March 18, 2015 – Has opposing counsel ever threatened to file a disciplinary complaint against you to gain an advantage in a civil case? While such threats are not expressly prohibited, a lawyer considering making such a threat should carefully consider the Rules of Professional Conduct.
An insurer that covered a contractor's liability for “pollution” damages must cover a share of defense costs and settlement amounts from a natural gas explosion that caused property damage and bodily injury, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled.
A state appeals court has ruled that the City of Milwaukee is not immune from a lawsuit by city residents severely injured in a gas leak explosion.
Charles Adams captured nude video of a prostitute he hired without her consent, claiming he did it to shield himself against criminal allegations if the woman overdosed on drugs or accused him of battery. But a state appeals court didn’t buy it.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld Felton Cobb’s eviction for allegedly smoking marijuana in his federally subsidized apartment despite his argument that he wasn’t smoking pot and the housing authority did not give him a chance to remedy the alleged breach.
In a case involving the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that protections on religious freedom won’t protect a $55 million transfer that diminished the Archdiocese's bankruptcy estate.
Appleton’s Xavier High School captured its fourth state Mock Trial title after the team defeated Shorewood High School in the final round of the annual two-day state competition. Now the team will head to nationals in Raleigh, N.C.
March 10, 2015 – In the March issue of Wisconsin Lawyer magazine, learn about Wisconsin’s “mass incarceration” problem and reforms that could address human and fiscal costs. Also, get primed to practice before the Public Service Commission and learn how to prepare an e-discovery plan that keeps the litigation focus on the underlying legal dispute.
A scrap metal company that supplied wastewater containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) to a water treatment company isn’t covered by an insurance policy containing a pollution exclusion clause, a state appeals court has ruled.
Elasticity clauses in insurance policies mandate that the policy must conform to the law of the state in which the policy is issued, accounting for any conflicts with state law. For Rhiannan Wolf, though, the elasticity clause doesn’t help her.
Police did not obtain a warrant before using a drug dog to sniff around Gary Scull’s front door. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld Scull’s conviction for drug dealing, rejecting his claim that all evidence should be suppressed.
March 4, 2015 – In this Q&A with president-elect hopefuls Kevin Lyons and Fran Deisinger, both of Milwaukee, learn about the challenges they hope to address, the goals they hope to achieve, and their views on meeting the diverse needs of the membership.
March 4, 2015 – Who is blogging in Wisconsin and why? In this article, learn about the benefits of legal blogging and the Wisconsin lawyers and law firms with an online blogging presence.
March 4, 2015 – The stage premiere of a play on the life and career of Janesville attorney Lavinia Goodell comes to Madison on March 19-21. The story, about overcoming barriers and stereotypes, is one that applies to each of us, says Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.
March 4, 2015 – So, you want to expand your practice, but is adding one or more partners the right approach for you? To better understand the pros and cons, start by considering your own self-interest in adding a partner, says Angela Campion.
March 4, 2015 – David Russell offers his free time – including evenings and lunch hours – to help La Crosse’s low-income residents with legal questions.
March 4, 2015 – Larry Martin began Dec. 1 as associate executive director of the State Bar of Wisconsin, and Annette Ashley is stepping into Martin’s former position as Member Services Director.
March 4, 2015 – Committee service provides you the opportunity to influence important issues facing the profession and the legal system, and it’s a great way to meet other lawyers who want to make a difference.
Take advantage of this opportunity to be in contact with the leaders of your profession – apply by April 15 to become a State Bar of Wisconsin delegate to the American Bar Association.