Monthly Archives: June 2016

Zenor and Andresen Obtain Summary Judgment on Behalf of Local Dram

June 28, 2016

Following a rear-end car accident, Plaintiff filed suit against the driver who hit her and Draught House 50, the dram shop where the driver had been prior to the accident.  Plaintiff alleged the dram shop was liable for selling and serving alcohol to the driver when it knew or should have known the driver was […]


Do You Know Where Your Documents Are?

June 23, 2016

It seems everything these days is digital. But even in this tech age, you may have to replace a lost or stolen document. Here are resources for obtaining hard copies of important documents. Birth Certificate: If you need a birth certificate and you were born in the U.S., contact the vital records office in the […]


Oops! Tax Mistakes to Avoid

Taxes.  We all pay taxes, but sometimes we make mistakes or “embellish” our deductions.  Here are some interesting stories and facts you may enjoy. Trickster Tax Accountant – A former baseball player hired an accountant to manage his financial affairs, pay his bills, and file his tax returns.  He fired her a few years later […]


COMMUNICATION IS KEY: INFORMING YOUR FAMILY OF YOUR ESTATE PLANNING OBJECTIVES

COMMUNICATION IS KEY: INFORMING YOUR FAMILY OF YOUR ESTATE PLANNING OBJECTIVES “100% of people believe death will occur someday; 99.9% do not believe it will be tomorrow.” Anonymous Client The quote above is on the last page of our Estate Planning Worksheet, and we think it is an accurate representation on how many people view […]


Grefe & Sidney, PLC Team places in Top 10 at Volunteer Lawyers Project Golf Tournament.

June 10, 2016

On Friday, June 3, 2016, Grefe & Sidney attorneys Adam Zenor, Robert Thole, Joseph Moser, and Pat McNulty participated in the annual Polk County Bar Association’s Bench & Bar golf tournament. Grefe & Sidney was proud to be a gold sponsor of the event. The golf tournament raises money for the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project. This […]


Supreme Court of Iowa Holds Statutory Immunity for Non-Manufacturers in Products Liability Cases Does Not Apply to Cases Based Solely on Economic Loss

An aviation company challenged the application of a statutory immunity provision to its claim of a breach of the implied warranty of merchantability. Cedar Valley Aviation, a subsidiary of Aerial Services, Inc. (hereafter “ASI”), brought a Piper plane to Des Moines Flying Service, Inc. (hereafter “DMFS”) for maintenance. After inspection, DFMS replaced the plane’s windshields.  […]


Iowa Court of Appeals Finds Plaintiff Failed to Establish ‘Assault’ Where Only Evidence is Plaintiff’s Being ‘Uncomfortable,’ ‘Nervous,’ Upset,’ and ‘Paranoid.’

Nicholas Diffenderfer and April Ewold are divorced and have two minor children. The couple’s marriage dissolved after a history of arguments and physical fights. After their divorce, Ewoldt remarried. In May of 2015, Ewoldt and Diffendefer got into an argument regarding Diffendefer’s visitation rights. Diffendefer believed it was his day to assume physical care of […]


Supreme Court of Iowa Denies Further Review in SCE Partners, LLC Case.

On May 23, 2016, the Supreme Court of Iowa denied further review of the Iowa Court of Appeals’ ruling in Belle of Sioux City, L.P., v. Iowa Racing and Gaming Com’n. The Supreme Court’s decision follows the Iowa Court of Appeals’ March 23, 2016, affirmation of the district court decision upholding the Iowa Racing and […]