Iowa sued over agency’s alleged failure to turn over Test Iowa emails

BY: - July 30, 2021

The Iowa Department of Public Health, already fighting formal complaints claiming it has repeatedly violated Iowa’s Open Records Law, is now being sued over access to records related to a $26 million no-bid contract. Suzette Rasmussen, a lawyer from Draper, Utah, is suing the Iowa Department of Public Health and its spokesperson, Sarah Ekstrand. The […]


Sexual harassment cases at school: Appeals court ruling could change how schools judge complaints

BY: - July 25, 2021

When a Virginia high school teen reported that another student repeatedly touched her breasts and genitals without consent during a school band trip, the school decided there wasn’t enough evidence to establish that there was a “sexual assault.” They did not punish the alleged offender. The student sued the school in federal court under Title […]

Addictions counselor accused of having sex with client

BY: - July 22, 2021

The Iowa Board of Social Work has accused an Iowa-licensed social worker of sending videos and texts of a sexual nature to a client. The board alleges Kristal Lake of Kimballton sent sexually explicit text messages, photos and videos to a client. She is charged by the board with making suggestive, lewd, lascivious or improper […]

Iowa group that backed Ernst fights to block donor disclosure

BY: - July 21, 2021

A group that supported U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s 2020 re-election bid is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit it says would give “the wolf the keys to the henhouse” and allow others to “rifle through” records pertaining to its donors. The Clive-based group Iowa Values allegedly spent close to $1.5 million supporting the […]

Iowa lawsuit over California’s hog-confinement law headed for a hearing

BY: - July 20, 2021

A federal judge will hear arguments next month in a case that involves Iowa pork producers and their challenge of a California state law restricting the sale of pork in that state. The Iowa Pork Producers Association has requested a preliminary injunction that would block enforcement of California’s Proposition 12. The state of California has […]

Lawsuit over Waterloo inmate’s suicide is settled for $125,000

BY: - July 19, 2021

The state of Iowa has agreed to pay $125,000 to settle a lawsuit over the 2016 suicide of an inmate housed in the Waterloo Residential Correctional Facility. In 2018, the family of Dustyn Henry sued the state of Iowa and Mike Schwab, a veteran probation and parole officer for the First Judicial District Department of […]

State worker who slapped elderly, disabled woman wants his job back

BY: - July 5, 2021

A former employee of a state-run home for the disabled, fired for having assaulted an elderly, female resident, is fighting to get his job back. State records indicate that on the evening of Oct. 20, 2018, residential treatment worker Derek Krogman was in the dining room of a Woodward building, dealing with an 85-year-old, nonverbal […]

Small Iowa car dealer battles auto giant to remain a GM franchise

BY: - July 5, 2021

A long-simmering dispute between General Motors and a northwest Iowa auto dealership that’s fighting to retain its GM franchise is headed back to court. The dispute centers on an obscure Iowa law that discourages auto manufacturers from terminating franchise agreements with Iowa dealers for breach of contract or poor sales, particularly if those dealers contribute […]

Unidentified doctor who poses ‘high risk’ to the public continues to practice

BY: - July 2, 2021

An unidentified emergency room physician who allegedly caused the death of a patient in 2017 has continued to see patients with no restrictions on his license while posing a “high risk” to the public, according to the Iowa Board of Medicine. The physician, identifying himself only as “Dr. John Doe,” took the Iowa Board of […]

Iowa nurse accused of running an illegal, unlicensed assisted living facility

BY: - July 1, 2021

A central Iowa nurse is accused of attempting to exploit a potential gap in state regulation by running an illegal, unlicensed care facility in Des Moines. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and the City of Des Moines are suing Sutton Senior Home, a corporation run by Anne Porter, a registered nurse from Ankeny. […]

Court denies new trial for man injured in rolling bachelor-party fracas

BY: - May 18, 2021

An Iowa man is not entitled into a new civil trial tied to a moonshine-fueled bachelor party that “devolved into discord and violence,” the Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled. Court records indicate that in 2017, Colby Newman of Mt. Pleasant planned a bachelor party for his brother, Spencer Newman, and that Colby’s cousin, who […]

Court battle still rages over eastern Iowa city’s decision to block access to recreational trail

BY: - May 7, 2021

A coalition of eastern Iowa bicyclists and runners are planning to appeal a court ruling favoring one city’s decision to block a connection to the historic Mississippi River Trail. The planned appeal would challenge a recent district court ruling that represents an unusual legal setback for bicyclists and others who are attempting to connect or […]