Iowa Supreme Court News

Iowa Supreme Court Finds Gross Negligence Not Always an Intentional Act

The Iowa Supreme Court cleared the way for a federal lawsuit against an amusement park to proceed, reversing a district court ruling that a ride operator’s fatal actions were so reckless that they amounted to an intentional act. If Stephen …

Iowa Court Drastically Cuts Insurer’s Payment to Paralyzed Worker

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday dramatically reduced the compensation a paralyzed northeast Iowa man received from a jury in a lawsuit against an insurance company even while finding the company’s actions were “reprehensible.” Despite criticizing …

Iowa Bars Bad Faith Against TPAs, but Question Unsettled Elsewhere

A split decision by the Iowa Supreme Court last week resolves the issue in one state, but the question of whether third-party administrators can be held liable for the tort of bad faith remains unsettled in much of the country. …

Public Duty Doctrine Reduces Government Liability in Iowa Road Safety Case

A recent Iowa Supreme Court decision involving a 2013 car accident on a northwest Iowa county road could make it more difficult for citizens to hold city, county and state officials responsible when people are hurt as the result of …

Iowa Supreme Court Hears $75 Speed Camera Ticket Case

An Iowa woman who says she was wrongly ticketed by an automated traffic camera when she wasn’t speeding has accomplished the unusual feat of getting the state Supreme Court to consider her $75 small-claims case. For Marla Leaf, 67, it’s …

Iowa High Court Orders New Trial in High School Baseball Injury Case

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday ordered a new trial in the case of a Muscatine high school baseball player whose skull was fractured when he was struck by a foul ball during a game in Davenport in 2011. A …

Iowa Court: Construction Defect Remedy Doesn’t Extend to Banks, Developers

The Iowa Supreme Court has declined to give banks and real estate developers the same legal remedy that protects homebuyers from defective construction. In a pair of decisions, the court refused to expand Iowa’s implied warranty of workmanlike construction, which …

Iowa Work Comp Commissioner’s Defamation Claim Reinstated

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and top aides could be held personally liable if a jury decides that they defamed the workers’ compensation commissioner and improperly cut his salary during an attempt to force his resignation, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled. …

Iowa Court Says Third-Party Beneficiary Bound by Policy Limitations

The Iowa Supreme Court recently held that a third-party beneficiary is granted no greater rights under an insurance policy and is bound by the same limitations as the policyholder. In Osmic v. Nationwide Agribusiness Ins. Co., No. 12-1295 (Iowa Jan. …

Iowa Court: Immigrant Worker on Expired Visa Gets Workers’ Comp

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that a West Liberty woman, an immigrant from Mexico who stayed in the United States after her visa had expired, is entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits for a work-related injury. The case involves …