Justice

Two Mason City doctors sue feds over eight-year wait for green card

BY: - September 20, 2022

Two Mason City physicians and their daughter are suing the federal government over an eight-year wait for their green card. Dr. Pranav Singh, his wife, Dr. Harpreet Kaur, and their daughter, Ishnoor Kaur, are suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the U.S. District Court for the Northern […]

Iowa consumer challenges Beyond Meat’s protein claims in federal court

BY: - September 19, 2022

An Iowa woman is among three consumers suing the makers of Beyond Meat for what they allege are false claims about the protein content of the meat substitute. It’s the third such lawsuit filed against the company in recent months. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, seeks […]

Feds take home-care company to court over unpaid employee wages

BY: - September 17, 2022

One of western Iowa’s in-home health care providers, accused of failing to pay its workers overtime wages, has agreed to a settlement with federal labor officials. The U.S. Department of Labor has taken Embrace Iowa to court so that the settlement has the effect of an enforceable court order. The deal calls for the company […]

Loras College sued over alleged student housing break-ins, Title IX violations

BY: - September 16, 2022

A former Loras College student is suing the Dubuque school for allegedly failing to properly investigate a break-in at her student-housing apartment. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa by former varsity soccer player Rachael Swift, alleges that in September 2020, Swift awoke in her apartment to find an […]

Pottawattamie County sheriff says jail changes made after ‘tragic’ 2018 case

BY: - September 15, 2022

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA — Pottawattamie County Sheriff Andy Brown said this week that reviewing and improving jail medical care has been a top priority following a 2018 incident in which a county inmate had to have both legs amputated. Brown said the case of inmate Kevin Pittillo was tragic and that since he took office […]

Iowa church sues Texas church in federal court over ‘child predator’ claims

BY: - September 15, 2022

Iowa’s largest predominantly African American church is suing a Texas church for allegedly libelous claims about the marriage of a 63-year-old bishop to a woman in her late teens. The lawsuit pits Iowa’s Christ Apostolic Temple, and its leader, Bishop Dwight Reed, against Texas’ Kingdom Church and one of its leaders, Demetrius Sinegal. According to […]

Lawsuit seeks to unmask nursing home owners who ‘defrauded’ creditors

BY: - September 15, 2022

The unidentified owners of a shuttered western Iowa nursing home mired in debt now stand accused of deliberately defrauding creditors to the tune of more than $800,000. A federal lawsuit filed by a Pennsylvania company against the owners of Sioux City’s Touchstone Healthcare Community is seeking to “pierce the corporate veil” of Touchstone — a […]

U.S. Justice Department to appeal Trump special master order

BY: - September 8, 2022

The U.S. Justice Department will appeal a Florida federal judge’s ruling this week appointing an independent arbiter to review thousands of sensitive materials the FBI seized from former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach residence, the department notified the court Thursday. Government prosecutors are also asking U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon not to force them […]

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Congressional panel debates federal role in preventing youth incarceration

BY: - September 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of a U.S. House Education and Labor Committee panel on Thursday questioned experts and leaders of youth rehabilitation programs about how the federal government could invest in programs to prevent kids from becoming incarcerated. “Although the juvenile justice system is intended to rehabilitate — not punish — young offenders, data shows that […]

Ankeny mom appeals dismissal of mask-mandate lawsuit

BY: - September 6, 2022

An Ankeny mother is appealing the dismissal of her lawsuit challenging an Iowa school district’s mask mandate. Kimberly Reicks had sued the Ankeny Community School District over the mask mandate it had in place in 2020 and 2021. In her lawsuit, she alleged that after she led a protest at a school board meeting over […]

Marshalltown man alleges police shot him with a Taser after traffic violations

BY: - September 6, 2022

A Marshalltown man is suing the city, alleging a police officer zapped him with a stun gun without cause. Elder Soto Tejada is suing the city, Police Officer Ryan Dehl and Police Chief Michael W. Tupper in U.S. District Court. According to Soto Tejada’s lawsuit, he was driving home on March 21, 2022, when Dehl, […]

Waterloo company sued over alleged union-busting activities

BY: - September 6, 2022

A former executive with a Black Hawk County company is alleging in federal court that the business bribed workers to help bust a labor union in the plant. Sabrina Martin is suing Powers Manufacturing Co., a Waterloo-based business that makes athletic uniforms, in U.S. District Court. Martin was a salaried human resources specialist for the […]