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Case No. 18-1748

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Karen H. Saltern
v.
HNI Corporation and Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.

Appellant

Karen H. Saltern

Appellee

HNI Corporation and Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.

Attorney for the Appellant

Anthony J. Bribriesco, Andrew W. Bribriesco, and William J. Bribriesco

Attorney for the Appellee

Amanda M. Richards

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
18-1748
Date Published:
Oct 09, 2019
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Muscatine County, John D. Telleen, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (10 pages)

            An injured employee appeals the decision of the district court granting the defendant employer summary judgment on her claim the employer acted with bad faith in denying her workers’ compensation claim.  She also appeals the denial of her motion for partial summary judgment on the first element of the common-law tort of bad faith.  OPINION HOLDS:  Because we conclude the employer had a reasonable basis to deny the claim, we find the employer showed the employee could not prove the first element of her bad-faith claim, and the employer was entitled to summary judgment.  Seeing no error in the district court’s ruling, we affirm. 

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