Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

Jay Eaton

Jay Eaton was a member of the firm’s Litigation Department, practicing in the areas of  complex commercial, environmental, and anti-trust litigation and class actions, in federal and state courts.  He has retired from the practice of law.


Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent

The Best Lawyers in America® , 2010-2018

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Benchmark Leading Litigation Attorneys, 2009-2015

Covenants Against Competition in Franchise Agreements, Third Edition, ABA Forum on Franchising (2012) (Chapter Author).

Professional and Community Affiliations

U.S. Army War College, National Security Seminar, 2009

American Bar Association
House of Delegates, 2002-2006

Iowa State Bar Association
President, 1999-2000
Board of Governors, 1992-2001
Jury Instructions Committee, 1993-1998
Federal Practice Committee, 2008-2014
Litigation Section Council, 2012-2014
Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section Council, 1994-1998
Trade Regulation Section Council, 1990-1992
Trade Regulation Committee, 1982-1987

Iowa State Bar Foundation Fellow

Polk County Bar Association
President, 1992-1993
Board of Directors, 1989-1997

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University of Iowa (B.B.A., Accounting, 1968; J.D., with distinction, 1971)

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1971

Ohio, 1972 (inactive)

Wisconsin, 1975 (inactive)

Federal Courts:
Southern District of Iowa
Northern District of Iowa
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Claims Court

Significant Cases

Following is a list of representative cases, alphabetically by type of claim:

3M (Minnesota, Mining and Manufacturing Company), Paige Williams; All Iowa Vending, Inc. v. 3M, No. LACV032291 (Iowa Dist. Ct.). Antitrust price fixing class action.

Aventis, S.A., Aventis Animal Nutrition, S.A., Aventis Animal Nutrition, Inc., and Aventis CropScience USA; Farmers Coop. Elevator Co. v. Akzo Nobel, Inc., No. LACV 035453 (Iowa Dist. Ct.). Antitrust price fixing class action.

Bayer Corporation; Anderson Contracting, Inc. v. Bayer AG, No. CL95959 (Iowa Dist. Ct.). Antitrust price fixing class action.

Tanabe Seiyaku Co., Ltd. and Tanabe U.S.A., Inc.; Farmers Coop. Elevator Co. v. Akzo Nobel, Inc., No. LACV 035453 (Iowa Dist. Ct.). Antitrust price fixing class action.

Agriprocessors, Inc.; Salazar v. Agriprocessors, Inc., No. 2:07-cv-1006 (N.D. Iowa). Class and collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Catholic Health Initiatives; Nebraska Heart Hospital, LLC v. The Weitz Co., LLC, No. CI 09-2061 (Neb. Dist. Ct.). Complex construction disputes against general contractor and subcontractors.

Giese Construction Company; Nuckoll’s Concrete Servs., Inc. v. Giese, No. LACV 305818 (Iowa Dist. Ct.). Complex sale and purchase of businesses, real estate and uncompleted construction contracts in progress.

Giese Counstruction Company; Martin Marietta Aggregates of Iowa, Inc. v. Pedersen, No. 16375-0697 (Iowa Dist. Ct.). Contracts, fraud and mining operations.

Grinnell College; Advanced Techs. Corp. v. Grinnell Coll., No. LA 908 (Iowa Dist. Ct.). Complex construction disputes involving eight parties, including architect, construction manager, several general contractors and owner.

City of West Des Moines; West Des Moines v. The Hanson Co., No. CL00083828 (Iowa Dist. Ct.). Construction and performance of fire station.

AgriProcessors, Inc.; AgriProcessors, Inc. v. City of Postville, No. LACV 023460 (Iowa Dist. Ct.). Contract rescission and violation of open meeting statute.

Vincent Metals; Vincent Metals v. Curran V. Nielsen Co., Inc., No. 56161 (Iowa Dist. Ct.). Complex contract claims involving 18 parties regarding construction and failures of laser laboratory facility.

Allied Mutual Insurance; Rieff v. Evans, No. CE 35780 (Iowa Dist. Ct.). Special independent counsel for derivative class action claims involving misappropriations, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.

The Trane Co.; Dealership and franchise disputes.

AgriProcessors, Inc.; United States EPA v. AgriProcessors, Inc., No. 2:04-CV-01050-LRR (N.D.Iowa). Environmental enforcement action (CWA, CAA, EPCRA, RCRA and NRD claims).

Citizens First National Bank; United States EPA v. Citizens First Nat'l Bank as Trustee. Environmental enforcement action (Superfund).

AgriProcessors, Inc.; City of Postville v. AgriProcessors, Inc., No. EQC023385 (Iowa Dist. Ct.). Environmental discharge (NPDES permit) claims.

Amoco Oil Company; State of Iowa v. Amoco Oil Co. (over 100 filed actions). UST environmental contamination cases; global settlement with Iowa.

Chevron Corporation; State of Iowa v. Chevron Corp. (over 30 filed actions). UST environmental contamination cases; global settlement with Iowa.

Mooresville Pharmacy, LLC; Mooresville Pharmacy, LLC, et al. v. Medicap Pharmacies, Inc., No. 4-08-cv-195 (S.D. Iowa). Franchise and fraud claims.

Salsbury Chemicals, Inc.; Quad City Mech., Inc. v. Salsbury Chems., Inc., No. EQCV027046 (Iowa Dist. Ct.). Fraud and construction contract litigation.

Grundy Mutual Insurance; State of Iowa v. Grundy Mutual Insurance. Government investigation and enforcement proceeding.

Marshalltown Company; Marshalltown Trowel Co. v. Walton Tool Co., No. 4-98-cv-90565 (S.D.Iowa); Marshalltown Trowel Co. v. Wallboard Tool Co., No. 4-99-cv-90696 (S.D.Iowa). Intellectual property, patent and trademark infringement claims.

Ideal Instruments, Inc.; Ideal Instruments, Inc. v. Rivard Instruments, Inc., No.3:05-cv-3079 (N.D.Iowa). Intellectual property, patent infringement.

BP America, Inc.; City of Galva v. Amerada Hess Corp., No. 4:03-cv-90663 (S.D.Iowa). Products liability class action.

Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc.; Crowley v. The New Piper Aircraft Corp. and Teledyne Cont'l Motors, Inc., No. LALA002464 (Iowa Dist. Ct.). Product warranty, tort and misrepresentation claims.

Climax Molybdenum Co.; Boley v. Climax Molybdenum Co., No. 3-97-cv-80163 (S.D.Iowa). Tort and personal injury claims from toxic industrial smokestack emissions by 41 plaintiffs.

Clear Lake Bank & Trust Co.; Clear Lake Bank & Trust Co. v. Olk (Iowa Dist. Ct.). Professional liability (accounting malpractice), fraud and breach of loan contracts.

Gaylor Engineering; Siouxland Energy & Livestock Coop. v. Gaylor , No. CO2-4033MWB (N.D.Iowa). Professional liability (engineering malpractice) in design and construction management of ethanol plant.

Stephen R. Grubb Construction, Inc.; Myers v. Top Drawer Dev., L.L.C., No. CL90134 (Iowa Dist. Ct.). Complex toxic mold, personal injury and contract claims involving thirteen parties.

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