Iowa Supreme Court Decisions 2021

State v. Lacey  
Date: December 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0030

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of harassment in the first degree, holding that the conviction was supported by substantial evidence and that the district court did not abuse its discretion in its…

Klein v. Iowa Public Information Board  
Date: December 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0657

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the district court dismissing Appellants' petition for judicial review of the decision of the Iowa Public Information Board declining to order the…

Hills & Dales Child Development Center v. Iowa Department of Education  
Date: December 30, 2021
Docket Number: 21-0095

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court affirming the declaratory order of the Iowa Department of Education interpreting a number of statutes and answering five questions posed by the Keystone Area…

Ripperger v. Iowa Public Information Board  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0902

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the ruling of the district court affirming the decision of the Public Information Board that the Polk County Assessor violated the Open Records Act by refusing to disclose a list of property…

Askvig v. Snap-On Logistics Co.  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0997

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court granting Employer's motion to dismiss a petition for judicial review as untimely, holding that the district court correctly dismissed Claimant's petition for…

Sothman v. State  
Date: December 10, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1837

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's application for postconviction relief, holding that there was no error. Defendant pleaded…

State v. Jones  
Date: December 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0971

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals reversing Defendant's convictions of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of marijuana, holding that the court of appeals made…

Great Western Bank v. Clement  
Date: December 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1689

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the district court that the contractual default interest rate applied in this dispute over the redemption of farmland and affirmed the court of appeals' decision requiring timely…

In re W.T.  
Date: December 3, 2021
Docket Number: 21-0540

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the juvenile court terminating Father's parental rights to his child, holding that the juvenile court did not err in terminating Father's parental rights. The juvenile court…

Bomgaars v. State  
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0375

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Petitioners' applications for postconviction relief, holding that Petitioners' challenges to the State's allocation of its resources in the prison…

In re Marriage of Miller  
Date: November 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0969

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated in part the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's ruling that Iowa Code chapter 411 ordinary disability benefits are marital property, holding that chapter 411 ordinary…

State v. Montgomery  
Date: November 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1613

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of sexual abuse of a child, his granddaughter, holding that the district court erred by excluding evidence that another person, a teenager who testified for the State,…

State v. Skahill  
Date: October 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1067

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of sexually abusing his seven-year-old daughter, K.W., holding that the trial court erred by admitting videos of two forensic interviews in which K.W. described the abuse…

State v. Allen  
Date: October 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1509

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's conviction of assault while using or displaying a dangerous weapon, holding that the district court erred in allowing the State to amend the trial information on the day of…

State v. Vandermark  
Date: October 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2112

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, holding that the district court erred in allowing the State to amend the trial…

Calcaterra v. Iowa Board of Medicine  
Date: October 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1429

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court reversing the Iowa Board of Medicine declaratory order interpreting Iowa Code 272C.6(4)(a) as allowing the Board to publish statements of charges and press…

State v. Kuuttila  
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0283

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court conditionally affirmed Defendant's convictions of three misdemeanor drug offenses and remanded this case for further proceedings, holding that remand was required for the district court to apply the…

Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board, v. Bruce A. Willey
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21-0214
Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Scott D. Fisher
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21-0309
In re D.M.  
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21-0314

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the juvenile court's permanency order transferring sole legal custody of the child in this case to Father, holding that there was convincing…

Godfrey v. State  
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1954

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court in favor of Plaintiff on his claims of sexual orientation discrimination and retaliation under the Iowa Civil Rights Act (ICRA), Iowa Code 216.1-.21, holding…

Lukken v. Century, Inc.  
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0343

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the ruling of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of the owner of a zip line in this personal injury action, holding that exculpatory clauses purporting to negate liability…

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Inc. v. Reynolds  
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0804

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court striking down sections 99 and 100 of House File 766, which added funding conditions prohibiting abortion providers from participating in two federally funded…

Dix v. Casey's General Stores, Inc.  
Date: June 25, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1464

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court concluding that two of Employer's employees were improperly classified as engaged in safety-sensitive positions so that they should never have been drug…

