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Iowa Supreme Court Still Loves Trial Lawyers



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Ryan Koopmans of Iowa’s Appellate Blog has an interesting report on how Iowa’s highest court has defied common sense in a case involving a bar fight:

Bar Patron A taunts Bar Patron B, but B doesn’t respond in kind. The bar owner, wanting to avoid a fight, kicks A out of the bar, but B, who had remained calm during this entire time, goes out to the parking lot and assaults A. Is the bar liable to A (the initial aggressor) for his injuries? Maybe, according to a four-justice majority of the Iowa Supreme Court.

Read the whole piece.



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