Iowa Supreme Court Decisions 2019

State v. Macke  
Date: September 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0839

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's sentence in connection with her Alford plea to four counts of child endangerment entered pursuant to a plea agreement, holding that the State breached the plea agreement with Defenda...

State v. Stanton  
Date: September 13, 2019
Docket Number: 19-0177

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the magistrate's dismissal of three pending misdemeanor charges against Defendant based on the legal proposition that Iowa courts lack jurisdiction over crimes committed on the Meskwaki Settlem...

Iowa Supreme Court Att'y Disciplinary Bd. v. Curtis W. Den Beste
Date: September 13, 2019
Docket Number: 19-0360
State v. Moore  
Date: September 6, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1822

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction and sentence for child endangerment resulting in serious injury, holding that the part of the s...

Iowa Supreme Ct. Att'y Disciplinary Bd. v. Matthew L. Noel
Date: September 6, 2019
Docket Number: 19-0661
Iowa Supreme Ct. Att’y Disciplinary Bd v. Kyle L. Earley
Date: September 6, 2019
Docket Number: 19-0662
Iowa Supreme Ct. Att’y Disciplinary Bd. v. Johnathan Lee Sears
Date: September 6, 2019
Docket Number: 19-0712
State v. Brown  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0367

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to suppress all evidence obtained after a stop of his vehicle, holding that the subjective motivations of an individual officer for...

State v. Haas  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1798

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence discovered by law enforcement after a stop of Defendant's automobile that resulted in her arrest for driving w...

Bonilla v. Iowa Board of Parole  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0477

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court ruling in favor of the Iowa Parole Board (Board) as to Petitioner's action challenging the manner in which the Board considers whether persons convicted of of...

Hedlund v. State  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0567

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the order of the district court granting summary judgment to Defendants on all claims in this employment case, holding (1) Plaintiff's direct civil action under Iow...

Albaugh v. The Reserve  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1037

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of a "senior adult congregate living facility" on Plaintiff's complaint alleging that the facility would not return her mot...

Venckus v. City of Iowa City  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1280

Justia Opinion Summary: In this civil action filed against the police investigator, the prosecutors, and the municipalities that investigated and prosecuted a criminal case in which Plaintiff was eventually acquitted the Supreme Court affirmed...

Struve v. Struve  
Date: June 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0316

Justia Opinion Summary: In this intrafamily dispute regarding farmland the Supreme Court affirmed the rulings of the district court denying substitute petitioners' petition for relief from elder abuse specifically seeking relief for the loss as...

Linn v. State  
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0007

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court summary judgment for the State on Appellant's application for postconviction relief (PCR) after denying Appellant's request to appoint an expert, holding that...

Freer v. DAC, Inc.  
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1825

Justia Opinion Summary: In this wrongful death action the Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court entering judgment for Defendant, holding that Plaintiffs did not preserve any issues for appellate review. A jury determined that...

Danner v. Carroll County Board of Adjustment  
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0509

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court affirming the Carroll County Board of Adjustment's denial of Appellants' application for a variance from Carroll County Airport Zoning Ordinance height restri...

Westra v. Iowa Department of Transportation  
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1050

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's judgment upholding the revocation of a Driver's license, holding that this Court declines to overrule precedent and apply the exclusionary rule to driver's license revocati...

Baldwin v. City of Estherville, Iowa  
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1856

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered questions certified to it by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, holding, among other things, that a municipality can assert qualified immunity to a claim for da...

State v. Newton  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1525

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming in part and reversed in part the judgment and sentence of the district court convicting Defendant of operating while intoxicated (OWI) second offe...

State v. Christensen  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0085

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals reversing Defendant's conviction of second-degree murder, holding that Defendant was not entitled to a new trial on any of his allegations of error. After t...

Hawkins v. Grinnell Regional Medical Center  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1892

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case brought by a former employee alleging discrimination and retaliation, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court entering judgment on a jury verdict for Plaintiff, awarding him back pay, e...

Anderson v. Anderson Tooling, Inc.  
Date: May 31, 2019
Docket Number: 15-1766

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court modifying a judgment for civil conspiracy following a jury trial, holding that the...

Milas v. Society Insurance and Angela Bonlander
Date: May 31, 2019
Docket Number: 16-2148
Puntenney v. Iowa Utilities Board  
Date: May 31, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0423

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Petitioners' petitions for judicial review of a decision of the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) approving constructing of an underground crude oil pipeline...

Troy A. Williams v. State of Iowa
Date: May 31, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0431
Sauser v. State  
Date: May 31, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0807

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's application for postconviction relief, holding that a factual basis did not exist for the element of confinement to support Defendant's gu...

State v. Veal  
Date: May 24, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1453

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court conditionally affirmed Defendant's conviction of two counts of first-degree murder while remanding the case for further proceedings consistent with State v. Lilly, __ N.W.2d __ (Iowa 2019), also decided...

State v. Lilly  
Date: May 24, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1901

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court conditionally affirmed Defendant's conviction for aiding and abetting a bank robbery and remanded for further consideration of Defendant's claim that his jury was not drawn from a fair cross section of...

