Ben Erickson Secures Defense Verdict

April 1, 2022

On March 1, 2022, Ben Erickson obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a local business. The case stems from claims that Erickson’s client negligently caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to Plaintiff’s property. The case proceeded to trial on February 21, 2022. After considering the evidence presented at trial, including contradictory statements harvested […]

Class Action Notice – JOHN DOE, and all others similarly situated v. BARNSTORMERS BASKETBALL, INC. d/b/a BARNSTORMERS BASKETBALL OF IOWA

March 8, 2022

On September 23, 2021, the Honorable John A. Jarvey, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, entered an order certifying a class composed of individuals victimized by Gregory S. Stephen. Grefe & Sidney, PLC attorneys Guy R. Cook and Benjamin T. Erickson have been appointed as class counsel. […]

Iowa Court of Appeals Finds Shooting on Property Was Outside Property-Owners’ Scope of Liability

March 2, 2022

Lee Christenson shot and killed Thomas Bortvit on a farm owned by Roger Christenson, Lee’s uncle, and Donald Christenson, Lee’s grandfather. Bortvit’s parents sued Roger and Donald, asserting that they had failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the property from being used for the purpose of firing loaded pistols by unsupervised persons under the […]

Iowa Supreme Court Dismisses Lawsuit by Bars Briefly Shut Down by COVID-19 Proclamation, Finding Exceptions to Mootness Inapplicable

During the COVID pandemic in late August 2020, Governor Reynolds issued a public health disaster proclamation that temporarily required bars and taverns in six counties to close their doors. Six of those establishments filed a suit seeking an injunction that would block the proclamation on grounds it exceeded her statutory and constitutional authority. After the […]

Iowa Courts End Mask Mandate

On February 11, 2022, the Iowa Supreme Court entered an order ending the mask mandate in courtrooms across the state. Individuals entering court-controlled areas are no longer required to wear face coverings. However, judges retain the discretion to require face coverings in their courtroom. To read the Iowa Supreme Court’s Order in its entirety see: […]

Mark Thomas Admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers

Mark Thomas has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. The induction ceremony was held recently before an audience of approximately 600 during the recent Spring Meeting of the College in Coronado, California. Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best […]

Iowa Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court’s Ruling on Experts in Medical Malpractice Action

February 7, 2022

This medical malpractice action arises from a stroke the plaintiff experienced following a surgery performed by Dr. Otoadese. After the plaintiff suffered the stroke, he was seen by Dr. Bekavac for a second opinion regarding his condition and whether he would have recommended the initial surgery. Dr. Bekavac also asked Dr. Halloran for his opinion […]

Amended Iowa Supreme Court Order Regarding Covid-19 Matters

The Iowa Supreme Court has issued an amended Order In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/Covid-19 Impact on Court Services. The amended Order went into effect on January 1, 2022.   Pursuant to the amended Order, face masks are still required when entering court-controlled spaces throughout the state, regardless of the individual’s vaccination status […]

Laura Martino Obtains Directed Verdict in Premises Liability Case

Laura Martino obtained a directed verdict on behalf of her client, Menards, Inc., in a premises liability action in the Northern District of Iowa. The case arose from a premises liability claim in which the plaintiff alleged that she was injured when a stack of boxes fell on her foot while she was shopping at […]

Iowa Court of Appeals Affirms Denial of Penalty Benefits Against Employer in Workers’ Compensation Action

January 17, 2022

After injuring his right hand at work, claimant filed a workers’ compensation action against his employer, seeking healing period benefits after he was placed at maximum medical improvement (MMI) by an authorized doctor. He also sought penalty benefits for the employer’s failure to pay benefits after he reached MMI through the arbitration hearing. Following an […]