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Case No. 18-1277

John E. Morrow
v.
Dan Kehret, June Kehret, and Victoria Kehret

Appellant

John E. Morrow

Appellee

Dan Kehret, June Kehret, and Victoria Kehret

Attorneys for Appellant

J. Barton Goplerud and James R. Hinchliff

Attorneys for Appellee

Samuel C. Anderson

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
18-1277
Date Published:
Jun 03, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Page County, Richard H. Davidson, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Doyle, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (5 pages)

            Plaintiff appeals the district court’s rulings on several issues in his defamation action.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm on the motion to compel, the motion in limine, and the partial directed verdict at the close of plaintiff’s case.  We find plaintiff’s arguments concerning whether certain statements were protected by a qualified privilege to be irrelevant, as the jury must have found defendants met their burden to prove the affirmative defense of truth.  For this same reason, the court did not err by granting a directed verdict on statements made to a third party who repeated the statements to others.

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