Monthly Archives: May 2016

Landlord Cannot Shift Financial Duty to Maintain Fit Premises

May 9, 2016

In two recent Supreme Court cases, the Court held a landlord cannot shift the financial costs of repairs necessary to comply with its duty of fitness and habitability under the Iowa Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. In De Stefano v. Apts. Downtown, Inc., and Caruso v. Apts. Downtown, Inc., the Supreme Court of Iowa […]

Iowa Adopts “Contradictory Affidavit Rule” and Holds Conceived, Yet Unborn Child Has a Claim for Parental Consortium

Plaintiffs appealed from a district court decision granting summary judgment to defendant medical providers, contending the district court erred in concluding the plaintiffs’ wrongful death and loss of consortium claims were time-barred. Decedent Paul Gray was receiving medical care from Defendant Dr. Baldi, an addiction medicine and pain management specialist. Dr. Baldi was aware of […]

Mitchell wins defense verdict in defamation case

May 3, 2016

During the week of April 25, 2016, Clark Mitchell obtained a defense verdict in favor of the president of a townhome owners association.  Mitchell represented one of three defendants in the suit.  The defendants suspected the plaintiff had misappropriated money from the association.  The defendants provided information of plaintiff’s activities to the police.  The plaintiff […]