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EEOC Guidlines for Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions

On April 25, 2012, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released an enforcement guideline addressing the consideration of arrest and conviction records in employment decisions. The guidance document, while lacking the force of law or promulgated regulation, provides an elaborate analysis of how an employer’s use of seemingly neutral criteria can result in […]

Johnson County Defense Verdict

On August 23, 2012, a jury returned a defense verdict in the case of Lynn Worrell v. Aristotle Pappajohn, LACV072470.  The Plaintiff’s foot was crushed by Defendant’s vehicle in the parking lot of Kinnick Stadium on the morning of a University of Iowa football game.  The Defendant, represented by Patterson Law Firm attorney Michael S. […]

Valuing Aches and Pains in Civil Lawsuits – Physical and Mental Pain and Suffering

How do you put a dollar amount on that alleged gnawing ache or lingering burning sensation someone has after being the victim of a defendant’s negligence?  Is a multiple of a plaintiff’s medical expenses, a per diem amount, or some other type calculation most appropriate? Iowa’s civil jury instructions recognize the unique character of noneconomic […]

Re-Evaluating Iowa Code 85.34(4) and (5) and Deutmeyer

It seems like a fairly easy concept … if an employer and carrier pay more benefits than what is statutorily required in a workers’ compensation claim, then they get a credit for those benefits overpaid against any additional award/settlement funds … then came along Deutmeyer (See Swiss Colony, Inc. v. Deutmeyer, 789 N.W.2d 129 (Iowa […]