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England v. Iowa Department of Transportation
Jeffrey England, Larry England and Charlotte England, Plaintiffs-Appellees
State of Iowa ex rel., Iowa Department of Transportation, Defendant-Appellant
Attorneys for Appellees
Nathan A. Olson
Christine E. Branstad
Attorney for Appellant
Matthew S. Rousseau
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Wapello County, Crystal S. Cronk, Judge. REVERSED AND REMANDED. Considered by May, P.J., and Schumacher and Badding, JJ. Opinion by Schumacher, J. Dissent by May, P.J. (14 pages)
The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) appeals the district court’s denial of the DOT’s motion for summary judgment. The DOT alleges this action is barred by claim preclusion. OPINION HOLDS: Upon our review, we determine this claim, instituted by Jerry, Larry, and Charlotte England is barred by their previous litigation. Accordingly, the district court should have granted the motion. We reverse and remand for entry of summary judgment for the DOT. DISSENT ASSERTS: I respectfully dissent. I don’t believe the current suit is barred by our opinion in Anderson State ex rel. Iowa Department of Transportation, No. 17-1276, 2019 WL 1055720, at *3 (Iowa Ct. App. Mar. 6, 2019).