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Case No. 19-1611

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Fidel Taylor
v.
Gazette Communications, Inc. d/b/a Color Web Printers, Inc.

Appellant

Fidel Taylor

Appellee

Gazette Communications, Inc. d/b/a Color Web Printers, Inc.

Attorneys for Appellant

J. Richard Johnson

Attorneys for Appellee

Janice M. Thomas and Thomas M. Boes (until withdrawal)

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-1611
Date Published:
Jun 17, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Sean W. McPartland, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Doyle and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (12 pages)

            A worker was placed with a printing company by way of a labor broker.  After suffering an injury at the printing company while operating a machine, the worker brought a negligence claim against the printing company.  The district court granted the printing company’s motion for summary judgment, citing an exculpatory provision in the contract between the worker and the printing company.  OPINION HOLDS: The exculpatory provision is valid and enforceable, and therefore the plaintiff’s negligence suit is barred.  We reject the plaintiff’s arguments that either unsafe conditions at the printing company or the agreement between the printing company and the labor broker undermined the exculpatory provision.  The grant of summary judgment is affirmed.

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