Woods v. Charles Gabus Ford, Inc.  
Date: June 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0002

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's complaint alleging that Defendant, his employer, did not substantially comply with Iowa Code 730.5(15)…

PSFS 3 Corp. v. Seidman  
Date: June 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0514

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising from finance agreements related to the purchase from a third-party vendor of multimedia systems for Defendants' waiting rooms, the Supreme Court affirmed the rulings and judgments of the district…

Doss v. State  
Date: June 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1285

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court and the decision of the court of appeals rejecting a sex offender's challenge to two aspects of his lifetime special parole sentence, holding that there was…

Rumsey v. Woodgrain Millwork, Inc.  
Date: June 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0135

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court concluding that Employer discriminated against Employee by firing him when he sought a reasonable accommodation for a disability, holding that Defendants were…

State v. Wright  
Date: June 18, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0180

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court conditionally affirmed Defendant's convictions and remanded for the district court to hold a hearing on Defendant's motion to suppress evidence, holding that the peace officer in this case conducted an…

State v. Kilby  
Date: June 18, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0734

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court rejected Defendant's constitutional challenge to Iowa Code 321J.16 and joining the majority of courts holding that it is not an unconstitutional penalty to admit into evidence Defendant's refusal to…

Iowa Citizens For Community Improvement v. State  
Date: June 18, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1644

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court denying Defendants' motion to dismiss this petition seeking to force Defendants to enact legislation that will compel Iowa farmers to take action that will…

Anderson v. State  
Date: June 18, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2016

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Appellant's delayed appeal of the postconviction court's summary judgment denial of his third application for postconviction relief, holding that this Court lacked jurisdiction over the…

Guge v. Kassel Enterprises, Inc.  
Date: June 18, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2151

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the ruling of the district court making a "fair value" determination of Plaintiffs' shares in an election to purchase in lieu of dissolution proceeding, holding…

State v. Hahn  
Date: June 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0202

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court conditionally affirmed Defendant's drug-related convictions, second offense, holding that, consistent with this Court's opinion in State v. Wright, __ N.W.2d __ (Iowa 2021), filed today, law enforcement…

Iowa Ass’n of Business & Industry v. City of Waterloo  
Date: June 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0575

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court finding that a 2019 Waterloo "ban the box" ordinance was not preempted, holding that the ordinance was preempted to the extent…

Buboltz v. Birusingh  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1724

Justia Opinion Summary: In this lawsuit to set aside a will the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court for Plaintiffs on their undue influence claim and dismissing their tortious interference with inheritance claim, holding…

Colwell v. MCNA Insurance Co.  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0545

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the district court against Defendant and in favor of Plaintiff finding breach of contract and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, holding that the district…

EMC Insurance Group, Inc. v. Shepard  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0698

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment against an investor on grounds that he failed to exercise his appraisal rights in a merger, holding that the investor failed validly…

Poller v. Okoboji Classic Cars, LLC  
Date: June 4, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0875

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court concluding that Plaintiffs were not entitled to relief on their contract claim and that Defendant was entitled to a verdict on…

Andrew v. Hamilton County Public Hospital  
Date: June 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0023

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court denying Hamilton County Public Hospital's motion for summary judgment concerning Plaintiff's defamation claim and Iowa Wage Payment Collection Law (IWPCL)…

State v. Sewell  
Date: June 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0445

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence for operating while intoxicated on two alternative theories, holding that neither Iowa law nor the Iowa Constitution guarantee a suspected drunk driver the…

Williams v. Bullock  
Date: June 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0822

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the district court ruling that Plaintiff's employer had complied with Iowa Code 35C.6 when it terminated the employment of Plaintiff, a military veteran, from his job as a police…

NCJC, Inc. v. WMG, L.C.  
Date: May 28, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0241

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing in part the ruling of the district court that Plaintiff was the prevailing party entitled to fees, holding that when a plaintiff recovers less at…

State v. Treptow  
Date: May 28, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1276

