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Black Soil Dairy, LLC v. Land O'Lakes, Inc.

United States District Court, N.D. Iowa, Western Division

October 19, 2018

BLACK SOIL DAIRY, LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
LAND O'LAKES, INC., Defendant.

          ORDER

          LINDA R. READE, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT.

         TABLE OF CONTENTS

         I. INTRODUCTION ....................................... 1

         II. RELEVANT PROCEDURAL HISTORY ........................ 2

         III. SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION .......................... 2

         IV. SUMMARY JUDGMENT STANDARD ......................... 2

         V. RELEVANT FACTUAL BACKGROUND ........................ 4

         A. Parties .......................................... 4

         B. Overview of the Dispute ............................... 4

         VI. ANALYSIS ............................................ 6

         A. Tort Claims ....................................... 6

         1. Parties' arguments .............................. 6

         2. Applicable law ................................. 7

         3. Application ................................... 8

         B. Breach of Implied Warranty of Fitness .................... 11

         1. Parties' arguments ............................. 11

         2. Applicable law ................................ 11

         3. Application .................................. 12

         VII. CONCLUSION ....................................... 14

         I. INTRODUCTION

         The matter before the court is Defendant Land O'Lakes, Inc.'s (“Land O'Lakes”) Motion for Summary Judgment (“Motion”) (docket no. 42).

         II. RELEVANT PROCEDURAL HISTORY

         On August 15, 2017, Black Soil Dairy, LLC (“Black Soil”) filed a “Petition and Jury Demand” (“Petition”) (docket no. 2) in the Iowa District Court for Sioux County, Iowa. In the Petition, Black Soil asserts three claims against Land O'Lakes[1]: (1) Count I alleges that Land O'Lakes was negligent in a number of respects related to a milk replacement delivered to Black Soil; (2) Count II alleges that Land O'Lakes breached an implied warranty of fitness regarding the milk replacement; and (3) Count III alleges that Land O'Lakes breached its voluntarily assumed duties. See Petition at 3-5. On September ...


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