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Case No. 21-0649

Robert Benda, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated
v.
Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino Inc. and Iowa Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association

Robert “Terry” Benda, a former race-horse owner, claims Prairie Meadows underpaid “purse supplements” and “breeder’s awards” from 2012–2018. The intervenors, Iowa Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (IHBPA) and Iowa Thoroughbred Owners Association (ITOA) opposed Benda’s motion to certify a class action on a claim for breach of written contracts. Benda argues the district court violated Iowa’s class certification rules, misapplied Iowa law, and reversed Iowa’s liberal class action standard; thereby abusing its discretion in denying class certification.

County:
Polk

Appellant

Robert Benda, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated

Appellee

Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino Inc. and Iowa Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association

Attorney for the Appellant

Tyler M. Smith

Attorneys for the Appellee

Thomas L. Flynn
Denise P. Ogden

Ryan G. Koopmans

Jeffrey M. Lipman

Other Information

Date Retained:
Apr 26, 2022
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