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Case No. 18-1416

Harold Youngblut
Leonard Youngblut

In this tortious interference with a bequest or inheritance case, the jury returned a verdict in Harold Youngblut’s favor and against his brother, Leonard Youngblut, in the amount of $596,086.88 plus interest. Leonard argues: (1) Harold’s tortious interference claim fails as a matter of law because he chose to embrace the 2014 will and accept all of its benefits rather than file a timely contest of the 2014 will; (2) regardless of Huffey v. Lea, 491 N.W.2d 518 (Iowa 1992), and Frohwein v. Haesemeyer, 264 N.W.2d 792 (Iowa 1978), Harold’s acceptance of the benefits of the 2014 will without filing a will contest establishes the affirmative defense that Harold, as a matter of law, is estopped from claiming the same 2014 will was tortiously procured; and (3) the district court erred in refusing to apply a pro tanto credit for settlement payments made by other defendants before trial thereby allowing an actual recovery that was greater than the jury’s assessment of damages.

Black Hawk
Trial Court Case No.:


Harold Youngblut


Leonard Youngblut

Attorneys for the Appellee

David J. Dutton
Nathan J. Schroeder

Attorneys for the Appellant

Philip A. Burian
Robert S. Hatala

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Jan 22, 2020 9:00 AM


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Jun 12, 2020

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