Monthly Archives: March 2019

A Divided Court of Appeals Reverses the District Court’s Denial of Summary Judgment in Dram Shop Case

March 29, 2019

On March 1, 2015, Brett Weichers (Plaintiff) was assaulted by two men who had consumed alcohol at several establishments, including Tony’s La Pizzeria (Defendant). Plaintiff filed a dram shop suit against Defendant (and two other bars) seeking damages for the injuries he sustained from the assault and alleging that Defendant ‘“sold and/or served beer, wine, […]

Court of Appeals Affirms Summary Judgment Against Unlicensed Public Adjuster

A hail and wind storm damaged Gregg Whigham’s home in March 2016. The home was insured by The Cincinnati Insurance Company (Cincinnati). After the storm, Gregg contracted 33 Carpenters Construction, Inc. (33 Carpenters) for the repair of his home. Per their agreement, 33 Carpenters would repair Gregg’s house and, in exchange, would receive the right […]

Iowa Supreme Court Affirms $450,000 Indemnification Judgment in Favor of Homeowners’ Insurer

In 1997, Jay and Lorrie Lala, husband and wife, created a limited liability company, Parker House, to hold various investment and personal properties, including a farmhouse that was purchased for investment purposes. The farmhouse was kept furnished although no one lived there. The Lalas occasionally used it to host business and public events. They also […]

Lindebak Wins Defense Verdict in Negligence Case

On March 6, 2019, Aaron Lindebak obtained a defense verdict for his client. Lindebak represented the defendant (a hotel) in the lawsuit. The plaintiff, who was a guest at the hotel, slipped and fell in a shower. The plaintiff alleged the hotel was negligent. Following the presentation of the plaintiff’s case, Lindebak moved for directed […]