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Case No. 21-0894

Pam Weatherly-Michel
Tony Reed


Pam Weatherly-Michel


Tony Reed

Attorney for the Appellee

Joel R. Thronson

Attorney for the Appellant

Brandon J. Buck

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 27, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Marshall County, Kurt Stoebe, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and May, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (7 pages)

            Tony Reed appeals the district court’s finding that he breached an oral lease agreement.  Reed argues: (1) the district court relied on impermissible hearsay statements; (2) the court improperly shifted the burden of proof to him; (3) the court’s findings are not supported by substantial evidence; and (4) plaintiff-appellee failed to adequately prove her damages.  OPINION HOLDS: Any errors regarding the hearsay statements were harmless, the district court did not shift the burden of proof, substantial evidence supports the court’s findings, and plaintiff-appellee proved her damages. 

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