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Case No. 20-0296

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Capital Ideas, LLC v. Springboard Advertising LLC

Capital Ideas, LLC, Plaintiff-Appellant/Cross-Appellee


Springboard Advertising LLC and Christina Amys, Defendants-Appellees/Cross-Appellants


Springboard Advertising LLC and Christina Amys, Counterclaim Plaintiffs,


Capital Ideas, LLC and Michael Woody, Counterclaim Defendants-Appellants/Cross-Appellees

Attorney for Appellant

Jeffrey R. Kappelman, Erik P. Bergeland, and Andrew T. Patton

Attorney for Appellees

Brenda L. Myers-Maas

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 06, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, David Nelmark, Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED ON APPEAL; AFFIRMED ON CROSS-APPEAL.  Heard by Mullins, P.J., and May and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by May, J.  (15 pages)

            Capital Ideas, LLC and Michael Woody appeal a money judgment in favor of Springboard Advertising LLC and Christina Amys.  Springboard and Amys cross appeal.  OPINION HOLDS: 1. The district court erred in denying Capital Ideas and Woody’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict as to Springboard and Amys’s defamation per se claim.  2. The district court was correct to conclude Woody’s statement that Amys had “no ethics” was protected opinion.  3. The district court did not abuse its discretion by disallowing Springboard and Amys’s proposed amendments to their pleadings.

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