Agricultural Production Facility Fraud Law Found Unconstitutional

By: Michael Blaser | 01.10.2019

On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa Central Division found in favor of a number of anti-ag industry groups; including ICCI and PETA – in a case involving the constitutionality of Iowa’s Agricultural Production Facility Fraud Law (commonly known as the “Ag-Gag Law”).   The Court’s determination Read…

Gacke Lives

By: Michael Blaser | 06.22.2018

The Iowa Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion this morning reversing a Wapello County ruling that Iowa Code Section 657.11(2) was unconstitutional as applied to plaintiffs in a swine nuisance case.  The result being that for a court to determine that Iowa Code Section 657.11(2) is unconstitutional in its application to a specific plaintiff, a Read…

What the $50 Million Swine Nuisance Verdict Could Mean for Midwestern Producers

By: Michael Blaser | 05.04.2018

Michael Blaser, an agribusiness attorney at BrownWinick, was quoted in an article titled, “What the $50 Million Swine Nuisance Verdict Could Mean for Midwestern Producers,” in the April 30, 2018 online edition of Successful Farming at Agriculture.com.Michael BlaserMEMBER OFFICE: 515-242-2480 EMAIL: mike.blaser@brownwinick.com brownwinick.com/our_attorneys/michael-r-blaser/ Read…

IDAHO CASE PROVIDES POSITIVE PRECEDENT FOR AG PROTECTION ACT

By: Michael Blaser | 01.12.2018

To Our Clients: The Iowa Legislature passed H.F. 589, “Agriculture Production Facility Fraud,” codified as Iowa Code section 717A.3A in 2012. This statute is commonly referred to as the ‘Ag-gag’ law or the Ag-Fraud law. The Ag-Fraud law in Iowa criminalizes: “a) obtaining access to an agricultural production facility by false pretenses; and b) making Read…

BrownWinick Law Firm and Nine Attorneys Listed in Chambers USA 2017 – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

By: Michael Blaser | 05.31.2017

BrownWinick has been ranked as a “leading law firm” in Chambers USA® 2017 – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the areas of Corporate/M&A, Labor & Employment, and Litigation: General Commercial. Nine attorneys from BrownWinick were selected for inclusion in Chambers USA® 2017 as “leaders in Iowa” in the following areas: Doug E. Gross – Corporate/M&A William C. Brown – Corporate/M&A Christopher R. Sackett – Corporate/M&A Michael R. Read…

Big Win for Ag in Iowa

By: Michael Blaser | 01.27.2017

The agricultural community in Iowa has been waiting on pins and needles for an answer to four questions certified to the Iowa Supreme Court in a case brought by the Des Moines Waterworks against the Sac, Calhoun and Buena Vista County Boards of Supervisors as trustees of their respective drainage districts.  In a 3-2 decision Read…

Major Changes to Iowa’s Mechanic’s Lien Laws – Know Your Rights

By: Michael Blaser | 02.13.2013

These new rules became effective and apply to material furnished or labor performed after January 1, 2013, so these new Mechanic’s Lien rules are already in effect. Click here to read the memo discussing these changes. This memo was prepared by BrownWinick attorneys, Brian Rickert and Michael Blaser, for their agribusiness clients. Michael BlaserMEMBER OFFICE: 515-242-2480 EMAIL: mike.blaser@brownwinick.com brownwinick.com/our_attorneys/michael-r-blaser/ Read…