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Iowa’s Highest Court Holds Plaintiff’s Release of Driver Extinguishes the Vehicle Owner’s Vicarious Liability Notwithstanding Plaintiff’s Express Reservation of Right to Sue the Vehicle Owner

April 13, 2021

Plaintiff was a passenger in a golf cart driven by his son when they struck a bridge and the impact ejected Plaintiff, causing severe injuries. After settling his claims with the driver with a signed release that expressly reserved his claims against the golf course, the owner of the golf cart, Plaintiff sued the golf […]


Iowa Supreme Court Reverses District Court’s Dismissal of Pedestrian Lawsuit against City over Defective Sidewalk

Plaintiff fell while walking along a City sidewalk and broke her arm and wrist. She alleged her fall was caused by the defective sidewalk. Plaintiff sued the City for negligence, alleging that the City failed to properly maintain, repair, and warn about the dangerous, defective, and uneven sidewalk. The City filed a motion to dismiss […]


Attorney Spotlight: Anita Dhar Miller

Anita Dhar Miller is a partner in Grefe & Sidney’s litigation division. Her practice includes general civil litigation and she has extensive experience in insurance defense matters, including workers’ compensation, automobile personal injury, slip and falls, construction claims, gross negligence, discrimination, and sexual harassment. Anita graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in […]


Iowa Court of Appeals Upholds $39,000 Penalty Award in Workers’ Compensation Case

March 19, 2021

The Iowa workers’ compensation commissioner ordered an employer and its workers’ compensation insurance carrier to pay a $39,000 penalty for failing to pay an injured worker approximately $80,000 in healing period benefits. The commissioner found the employer and insurance carrier terminated benefits without a reasonable cause and awarded a 50 percent penalty in accordance with […]


Iowa Appellate Court Upholds $10.9 Million Commercial Property Assessment

A 2017 county tax assessment valued a Lowe’s store at $11.8 million. Lowe’s challenged the assessment on grounds that it was excessive. After the county review board sided with the county’s assessment, Lowe’s appealed to the Iowa Property Assessment Appeal Board (PAAB). The PAAB held a hearing on Lowe’s appeal in 2018. At the hearing, […]


Aaron Lindebak, Ben Erickson, and Sean Corpstein Have Been Made Partners

Grefe & Sidney is pleased to announce that Aaron Lindebak, Ben Erickson, and Sean Corpstein have become partners of the firm. Aaron Lindebak graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2013. Aaron joined Grefe & Sidney in the Summer of 2016. Prior to joining Grefe & Sidney he clerked for Judge Tabor […]


Grefe & Sidney Celebrates 50 Years of Providing Exceptional Legal Services

March 2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of Grefe & Sidney, P.L.C. Since its inception in 1971, Grefe & Sidney has been providing a superior level of counsel and advocacy to our clients across the state of Iowa from our Des Moines and Pella offices. Members of the firm have distinguished themselves in the legal community […]


Guy Cook Co-Chairs Task Force that was Instrumental in Reopening Iowa Courts to Jury Trials

February 9, 2021

With the assistance of the Jumpstart Jury Trials Task Force, Iowa courts resumed jury trials on February 1, 2021. The Iowa Supreme Court created the Jumpstart Jury Trials Task Force on May 6, 2020, “to develop temporary policies and procedures for jury trials resuming following the COVID-19 postponements.” The 17-member task force reviewed jury trial […]


Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission Extends Suspension of In-Person Hearings

February 4, 2021

The Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission issued an updated Order on February 2, 2021, extending the suspension of all in-person regular contested hearings before the agency from March 19, 2021, through at least June 18, 2021. Regular hearings that were scheduled to occur during that period will be conducted via video conference, using CourtCall, unless the […]


Iowa Supreme Court Confirms that Punitive Damages are Unavailable in Excessive Force Claims against the State

Plaintiff, Krystal Wagner, individually and as the administrator of her son’s estate, filed suit against the State of Iowa and a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officer. Wagner’s son, who was nineteen years old and suicidal, was shot and killed by a DNR officer during an armed standoff. Wagner filed suit in federal court, asserting […]