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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 […]


COVID-19 Update

March 18, 2020

  Grefe & Sidney is open for business and continues to serve our clients. With the evolving COVID-19 situation, however, Grefe & Sidney has transitioned to a remote work environment. Effective, Friday, March 20th we will be closing our Des Moines and Pella offices. The offices will remain closed to the public until further notice. […]


Iowa Supreme Court Holds Board of Medicine’s Correspondence cannot impose discipline without a finding of Probable Cause

March 2, 2020

Following a Board of Medicine investigation into an emergency room physician after the death of a patient in his care, the physician voluntarily ceased practicing medicine.  The Board closed its investigation without a finding of probable cause that the physician had violated any rule or standard of practice, which is a prerequisite to imposing discipline. […]


Iowa Supreme Court Reduces Jury Award of $6 Million in Punitive Damages to $500,000 following Bad Faith Trial

Plaintiff, Toby Thornton, sustained injuries while operating a work vehicle.  There was no dispute the injury occurred during the course of his employment.  However, during the course of workers’ Compensation benefits, the insurer, American Interstate, challenged Thornton’s claim for PTD benefits.  Thornton filed a Petition alleging bad faith on the part of American Interstate. The […]


Dhar Miller Secures Favorable Client Result before Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission

Anita Dhar Miller successfully argued in an Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission hearing that a claimant who alleged permanent disability resulting from a work injury failed to demonstrate so by a preponderance of the evidence; as a result, the deputy did not award claimant any benefits.  Anita represented claimant’s former employer and their workers’ compensation carrier.  […]


Derogatory Language and Policy Violation Not Sufficient to Insulate Employer from Wrongful Discharge Claim

February 6, 2020

Richard Christie appealed a grant of summary judgment following dismissal of his cause of action for violations of the Iowa Civil Rights Act and wrongful discharge against his employer.  In reversing the grant of summary judgment, the Court of Appeals held that Christie had generated fact questions on both claims. Christie was employed by Crawford […]


Abject Fraud does not Negate Forum Selection Clause

Roy Karon is an Iowa resident and the sole member of Peddler, LLC, a company that leases aircraft so personnel can travel the United States and Canada to provide training to financial institutions.  Elliot Aviation, the Elliot Defendants, were engaged in aircraft sales with Karon and Peddler LLC. Following contractual dispute and allegations of fraud, […]