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Case No. 18-1453

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Brenda J. Alcala
v.
Marriott International, Inc. and Courtyard Management Corporation d/b/a Quad Cities Courtyard Management Corporation

Appellee

Brenda J. Alcala

Appellants

Marriott International, Inc. and Courtyard Management Corporation d/b/a Quad Cities Courtyard Management Corporation

Attorneys for Appellee

Michael K. Bush and John C. Bush

Attorneys for Appellants

Mark McCormick
Danny Lane Worker, pro hac vice

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
18-1453
Date Published:
Nov 27, 2019
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Patrick A. McElyea, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and May, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (19 pages)

            A hotel appeals from a jury verdict giving the plaintiff a substantial damages award following a slip-and-fall on ice outside the hotel.  The hotel contends the verdict is excessive as a result of the plaintiff’s evidence inflaming the passions and prejudices of the jury.  The defendant hotel also contends the district court abused its discretion in various evidentiary objections.  OPINION HOLDS: The hotel has not shown the verdict is excessive as a result of the plaintiff inflaming the passions and prejudices of the jury.  The court did not abuse its discretion in permitting the objected-to evidence; other evidence improperly admitted was harmless.  We affirm.

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