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Iowa Supreme Court will hear appeal of award in defamation suit brought by Sioux City Senator


DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV)- The Iowa Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case, Thursday afternoon, with far-reaching implications in Iowa politics.

The seven justices will hear an appeal from both sides of a $231,000 jury award in a defamation suit filed by Sioux City Senator Rick Bertrand.

In 2010, when Bertrand was running for the seat, the Iowa Democratic Party paid for an ad, which was approved by his opponent Rick Mullin, claiming Bertrand "put profits ahead of children's health" as a sales agent for a drug company. The ad also claimed the Bertrand's company was singled out by the FDA for marketing dangerous sleep drugs for children.

Bertrand accused them of libel and slander.

But, he appealed because the jury wasn't allowed to award punitive damages. Democrats simply disagree with the verdict.

KTIV's Kristen Johnson will be in the courtroom for the hearing. She'll have the story, Thursday night on "News 4".

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