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Case No. 21-0888

Michael M. Sellers
Amit Gupta


Michael M. Sellers


Amit Gupta

Attorney for the Appellant

James L. Sayre

Attorney for the Appellee

Self-represented Appellee

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 13, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Jeanie Kunkle Vaudt, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Greer and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (19 pages)

            Attorney Michael Sellers appeals from the district court’s confirmation of an award decision from the Polk County Bar Association Attorney Fee Arbitration Committee following a fee dispute with Dr. Amit Gupta.  Gupta, in turn, states the district court should have awarded him prejudgment interest, attorney fees, and costs.  OPINION HOLDS: Because Sellers waived potential conflicts with an arbitrator and the Arbitration Committee remained within its proper scope, we affirm the district court’s confirmation of the award.  Further, Gupta did not establish a path for prejudgment interest and the court did not abuse its discretion by declining to award attorney fees and costs.  

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