Monthly Archives: December 2021

Appellate Court States “Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure are Not Aspirational” and Reverses Lower Court’s Deviation from Court Rules

December 8, 2021

After the City of Cedar Rapids (the City) granted a land use amendment allowing an industrial use to be built in a residential neighborhood, various property owners (Landowners) challenged the City’s decision by filing writs of certiorari with the district court. “Without a hearing, the district court annulled the writs of certiorari” concluding that the […]

Appellate Court Holds Plaintiffs Cannot Circumvent the Public-Duty Doctrine by Labeling Governmental Actions as “Misfeasance”

A police officer was killed during a motor vehicle collision after an intoxicated driver, who was driving on the wrong side of the road, struck the police officer’s vehicle. The administrators of the police officer’s estate (Plaintiffs) filed suit against various governmental parties including the State of Iowa, City of Waukee, and City of West […]

Iowa Court of Appeals Reverses Lower Court’s Ruling on “Negligent Communication” Claim in Medical Malpractice Action

Plaintiff filed a medical malpractice action against Defendants (a doctor and medical facility that employed the doctor) after the doctor performed a vasectomy instead of a circumcision on the Plaintiff. Plaintiff advanced two theories of medical negligence: (1) failure to obtain Plaintiff’s informed consent and (2) negligent communication. At trial and over the Defendants’ objection, […]

Craig Shannon’s Retirement

December 6, 2021

It is with our appreciation and best wishes that we announce that Craig Shannon is retiring at the end of 2021, after practicing law at Grefe & Sidney for more than 43 years. Since 1978, Craig has served the Iowa bar and clients with his sage advice, knowledge, and expertise, building long-term relationships with many […]

Proposed American Families Plan Could Significantly Affect Estate Planning

Earlier this year, President Biden announced the American Families Plan – a series of proposed changes to the tax code that could significantly alter the way many individuals approach their estate planning. One proposal included in the American Families Plan that has garnered much attention, especially in farming communities, is the proposal to eliminate the […]