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Defendant's appeal challenging the factual basis supporting his guilty plea to a drug offense, holding that Defendant failed to establish good cause to pursue a direct appeal as a matter of…

In re Guardianship & Conservatorship of Marvin M. Jorgensen  
Date: May 21, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1235

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the order of the district court insofar as it modified the rent rates, duration, and for-profit subleasing rights in certain farm leases entered…

Koster v. Harvest Bible Chapel–Quad Cities  
Date: May 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0236

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment to Defendants and dismissing Plaintiff's breach of fiduciary and defamation claims, holding that summary judgment was proper. Ryan…

Liquor Bike, LLC v. Iowa District Court for Polk County  
Date: May 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0268

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court sustained Liquor Bike LLC's petition for writ of certiorari and vacated the district court's order disqualifying Liquor Bike's counsel on the ground that counsel's representation of Liquor Bike in this…

In re A.W.  
Date: May 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1406

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the adjudication of the juvenile court adjudicating Mother's fourth child, A.W., a child in need of assistance (CINA), holding that the State failed to offer clear and convincing evidence that…

Rieder v. Segal  
Date: May 14, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0767

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Mercy Medical Center and dismissing Plaintiffs' suit for the negligent credentialing of Dr. David Segal, holding that…

State v. McGee  
Date: May 14, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1219

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of operating while intoxicated (OWI), holding that Mitchell v. Wisconsin, 588 U.S. __, __, 139 S. Ct. 2525 (2019) (plurality opinion), applies to cases of suspected…

State v. Jordan  
Date: May 14, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1442

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's prison sentence, holding that Defendant forfeited any rights to enforce the plea agreement in this case when he breached it. The plea agreement provided that Defendant would plead…

Luigi's Inc. v. United Fire & Casualty Co.  
Date: May 14, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1669

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court's judgment denying Insurer's motion for directed verdict on this action concerning Insurer's alleged delay in paying a claim, holding that the district court erred in denying…

Barkalow v. Clark  
Date: May 14, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1790

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court decreeing dissolution of a limited liability company (LLC), holding that, for the most part, the district court properly…

Rilea v. State  
Date: May 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0710

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Appellant's cause of action for unjust enrichment against the State, holding that the district court correctly dismissed the matter as an unlawful…

Holmes v. Pomeroy  
Date: May 7, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1162

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the determination of the district court that evidence of approximately twenty instances of Defendant's cell phone use while in a vehicle over an…

State v. Fetner  
Date: May 7, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1561

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the district court sentencing Defendant to consecutive sentences of incarceration in connection with his plea of guilty to possession of a controlled substance, third or…

State v. Tucker  
Date: May 7, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2082

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Defendant's appeal challenging his guilty plea to theft in the second degree, holding that Defendant's challenge to the constitutionality of new legislation limiting his ability to appeal was…

Xenia Rural Water District v. City of Johnston  
Date: May 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1027

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Iowa Code 357A.2 grants cities the primary right to provide water services within two miles of of the city limits that were not already being served by a rural water district. The Supreme…

State v. Goodson  
Date: April 30, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1737

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions but reversed the illegal portion of Defendant's sentence, holding that Defendant's sentence was illegal because it specified a duration for sex offender registry…

Kindsfather v. Bowling  
Date: April 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0008

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the ruling of the district court finding that an amended pleading by the Estate of Francis O. Glaser related back to…

Stateline Cooperative v. Iowa Property Assessment Appeal Board  
Date: April 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0674

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court upholding the ruling of the Property Assessment Appeal Board (PAAB) concluding that bins that primarily hold raw material until…

Estate of Vera E. Cawiezell v. Coronelli  
Date: April 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1214

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming a probate court ruling that a restriction on the transfer of devise property was a restraint on alienation and void, holding that the provision…

Morris v. Legends Fieldhouse Bar & Grill, LLC  
Date: April 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1349

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of a strip club and dismissing this common law wrongful-death-negligence action, holding that Defendants owed no continuing…

Sand v. Doe  
Date: April 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0477

