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Case No. 18-2037

Robert Raw
Christina Spofford


Robert Raw


Christina Spofford

Attorney for the Appellant

Vernon P. Squires and Melissa A. Carrington

Attorney for the Appellee

George A. Carroll, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 06, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Johnson County, Christopher L. Bruns, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  (12 pages)

            Dr. Robert Raw appeals the district court’s grant of summary judgment on statute-of-limitation grounds in favor of Dr. Christina Spofford on his claims of defamation.  Raw generally argues the court erred in concluding he was on inquiry notice of his claims in 2014, thus barring his 2017 petition as outside the two-year statute of limitations contained in Iowa Code section 614.1(2) (2017).  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the district court’s conclusions that Raw was on notice of his claims against Spofford no later than 2014, the claims had accrued at that time, and Raw’s 2017 petition was therefore barred by the two-year statute of limitations.

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