On December 14, 2018, the Iowa Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on a long-standing residential mechanic’s lien case stemming back to a 2013 lien. Jodie McDougal presented her oral arguments to the Iowa Court of Appeals in her representation of Standard Water Control Systems, Inc., owned by Mike Hogenson.
In a 2014 trial, Standard Water successfully obtained a judgment in its favor on a mechanic’s lien suit filed against certain homeowners who had not fully paid their bill for Standard’s installation of a waterproofing system within their house. Such judgment was in the amount of the principal debt owed, plus attorney’s fees, costs, and interest. Since trial, the homeowners have filed several appeals, including this third appeal.
In this third appeal, the homeowners claim that their homestead should be protected against certain portions of the mechanic’s lien amount. The Court of Appeals will render a decision on this third appeal in 2019, and we will continue to keep you updated on this appeal, which is an important case for all residential contractors in the state of Iowa.