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Court of Appeals Digest
In this column, Profs. Daniel D. Blinka and Thomas J. Hammer summarize select published opinions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Full-text decisions are linked below.
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Appeals Court: Vehicle Forfeiture Unconstitutional Against Generous Grandma
Gladys Vogel and her grandson, Steven Baumgard, jointly purchased a new Toyota Corolla for $22,500. But Vogel put down the lion’s share, $20,000. Police later impounded the car. Recently, a state appeals court overturned a forfeiture order against Vogel, concluding that forfeiture against her would be constitutionally excessive.
“De Facto Marriage”: Cohabitation Claims in Wisconsin
Sept. 16, 2015 – The number of Americans choosing to cohabitate instead of marry is at an all-time high for every age group. While Wisconsin does not recognize common law marriage, these “de facto marriages” often mimic traditional divorce cases when cohabitation relationships end.