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Iowa Supreme Court Schedules Special Evening Session PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judical Branch   
Friday, 15 February 2013 11:27

Des Moines, February 12, 2013 —On February 19, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Residents of Elsie Mason Manor, et al. v. First Baptist Housing Foundation, et al., beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom on the fourth floor of the Judicial Branch Building in Des Moines. The evening session is a special opportunity for central Iowa residents, who may not be able to attend the court's regular morning and afternoon sessions, to watch the court conduct oral arguments.

In this case the Iowa Supreme Court is asked to interpret Iowa's Private Right of Action for Consumer Frauds Act. Plaintiffs are current and past tenants of Elsie Mason Manor and Ligutti Tower in downtown Des Moines. Plaintiffs brought suit in Polk County District Court seeking damages arising from an infestation of bed bugs in the two residential buildings. Defendants appeal from the district court's certification of a class action on behalf of plaintiffs and the court's ruling that each plaintiff need not prove that he or she relied on allegedly deceptive conduct on the part of defendants.

A public reception with the supreme court justices, sponsored by the Polk County Bar Association, will follow the oral arguments.

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