WANDRO & ASSOCIATES PARTNERS WITH BRANSTAD LAW FIRM TO ACHIEVE ACQUITTAL IN FIRST DEGREE MURDER CASE
July 15, 2019
In March 2019, Wandro & Associates attorney Alison Kanne assisted Branstad Law Firm in defending Jason Carter, a Knoxville, Iowa man wrongfully accused of murdering his mother. The trial was moved from Marion County, Iowa to Pottawattamie County, Iowa due to heavy pre-trial publicity. After the conclusion of the three-week long trial, the jury acquitted Jason Carter in less than two hours.This case was highly publicized and featured on Dateline and will be the subject of an A&E documentary entitled "The Accused," to be released in April 2020. Wandro & Associates is proud to continue to defend the rights of Iowans everywhere. If you feel you have been wrongfully accused of a crime, please contact our offices at 515-281-1475 for a free consultation.
NOTICE OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT **IMPORTANT NOTICE TO CURRENT AND FORMER RESIDENTS OF ROYAL VIEW MANOR**
May 30, 2019
A Proposed Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against The Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency, doing business as “Royal View Manor” (the “Defendant”). If you are an individual who falls within the Settlement Class Definition, please review this Notice, as your rights may be affected. YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS ARE AFFECTED WHETHER YOU ACT OR DO NOT ACT. READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY. YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT SUBMIT THE CLAIM FORM BY: JULY 24, 2019. This is the ONLY way to receive money from the Settlement. EXCLUDE MYSELF BY: JULY 24, 2019. If you want to pursue your own lawsuit you must write to Class Counsel and exclude yourself from the case. You will have no right to any of the money under the Settlement. OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT BY: JULY 24, 2019. Write and send copies to Class Counsel about why you do not like the Settlement. This information will be provided to the Court for its consideration. You can still be part of the Settlement and make a claim for funds from the Settlement, but you must also submit a Claim Form. DO NOTHING. Class Members who do not submit Claim forms will give up their rights to be part of any other lawsuit relating to the Claims. These rights and options – and the deadlines to exercise them – are explained in this Notice. I. SETTLEMENT CLASS DEFINITION The Representative Plaintiff has filed this lawsuit and the Court has approved class certification for a group of people described as the following: All tenants of Des Moines Municipal Housing Authority’s “Royal View Manor” property from the dates of January 2010 to the present.Any and all individuals who fall within this definition are considered Settlement Class Members for purposes of this lawsuit unless they exclude themselves under procedures described below. II. DESCRIPTION OF LAWSUIT This Class Action is known as Residents and Tenants of Royal View Manor v. The Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency, d/b/a Royal View Manor, CVCV048749, in the Iowa District Court of Polk County. The Representative Plaintiff for the Settlement Class is Jeanette McDowell. She is represented in part by LIPMAN LAW FIRM, P.C., 1454 30th Street, Unit 205, West Des Moines, IA 50266. Ms. McDowell brought this lawsuit against the Defendant on behalf of specified current and former residents and tenants of the Defendant. The Petition alleges that the Defendant violated the law because the property was constructively uninhabitable due to the bed bug infestation, and that Defendant’s failure to remedy the infestation was a material breach of the implied warranty of habitability, among other allegations. Plaintiff has sued the Defendant to recover compensatory and statutory damages. Plaintiff is also seeking attorneys’ fees, costs, and interest in this lawsuit. The Defendant filed a third-party claim against Preferred Pest Control, Inc. for indemnification and contribution. The Defendant filed no counterclaims against the Class Plaintiffs. The Defendant denies all allegations of wrongdoing, liability, and charges. III. THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT To avoid the cost, delay, and uncertainty of litigation, both parties agreed to a proposed settlement. The proposed settlement provides that the Defendant will pay an amount to each Settlement Class Member who submits a valid and timely claim. The amount paid to each Settlement Class Member submitting a valid and timely claim will be based upon the amount of time that you were a tenant in the building. The amount to be paid to each Settlement Class Member submitting a valid and timely claim will be calculated when they submit the claim, but as an approximation, you can assume that each such person would receive approximately $2,500 if the Settlement Class Member was a tenant of Royal View Manor continuously between January 2011 and January 2016. Because the major period of infestation was between 2011 and 2016, tenants who lived in Royal View Manor in 2010 will still receive an award, but at a reduced rate as determined by Class Counsel. Similarly, Settlement Class members who were tenants at Royal View Manor for shorter periods of time or after January 2016 will receive less of the Settlement Amount as determined by Class Counsel. Settlement Class Members who do not submit a timely and valid claim will not receive any part of the Settlement Amount. The Settlement Agreement provides that Class Counsel can request that the Court approve reasonable attorney’s fees,costs, and expenses, and that the Class Representatives can request that the Court pay them for serving as a Representative Plaintiff. Class counsel will request the Court award attorney fees of forty-percent (40%). The Defendant has agreed not to object to those requests. In exchange for the Settlement Amount, Settlement Class Members agree to release the Defendant and other persons falling within the definition of Released Persons in the Settlement Agreement from liability for all claims identified in the release contained in the Settlement Agreement. If you wish to obtain a copy of the Settlement Agreement, you may send your request to LIPMAN LAW FIRM, P.C., 1454 30th St.Unit 205, West Des Moines, IA 50266. IV. HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SETTLEMENT If you wish to share in the Settlement Amount, you must complete and submit the Claim Form no later than JULY 24, 2019 