March 2, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1419

Justia Opinion Summary: A premarital agreement waiver of attorney fees related to child or spousal support adversely affects the right to such support and, therefore, is unenforceable under Iowa Code 596.5(2). Here, Wife and Husband executed a...

Fenceroy v. Gelita USA, Inc.  
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0775

Justia Opinion Summary: Under certain circumstances, Plaintiff’s counsel may depose defense counsel and obtain counsel’s prelawsuit work product. Plaintiff filed an administrative complaint charging Defendant, his former employer, with race di...

Villa v. State  
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1938

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court’s dismissal of Appellant’s motion to reinstate its application for postconviction relief (PCR), which the district court dismissed for want of prosecution under Iowa R. Civ....

Nance v. Iowa Department of Revenue  
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1974

Justia Opinion Summary: The court of appeals erred in ruling that a taxpayer avoided in Iowa inheritance tax through a private postmortem family settlement agreement (FSA). Here, the decedent, before his death, signed a beneficiary form listin...

Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Sean Joseph Barry
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1415
State v. Jepsen  
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0203

Justia Opinion Summary: After Defendant’s initial sentence was voided for illegality, the district court resentenced Defendant to a new term of imprisonment. The district court originally suspended Defendant’s prison sentence and instead ordere...

State v. Mulatillo  
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1994

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court order disqualifying an attorney from representing a criminal defendant, based primarily on speculative evidence of a potential conflict, constituted “an untenable ground for the district court to exerc...

P.M. v. T.B.  
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0376

Justia Opinion Summary: The gestational surrogacy contract in the instant case was legally enforceable in favor of the intended, biological father against a surrogate mother and her husband who were not the child’s genetic parents. Plaintiffs...

State v. Brewster  
Date: February 9, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0372

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s conviction for operating while intoxicated (OWI), second offense, and the sentence imposed on the OWI second offense charge. Defendant was convicted of the charge after he stipulate...

State v. Vance  
Date: February 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0460

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether the magistrate court had subject matter jurisdiction to extend a no-contact order in a simple misdemeanor case under Iowa Code chapter 664A and whether a right to appeal exists from the extension of...

State v. Ness  
Date: February 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0476

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether a conceded error in the admission of evidence in this criminal case was harmless. Defendant was charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI), third offense. During trial, the district court admitt...

State v. Coleman  
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0900

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for failure to comply with the sex offender registry but vacated the district court sentence, which included sentencing enhancements, and remanded for further sentencing...

State v. Lopez  
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1213

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s conviction for indecent exposure due to ineffective assistance of counsel and vacated the portion of the district court’s sentence imposing a surcharge for Defendant’s stalking conv...

First American Bank v. Fobian Farms, Inc.  
Date: January 26, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0624

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court abused its discretion by awarding attorney fees beyond those caused by violations of Iowa R. Civ. P. 1.413 or necessary to deter similar misconduct and by relying on a letter the sanctioned party’s pre...

Ghost Player, LLC v. Iowa Department of Economic Development  
Date: January 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0468

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court reversing the Iowa Department of Economic Development’s (IDED) decision (the 2016 action) to revoke tax credits that had previously been awarded by IDED to Gh...

In re A.S.  
Date: January 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0851

Justia Opinion Summary: The juvenile court did not err in terminating Mother’s parental rights after Mother’s three-month-old daughter was sexually abused by Father, with whom Mother had left the child knowing he was intoxicated. The juvenile...

Lee v. State  
Date: January 12, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1884

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court awarding Plaintiff her attorney fees and expenses. In this action alleging wrongful discharge and retaliation, the district court entered judgment in favor of P...

State v. Brown  
Date: January 5, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0563

Justia Opinion Summary: Law enforcement officers executing a search warrant violated Defendant’s rights under Iowa Const. art. I, 8 by searching her purse while she was a visitor present at the premises to be searched but where the search warra...

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