Practice Area: Business

Aaron Lindebak Wins Summary Judgment in RV Breach of Warranty Case

January 5, 2024

Aaron Lindebak recently won a summary judgment motion in a breach of warranty case, resulting in complete dismissal of the lawsuit against his client. In the case, Aaron’s client supplied the chassis to an RV manufacturer, which then built the “house” on top of it. Aaron’s client provided a warranty on the chassis, while the […]


Ben Erickson Wins Defense Verdict in Arbitration Proceeding

December 5, 2023

On November 8, 2023, Ben Erickson secured a defense verdict in an arbitration hearing in front of the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission. The case arose out of a debilitating condition suffered by one of Erickson’s client’s former employees. Specifically, the claimant alleged to have sustained a significant cumulative injury to his neck and back during […]


Hall and Lindebak obtain Summary Judgment in Federal Products Liability Case

March 6, 2023

Andrew Hall and Aaron Lindebak represented Lippert Components, Inc. and LCI Industries in a products liability case. Lippert Components, Inc. and LCI Industries manufacture electric steps for use on Recreational Vehicles. Plaintiffs allege that a rivet in a step manufactured by Lippert Components and LCI Industries failed, resulting in the death of David Burke. Plaintiffs […]


Clark Mitchell Wins Summary Judgment

February 1, 2023

The Plaintiff sued Crow Valley Golf Club seeking recovery under Iowa Code section 808B. The Plaintiff alleged Crow Valley Golf Club operated a surreptitious video and audio mechanism in its bar/restaurant and had recorded his conversations with business associates. Iowa Code section 808B.8(1)(a) permits an individual whose communication is intercepted, disclosed, or used in violation […]


IOWA SUPREME COURT HOLDS “DIRECT PHYSICAL LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY” LANGUAGE IN A COMMERCIAL PROPERTY INSURANCE POLICY REQUIRES A PHYSICAL ASPECT TO THE LOSS

May 17, 2022

In March 2020, Governor Reynolds issued a proclamation closing all bars and restaurants from dine-in or in-person services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In compliance with the proclamation, both Jesse’s Embers (Des Moines bar and restaurant) and Wakonda Club (Des Moines country club) closed down. Both businesses had commercial property insurance with similar language […]


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 […]


COVID-19 Related Litigation

June 22, 2020

Grefe & Sidney is already handling Coronavirus/COVID-19 related litigation.  Countless businesses have been affected by this pandemic, causing disruptions with both demand and supply.  Our firm is involved in defending claims that business interruption clauses contained in many insurance policies should be triggered by pandemic related/government ordered closures.  In addition, the first of what is […]


Mitchell & Currie Successfully Enforce Forum Selection Clause

August 26, 2019

On August 5, 2019, Clark Mitchell and Michael Currie obtained a dismissal for their client.  Plaintiff contracted with Defendant for the purchase and installation of three hoop buildings.  Plaintiff entered into a warranty agreement with Defendant at this time.  The warranty agreement provided that Defendant would repair or replace any product covered under the warranty, […]


Court of Appeals Decision Reminds Bailees That They Have a Duty to Care for Bailors’ Property While it is in Their Possession

April 29, 2019

Plaintiff and Defendant were business associates, who had an oral agreement regarding a salvage yard business. Plaintiff locked Defendant out of the business and filed suit for breach of an oral contract. Plaintiff also obtained a temporary injunction that prevented Defendant from returning to the business property, where many of Defendant’s tools, equipment, and inventory […]


BUSINESS OWNERS REMINDED TO FOLLOW CORPORATE FORMALITIES

February 21, 2019

Many business owners choose to organize their businesses as separate legal entities such as corporations or LLCs. There are many advantages for doing so, but one of the primary advantages a corporation or an LLC provides a business owner is limited liability protection.  This means that, generally, if a plaintiff wins a lawsuit against a […]