Category: Latest News

Mark Thomas and Henry Harmon Successfully Defend Anhydrous Ammonia Product Liability Action

June 22, 2020

After years of litigation, including a trip to the Court of Appeals and back, and a two-week trial, the Court of Appeals affirmed the jury’s decision in Nationwide Agribusiness v. PGI, et al. to dismiss the claims against all defendants.  The lawsuit originated with the tragic death of a Boone County farmer who was overcome […]


Iowa Supreme Court Expands Government Liability

On August 30, 2015, Kathryn Breese and her nine-year-old daughter were riding their bicycles through Dankwardt Park in Burlington, Iowa.  While inadvertently riding on a sewer box that was connected to a public pathway, Breese struck a tree and lost control of her bicycle, falling ten feet to the ground, resulting in injuries.  Plaintiffs alleged […]


Trials and Hearings Recommence

The Iowa Supreme Court, in a May 22, 2020 supervisory order, ordered that all jury trials shall be continued to a date no earlier than September 14, 2020.  The Court outlined the priority of cases in its May 22, 2020 supervisory order: emergency matters, criminal cases, and family law matters are given priority.  Proceedings not […]


COVID-19 Related Litigation

Grefe & Sidney is already handling Coronavirus/COVID-19 related litigation.  Countless businesses have been affected by this pandemic, causing disruptions with both demand and supply.  Our firm is involved in defending claims that business interruption clauses contained in many insurance policies should be triggered by pandemic related/government ordered closures.  In addition, the first of what is […]


Iowa Legislature Addressed PEXA rule

The Iowa legislature has revised the”PEXA” rule established in Pexa v. Auto Owners Insurance Co., 686 N.W.2d 150 (Iowa 2004). The Pexa case provided that a jury, in personal injury cases, could consider both the charged amount and the actual amount of past medical bills paid when determining how much to award for past medical expenses. Senate File 2338, […]


Grefe & Sidney Offices to Open June 22 as Directed by Governor

Our attorneys and legal staff have been working remotely through our secure remote access program during the Covid-19 outbreak.  Our team is excited to announce that almost all Grefe & Sidney employees will be returning to the office starting June 22, as authorized by Governor Reynolds.  Grefe & Sidney remains committed to providing high quality […]


Iowa Supreme Court and Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission Temporarily Suspend Certain Proceedings

April 24, 2020

Criminal and Civil Cases  In the wake of Covid-19, the Iowa Supreme Court has issued a set of orders temporarily suspending civil trials as well as non-emergency criminal trials. Not all court proceedings are impacted by these orders. Trials that are affected are set to resume on: June 1, 2020: criminal non-jury trials June 15, […]


Grefe & Sidney Continues to Operate Amid COVID-19

Grefe & Sidney is here for you. Our team remains hard at work and continues to provide excellent legal services to both new and existing clients. To ensure the health and safety of our clients, staff, and community during the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, we have closed our Des Moines and Pella offices to the public […]


Estate Planning During Covid-19

April 16, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the State of Iowa, our office has received an increasing number of calls from concerned clients wanting to either have estate planning documents prepared or to update their existing documents.  As such, we thought a brief summary of some of the basic estate planning documents might be useful. Powers […]


SECURE Act Brings Changes to Longstanding Retirement Strategies

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which became effective earlier this year, has made many changes to longstanding retirement rules.  As a result, many clients have contacted our office recently with questions regarding how the Act affects their estate planning, if at all.  Below is a brief summary of the changes […]