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Case No. 19-1008

Cornelius Davis
Iowa District Court for Scott County

Plaintiff filed a petition for writ of certiorari requesting review of a district court order imposing a monetary sanction for his failure to personally attend a settlement conference. Plaintiff contends: (1) the local rule under which the sanction was imposed does not require a party to personally attend a settlement conference when their counsel is present; (2) the rule is inconsistent with the Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure if it does require a represented party’s personal attendance; (3) the rule does not authorize the sanction; and (4) the district court applied the rule inconsistently in the circumstances of this case. The supreme court granted the petition.



Cornelius Davis


Iowa District Court for Scott County

Attorney for the Plaintiff

Michael M. Sellers

Attorneys for the Defendant

Michael A. Giudicessi
Susan P. Elgin

Supreme Court

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Mar 11, 2020 9:00 AM


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