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Iowa SC beats back union challenge to new law regarding dues

By Payton Kuhn | May 29, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court recently affirmed a county court’s summary judgment in favor of the state Legislature in response to claims from two Iowa labor unions that several 2017 amendments to the state's Public Employment Relations Act violated the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution.

Iowa Supreme Court reverses ruling in property owners' case against animal feeding production operators

By Erianne Leatherman | Jul 11, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed a summary judgment in a case filed by property owners against animal feeding production operators they allege have damaged their property and quality of life.

Railroads avoid $6B Iowa class action over 2008 flood

By Erianne Leatherman | Jul 10, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld a district court ruling that prohibits a group of property owners from suing railways for damages related to a 2008 Iowa flood.

Iowa SC affirms public-duty doctrine bars county from liability in auto accident case; Dissent calls it 'confusing'

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 26, 2018

DES MOINES (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court upheld a district court ruling that the public-duty doctrine barred Humboldt County from liability for the injuries a passenger suffered when a car crashed into a concrete embankment put up by the landowner.

John Deere wins case filed by fired manager; Iowa civil rights law can't extend to China

By Elizabeth Alt | May 30, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court stated that the Iowa Civil Rights Act cannot extend extraterritorially on May 18, granting summary judgment to Deere & Co. in a former manager’s lawsuit claiming civil rights violations under the Iowa Civil Rights Act after he was fired.

Freedom of information advocates baffled by state Supreme Court justice's ruling

By John Breslin | Dec 26, 2017

DES MOINES (Legal Newsline) - Freedom of information advocates remain baffled by the decision from a state Supreme Court justice to bar a newspaper from publishing publicly available information.

Hit by foul ball in dugout, high school baseball player sees verdict overturned

By Dee Thompson | Jun 14, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – Six years after getting hit in the head with a foul ball at a high school baseball game, Spencer Ludman’s case was deemed worthy of a new trial by the Iowa Supreme Court on June 2.

Iowa SC declares chiropractors' proposed class action over

By Robert Lawson | Mar 15, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed a district court decision that would have allowed a collective of similarly situated chiropractors to sue a health insurance company over alleged antitrust violations in the state.

New ATRA program to tackle ‘deep-pocket jurisprudence’

By Jessica Karmasek | Feb 3, 2017

Victor Schwartz, general counsel for the American Tort Reform Association and an expert on tort law, argues some courts in recent years have stretched tort law to impose liability on an innocent party.

Attorney: Certification in Iowa class action bucks recent trend of judges' decisions

By Rebecca Campbell | Feb 24, 2016

Plaintiffs filed a motion for class certification in Muscatine County District Court seeking to certify a class of residents who lived within 1.5 miles of the Grain Processing Corporation's facility and alleged lost-use-and-enjoyment damages as a result of emissions from the defendant’s corn milling plant.

Iowa SC mostly rejects proposed consumer class action filed over overdraft fees

By Jessica Karmasek | Feb 8, 2016

The plaintiffs sued the bank over one-time nonsufficient funds fees it charged when they used their debit cards to create overdrafts in their checking account. The couple, former customers of West Bank in Iowa, alleged the fees violated the state’s usury laws.

Iowans receive restitution from buying club membership settlements

By Emily Moore | Sep 22, 2014

The attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division is issuing restitution checks to Iowans from a $40 million settlement from three separate buying club cases.

Ala. SC reaffirms decision on ‘innovator liability’

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 20, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - The Alabama Supreme Court has reaffirmed its ruling in a case questioning whether a brand-name drug maker can be held liable for injuries from a generic version.

Iowa SC: State can tax traditional phone companies' personal property, but not wireless providers'

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 17, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) -- The Iowa Supreme Court ruled last week that the state can legally tax the personal property of traditional telephone companies but not force wireless providers to pay the same taxes.

Iowa SC mostly upholds decision in chiropractors' class action

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 3, 2012

Waterman DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) - The Iowa Supreme Court last week mostly upheld a lower court's ruling in favor of the state's largest health insurer.

Iowa SC rules in favor of hospital in case over credentialing

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 19, 2012

Hecht DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) - The Iowa Supreme Court last week upheld a lower court's ruling in favor of a hospital in a lawsuit over negligent credentialing.

Iowa governor says SC ruling could mean layoffs

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 19, 2012

Branstad DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) - The Iowa Supreme Court, in a ruling last week, called Gov. Terry Branstad's use of item vetoes unconstitutional.

Iowa SC issues cramming opinion

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 19, 2011

Zager DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) - The Iowa Supreme Court last week upheld a district court's ruling that reversed a decision of the state's utilities board penalizing a company for "cramming" a business owner.

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