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Iowa landowners file brief against use of eminent domain by Dakota Access Pipeline - October 1, 2016

On Friday, September 30, Bill Hanigan of the Davis Brown Law Firm filed a new brief with the Polk County District Court. The brief is part of the ongoing lawsuit that asks if a private company, which provides no service to Iowans, may use the state's power of eminent domain to seize land from Iowa citizens for the pipeline's private use. Read More »


Favorable Opinion Rendered in Iowa Mechanic's Lien Case - September 1, 2016

Iowa Court of Appeals affirms district court opinion regarding Iowa's new lien law. Read More »


Hearing scheduled to address Dakota Access Pipeline construction suspension - August 11, 2016

A hearing is scheduled for Friday, August 19, and will address the emergency motion filed on August 9 to prevent construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline across the property of fifteen Iowa landowners while a lawsuit remains pending in Polk County District Court. Read More »


DOL "Persuader" Rule Requires New Financial Reports for Lawyers and Clients - June 21, 2016

The Department of Labor ("DOL") has issued a statutory interpretation or rule regarding "persuaders" hired by employers to assist the employer in dealing with a labor union. The rule went into effect at the end of April and it has already spawned three lawsuits and legislation in both houses of Congress to repeal it. Read More »


Supreme Court Affirms Cuozzo, Upholding PTAB's Claims Construction Standard and Non-Appealable Nature of Inter Partes Review - June 20, 2016

The Supreme Court sided with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Monday when it decided that inter partes review (IPR) cannot be appealed under the American Invents Act (AIA) and affirmed the USPTO's "broadest reasonable interpretation" standard for construing claims. Read More »


Iowa landowners file lawsuits to suspend eminent domain hearings - May 20, 2016

On Friday, May 20, Bill Hanigan of the Davis Brown Law firm filed separate lawsuits on behalf of Verdell and Marian Johnson, and Marvin and Bonnie Zoch, against Dakota Access Pipeline Company. Both couples are Cherokee County Iowa landowners opposed to the use of eminent domain to seize farmland. Read More »


Exempt or Not Exempt - That is the $47,476 Question - May 18, 2016

On May 18th, the DOL issued its new rule raising the minimum annual base under which employees in these categories can qualify for one of these exemptions to overtime. Read More »


Iowa landowners file lawsuit against Iowa Utilities Board - April 11, 2016

On Friday, April 8, Bill Hanigan of the Davis Brown Law Firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of nine Iowa landowners against the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB). Read More »


Iowa landowners disappointed in Iowa Utilities Board decision - March 10, 2016

On Thursday, March 10th, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) released its decision regarding Dakota Access' request for a permit to use eminent domain to take private farmland for its proposed Bakken oil pipeline. Read More »


Iowa Utilities Board and Dakota Access Pipeline Update - February 22, 2016

For the past few months, the Iowa Utilities Board has been considering the Dakota Access pipeline case. The IUB will reconvene in open session on March 9, 2016 at 9am to review the draft order and discuss any changes necessary and release a final decision on March 9 or 10. Read More »


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