Thoughts, opinions, musing. Things you think about when you’re an attorney.

Iowa Supreme Court Sides with Free Speech

By Jessica Zupp / April 16, 2021

Today, in Bauer v. Brinkman, No. 20-0563, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously upheld a grant of summary judgment in favor of Mr. Bradley Brinkman who was sued by Richard Bauer, a local landlord. Bauer sued Brinkman after Brinkman posted on Facebook, among other things, that Bauer was a “slumlord” in the community. Many people saw…

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Substance Over Form: The Iowa Court of Appeals Honors Facts, Not Labels.

By Jessica Zupp / March 4, 2021

In Iowa, if two parents exercise shared physical care (aka 50/50 in common parlance), the required child support order(s) end up being way less because they are off-setting. For the parent who doesn’t really care as much about being a shared caretaker, but who more cares about not getting gouged in child support, he or…

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Not happy with the company’s doctor’s impairment rating? Get an Independent Medical Exam!

By Jennifer Zupp / March 2, 2021

Are You Entitled to a Second Opinion?

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John Oliver hits the nail on the head!

By Jennifer Zupp / February 23, 2021

Manufacturing workers, particularly meat packing workers, have extremely difficult and dangerous jobs.

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Don’t Leave Easy Money on the Table by Forgetting to Request Your Mileage!

By Jennifer Zupp / February 18, 2021

If you are injured at work in Iowa and use a personal vehicle to get to medical appointments, you are entitled to reimbursement for your round trip mileage – not your gas receipt, which is too low, and not the outrageous amount of money your “friend” charged you to drive you to your appointment. Try…

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Check Your Weekly Work Comp Rate!

By Jennifer Zupp / February 17, 2021

This week, I had a work comp carrier admit, after several communications from me, that it was underpaying my client $170.22 per week! I regularly see underpayments by carriers in my practice, but this was the largest I’ve seen in a while. If you have a 10% impairment to your back, in Iowa, that’s a…

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