State v. Williams  
Date: May 24, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1989

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court conditionally affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence for first-degree murder but remanded for further proceedings consistent with decisions it also filed today in State v. Lilly, __ N.W.2d __ (Iow...

Ortiz v. Loyd Roling Construction  
Date: May 24, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0047

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court holding that a copy of a petition for judicial review sent by email to opposing counsel failed to comply with Iowa Code 17A.19(2), which imposes a jurisdictio...

Iowa State Education Ass'n v. State, Iowa Public Employment Relations Board  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1834

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's summary judgment in favor of Defendants on Plaintiffs' claim that the 2017 amendments to Iowa Code chapter 20, the Public Employment Relations Act (PERA), violate the equal...

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 v. State  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1841

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendants on Plaintiffs' claim that the 2017 amendments to Iowa Code chapter 20, the Public Employment Relations Act (PERA), violate...

UE Local 893/IUP v. State  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2093

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's judgment against the State enforcing a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the State and a public employee union, holding that the district court had subject matt...

Service Employees International Union, Local 199 v. State  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0018

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment dismissing this action filed by a public employee union seeking to enforce a collective bargaining agreement entered into with the Iowa Board of R...

United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America v. Iowa Public Employment Relations Board  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0505

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court interpreting the 2017 amendments to Iowa Code chapter 20, the Public Employment Relations Act, limiting the mandatory subjects of collective bargaining and th...

Carroll Airport Commission v. Danner  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1458

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals declining to give preemptive effect to a no-hazard determination by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and affirmed as modified the judgment of the di...

De Dios v. Indemnity Insurance Co. of North America  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1227

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered a certified question of Iowa law by holding that, under Iowa law, a common law cause of action for bad faith failure to pay workers' compensation benefits is not available against a third-party...

State v. Doe  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1366

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the district court denying Jane Doe's motion to expunge her record, holding that the condition in Iowa Code 901C.2, the expungement statute, that an individual pay all court-impos...

Clark v. Insurance Co. State of Pennsylvania  
Date: May 3, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2068

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting an employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier's motion to dismiss Plaintiffs' common law tort claim and ruling that Iowa Code 517.5 was const...

Mathis v. Iowa Utilities Board  
Date: May 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1184

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning an Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) legal standard for when a series of wind turbines constitute an "electric power generating plant or combination of plants at a single site" within the meaning of Iowa...

Mathis v. Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors  
Date: May 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1431

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's judgment granting summary judgment and dismissing Plaintiffs' claims challenging the decisions of a county board of supervisors approving a wind energy ordinance and a spec...

State v. Mosley  
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1087

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction and the district court order requiring Defendant to pay restitution for court costs and attorne...

State of Iowa v. Stephon Travell Curry
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1351
In re the Detention of Thomas G. Ruthers, Jr.
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1539
State v. Crawford  
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1640

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction and vacating the part of Defendant's sentence dealing with restitution, holding that there was...

State v. Tournier  
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1697

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction but vacated that part of the sentencing order regarding restitution and remanded the case to the district court to impose restitution consistent with State v. Albright, _...

State v. Steenhoek  
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1727

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the part of the district court's judgment sentencing Defendant to five years' imprisonment but vacated the restitution part of his sentence, holding that remand was required for the district co...

State v. Dieckmann  
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1806

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction but vacated the portion of Defendant's sentence regarding restitution, holding that remand was required because the district court did not have the benefit of the procedu...

State v. Weston  
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1838

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's sentencing procedure but vacated the portion of Defendant's sentence regarding restitution, holding that remand was necessary for the district court to impose restitution consistent...

State v. Smith  
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0305

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction, holding that the district court did not err in denying Defendant's motion to suppress the results of a chemical breath test where the officer administering the test alle...

State v. Perry  
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0351

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated in part Defendant's sentence, holding that because the district court did not have the benefit of the procedures outlined in State v. Albright, __ N.W.2d __ (Iowa 2019), when it entered its orde...

Hartog v. City of Waterloo, Iowa  
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1201

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dissolving an injunction that had precluded a sale after ruling that the City of Waterloo had complied with Iowa Code 306.23 in transferring land from an unus...

Jefferson v. Iowa District Court for Scott County  
Date: April 12, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1544

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court sustained Defendant's petition for writ of certiorari filed after the district court summarily dismissed Defendant's motion to correct an illegal sentence and denied appointment of counsel, holding that...

Winger Contracting Co. v. Cargill, Inc.  
Date: April 12, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1169

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the district court holding that mechanic's liens arising from the provision of materials and labor to a lessee did not attach to the property of the lessor under the circumstances...

State v. Headley  
Date: April 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0594

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the restitution portion of Defendant's sentence and affirmed the remainder of the sentence, holding that the district court erred in ordering restitution without first conducting the applicable...

Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Inc. v. Retterath  
Date: April 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0599

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment for a judgment creditor and dismissed the petition filed by the judgment debtor and his wife to vacate a charging order to execute f...

