Oct. 22, 2013 – Seventy-nine lawyers who passed the bar exam were admitted to practice in Wisconsin yesterday. Of the 172 people took the bar exam representing 31 jurisdictions, 82 percent passed.
Convicted of felony murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison, Charles Hennings maintains his innocence. And he wants taxpayers to pay for a DNA test that might prove someone else committed the crime for which he’s doing time.
An investigative TV reporter caught wind of a potential scam: a wedding videographer who took money from couples and did not deliver as promised. Recently, a state appeals court ruled the reporter did not defame the videographer in subsequent broadcasts shedding light on the situation.
Amidst a government shutdown, federal courts are hoping rainy day funds will last through the end of this week, and the federal district and bankruptcy courts in Wisconsin have issued directives to explain what will happen after that.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has added five new cases to its docket, one involving state negligence claims against a railroad whose train collided with a mini-van during a Memorial Day parade in the Village of Elm Grove, a Milwaukee suburb.
In a case involving a police officer who ran a red light, causing an accident, the Wisconsin Supreme Court could decide how far governmental immunity goes to protect police departments and officers from liability for injuries.
State Bar of Wisconsin President Patrick J. Fiedler joined presidents of state bar associations in Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Nevada and Florida this week to urge members of their respective Congressional delegations to end devastating cuts to federal court funding.
The enjoyment of a decorative water fountain in a hospital lobby was not considered “consumption,” a state appeals court has ruled, despite the water fountain builder’s best efforts to make that argument for purposes of insurance coverage.
Oct. 8, 2013 – Former State Bar President Richard (Dick) Sommer passed away on Oct. 5. He was 81.
Oct. 7, 2013 – It could be considered eerie to receive a tweet from someone who has died, but that’s the technological age we live in, according to an article in the October Wisconsin Lawyer magazine, available online and in mailboxes soon.
Oct. 4, 2013 – Last evening, famed civil rights attorney John Doar received the Wisconsin Law Foundation Charles L. Goldberg Distinguished Service Award, and 58 lawyers were inducted into the 2013 Class of Fellows.
A jury must decide if an employer violated anti-discrimination laws when it fired a convenience store worker who sold herself discounted candy but only warned another worker who made “dummy” alcohol purchases, a federal court has ruled.
Milwaukee County is not required to reimburse a group of Milwaukee lawyers and health professionals for Medicare premiums paid in retirement because reimbursement rights did not vest until retirement, an appeals court majority has ruled.
Pilot Jon Orlos was piloting commercial skydiving missions and sightseeing trips when his helicopter hit power lines and crashed, damaging the whirlybird. Now, Orlos and a manager that authorized the flights are liable.
Sept. 27, 2013 – At its meeting today in Trego, the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors discussed a proposal to limit the terms of Wisconsin Supreme Court justices to one, 16-year term, a plan advanced by the State Bar’s Judicial Task Force.
Wisconsin law requires courts to give defendants an “immigration warning” before accepting a plea deal, with specific language that must be used to warn a defendant that deportation can result from guilty or no contest pleas.
Vincent Fallon bought a one-way train ticket from Chicago to Seattle for himself and his briefcase, which contained $100,120 in cash. When agents for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) started asking questions, Fallon began to sweat.
The U.S. Supreme Court in December will hear a case involving Appleton-based Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp., which says it was immune from a lawsuit by a former pilot who obtained $1.4 million judgment for defamation in Colorado.
A couple who designed and built a home containing defects is not liable to the couple who bought the home, a state appeals court has ruled. The ruling is a contract warning for home buyers who lease homes with an option-to-purchase.
Jessica Reyna’s manager at Family Dollar Store asked her to perform some duties on her day off. On her way to the store, her vehicle hit a county bus, but a state appeals court has ruled that Family Dollar is not liable for any damages.