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Case No. 20-0802

Andrew Lennette, Individually and on behalf of C.L., O.L., and S.L., Minors
v.
Grace C. Mae Advocate Center, Inc.

Appellants

Andrew Lennette, Individually and on behalf of C.L., O.L., and S.L., Minors

Appellee

Grace C. Mae Advocate Center, Inc.

Attorneys for Appellants

Martin Diaz
Natalie H. Cronk

Attorneys for Appellee

Mark A. Schultheis and Haley Y. Hermanson

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-0802
Date Published:
Apr 28, 2021
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Mary E. Chicchelly, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and May, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, P.J.  (12 pages)

            Andrew Lennette, individually and on behalf of his minor children, appeals the order granting summary judgment in favor of Grace C. Mae Advocate Center (GCM) on claims of negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and interference with the parent-child relationship.  OPINION HOLDS: I. Because there is no showing GCM acted in bad faith, it is immune from liability for its role in reporting or aiding in the investigation of child abuse allegations made against Andrew.  II. The record does not support a finding that GCM knowingly failed to report suspected abuse by the children’s mother.  III. Standalone claims of professional negligence and breach of fiduciary duty fail because they stem from the same conduct for which GCM has qualified immunity.

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