to: LIPMAN LAW FIRM, P.C.1454 30th St. Unit 205West Des Moines, IA 50266 Once your claim is received, the information you provided about your tenancy of Royal View Manor will be verified with their records. If it is determined that you have submitted a timely and valid claim, then you will receive a portion of the Settlement Amount. The amount you will receive if you submit a timely and valid claim will depend upon the amount of time that you were a tenant in the building. After the Court has granted final approval to the Settlement, all Settlement Class Members who submit valid claims will receive a check for damages. V. RIGHT TO EXCLUDE YOURSELF FROM CLASS SETTLEMENTIf you do not want to participate in the lawsuit then you must take steps to exclude yourself from the Settlement Class. If you decide to exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, then you will not be represented by Class Counsel. To exclude yourself from the Settlement, you must send a letter or other written document, personally signed by you, saying that you want to be excluded from the Settlement Class. In addition to stating that you want to be excluded, be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, and the followingstatement: I request to be excluded from the settlement in Residents and Tenants of Royal View Manor v. The Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency, d/b/a Royal View Manor, CVCV048749 (Iowa District Court of Polk County). I affirm that I was a tenant of Royal View Manor sometime between January, 2010 through today. You must mail your written request for exclusion POSTMARKED no later than JULY 24, 2019 to: LIPMAN LAW FIRM, P.C.1454 30th St. Unit 205West Des Moines, IA 50266 You cannot exclude yourself by telephone, fax, or by e-mail. If you ask to be excluded, you will not be eligible for any money from the Settlement, and you cannot object to the Settlement. You will not be bound by anything that happens in the lawsuit. VI. THE EFFECT OF NOT FILING A CLAIM AND NOT EXCLUDING YOURSELF If you do nothing with respect to this Notice, then you will be considered a Settlement Class Member in this lawsuit, and you will be bound by the judgment of the Court on all issues, whether favorable or unfavorable. You will be bound by the releases contained in the Settlement Agreement. Because you chose not to file a claim, you will lose the right to participate in a share of the Settlement Fund. VII. YOUR RIGHT TO ENTER AN APPEARANCE IN THIS LAWSUIT As a Settlement Class Member you have a right to make an appearance, either personally or through counsel, in this lawsuit. If you choose not to make an appearance and otherwise do not exclude yourself from this lawsuit, you will be represented by Class Counsel:
Jeffrey M. Lipman of LIPMAN LAW FIRM, P.C.1454 30th St. Unit 205, West Des Moines IA 50266
Phone: (515) 276-3411
Fax: (515) 276-3736
Steven Wandro of WANDRO & ASSOCIATES, P.C. at 2501 Grand Ave. Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 281-1475
Fax: (515) 281-1474
VIII. RIGHT TO OBJECT TO SETTLEMENT If you are a Settlement Class Member and you do not exclude yourself, you can object to the Proposed Settlement if you do not like any part of it. You should give reasons in your objection why you think the Court should not approve the settlement. The Court will consider your views along with any legal support you provide. To object, you must send a written letter saying that you object to the settlement in Residents and Tenants of Royal View Manor v. The Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency, d/b/a Royal View Manor, CVCV048749 (Iowa District Court of Polk County). Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, your signature, the dates you lived or resided at Central Iowa Shelter and Services, and the reasons why you object to the settlement. You or your attorney should appear at the hearing to be held at the time and date set for the hearing by the Court.The objection must be mailed to the Clerk of Court and to Class Counsel, and be received no later than JULY 24, 2019. Please send your objection to: Clerk of Court Attn: No. LACL134297500 Mulberry St. Des Moines, Iowa 50309 and Lipman Law Firm1454 30th St. Unit 205 West Des Moines, IA 50266 You cannot object by telephone or by e-mail. Objecting is telling the Court that you do not like something about the Settlement. You can object only if you remain a member of the Settlement Class. Excluding yourself is telling the Court that you do not want to be a part of the Settlement Class. If you exclude yourself, you cannot object to the Settlement, because the lawsuit no longer affects you, and you will not receive any benefits from the Settlement or be legally bound by it. IX. COURT’S FAIRNESS HEARING The Court has scheduled a hearing at 1:30 P.M. on August 2, 2019 in Room 307 at the Polk County Courthouse, at 500 Mulberry St., Des Moines, Iowa 50309. At that hearing, the Court will consider whether the proposed settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate. If you filed an objection, you or your attorney must be present at that hearing for the Court to consider it. You, or your attorney, may also speak at the hearing. After the hearing, the Court will decide whether to grant final approval of the settlement. You cannot speak at the hearing if you exclude yourself. X. QUESTIONS REGARDING THE SETTLEMENT If you have questions regarding any information in this notice, please contact the Claims Administrator at: LIPMAN LAW FIRM, P.C.1454 30th St. Unit 205 West Des Moines, IA 50266 Telephone: 515-276-3411 Fax: 515-276-3736 PLEASE DO NOT WRITE OR CALL THE COURT FOR INFORMATION
WANDRO & ASSOCIATES WINS BATTLE WITH MCO UNITED HEALTHCARE FOR CHILD'S RIGHT TO PSYCHIATRIC CARE
October 17, 2018
Wandro & Associates attorney Jen De Kock successfully argued that MCO UnitedHealthcare wrongly denied inpatient psychiatric care to a young client suffering from bipolar disorder and Reactive Attachment Disorder ("RAD"). After multiple denials of care from UHC beginning in April 2018, on October 8, 2018 administrative law judge Marty Francis ordered the MCO to pay for inpatient treatment at Calo (Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks) until the child's medical providers determined she was ready for discharge. This is a huge win for families in Iowa and everywhere who are fighting for adequate and appropriate mental health care for their loved ones. Wandro & Associates is so proud to represent this family in this battle for their child's mental health.
