Aug. 1, 2014 – A 5-2 majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, granting due weight deference to the Wisconsin Labor and Industry Review Commission (LIRC), has ruled that unpaid interns do not have the same protections as regular paid employees.
July 31, 2014 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court, in a 5-2 majority (with one concurrence), affirmed the court of appeals in applying a harmless error review to a circuit court’s refusal to let a defendant testify on her own behalf at trial, finding that the trial court’s denial was a harmless error.
July 30, 2014 – An estranged wife is not considered a “surviving spouse” under the state’s wrongful death law, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled in a 4-3 decision, meaning a father’s minor children are first in line to recover for his wrongful death.
After the car that Luis Rocha-Mayo was driving collided with a motorcyclist, resulting in the motorcyclist’s death, an ER nurse administered a preliminary breath test on Rocha-Mayo. Recently, the state supreme court said it was harmless error to admit the results.
An employee at Menard Inc. was loading a customer’s truck with lumber when some boards fell and injured the customer’s foot. Now, the customer’s auto insurer must defend and indemnify Menard, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled.
Wisconsin's Federal Nominating Commission is accepting applications for a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
The circuit court committed error when it allowed the jury in a slip-and-fall case to hear an “absent witness jury instruction,” which allows the jury to infer that the absent witness would have given testimony unfavorable to the opposing party.
July 22, 2014 – The July/August edition of Wisconsin Lawyer, available online and in mailboxes soon, highlights a recent study on lawyer happiness. It also includes feature articles on the frac sand mining and new restrictions on social media snooping. Also, Robert Gagan recently took over as State Bar of Wisconsin President. Get to know him in this issue.
A consumer with a legal claim against an auto dealer entered a settlement agreement without his lawyer’s knowledge. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled against the consumer’s lawyer regarding attorney’s fees.
Two Milwaukee police officers stopped a vehicle for a faulty tail light. Upon a search of the vehicle, they found a gun. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned a defendant’s resulting gun conviction because the police stop was illegal.
A Wisconsin Supreme Court majority recently untangled a commercial leasing dispute between a corporate landlord and various corporate tenants with rulings on proper notice and whether a tenant conveyed an assignment or a sublease.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the reversal of Raphfeal Myrick’s conviction for first-degree intentional homicide as a party to the crime because his preliminary hearing testimony against someone else was wrongly used against him.
A company that purchased an Island of Happy Days condo is likely unhappy with the outcome of a recent decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which ruled that the doctrine of equitable assignment may support a foreclosure action.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted 6-1 to uphold a new law that allows the use of hearsay at preliminary examinations in felony criminal cases.
Governor Scott Walker is seeking applicants for judicial appointment to the Waukesha County Circuit Court. The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, July 24, 2014.
A three-judge panel for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a lawsuit by three Wisconsin school districts against a health care insurance administrator must go back to state court where it first started more than two years ago.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court, which accepted review in 12 new cases recently, may decide whether additional consideration beyond the benefit of continued employment is required to support a no compete provision in an employment contract.
Recently, a 2-1 appeals court majority found no due process violation related to the destruction of a defendant's blood sample before the filing of related charges. However, a dissent and concurrence suggest the process is flawed.
White House insiders Robert Gibbs and Karl Rove talk about numerous political topics in a point-counterpoint moderated by former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske, and in an exclusive interview with State Bar Legal Writer Joe Forward.