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Case No. 18-1077

Sara Jane Gustafson
Tracey Bell and Shelly Towne


Sara Jane Gustafson


Tracey Bell and Shelly Towne

Attorneys for the Appellant

Sara Gustafson, pro se
Martin L. Fisher (until withdrawal)
Kyle J. McGinn (withdrawn as of filing)

Attorney for the Appellee

Zachary M. Winter, Robert M. Livingston, and Kristopher K. Madsen

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jul 24, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Cass County, James M. Richardson, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Tabor and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Potterfield, P.J.  (12 pages)

            Sara Gustafson appeals from the district court’s summary dismissal of her claims against Tracey Bell and Shelly Towne for defamation, abuse of process, malicious prosecution, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  Gustafson maintains the district court erred because there are genuine issues of material fact in dispute that preclude the summary dismissal of each of her claims.  OPINION HOLDS: We agree with the district court that each of Gustafson’s claims fails as a matter of law.  We affirm the summary dismissal of each of her claims.

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