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Case No. 18-1277

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


John E. Morrow


Dan Kehret, June Kehret, and Victoria Kehret

Attorney for the Appellant

J. Barton Goplerud and James R. Hinchliff

Attorney for the Appellee

Samuel C. Anderson

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 03, 2020

            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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