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Mitchell and Corpstein Secure Defense Verdict on Plaintiffs’ Claim Seeking $925,561.36

June 17, 2021

Following a four day jury trial in Woodbury County, Clark Mitchell and Sean Corpstein obtained a defense verdict on behalf of their client, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company. Plaintiffs’ breach of contract claim followed a fire at Plaintiffs’ farm/ranch in 2013 and State Farm voiding the insurance Policy as a result of Plaintiffs’ conduct.  […]


COVID-19 Update

May 17, 2021

In light of the CDC’s recent pronouncement that fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks or distance while indoors, Grefe & Sidney is changing its mask and distancing policy effective immediately to reflect the CDC’s pronouncement. Pursuant to the CDC’s updated guidance, Grefe & Sidney requests that people who have not been […]


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 […]