Owner's Duty of Care Stemmed from 'Unusual' Lease Provisions

March 31, 2015
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Facts: The employee of a tenant who rented retail space was injured when a light fixture fell on her upper back and neck while she was working. The employee sued the owner. The owner asked a trial court for a judgment in its favor without a trial. The trial court granted the owner’s request. The tenant appealed.  

Decision: An Iowa appeals court reversed the ruling and sent the case back to the lower court for a trial.

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