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September 4, 2007 | Erin Herbold


Iowa Courts have recently decided two civil cases filed against Iowa towns involving the issue of the towns’ legal responsibility for injuries to individuals at a public building or at a public event, and a third case involving premises liability on private property.

September 3, 2007 | Roger McEowen


The Iowa Court of Appeals has decided two cases involving employer liability – one case involving the issue of an employer’s liability to an employee for an on-the-job injury, and a second case involving the question of when an employer is liable for injuries to a patron that an employee causes.

September 3, 2007 | Erin Herbold
November 13, 2007 | Erin Herbold


Trampolines can be the cause of serious injury, especially to minor children. This case concerns liability for a trampoline accident involving neighbors. In 2003, the defendants hosted a backyard barbeque and invited friends over for a relaxing afternoon. The defendants owned a trampoline that came complete with set-up instructions and a user’s manual. The plaintiff began jumping on the trampoline with her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend. But, when she landed from a jump, she severely broke her ankle. 

November 13, 2007 | Erin Herbold


In assessing fault for tort claims, Iowa law exempts municipalities from being assessed a percentage of fault under certain circumstances. One of those situations involves snow and ice removed from “streets.” But does that protection extend to sidewalks?        

December 30, 2007 | Erin Herbold


In Iowa, a landowner has a duty to use reasonable care to maintain reasonably safe conditions for invited guests and persons coming on the premises for business purposes.  But, does the landowner have to keep a look-out for dangerous conditions, or simply have notice of the dangerous condition and an opportunity to make the premises safe before being held liable?  In other words, just exactly what is the extent of the duty?  Does it include snow and ice removal?  That was the precise issue in this case.

December 30, 2007 | Erin Herbold


April 20, 2008 | Roger McEowen

Normally a landlord is not liable for injuries that a tenant’s animals cause.  But, a “possessor” of an animal can, in certain circumstances, be held liable for injuries that animals cause.  This case illustrates that latter point.

July 15, 2008 | Roger McEowen