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Redfield v. Iowa State Highway Comm'n

Supreme Court of Iowa
99 N.W.2d 413 (1959)


The Iowa State Highway Commission (SHC) (defendant) condemned properties owned by Redfield and others (plaintiffs) for the purpose of constructing a highway. The owners successfully sued the SHC for paying them unfairly low compensation for the properties. Trial witnesses gave widely varying estimates as to the true value of the condemned properties. Redfield attempted to introduce recent sale price records for similar properties. The judge ruled the sale price evidence inadmissible under existing Iowa case law. The owners considered the jury's award of damages inadequate, and appealed to the Supreme Court of Iowa. On appeal, the owners argued that the judge erred in excluding the sale price evidence.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Garrett, J.)

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