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Iowa Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Appeal Deadline

May 5, 2021

A mother whose son developed disabling injuries from bacterial meningitis brought an action for medical negligence against the physicians, and their employers, who treated her son. Various Defendants entered settlement agreements with the mother. Two physicians and an employer of one physician went to trial. The jury issued a verdict in their favor, finding the […]


Iowa Court of Appeals Affirms District Court’s Preclusion of Treating Doctor’s Opinion

Plaintiff Mengwasser’s sued Joseph Comito and Capital City Fruit Company following a 2015 car accident. The jury awarded damages for past pain and suffering and past loss of function, but awarded no damages for future medical expenses, future pain and suffering, future loss of function or future loss of earning capacity. The district court limited […]


Attorney Spotlight: Sean Corpstein

Sean Corpstein is a partner in the firm’s trial division. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation, trial work, appellate practice, and white collar criminal defense. Most recently, Sean was admitted to the Civil Justice Act Federal Defender’s Panel. In his civil practice, Sean represents individuals and businesses in a wide-array of matters, including breach […]


MEDICAID FROM BEGINNING TO END (PART 2)

April 28, 2021

In our previous newsletter, we examined the Medicaid application process.  As a brief refresher, in order to qualify for Medicaid, an individual must meet certain level of care requirements in addition to passing both an income test and a resource test.  In this newsletter, we will examine Iowa’s estate recovery law as well as some […]


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 […]