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Case No. 19-1611

Fidel Taylor
Gazette Communications, Inc. d/b/a Color Web Printers, Inc.


Fidel Taylor


Gazette Communications, Inc. d/b/a Color Web Printers, Inc.

Attorney for the Appellant

J. Richard Johnson

Attorney for the Appellee

Janice M. Thomas and Thomas M. Boes (until withdrawal)

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 17, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Sean W. McPartland, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Doyle and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (12 pages)

            A worker was placed with a printing company by way of a labor broker.  After suffering an injury at the printing company while operating a machine, the worker brought a negligence claim against the printing company.  The district court granted the printing company’s motion for summary judgment, citing an exculpatory provision in the contract between the worker and the printing company.  OPINION HOLDS: The exculpatory provision is valid and enforceable, and therefore the plaintiff’s negligence suit is barred.  We reject the plaintiff’s arguments that either unsafe conditions at the printing company or the agreement between the printing company and the labor broker undermined the exculpatory provision.  The grant of summary judgment is affirmed.

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