COVID-19 legal resources
Frequently Asked Health-Related Legal Questions Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic
This FAQ addresses health-related legal questions that have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document is intended to provide guidance to county attorneys who represent local public health departments, attorney representing hospitals and other health facilities, and other members of the bar advising clients on health-related issues.
Price-Gouging and Consumer Protection Resources
A disaster declaration triggers the state’s price-gouging rule, which forbids excessive prices for goods or services “needed by victims of disasters.” That includes water, food, medicines, sanitation supplies, utilities, and building materials. An excessive price is one “not justified by the seller’s actual costs of acquiring, producing, selling, transporting, and delivering the actual product sold, plus a reasonable profit.”
For more information, see: Fact sheet on price-gouging from the Attorney General's Office.
To file a complaint: For consumers filing price-gouging complaints.
Other Legal Resources
Garnishments: FAQ on suspension of garnishments.
Iowa Judicial Branch COVID-19 information: Supervisory orders, modifications and other updates.
Emergency declarations: Proclamations and announcements from the office of Gov. Kim Reynolds.
Remote notarization: The in-person requirement for notarizing documents is temporarily waived for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. For more information, see this announcement from the Secretary of State's Office.
Additional state resources: See the State of Iowa's COVID-19 webpage for updates and resources from other state agencies.