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DONNA MILLER VOTED LAWYER OF THE  YEAR FOR 2018

April 23, 2018

Based on recently released 2018 Best Lawyers® rankings, Donna Miller has been voted Lawyer of The Year for 2018 for the Des Moines area for her representation of employers in workers’ compensation matters. This is a singular honor. Only one lawyer per practice area and metropolitan region is awarded this distinction based on the highest […]


The Recent Amendments to Iowa’s Dramshop Act

July 12, 2018

Adam Zenor’s article reviewing the Iowa legislature’s recent amendments to Iowa’s Dramshop Act was featured in the Iowa Lawyer, a publication by the Iowa Bar Association.  These recent amendments went into effect July 1, 2018. Should you have interest in the amendments or their potential impact, please feel free to link to the feature article […]


THE COURT EXPANDS THE ABILITY TO CHALLENGE WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS

May 21, 2018

  Following a plea of guilty and sentence, Jacob Lee Schimdt filed an application for postconviction-relief, claiming he was actually innocent although he knowingly and voluntarily pled guilty to the charged crimes.  As a result of a recantation by the victim, Schmidt claims actual-innocence.  The Iowa Supreme Court took up the issue. Prior to this […]


STATEMENTS CONCERNING LAWFUL DISCRIMINATION IN TENANCY DISALLOWED BY THE IOWA COURT OF APPEALS

  Theresa Seeberger evicted a tenant following her discovery of the tenant’s pregnancy.  As a result, the tenant sought protection from the Davenport Civil Rights Commission.  Following adjudication at the administrative level and an appeal to the district court, the Davenport Civil Rights Commission and Seeberger appealed the district court ruling that (1) Seeberger’s statements […]


IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION RULES ON TRAFFIC CAM PLACEMENTS DECLARED VOID BY COURT

  The Iowa Supreme Court determines that the Iowa Department of Transportation did not have the authority from the legislature to issue rules regulating the use of automated traffic enforcement (ATE) systems.  As such, the Court found that the IDOT’s rules regulating where cities could place ATE systems was invalid and unenforceable. The cities of […]


IOWA CREATES FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER SAVINGS ACCOUNTS

April 24, 2018

A new law went into effect this year that provided for the creation of First-Time Homebuyer Savings Accounts (FTHSA.) These accounts are special savings accounts that allow for tax deductions to the account holder. In order to qualify as a FTHSA, the account holder, upon opening the account, must designate a beneficiary of the account […]


WHY A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT MIGHT BE FOR YOU

A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a “triple-tax-advantaged” medical savings account available to taxpayers enrolled in High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHP.) It allows taxpayers to use funds from the account to pay for certain qualified medical expenses. An HSA is simply a special type of savings account that can be used to pay for qualified healthcare […]


STANDARD DEDUCTION CHANGES

In December, President Trump signed a new tax bill into law. One noticeable change was the doubling of the standard deduction. This means that for single taxpayers, the standard deduction has increased to $12,000. For married taxpayers who file a joint tax return with their spouse, and for taxpayers who file as a “Surviving Spouse,” […]


IOWA SUPREME COURT HOLDS NO EXCEPTION TO EXCLUSION UNDER ALL-RISK POLICY APPLIED

April 23, 2018

In November, 2014, a squirrel entered an electrical substation owned by the City of West Liberty, Iowa and, after climbing on equipment, caused a completed circuit and thereafter electrical arc resulted in substantial damage to the City’s electrical substation.  Following the damage, the City submitted a claim to Employers Mutual Casualty Company (EMC).  EMC denied […]


CORPORATE EMPLOYERS DO NOT HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS

Patricia Georgesen started a small business named Derby Insurance Agency (Derby), a subchapter S corporation, in 1991.  Her husband also worked at Derby Insurance.  In 1998, Joanne Cote began working at Derby as a customer service representative.  On October 12, 2012, Derby sold its assets, goodwill, and book of business to Derby Insurance Services, Inc. […]


A NEW FACE AT GREFE AND SIDNEY

Please join us in welcoming to Grefe and Sidney’s Litigation Division, AnneMarie Spellman McDevitt. Her practice includes general civil litigation and workers’ compensation matters. AnneMarie represents employers, insurers and claimants before the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and a graduate of Creighton University School of Law. AnneMarie […]