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Case No. 18-1244

Holger Ernst Heinz Goebel
v.
Green Line Polymers, Inc.

Appellant

Holger Ernst Heinz Goebel

Appellee

Green Line Polymers, Inc.

Attorneys for Appellant

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

Attorneys for Appellee

J. Scott Bardole

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
18-1244
Date Published:
Sep 25, 2019
Summary

            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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