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Alexander v. Medical Associates Clinic
Iowa Supreme Court
646 N.W.2d 74 (2002)
Land owned by Medical Associates Clinic, P.C. (MA) (defendant) included an undeveloped open field next to a residential area. Monty Alexander (plaintiff) entered the field at night to get his sister’s dog, fell into a ditch, and injured his knee. Alexander brought an action against MA, alleging that MA negligently maintained its property. MA moved for summary judgment, arguing that Alexander was a trespasser and there was no evidence that MA breached its duty of care to a trespasser. The court found that Alexander was a trespasser, the standard of care was not negligence but the avoidance of willful and wanton injury, and there was no evidence establishing that MA breached its limited duty of care. Alexander appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Ternus, J.)
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