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's order sustaining a subpoena served on a state agency for various categories of information related to a potential transaction, holding that the subpoena was not…

State v. Dessinger  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 18-2116

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for child endangerment and remanded the case to the district court for resentencing, holding that the court of appeals properly vacated the restitution portion of the…

State v. Fontenot  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0295

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction and sentence for two counts of indecent contact with a child, holding the trial court did not err by allowing the jury to…

State v. Zacarias  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0838

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for assault "us[ing] any object to penetrate the genitalia or anus of another person" in violation of Iowa Code 708.2(5), holding that there was sufficient evidence to…

State v. Holmes  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0335

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this appeal from a 2019 order that declined to modify Defendant's court-ordered restitution in a criminal case, holding that Senate File 457 (S.F. 457) required dismissal of this…

Johnston v. Iowa Department of Transportation  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0048

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reaffirmed its holding in Schilling v. Iowa Department of Transportation, 646 N.W.2d 69 (Iowa 2002), that a deferred judgment counts as a "final conviction" for purposes of mandatory license revocation…

Marek v. City Development Board of State of Iowa  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0759

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising out of the discontinuance of the City of Mt. Union, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court dismissing Plaintiffs' claim against the City Development Board, holding that the…

Hrbek v. State  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1571

Justia Opinion Summary: In this interlocutory appeal, the Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court prohibiting Defendant from filing any additional pro se supplemental documents in a postconviction relief proceeding, holding that…

Toney v. Parker  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2121

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the ruling of the district court striking Plaintiff's resistance to a motion for summary judgment and vacated the resulting summary judgment and bench trial judgment, holding that the district…

Bauer v. Brinkman  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0563

Justia Opinion Summary: In this defamation action, the Supreme Court affirmed the district court's order granting Defendant's motion for summary judgment, holding that the district court did not err in concluding that the statement at issue was…

Bribriesco-Ledger v. Klipsch  
Date: April 9, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1397

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court denying Defendants' motion for summary judgment and holding that the City of Davenport's mayor was required to show cause to remove an appointee from the…

Fortune v. State  
Date: April 9, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1721

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the order of the district court denying Defendant's application under Iowa Code 692A.128 to modify the requirement that he register as a sex offender, holding that because the district court did…

State v. Smith  
Date: April 9, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2011

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court dismissing the trial information in this case, holding that the State's delay in arresting and formally charging Defendant did not amount to a due process…

Becher v. State  
Date: April 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0353

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court denying Appellant's application to modify his sex offender registry requirements, holding that the district court erred in penalizing Defendant for his years…

In re A.B.  
Date: April 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1266

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the termination of parental rights as to Mother but not as to Father, holding that the juvenile court erred in finding each required element for a termination of Mother's custody under Iowa…

In re W.M.  
Date: April 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1319

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court terminating the parental rights of Father to his child and denying the State's petition to terminate Mother's parental rights and…

State v. Donahue  
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 18-2239

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of sexual abuse in the third degree, holding that there was no trial error and that there was sufficient evidence to support the conviction. Specifically, the Supreme…

Daniels v. Holtz  
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1674

Justia Opinion Summary: In this action seeking to set aside a sheriff's sale of the stock of Plaintiff's farm business the Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals reversing the decision of the district court concluding that…

Carter v. Carter  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 18-0296

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court determining that Jason Carter was civilly liable for the death of his mother, Shirley Carter, holding that the district court did not abuse its…

Fulps v. City of Urbandale  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0221

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court dismissing this lawsuit brought by an injured pedestrian against a city over a defective city sidewalk, holding that the trial court erred in dismissing the case…

State v. Hillery  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0725

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court granting Defendant's motion to suppress physical evidence and statements based on a police officer's alleged promise of leniency, holding that there was no…

Valles v. Mueting  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1066

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this appeal from a jury verdict in favor of Defendants in this medical malpractice action, holding that Plaintiff failed to timely file her notice of appeal. Plaintiff, individually and on…

Lewis v. Howard L. Allen Investments, Inc.  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1640

