Justice

Iowa, 37 other states sue Google over alleged advertising, search monopoly

BY: - December 17, 2020

Attorneys general from Iowa and 37 other states are suing Google LLC for alleged anti-competitive conduct.  Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and his colleagues allege that Google has used exclusionary contacts and conduct to illegally maintain a monopoly on general search engines and related advertising markets. The company has used that power to “accumulate and […]

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Workers’ COVID-19 lawsuits could be quashed under GOP push in Congress

BY: - December 17, 2020

WASHINGTON — A wrongful death lawsuit filed in connection with a Tyson meat packing facility in Iowa alleged that managers secretly took bets on how many employees would get sick from COVID-19. Tyson fired seven managers at the Waterloo pork processing plant following an independent investigation into the betting allegations and a wave of national publicity. But […]

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Texas lawsuit that challenged election results

BY: - December 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday turned aside a Texas lawsuit that sought to derail the presidential election results in four battleground states, despite pressure on the justices from President Donald Trump. “Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” the unsigned court order […]

COMMENTARY

Trump plan to revive the gallows, electric chair, gas chamber and firing squad recalls a troubled history

BY: - December 6, 2020

The way the federal government can kill death row prisoners will soon be expanded to ghoulish methods that include hanging, the electric chair, gas chamber and the firing squad. Set to take effect on Christmas Eve, the new regulations authorizing an alternative to lethal injections – the method currently used in federal executions – were […]

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Attorney general denies approving experiments on Glenwood residents

BY: - December 4, 2020

The Iowa attorney general’s office is denying allegations that it approved or was involved in plans to conduct sexual-arousal experiments on the mentally disabled residents of a state-run care facility. In a lawsuit filed by former employees of the Glenwood Resource Center, the six individuals allege they were ousted in retaliation for the concerns they […]

Lawsuit claims Reynolds’ staff, AG’s office approved sexual-arousal experiments at Glenwood

BY: - December 2, 2020

A new whistleblower lawsuit alleges Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ staff and an assistant attorney general approved of sexual-arousal experiments on the mentally disabled residents of a state-run care facility. The lawsuit, filed by six former employees of the Glenwood Resource Center, seeks more than $10 million in damages from the state, claiming the wrongful discharge […]

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Chiropractor sues state, claiming intimidation and harassment after fraud is alleged

BY: - December 1, 2020

A chiropractor accused of bilking Iowa Medicaid out of $75,000 is suing the state for more than $280,000 in legal fees, claiming he is the victim of a long-running campaign of harassment and intimidation. The case involving Dr. Mark Den Hartog, 56, began quietly enough at 7:45 a.m. on May 27, 2015, when Jody Jones, […]

Bar owner files class-action lawsuit over Iowa’s COVID-19 limits on business activity

BY: - November 30, 2020

A Dallas County tavern owner is seeking class-action status for a lawsuit that claims the governor’s pandemic-related restrictions on business activity are violating the Iowa Constitution. Attorneys at the Brick-Gentry law firm of Des Moines and the Gossett & Gossett law firm of Hollywood, Florida, filed the lawsuit in Dallas County District Court on behalf […]

Iowa grocers’ fight with the DNR over ‘bottle bill’ winds up in court

BY: - November 30, 2020

Iowa’s grocery stores are taking their fight over the state’s bottle-redemption law to court. In September, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources denied the Iowa Grocery Industry Association’s request for a clearer standard in determining the distance between redemption centers and grocery stores that seek authorization to refuse the return of bottles and cans. Iowa […]

Immigration advocates push Biden to not just bring back DACA but expand it

BY: - November 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is promising to reinstate an Obama-era program that shields deportation for some undocumented people who were brought to the United States by their parents when they were children. But immigration advocates are pushing for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to not just be reaffirmed but expanded, and written […]

Dallas County sheriff is accused of firing a COVID-19 whistleblower

BY: - November 23, 2020

Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard fired an employee, allegedly in retaliation for the worker’s whistleblower complaint about the potential spread of COVID-19 in the jail, and then falsely claimed the man had voluntarily resigned, according to an Iowa judge’s ruling. Sheriff Leonard declined to comment on the case Monday, saying, “We still have some stuff […]

The Supreme Court could strike down Obamacare. Here’s what’s at stake.

BY: - November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — The fate of the sweeping 2010 health care law known as Obamacare is again in limbo, with the Supreme Court on Tuesday set to hear arguments over whether that statute should be overturned. States are at the heart of the case and nearly every one has made an argument about why Obamacare should […]