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Case No. 18-1244

Holger Ernst Heinz Goebel
Green Line Polymers, Inc.


Holger Ernst Heinz Goebel


Green Line Polymers, Inc.

Attorney for the Appellant

Joshua M. Moon, Matthew M. Craft, and Nathan J. Schroeder

Attorney for the Appellee

J. Scott Bardole

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 25, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Bradley J. Harris, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and May, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  (11 pages)

            Holger Goebel appeals after the district court’s denial of his motion for a new trial following a civil jury verdict in favor of Green Line Polymers, Inc. He argues (1) the court abused its discretion in (a) allowing expert opinion testimony from a non-expert witness, (b) allowing said testimony despite its alleged irrelevance, and (c) allowing Goebel to be questioned concerning specific instances of conduct that had little to no bearing on his character for truthfulness; and (2) “a new trial should be granted where cumulative errors in the record reasonably support the request for a new trial” and “contributed to the jury’s verdict contrary to the great weight of the evidence.”  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the district court’s denial of Goebel’s motion for a new trial in its entirety. 

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