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Iowa Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Charles City

March 15, 2017

Des Moines, March 15, 2017— On Tuesday, April 4, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Charles City, Iowa. The proceeding will take place in the Old Charles City Middle School auditorium, 500 North Grand Avenue. The oral arguments are open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m.

The court will hear attorneys argue in the following case:

Spencer J. Ludman vs. Davenport Assumption High School, case no. 15-1191, from Scott County District Court

Defendant in premises liability action appeals from the judgment entered on a jury verdict finding defendant's negligence was responsible for injuries the plaintiff baseball player sustained when struck by a foul ball while standing in an unprotected part of the visitor's dugout at defendant's baseball field. Plaintiff suggests the appeal presents important issues regarding the safety of the facilities at which student athletes participate. Defendant suggests sponsors of sporting events face an avalanche of litigation if the limited-duty rule is discarded in this context.

A public reception with the supreme court justices will follow the oral arguments in the school cafeteria.

Note to Editors: News media are invited to attend the oral arguments. Court rules apply regarding still camera, video camera, audio recording devices, and other electronic devices used during the oral arguments. Information on expanded media coverage is available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website.

The Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in courtrooms are on the Iowa Legislature website (PDF).

For More Information:

Steve Davis, Court Communications Director, (515)725-8058 or

Iowa Supreme Court 
1111 East Court Avenue 
Des Moines, IA 50319 

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