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Court Deems Dram Notice Need Not Name Liquor License Holder

February 6, 2020

Hollingshead claims he was injured during an incident at Misfits, a bar in Des Moines.  Following this alleged injury, Hollingshead’s counsel sent notice pursuant to § 123.93 to Founders Insurance Company.  The Notice named the holder of the liquor license as “Leonard LLC D/B/A Misfits.”  The liquor license holder was DC Misfits, LLC, not Leonard […]


Thomas secures Defense Verdict in Products Liability Claim

The Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed the jury’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed against Grefe & Sidney’s client, PGI International, and others in the Boone County District Court, Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company, as Subrogee of Farmers Cooperative Company v. Parker Hannifin Corporation, Squibb-Taylor Inc., Dalton Ag Products, Inc. and CNH Corp., a/k/a CNH America, LLC […]


Cook and Zenor Secure Summary Judgment on Insurance Bad Faith Claim

On November 24, 2013, Plaintiffs suffered a fire loss at a large storage facility.  Following an in-depth review of Plaintiffs’ claim, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company denied the claim based on Plaintiffs’ failures to comply with the Policy.  Following this denial, Plaintiffs filed suit, alleging State Farm had no reasonable basis to deny this […]


Thomas Obtains Defense Verdict in Negligence Case

December 27, 2019

On December 12, 2019, Mark Thomas obtained a defense verdict on behalf of two local clients. The case stemmed from an auto accident with disputed liability. At trial, Thomas presented evidence that his client was presented with a sudden emergency and that her conduct was reasonable under these circumstances. A Boone County jury agreed, and […]


Group Home Providing Caretaking Services did not Owe Duty to Child Harmed by one of its Residents

Defendant DAC, Inc. operates a group home that provides home and community based services for disabled persons. On March 25, 2015, a resident of the home with intellectual disabilities and a history of sexual abuse and physical aggression left Defendant’s property without the staff’s knowledge or permission. While missing from the home, the resident approached […]


Iowa Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of Gross Negligence Claim

Defendant Jeffrey Clark worked for Apartments Downtown, a property-management business owned by his parents. While he did not have a formal title, Defendant’s duties included assigning workers to complete construction tasks. In April 2014, Defendant tasked Bronson Ganka and two other workers with drilling vent holes in the front of a building. The workers had […]


Iowa Court of Appeals Overturns Recovery of Emotional Distress Damages in Legal Malpractice Action

In 2013, Plaintiffs Rachel and Heidi McFarland hired Defendant Jason Rieper to represent them in adopting a child. On December 30, 2013, two days after the child’s birth, the birth mother signed an authorization to discharge the baby to Defendant, who then left the hospital and delivered the baby to the Plaintiffs. Prior to the […]


Meet Our Team: Transactional Division

November 4, 2019

 Top row: Maryan De Haan, Rochelle De Bruin, and Christy Witzenburg Bottom row: Jonathan De Reus, Craig Shannon, and Heather Timmins   Grefe & Sidney, PLC has two divisions – a trial division and a transactional division. The photograph above is of the attorneys and staff who work in our transactional division. Most of you […]


Charitable Giving Strategies

Winter is not far off and the end of the tax year is quickly approaching. For this reason, charitably-inclined taxpayers having not already done so should begin reviewing the charitable donations they have already made this year in order to determine which charities they would like to continue supporting and how much financial support they […]


Iowa’s “Final Disposition Act”

Many people view estate planning as essential to ensuring a seamless transition of assets after their death while also seeking to eliminate any added stress or conflict that might arise among remaining family members. One area of planning often overlooked, however, includes designating the person responsible for someone’s final disposition (i.e., the person responsible for […]