BrownWinick Law Firm wins the dismissal of Clean Water Act and RCRA claims filed against New Fashion Pork

By: BrownWinick | 03.27.2020

  On March 27, 2020, Northern District of Iowa Federal District Court Judge C.J. Williams granted a motion for summary judgment in favor of New Fashion Pork and BWT Holdings and against Gordon Garrison, a neighbor.  Mr. Garrison filed a federal citizen action suit in 2018 alleging that New Fashion Pork had violated the federal Read…

COVID-19 Update: Polk County District Court Matters

By: Ryan Shellady |

  On March 26, 2020, Chief Judge Huppert issued a new Administrative Order  for the Polk County Courthouse Campus. Below is a brief summary of the Order’s provisions for Civil, Family Law, and Magistrate Court matters. The Order also contains provisions for Criminal and Juvenile matters. Civil Matters: All motions are deemed fully submitted on Read…

Litigation During COVID-19 – Is it time to settle or double down?

By: Ingrid Johnson | 03.26.2020

  The coronavirus (COVID-19) is throwing many aspects of our lives into question. If you are currently involved in litigation, you may be wondering if you should be settling your case. Recently, here at BrownWinick, we have seen some interesting settlements take place. It is too early to tell if this will be a trend, Read…

Courthouse Contagion: How COVID-19 is Affecting Your Cases, Hearings, and Proceedings

By: Ryan Shellady | 03.24.2020

  Over the last two weeks, the Iowa Supreme Court has issued several Supervisory Orders affecting courthouse schedules and proceedings across the state in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These Orders can be found on the Iowa Judicial Branch website. Every Monday morning (or as circumstances require), the Judicial Branch will be providing summaries of Read…

Evictions Postponed due to Impacts of COVID-19

By: Jennifer Lindberg | 03.20.2020

  In light of the economic impacts of COVID-19, federal and state authorities are taking steps to suspend evictions and foreclosure actions. Evictions Governor Reynolds suspended the regulatory provisions governing evictions under the Iowa Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, the Manufactured Home Communities or Mobile Home Parks Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. Therefore, March Read…

BW Wins Appeal in $30 Million Contract Dispute

By: Michael Dee | 02.18.2020

  The Iowa Supreme Court on February 7, 2020, held that BrownWinick client Homeland Energy Solutions, LLC (HES) had an enforceable contract with a former HES board member to repurchase the member’s units in HES.  In 2013, HES entered into a contract with then-board member Steve J. Retterath to repurchase Retterath’s units in HES for Read…

Estate Planning Considerations for the New Year

By: Robert Hodges | 01.24.2020

It’s a new year and a new decade. It’s the right time to review and update your estate plan. BrownWinick’s Estate Planning Group has three key goals — to ensure our clients and their families: are protected during life (powers of attorney); have a plan for minor children (guardians); and transfer assets in an efficient and Read…

BrownWinick Medical Malpractice Defense Team Wins Defense Verdict in Allamakee County

By: Benjamin Merrill | 12.05.2019

Following a jury trial in Allamakee County, BrownWinick attorneys Loree Nelson and Benjamin Merrill received a defense verdict in favor of their client in a medical malpractice case involving allegations of failure to properly diagnose, evaluate and treat. In the case, BrownWinick represented a nurse practitioner who had treated a minor child in the emergency Read…