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Case No. 20-1514

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Tamera Atwell
v.
Ronald William Mehrhoff Jr.

Appellee

Tamera Atwell

Appellant

Ronald William Mehrhoff Jr.

Attorneys for Appellee

Alan M. Wilson

Attorneys for Appellant

Verle W. Norris

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-1514
Date Published:
Mar 30, 2022
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Wayne County, Patrick W. Greenwood, Judge.  REVERSED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., Badding, J., and Potterfield, S.J.  Opinion by Potterfield, S.J.  (10 pages)

            Ronald Mehrhoff Jr. appeals the district court ruling that he was unjustly enriched by payments his former romantic partner, Tamera Atwell, made toward a car loan in his name.  The court ordered Mehrhoff to pay Atwell $13,105.56.  Mehrhoff argues (1) Atwell should not be able to recover under the theory of unjust enrichment because there was an express agreement between the parties and (2) the twenty-seven payments Atwell made did not confer a benefit on him or, alternatively, that it was not unjust for him to retain the benefit of the payments.  OPINION HOLDS: Because an express agreement about the vehicle existed, we agree with Mehrhoff that the district court improperly applied the doctrine of unjust enrichment to this case.  We reverse. 

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