Justices will again review Iowa State whistleblower's case

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AMES, Iowa (AP) — For a second time, the Iowa Supreme Court will review the case of an Iowa State University whistleblower who was viciously mistreated by his superiors.

The court said Thursday it has granted further review in the case of Dennis Smith.

A court awarded Smith nearly $1.3 million in damages after hearing how he was unfairly branded a workplace threat by his boss, who he'd reported for financial misconduct. Those damages were cut in half after an earlier Iowa Supreme Court ruling. Smith was later awarded $368,000 in legal fees.

In March, the Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that Smith should have been awarded only a fraction of those legal fees. A dissenting judge warned that the decision "would effectively slam the courthouse door shut to many employees with whistleblower claims."

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