lawsuits

Lawsuits filed by Tyson workers over COVID-19 still on hold

BY: - July 23, 2021

Before he died of COVID-19 last year, Arthur Scott of Waterloo worked in a Tyson Foods plant that manufactures dog treats. Even so, Tyson claims it cannot be sued in state court for contributing to Scott’s death because the company was trying to secure the nation’s food supply and critical infrastructure when it kept the […]

Iowa family pursues new legal strategy in wrongful-death case

BY: - July 15, 2021

If a nursing home company can sue residents to collect payment, residents should be able to sue the same company for wrongful death even if they’ve signed an arbitration agreement, an Iowa family is claiming. The family of the late James Asmus is suing the Southern Hills Specialty Care nursing home in Osceola and its […]

Car dealer who defrauded customers sues DOT for ‘financial harm’

BY: - June 30, 2021

A former western Iowa car salesman accused of theft and fraud is now suing the state for interfering with his ability to continue selling cars. In 2018, Robert Adams, then the owner of the Adams Motor Company dealership in Denison, was charged with 11 counts of first-degree theft, three counts of second-degree theft, and one […]

Laid-off Flexsteel workers add to their claims of self-dealing by company executives

BY: - June 2, 2021

A group of former Flexsteel employees who are suing the Iowa-based company for allegedly enriching top executives at the direct expense of laid-off workers have added to their complaint in federal court. The original complaint that forms the basis of the lawsuit was filed in early March in U.S. District Court for the Northern District […]

Iowa Supreme Court sides with Davenport church in defamation case

BY: - May 24, 2021

In weighing a defamation case against an Iowa church, the state’s Supreme Court has upheld a decision limiting court involvement in religious matters. The case was initiated in 2017 by Ryan Koster, a former member of Harvest Bible Chapel, a nondenominational Christian church in Davenport. In 2005, Koster began attending the church, where he later met […]

Court says Iowa driver’s cell-phone use was casual, rather than a habit

BY: - May 11, 2021

When does a driver’s cell-phone use amount to a habit of driving while distracted? That was the question considered by the Iowa Supreme Court recently in weighing whether a driver’s 20 documented uses of a cell phone while in a car was admissible in court. The case stems from an accident that occurred on June […]

Des Moines man claims surgeons left a sponge inside him during surgery

BY: - April 14, 2021

An Iowa man who claims surgeons left a sponge in his abdominal cavity during an operation is suing Iowa Methodist Medical Center for alleged malpractice. A lawsuit filed by Ronald Barker of Des Moines alleges that in October 2018, Iowa Methodist Medical Center removed a portion of his bowel to alleviate chronic problems with Crohn’s […]

COMMENTARY

Winners in court can still be losers and the cost may be free expression

BY: - March 23, 2021

Many years ago, during a conversation with an old lawyer, he made a comment I still remember: “You can sue the bishop of Boston for bastardy, but that doesn’t mean you are going to collect.” It was Frank Karpan’s way of reminding a young editor that merely filing a lawsuit is not the most important […]

Iowa families can’t sue the state’s largest nursing home chain

BY: - March 12, 2021

Three months after 67-year-old James Asmus was admitted to the Southern Hills Specialty Care nursing home in Osceola, he was dead. State records indicate that within hours of being admitted to the home in September 2018, he sustained a broken hip in a fall. Immobilized by the resulting surgery, he soon developed pressure sores and […]

Iowa lawsuits against Tyson on hold as company faces potential SEC probe

BY: - March 4, 2021

Tyson Foods is facing new legal challenges in court, but the company is making headway in attempting to move wrongful-death cases tied to the pandemic from state court to federal court. The meat and poultry giant has been hit with several lawsuits from the families of Iowa workers who died after allegedly contracting the coronavirus […]

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Bill would cap non-economic damages for car accidents and limit employer liability

BY: - February 22, 2021

Noneconomic damages in a lawsuit would be capped at $750,000 for victims of car accidents, no matter how many victims were involved, under legislation that advanced Monday in the Iowa House. House Study Bill 217 does not block car-accident victims from collecting economic damages such as those tied to medical expenses, property damages or lost […]

Trump’s rhetoric on election integrity unfolds in courtrooms, sows ground for a contested election

BY: - October 9, 2020

See you in court! It is a threat President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign have lobbed — sometimes verbatim — at states across the country this year. Last week, the campaign threatened litigation in Pennsylvania if it wasn’t allowed to observe activity inside satellite election offices — access election lawyers say would be unprecedented, […]