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Legislative Update: Idiopathic and Unexplained Falls - June 20, 2019

Effective July 1, 2019, injuries in the workplace from idiopathic and unexplained falls will be subject to a new law. Read More »


Bad Faith Claims Are Barred Against Third-Party Administrators - June 14, 2019

In De Dios v. Indemnity Insurance Company of North America, the Iowa Supreme Court set out to answer a certified question of law: Can third-party administrators be liable for bad faith failure to pay workers' compensation benefits? Read More »


Iowa Landowners Disappointed by Iowa Supreme Court Eminent Domain Decision - May 31, 2019

On May 31, the Iowa Supreme Court decided Texas-based company, Dakota Access, lawfully used the state's power of eminent domain to seize land from Iowa citizens for the Bakken oil pipeline. Read More »


2019 Iowa Legislation Affecting Iowa Landlords - May 28, 2019

The 2019 Iowa legislative session came to a close on April 27, 2019, resulting in a handful of new laws directly affecting Iowa residential landlords. Below is a summary of those new laws, along with commentary on a few landlord-related bills that did not pass this session. Read More »


Nonconforming Use Bill Signed into Law - April 25, 2019

On April 23, 2019, the Governor signed HF701 into law, which expressly mandates the continuance of lawful preexisting nonconforming uses as it relates to the replacement of manufactured, modular, and mobile homes under various circumstances. Read More »


Idiopathic Falls Re-Examined - March 7, 2019

The Iowa Supreme Court recently issued a decision that re-examined compensability of idiopathic injuries, specifically falls on level, unobstructed, and dry floors. Read More »


Bad Faith When Penalty Benefits Denied - March 4, 2019

The Iowa Court of Appeals recently decided a case finding that if penalty benefits were not awarded as part of a workers' compensation action because the employer/insurance carrier's denial of benefits was reasonable, then bad faith cannot be awarded as part of a civil claim. Read More »


Nonconforming Use Bill Introduced - February 13, 2019

HSB 100/SSB 1141 was recently introduced to protect the property rights of real estate owners, including manufactured housing communities. Read More »


Iowa Department of Revenue Formally Publishes Amended WET Tax Rules for Landlords - October 25, 2018

As discussed in previous posts (see direct links below), Iowa's new Water Excise Tax (WET) took effect on July 1, 2018. Since that time, the Iowa Department of Revenue (IDOR) has released two sets of proposed revised rules. On October 24, 2018, the IDOR formally published its Amended Rules. These published rules are consistent with the proposed revised rules that the IDOR released earlier this fall. Read More »


Bill Hanigan Presents Oral Arguments Before the Iowa Supreme Court - September 17, 2018

On September 12, Bill Hanigan, presented his oral arguments before the Iowa Supreme Court in the case Puntenney, et. al. v. Iowa Utilities Board., et. al. Bill and Jason Lawrence represent Iowa landowners whose land was forcibly taken via eminent domain by Dakota Access in order to lay a pipeline to transport crude oil across the state. Read More »


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