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Kolkman v. Roth

Supreme Court of Iowa
656 N.W.2d 148 (Iowa 2003)


In December 1995, Corrine Roth (defendant) inherited farmland from her father. In 1996, Roth orally agreed to allow Dean Kolkman (plaintiff) to live on the farm rent-free if Kolkman would farm the ground and raise cattle. In June 1996, Kolkman and his wife moved onto the farm. In 1999, Roth demanded $550.00 per month in rent. Kolkman refused and filed suit against Roth for breach of the 1996 oral agreement. Roth sought summary judgment, arguing that the statute of frauds precluded enforcement of the oral agreement. The district court denied summary judgment. At trial, the district court found that Kolkman had established promissory estoppel and the jury awarded Kolkman $154,429.00 in damages.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Cady, J.)

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