Andy Hall and Ben Erickson successfully defended a landlord against allegations that his tenants’ dog attacked an individual on his rental property, resulting in injury. Plaintiff sought damages based on theories of strict liability and premises liability. After conducting a thorough investigation, Hall and Erickson filed for summary judgment. In support of their motion, they contended their client was not liable for the damages caused by his tenants’ dog due to the fact he did not own, harbor, or control the dog that attacked the plaintiff. The Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County agreed and dismissed plaintiff’s claims against Hall and Erickson’s client.
Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Law No. LACV116460