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Case No. 18-2232

Natalie Kipp
Douglas Sanford, M.D.


Natalie Kipp


Douglas Sanford, M.D.

Attorney for the Appellant

Pressley Henningsen and Benjamin P. Long

Attorney for the Appellee

Jennifer E. Rinden, Robert D. Houghton, and Nancy J. Penner

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 17, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Kellyann Lekar, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Mullins and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (17 pages)


            Natalie Kipp appeals the district court order granting Douglas Stanford a new trial under Iowa Rule of Civil Procedure 1.1004.   On appeal, Kipp first argues Stanford’s two objections during closing arguments and two motions for mistrial after plaintiff’s counsel’s closing argument and after rebuttal could not preserve his motion for new trial because defense counsel did not object at all during the rebuttal argument, and his motion for mistrial after the case was submitted to the jury was untimely because it was submitted after the jury had begun deliberating.  Second, Kipp argues the district court abused its discretion by granting Stanford’s motion for new trial.  OPINION HOLDS: Error was preserved.  Under the circumstances of this case and in view of the significant deference given to the district court, we cannot say the district court abused its discretion in determining plaintiff’s counsel’s statements were misconduct, and we cannot say the district court’s prejudice determination rested on clearly untenable or unreasonable grounds.  We affirm.

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