ABI Amicus Supported Case Receives Favorable Ruling

June 13, 2019

The Iowa Supreme Court last Friday reversed and remanded the Hawkins v. Grinnell Regional Medical Center district court case. ABI joined the Iowa Defense Counsel Association and the Iowa Insurance Institute in submitting an amicus to the Supreme Court in support of the defendants. The brief sought to point out the impacts of violations of the use of emotional appeals to juries not grounded in evidence and the importance of preserving the prohibition on the golden rule approach by plaintiff attorneys to help ensure fair jury trials. The decision was written by Justice Wiggins. ABI member law firm Nyemaster Goode wrote a blog about the decision and the new standard the Iowa Supreme Court adopted in the case to help put Iowa’s law more in line with the federal Civil Rights Act. Read the blog.