Slaughter v. Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine  
Date: April 5, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1732

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the evidentiary ruling of the district court and grant of summary judgment in favor of Medical School on Student's complaint that Medical School failed to accommodate her mental disability unde...

Konrardy v. Vincent Angerer Trust  
Date: April 5, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1964

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's denial of Defendant's motion for summary judgment, reversed the decision of the district court, and remanded to the district c...

Mitchell v. City of Cedar Rapids  
Date: April 5, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0124

Justia Opinion Summary: In this tort action, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court compelling Defendants to produce police investigative reports without a protective order preventing disclosure to the public, holding tha...

State v. Aschbrenner  
Date: April 5, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1045

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court holding that sex offender registration requirements are not punitive and convicting Defendant of failing to report his Internet identifier for a Facebook acco...

State v. McMurry  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1722

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment and sentence of the district court and remanded for resentencing on restitution for court-appointed attorney fees, holding that the amount of court-app...

State v. Ruth  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0270

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment and sentence of conviction of the crime of theft in the second degree, holding that the district court imposed an illegal sentence by requiring Defenda...

State v. Baker  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0622

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court convicting and sentencing Defendant for driving while license barred, possession of marijuana, possession with...

State v. Albright  
Date: March 22, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1286

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for willful injury causing bodily injury and kidnapping in the first degree but vacated the restitution portion of the sentencing order and remanded the case to the dist...

State v. Petty  
Date: March 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0437

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions but vacated certain portions of Defendant’s sentences, holding that the imposition of a surcharge violated the Ex Post Facto Clauses of the state and federal constitutio...

State v. Covel  
Date: March 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0678

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the portion of Defendant’s sentence regarding restitution but affirmed the district court’s decisions revoking Defendant’s deferred judgment and probation and sentencing him to serve a maximum...

State v. Myers  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 16-2177

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court finding Defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of operating while intoxicated (OWI) in violation of Iowa Code 321J.2, holding that an initial laboratory t...

Ames 2304, LLC v. City of Ames, Zoning Board of Adjustment  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1149

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the decision of the district court annulling a writ of certiorari challenging the decision of the City of Ames’s Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA)...

Metropolitan Property & Casualty Insurance Co. v. Auto-Owners Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0129

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court entering judgment against a commercial general liability (CGL) insurer on a homeowners’ insurer’s lawsuit seeking reimbursement for the amount it paid to sett...

State v. Smith  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0184

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of second-degree burglary and reversed the habitual offender judgment and Defendant’s sentence, holding that Defendant’s stipulation to being a habitual offender was not...

Good v. Iowa Department of Human Services  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1158

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court concluding that challenged portions of Iowa Administrative Code rule 441-78.1(4) violate the Iowa Civil Rights Act (ICRA) and determining that the Iowa Depart...

State v. West  
Date: March 1, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0784

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the district court on the question on whether the crimes of involuntary manslaughter by a public offense and delivery of a controlled substance merge, holding that the district co...

Dianna Helmers v. City of Des Moines
Date: March 1, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0794
State of Iowa v. Rodney L. Hanneman
Date: March 1, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1147
Mumm v. Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital  
Date: March 1, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1934

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the ruling of the district court denying Plaintiff’s motion for a new trial after the jury returned a unanimous verdict finding that Defendant was...

In the Interest of L.T.  
Date: March 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1375

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the final order of the juvenile court terminating Mother’s parental rights to her three children, entered twenty months after the evidentiary hearing on the issue, holding that the juvenile cou...

Morris v. Steffes Group, Inc.  
Date: February 22, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1466

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff’s two-count petition, holding that the district court erred in holding that a seller of auction services of certain machinery is entitled...

Seeberger v. Davenport Civil Rights Commission  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1534

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court vacating an award of fees incurred during agency proceedings under a fee-shifting provision in Division II of the Davenport Civil Rights Ordinance for a housi...

Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Matthew L. Noel
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1229
Colwell v. Iowa Department of Human Services  
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0464

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the judgment of the district court in this challenge to the decision of the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) denying a dentist’s requests for a...

City of West Liberty v. Employers Mutual Casualty Co.  
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1972

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment to the insurer in this coverage dispute, holding that an electrical-currents exclusion in the policy applied to the loss in this cas...

Behm v. City of Cedar Rapids  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1031

Justia Opinion Summary: Upon rehearing in this case involving issues related to an automated traffic enforcement (ATE) system, the Supreme Court concluded that the district court properly granted summary judgment in favor of Defendants, the Cit...

Barker v. Iowa Department of Public Safety  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0488

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals and reversed the judgment of the district court affirming the determination of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) that Appellant was required to register...

Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Bryan John Humphrey
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1830
State v. Davis  
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0637

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of operating while intoxicated (OUI), second offense, holding that Defendant’s rights under Iowa Code 804.20 were not violated when a law enforcement officer denied Defen...

Evenson v. Winnebago Industries, Inc.  
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1419

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this appeal, holding that Appellant failed to file a timely notice of appeal, which left the Court without subject matter jurisdiction to hear the appeal. This appeal concerned a dispute over...

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