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Use of Automated Traffic Enforcement (ATE) Systems Survives Series of Constitutional Challenges

October 5, 2018

On August 31, 2018, the Iowa Supreme Court issued three (3) related opinions regarding the use and enforcement of ATE systems in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. These cases follow the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling in April in City of Des Moines et al. v. Iowa Dep’t of Transportation in which the Iowa Supreme Court […]


Iowa Court of Appeals Reverses Award of Property Damages to Insurer in Subrogation Claim, Holds Invoice for Damage to Horse Trailer was Inadmissible Hearsay

On June 7, 2014, Alana McNutt was towing her mother-in-law’s horse trailer when she was struck by another driver. The other driver, a minor, was driving with the permission of his mother, Christine Warth. State Farm Insurance insured the horse trailer. In December 2015, State Farm filed a subrogation action against Warth claiming $16,406 in […]


Guy R. Cook Named to Super Lawyers’ “Top 10 List” of All Lawyers in Iowa

Grefe & Sidney PLC is pleased to announce that senior partner, Guy R. Cook, has been recognized as one of the Top 10: Iowa Super Lawyers for the sixth time. The honor is the result of a multiphase selection process involving independent research, peer evaluation, and professional achievement. Super Lawyers refers to its Top 10 […]


IOWA’S HIGHEST COURT AFFIRMS OWI CONVICTION FINDING THAT THE ARRESTING OFFICER WAS ACTING AS A “COMMUNITY CARETAKER”

August 23, 2018

Terry Lee Coffman and his wife were sitting in their vehicle, which was parked on the side of the highway in Slater, Iowa. At approximately 1:08 a.m., a Sheriff’s Deputy, Nicholas Hochberger, was patrolling the area when he spotted Coffman’s vehicle on the roadside with its brake lights on. Deputy Hochberger turned on his flashing […]


SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS EMPLOYER’S AUTHORIZATION DEFENSE IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CASE

Kelly Brewer-Strong filed a workers’ compensation Petition against her employer, HNI Corporation (HNI) alleging that she sustained work-related bilateral carpal tunnel injuries while carrying out her employment duties with HNI. HNI initially denied the alleged injuries in its Answer to Brewer-Strong’s Petition. Brewer-Strong then filed an alternate medical care petition alleging “abandonment of care.” HNI […]


IOWA SUPREME COURT HOLDS APPRAISERS’ DETERMINATION ON THE CAUSE AND AMOUNT OF PROPERTY LOSS IS BINDING ON THE PARTIES AND THE COURT

Walnut Creek Townhome Association (Walnut Creek), a residential community in Urbandale, built a number of multifamily buildings between 2004 and 2006. The shingles used on the roofs were manufactured by CertainTeed and had a 25-year warranty. However, the shingles were considered defective by roofing professionals. In 2011, Walnut Creek hired Marcus Harbert, a professional roofer, […]


BUYING REAL ESTATE WITH AN LLC?

July 25, 2018

A growing trend among prospective homeowners is to purchase a home, especially rental homes, in the name of a limited liability company, or “LLC.” Business owners favor LLCs for the liability protection they provide in the event of a lawsuit. For example, if someone is injured at John Smith’s pumpkin patch, John Smith’s personal assets […]


YOU CAN LIMIT DEATH’S FINANCIAL COSTS, IF NOT THE EMOTIONAL ONES

By Warren Kozak I pride myself on keeping meticulous financial records. But since my wife died on Jan. 1, I discovered I had made some real rookie mistakes that led to hours of extra work and substantial fees. The transfer of assets between spouses can be fairly simple—if you learn from my mistakes. Dr. Lisa […]


A NEW FACE AT GREFE AND SIDNEY

July 23, 2018

Jonathan De Reus is an associate attorney in the firm’s business division. His practice areas include business law, estate planning and probate, real estate and landlord-tenant law, and tax law. Jonathan divides his time between the Pella and Des Moines office. Having been born and raised in the city of Pella, Iowa, Jonathan is well […]


HALL AND ERICKSON WIN SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN DOG BITE LAWSUIT

Andy Hall and Ben Erickson successfully defended a landlord against allegations that his tenants’ dog attacked an individual on his rental property, resulting in injury. Plaintiff sought damages based on theories of strict liability and premises liability. After conducting a thorough investigation, Hall and Erickson filed for summary judgment. In support of their motion, they […]