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Political Ads Give Lesson On Copyright Infringement - November 3, 2014

With Election Day nearly here, the end of political ad season is finally upon us. As Iowans know, these days you can't use the TV, Internet or radio without being bombarded with ads telling you why you should vote for a particular candidate or, more commonly, what's wrong with the candidate's opponent. Read More »

 

Iowa Court of Appeals Rejects Argument to Impose Implied Warranty upon Land Developers - June 17, 2014

On April 16, 2014, land developers and sellers breathed a sigh of relief after the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that a purchaser of a residential building lot cannot sue the land developer for perceived deficiencies with the excavation and dirt work performed. Read More »

 

Google's Nest Acquisition Has Much To Do With Patents - January 27, 2014

The news of Google's acquisition of Nest Labs for $3.2 billion cast a spotlight on an ongoing debate in startups: Should they bother to seek patents to protect their inventions or not? Read More »

 

Dealing with Abandoned Mobile Homes Without Utilizing the Courts: The 60-Day Election by a Landlord - January 20, 2014

Many times, landlords of manufactured housing communities utilize the courts when dealing with tenants they want to evict and abandoned mobile homes. However, there is an alternative method to deal with abandoned mobile homes that have value (and are not being foreclosed upon by a lien holder). Under Iowa Code section 648.22A, landlords can make a 60-day election. Read More »

 

Questionable Provisions Included in Residential Leases: Landlords Must be on Alert After the Staley v. Barkalow Case - January 13, 2014

In May of 2013, the Iowa Court of Appeals entered a decision in the Staley v. Barkalow case, which involved a group of various tenants who affirmatively sued their landlord over the content of their lease agreements. Read More »

 

Service Dogs And Emotional Support Animals: Man's Best Friend Becomes A Landlord's Biggest Headache - January 6, 2014

Landlords in Iowa and elsewhere have been facing, with increasing frequency, difficult questions regarding man's best friend. While landlords must analyze each request by an existing or prospective tenant regarding the need for a dog on a case-by-case basis, landlords should consider the following general principles as a starting point to their analysis. Read More »

 

How a Passion for Justice Became a Passion for Affordable Housing - October 8, 2013

My dad told me when I was a young girl that a person has no right to complain if they are not involved. Perhaps I've not fulfilled the obligations inherent in that statement, but I've never forgotten the message. Read More »

 

Trading in the Handshake for a Well-Written Contract - August 26, 2013

One construction law topic that I often speak about to remodelers is the benefits of having a well-written contract with their owner-clients; though, of course, new home builders benefit from a well-written contract with their owner-clients just as much as remodelers. Read More »

 

REAL IDs - Are you prepared? - August 12, 2013

Effective January 15, 2013, the Iowa DOT began issuing REAL ID cards. The cards, which are a coordinated effort by the states and the federal government, were developed to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued identification documents, which should reduce fraud and deter acts of terrorism. Read More »

 

Securities Act Rule 506(c) - A Few Things to Think About if You Decide to Engage in General Solicitation - July 29, 2013

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