Justice

Swift Pork Co. accused of discouraging workers’ use of family medical leave

BY: - November 26, 2021

An Iowa man is suing Swift Pork Co., alleging it discourages workers from taking advantage of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The lawsuit, filed this week in U.S. District Court on behalf of Swift employee Raymond Black of Wapello County, seeks unspecified damages for alleged FMLA violations. Black’s lawsuit alleges that in 2018, […]

Doctor sued after setting up shop four blocks from former employer

BY: - November 24, 2021

Mercy Medical Services is suing one of its former physicians, accusing the doctor of poaching both its employees and its patients. Mercy and its Sioux City hospital, the MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center, allege in a newly filed federal lawsuit that Dr. Stilianos Efstratiadis, a cardiology specialist, signed an employment contract with the corporation in January […]

Iowa Supreme Court says delayed parole for sex offenders isn’t unconstitutional

BY: - November 23, 2021

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that the state is not wrongfully detaining sex offenders by delaying the treatment they must complete to be considered for parole. The opinion issued Tuesday states that the Iowa Department of Corrections has acted reasonably in attempting to address the fact there are too many sex offenders in the system […]

Reynolds ‘disappointed’ in ruling on transgender Medicaid coverage

BY: - November 22, 2021

A Polk County judge has ruled that a state law denying Medicaid coverage for gender-confirmation surgery violates the Iowa Constitution and the Iowa Civil Rights Act. A spokesman for Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday the governor “is disappointed in today’s decision and disagrees with the district court’s ruling on Medicaid coverage for transgender reassignment surgeries.” The spokesman said the governor’s staff is […]

Casey’s now being sued over wages paid to pizza-delivery drivers

BY: - November 21, 2021

A second lawsuit that alleges Iowa pizza-delivery drivers are being shortchanged on their wages has been filed in U.S. District Court. Recently, a lawsuit was filed alleging Iowa delivery drivers working for Domino’s Pizza were effectively earning 35 cents an hour because the company wasn’t fairly compensating the workers for the use of their own […]

Des Moines man identified as ‘Co-Conspirator No. 1’ in SBA fraud case

BY: - November 19, 2021

The Iowa finance executive who allegedly conspired with others to defraud the Small Business Administration has been identified in court records as Michael Barry Slater of Des Moines. Slater is the founder and president of Vital Financial Services, a lending service provider based in Clive. He pleaded guilty this week to a charge of conspiracy […]

Court: Rape shield law doesn’t protect child victim from testifying about past abuse

BY: - November 19, 2021

Iowa’s rape shield law cannot be used to protect a 10-year-old victim from cross-examination about her past relationship with a second abuser, the Iowa Supreme Court has ruled. The court said while Iowa’s rape shield law prevents defense lawyers from questioning rape victims about past sexual experience, a Sioux County case provides an exception to […]

Man convicted in shootout accuses police of hiding video evidence

BY: - November 18, 2021

A Polk County man convicted of participating in a rolling shootout is now challenging that conviction in court by arguing police and prosecutors deliberately concealed video evidence demonstrating his innocence. In May 2020, Austin J. Mallory was arrested by Des Moines police after he and others were involved in a shooting. According to court records, […]

Federal judge sides with GOP states challenging limits on tax cuts in pandemic relief law

BY: - November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Alabama has ruled in favor of 13 Republican-led states — including Iowa, Florida, New Hampshire, Kansas and Montana — that sued the federal government over a section of a coronavirus relief bill that barred states from using relief money to offset tax cuts. The ruling, which granted a permanent […]

Community college sued over COVID-19 mitigation efforts

BY: - November 16, 2021

A community college in Black Hawk County is being sued by a former employee who claims the school failed to adequately enforce COVID-19 mitigation efforts. In lawsuit filed recently in U.S. District Court, Christen Everett alleges she worked for Hawkeye Community College as an academic advisor from February 2018 through May 2021, when she was […]

‘A matter of dignity’: Biden signs executive order to address violence against Indigenous people

BY: - November 16, 2021

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Monday addressing violence against Indigenous communities. “These efforts are a matter of dignity,” Biden said during the opening ceremony for the White House Tribal Nations Summit. “That’s the foundation of our nation-to-nation partnership.” The executive order directs the departments of Justice, Interior, Homeland Security, and Health and […]

‘Police’ group accused of illegally raising money for Trump

BY: - November 15, 2021

A political action committee that backed President Donald Trump in the 2020 election is again raising money in Iowa and claiming donations will benefit the families of police killed in the line of duty. The scripted, prerecorded solicitations emanate from the Law Enforcement for a Safer America Political Action Committee, although the calls are stated […]