Court Proceedings

The Board's decisions may be appealed to court pursuant to state and federal law. This page details the status of the existing court cases involving the Board. 

Updated May 5, 2017

 

FCU-2010-0001 (U.S. S.Ct. No. 12-815) (11-CV-183) (11-2984)(8th Circuit Case No. 16-1417)
Sprint Communications Company, L.P. v. Jacobs, et. al.
Proceeding: VoIP traffic
Appeal Date: 04-25-11
Court of Appeal: U.S. Supreme Court (Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals) (U. S. District Court, S.D. Iowa)
Current Status: Board motion for abstention granted by order issued on 08-01-11. Appeal filed by Sprint on 09-02-11. District court decision granting motion for abstention affirmed in part by Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals 09-04-12. Sprint's petition for writ of certiorari to U.S. Supreme Court granted 04-15-13. Supreme Court decision reversing 8th Circuit issued 12-10-13. Order vacating 8th Circuit decision and reopening case issued 01-14-14. IUB motion to dismiss filed 04-16-14. Windstream filed separate motion to dismiss 04-16-14. IUB and Windstream filed motions for summary judgment 05-22-14. Judge Jarvey issued order granting Board's motion to dismiss and Windstream's motion to dismiss and denying Sprint's motion for summary judgment on 08-05-14. Sprint's notice of appeal to Eighth Circuit filed 09-04-14.  Briefs filed. Oral argument held 05-14-15, in Omaha, Nebraska. Eighth Circuit reversed district court on 08-14-15. Case remanded back to district court. Judge Jarvey granted IUB, Windstream motions from summary judgment, denied Sprint’s motion for summary judgment 12-30-15. Sprint’s notice of appeal to Eighth Circuit filed 01-28-16. Parties will prepare a joint appendix. IUB, OCA, Windstream filed designation of additional documents for joint appendix on 03-28-16. Sprint brief and joint appendix filed 03-29-16. IUB, OCA, Windstream briefs filed 04-29-16. Sprint reply brief filed 05-16-16. Oral argument held 01-11-17. The Eighth Circuit decision affirming the district court decision, was issued on June 23, 2017. 

 

HLP-2014-0001 (CVCV051987)
Keith Puntenney v. Iowa Utilities Board and Dakota Access, LLC
Proceeding: Pipeline Permit
Appeal Date: 05-26-16
Court of Appeal: Polk County
Current Status: 
Petition filed 05-26-16. Answer filed 6-16-16. Motion to consolidate granted 6-22-16. Agency record filed 7-22-16. See Lamb.

 

HLP-2014-0001 (CVCV051990)
LaVerne Johnson v. Iowa Utilities Board and Dakota Access, LLC
Proceeding: Pipeline Permit
Appeal Date: 05-26-16
Court of Appeal: Polk County
Current Status: 
Petition filed 05-26-16. Answer filed 6-16-16. Motion to consolidate granted 6-22-16. Agency record filed 7-22-16. See Lamb.

 

HLP-2014-0001 (CVCV051997)
Richard Lamb, et. al v. Iowa Utilities Board and Dakota Access, LLC
Proceeding: Pipeline Permit
Appeal Date: 05-27-16
Court of Appeal: Polk County
Current Status: Petition filed 05-27-16. Answer filed 6-16-16. Motion to consolidate granted 6-22-16. Agency record filed 7-22-16. Petitioner’s emergency motion for stay filed 8-9-16. Hearing 8/19/16; order denying stay issued 08-22-16. Hearing set for 12-15-16. Remand to Board 08-21-16. Board order denying stay issued 08-26-16. District Court order denying stay issued 08-29-16. Oral argument held 12-15-16. District Court order denying petition and affirming decision of IUB issued 2-15-17. Thirty days to appeal runs 03-17-17.  Sierra Club, LaVerne Johnson, and Keith Puntenney each filed a notice of appeal on 03-16-17.  Dakota Access’s motion to dismiss filed 04-10-17.  Sierra Club and Lamb et al. filed resistances on 04-24-17.  Dakota Access reply filed 04-27-17.

 

HLP-2014-0001 (CVCV051999)
Sierra Club v. Iowa Utilities Board and Dakota Access, LLC
Proceeding: Pipeline Permit
Appeal Date: 05-27-16
Court of Appeal: Polk County
Current Status:
Petition filed 05-27-16. Answer filed 6-16-16. Motion to consolidate granted 6-22-16. Agency record filed 7-22-16. See Lamb.

 

EEP-2008-003 (CVCV052879)
Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA) v. Iowa Utilities Board (IUB)
Proceeding:  Prudence Review of Black Hills Energy's Energy Efficiency Plan and Budget
Appeal Date: 10-14-16
Court of Appeal: Polk County
Current Status
Petition filed 10-14-16.  IUB Answer filed 11-4-16. OCA’s request to establish schedule filed 11-04-16. IUB Agency Record filed 11-16-16. Agency record filed 11-22-16.  Petitioner’s brief filed 12-16-16. Respondent’s brief due 01-06-17. Petitioner’s reply brief due 01-20-17.  Oral Argument held 01-27-17. District Court order remanding to the IUB for a contested case evidentiary hearing issued 03-28-17.

 

RPU-2016-0003
City of Keokuk v. Iowa Utilities Board

Proceeding:  Liberty Utilities Rate Case Expense

Appeal Date: 06-16-17

Court of Appeal: Polk County

Current Status:  Petition for judicial review filed on 06-16-17. The IUB answer is due 07-09-17.