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the district court granting summary judgment dismissing Kristina Lewis's negligence claims against Howard L. Allen Investments, Inc. (Allen Investments), holding that Allen…

GreatAmerica Financial Services Corp. v. Natalya Rodionova Medical Care, P.C.  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0491

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of a finance company in this contract dispute, holding that the contract was properly ratified despite any allegation of…

Commerce Bank v. McGowen  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1994

Justia Opinion Summary: In this garnishment proceeding, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court concluding that Robert McGowen's deferred compensation plan benefits paid upon him reaching the age of sixty-seven were not…

Kostoglanis v. Yates  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2078

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court granting Defendants' motion for summary judgment and dismissing Plaintiff's claims for negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent misrepresentation, and breach…

Jones v. Glenwood Golf Corp.  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0303

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the ruling of the district court ordering a new trial on damages in this action against a golf course for owner liability under Iowa Code 321.493 and common law premises liability, holding that…

In re A.B.  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1032

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the order of the juvenile court terminating Mother's parental rights to her two children, holding that the juvenile court appropriately handled…

In re C.Z.  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1371

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the juvenile court terminating Father's parental rights to his two-year-old daughter, holding that the phrase "the proceeding" in Iowa Code 232.114(3) includes the appeal from the…

Wermerskirchen v. Canadian National Railroad  
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 18-2039

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court in favor of Defendants in this personal injury case, holding that the Federal Railroad Safety Act preempted Plaintiff's excessive speed claims and that…

State v. Swift  
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 18-2197

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals and the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of attempted murder and related crimes, holding that any error that occurred in the proceedings…

State v. Warren  
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0267

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of driving while intoxicated (OWI), holding that defense counsel was not ineffective in declining to seek suppression of certain evidence on the basis that Defendant was…

Clark v. State  
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1558

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court granting partial summary judgment on Donald Clark's legal malpractice claim, holding that Clark may not use his prior successful ineffective assistance of…

Earley v. Board of Adjustment of Cerro Gordo County  
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1672

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the district court concluding that the county board of adjustment legally granted an area variance to certain property owners,…

State v. Buman  
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0981

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction for wanton neglect of a resident of a health care facility, holding that the admission of a certain exhibit, when coupled with a certain instruction, posed a serious risk…

State v. Struve  
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1614

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to suppress, holding that observations of a driver holding a phone in front of his face and actively manipulating the screen for at…

In re Guardianship & Conservatorship of Radda  
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2088

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the district court on declaratory judgment declining to adjudicate the validity of two wills the ward, who was still alive, executed while he was in a voluntary conservatorship,…

In re D.D.  
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0330

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the juvenile court dismissing this child-in-need-of-assistance proceeding in which the child victim of sexual abuse had been returned to the home with the perpetrator and in…

State v. Thompson  
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1259

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for attempting to obtain a prescription drug by deceit, as a habitual offender, and conspiracy to commit a nonforcible felony, holding that Defendant's constitutional…

State ex rel. Dickey v. Besler  
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1598

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying a citizen's quo warranto action asserting that a district judge was holding his office unlawfully, holding that this case presented a nonjusticiable…

State v. Ernst  
Date: January 29, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1623

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for attempted burglary with intent to commit theft, holding that the State's evidence, and all reasonable inferences from that evidence, was sufficient to support…

State v. Boldon  
Date: January 29, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1159

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's sentence imposed following his pleas of guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon, interference with official acts while armed with a firearm, and carrying weapons, holding that…

State v. Waigand  
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0089

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the restitution order of the district court, holding that the State failed to prove the full amount of restitution was caused by the crime of conviction. Defendant pled guilty to ongoing…

No Boundry, LLC v. Hoosman  
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0431

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court denying Defendant's motion to set aside a default judgment awarding Plaintiff immediate and exclusive possession of Defendant's home, holding that the district…

State v. Wieneke  
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0126

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's sentence for domestic abuse assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, holding that the district court exceeded its statutory sentencing authority in this case. The district court…

Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Michael H. Said
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0797
Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. R. Scott Rhinehart
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0824
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