Idiopathic Fall Legislative Update

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart

Governor Reynolds has signed a bill relating to workplace idiopathic falls (SF 507). This bill has become law in response to the 2018 Iowa Supreme Court decision, Bluml v. Long John Silvers, where the Court said there was no blanket...

Attorney Bierstedt Obtains Summary Judgment of Breach of Contract Claim

Attorney Clarissa Bierstedt obtained summary judgment and complete dismissal of a breach of contract claim filed against her client. In her motion for summary judgment, she argued that the plaintiff failed to prove the existence of a contract or the essential terms of...

Recent Work Comp Decisions by Iowa Court of Appeals

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart

Recently, the Iowa Court of Appeals handed down some decisions relating to workers’ compensation.    

Timely Filing of a Review-Reopening Petition
Pella Corp. v. Winn, File No. 17-1545, 2019 WL 156579 (Iowa Ct. App. Jan. ...

Alison Stewart Speaks at ABA's Employment Law Conference

Attorney Alison Stewart was one of three panelists for a session at an American Bar Association conference Friday, February 15 in Coral Gables, Florida. Their topic was: Direct and Cross-Examination of Physicians in the Workers' Compensation Context. The conference was part of the ABA's Section of...

Attorney Tuttle Successfully Defends Personal Injury Lawsuit

Attorney Marshall Tuttle successfully defended a personal injury lawsuit at trial in which the Plaintiff claimed injuries and damages arising out of a motor vehicle accident. Admitting liability, the defendant ran a traffic light and collided with the plaintiff’s vehicle. However, the Jury agreed ...

Iowa Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal for Failure to File Timely Notice

On January 18, 2019, the Iowa Supreme Court, in Evenson v. Winnebago Industries, Inc., No. 17-1419 (Jan. 18, 2019), issued a finding that the Court was without subject matter jurisdiction to hear an appeal due to the claimant’s late filing of the notice of appeal with the...

Firm Achieves Summary Judgment and Complete Dismissal of Professional Liability Lawsuit

Attorneys Jack Wharton and Clarissa Bierstedt achieved summary judgment and complete dismissal of a professional liability lawsuit. Plaintiff brought a negligence claim against an insurance agency alleging it failed to procure appropriate insurance coverage for the Plaintiff. We successfully argued the Plaintiff’s...

Alison Stewart Recognized by ISBA for Pro Bono Service

Attorney Alison Stewart has been recognized by the Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA) as a member of its Pro Bono Honor Roll in 2017-2018. Alison provided 50+ hours of service through the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project for clients who would otherwise be unable...

Attorney Tyler Smith Speaks at 2018 IAWC Seminar

Attorney Tyler Smith is a speaker October 19 at the 40th Annual Seminar for The Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. His presentation is titled, “Agency Case Law Update.” Read more about the conference at IAWC Seminar.

Firm Supports 2018 Bras for the Cause Gala Fundraiser

Designed by staff members at Peddicord Wharton, these seven Bras and many more will be auctioned October 11 at the annual Gala fundraiser for Bras for the Cause. Currently on display at Valley West Mall, the public can vote on the Bras during



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