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NuStar Farms, LLC v. Zylstra

Iowa Supreme Court
880 N.W.2d 478 (2016)


Facts

Larry Stoller represented Robert and Marcia Zylstra (defendants) in a variety of legal matters from 2012 to 2014. In May 2014, Stoller began representing NuStar Farms, LLC (plaintiff). In early May, Stoller began contacting the Zylstras on NuStar’s behalf about a signature needed for a deed the Zylstras had agreed to convey to NuStar. In the third such email, dated May 13, 2014, Stoller stated that if he did not receive the signed deed by the following day, he would “pursue the appropriate remedies” on NuStar’s behalf. In that same email, Stoller also informed the Zylstras that he would no longer represent them in any future matters. In July 2014, Stoller filed suit against the Zylstras on behalf of NuStar. The Zylstras filed a motion to disqualify Stoller as NuStar’s attorney. The district court denied the motion. The Zylstras filed an interlocutory appeal.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Zager, J.)

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