AMENDED NOTICE OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT **IMPORTANT NOTICE TO CURRENT AND FORMER RESIDENTS OF CENTRAL IOWA SHELTERS AND SERVICES**
August 24, 2018
A Proposed Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against Central Iowa Shelters and Services (the “Defendant”). If you are an individual who falls within the Settlement Class Definition, please review this Notice, as your rights may be affected.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS ARE AFFECTED WHETHER YOU ACT OR DO NOT ACT. READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY. YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT SUBMIT THE CLAIM FORM BY OCTOBER 5, 2018
This is the ONLY way to receive money from the Settlement.
EXCLUDE MYSELF BY OCTOBER 5, 2018
If you want to pursue your own lawsuit you must write to Class Counsel and exclude yourself from the case. You will have no right to any of the money under the Settlement.
WANDRO & ASSOCIATES WINS LAWSUIT AGAINST GROUP HOME FACILITY
August 5, 2018
On June 15, 2018, Wandro & Associates attorney Alison Kanne obtained a substantial judgment against a group home facility in Dickinson County, Iowa. Alison represented a young man with severe schizophrenia who had been the victim of repeated sexual abuse by one of the facility's employees for a period of six to eight months while under the facility's care and supervision. Wandro & Associates proved at trial that the sexual abuse occurred as a result of the facility's negligence and its negligent supervision and retention of its employee. Wandro & Associates is proud of its continued representation of and advocacy for the mentally ill and disabled in Iowa and will continue to work to hold providers accountable for their actions.
STEVE WANDRO PARTNERS WITH ATTORNEY BILL MARLER IN LAWSUITS AGAINST FAREWAY AND TRIPLE-T SPECIALTY MEATS
April 10, 2018
Wandro & Associates attorney Steve Wandro has partnered with food safety attorney Bill Marler in bringing lawsuits against Fareway and Triple-T Specialty Meats after chicken salad contaminated with salmonella sickened 265 people in eight states and caused one death in Iowa. The outbreak affected people ranged in age from less than 1 year old to 89 years old and left some people with serious illnesses. Out of the 265 people affected, 94 of them were hospitalized, and some, including a gentleman who lost his large intestine as a result of consuming the contaminated meat, will be dealing with life-long consequences. Wandro & Associates continues to work on behalf of Iowans everywhere and toward the goal of holding companies responsible for the products they sell.
STEVE WANDRO HELPS BRING FAMILY OF MURDERED MAN CLOSURE WITH A $6.25 MILLION DOLLAR JUDGMENT
April 10, 2018
On March 30, 2018 Wandro & Associates attorney Steve Wandro successfully argued that the family of well-known Des Moines architect Kirk Blunck was owed $6.25 million in damages after Mr. Blunck was allegedly murdered by a local Des Moines man. Mr. Blunck, who was a beloved and well-respected figure in the Des Moines architectural community, was most well known for the renaissance of Des Moines' East Village and the revitalization of the Younkers Tea Room. His death devastated his family and disturbed the Des Moines community as a whole. Steve Wandro managed to gain some closure for the family by obtaining this significant judgment against the man who allegedly murdered Mr. Blunck. Wandro & Associates is proud to pursue justice on behalf of Iowa families everywhere.
WANDRO & ASSOCIATES WINS JUSTICE FOR IOWA FAMILY FARMERS IN FUEL CONTAMINATION LAWSUIT
March 28, 2018
On Friday March 16, 2018, Attorney Steve Wandro won a resounding jury verdict for Iowa family farmers whose heavy farm equipment were contaminated with alcohol-tainted diesel fuel. The father and son farmers bought fuel that was contaminated in transit and compromised multiple tractors, their combine, and other farm equipment, resulting in over $40,000.00 in repair costs and seriously damaging the trade in value of the machines. Steve Wandro's insistence that this family receive full compensation for all the damage to their machines resulted in a jury award of $280,000.00 plus interest and costs to his clients the injured farmers. Wandro & Associates is proud to fight for justice on behalf of Iowa family farmers.