The Denison Blawg

Iowa Supreme Court Sides with Free Speech

By Jessica Zupp / April 16, 2021
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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
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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
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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
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Manufacturing workers, particularly meat packing workers, have extremely difficult and dangerous jobs.

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Jennifer’s Interview: You Need to Know This Stuff and Watch for it in Your Case!

By Jennifer Zupp / February 19, 2021
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In January, 2021, I was interviewed by my colleague, Todd Thams, owner of The Thams Agency and Founder of Direct Work Comp, which is a platform people or businesses can use to secure good deals on work comp insurance in a timely manner; like Geico, but for work comp insurance. As co-owner of a construction…

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Don’t Be Fooled by $0.00 Support Orders

By Jessica Zupp / February 18, 2021
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On 2/17/21, the Iowa Court of Appeals terminated a mother’s parental rights to three of her children in Re: DW, RW, and MW (20-0722). In this case, the parties divorced in 2014 and were each awarded shared care (50/50) of their children. Later, the mom began using meth, DHS got involved, CINA proceedings were initiated,…

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THINK TWICE ABOUT CALLING YOUR KIDS AS WITNESSES

By Jessica Zupp / February 18, 2021
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On 2/17/20, the Iowa Court of Appeals, in In re Marriage of Grillo (No. 20-0564), affirmed (agreed with) a district court divorce decree which ordered “split custody” of five kids, placing the three youngest kids with mom, and the two eldest kids with dad. “Split custody” is exceedingly rare. In Grillo, the courts found split…

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

By Jennifer Zupp / February 18, 2021
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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
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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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Guide: Criminal Misdemeanor in Iowa

By Jessica Zupp / January 8, 2021
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What is a misdemeanor in Iowa? In Iowa, misdemeanors are crimes that are punishable by up to two years in local or county jail. Although less serious than a felony charge, being convicted of a misdemeanor can dramatically affect your life. For this reason, you should always seek the legal advice of an experienced criminal…

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