Practice Area: Insurance Coverage & Defense

Iowa Supreme Court Expands Protections for Confined Animal Feeding Operations

August 2, 2022

Plaintiff Gordon Garrison owned and lived on 300 acres of farmland in northern Iowa. In 2015, Defendants New Fashion Pork and BWT Holdings began operating a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) approximately a half mile away from Plaintiff’s property. Plaintiff alleged that his property began experiencing consistent bad odors and manure drainage, both produced by […]


Tansha Akogyeram Secures Dismissal in Underinsured Motorist Case

Tansha Akogyeram secured the dismissal of an underinsured motorist (UIM) action against Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois (“Safeco”) in June. The UIM action resulted from a 2019 hit-and-run accident in Des Moines while the Plaintiff was a passenger in a rideshare vehicle. Plaintiff filed suit against the rideshare company’s insurer and Safeco for UIM benefits. […]


Andy Hall and Ben Erickson Obtain Favorable Ruling from Iowa Supreme Court

July 5, 2022

On June 10, 2022, the Iowa Supreme Court determined that Andy Hall and Ben Erickson’s client, Liberty Mutual, was not required to reimburse Plaintiff, another insurer, for workers’ compensation benefits totaling over $250,000. The case arose after Plaintiff paid workers’ compensation benefits and later determined it was not the employer’s insurer on the date of […]


Mark Thomas and Ryleigh Keeney Secure Dismissal in Hailstorm Damage Case

November 8, 2021

Following a bench trial in Palo Alto County, Mark Thomas and Ryleigh Keeney obtained a dismissal on behalf of their client, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company. Plaintiffs’ breach of contract claim followed a 2018 hailstorm that damaged Plaintiffs’ real property. Plaintiffs’ policy contained a one-year contractual limitations period—requiring Plaintiffs to file suit against State […]


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.  […]


Iowa Court of Appeals Affirms District Court’s Preclusion of Treating Doctor’s Opinion

May 5, 2021

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 […]


Mark Thomas and Henry Harmon Successfully Defend Anhydrous Ammonia Product Liability Action

June 22, 2020

After years of litigation, including a trip to the Court of Appeals and back, and a two-week trial, the Court of Appeals affirmed the jury’s decision in Nationwide Agribusiness v. PGI, et al. to dismiss the claims against all defendants.  The lawsuit originated with the tragic death of a Boone County farmer who was overcome […]


Thomas secures Defense Verdict in Products Liability Claim

February 6, 2020

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 […]