Church & State: Blurring the Lines
In Doe v. Elmbrook School District, a case that demonstrates how intertwined church and state legally may be, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals en banc determined that holding a public high school ceremony at a church impermissibly blurred the church-state line.
Who is a Religious or Ministerial Employee?
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent adoption of the “ministerial exception” doctrine portends increasing difficulty for individuals attempting to challenge employment-related decisions of religious institutions. One challenge is determining who is a “religious person” under the First Amendment.
Coverage Delayed, Coverage Denied
The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently held that insurers have a right to delay in denying coverage. Policyholders should scrutinize their insurance coverage, even after an insurer agrees to defend, particularly with suits alleging possible uncovered claims.
Ethics: Guard Client's Personal Information
Lawyers must keep confidential all client information, including personal information such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and any other information learned or received during the representation. Lawyers must tell clients immediately if their information is lost or breached.
Too Late? Interests of Justice Trump Default Judgments
In Miller and Casper, the Wisconsin Supreme Court reinforced Wisconsin's traditional support of allowing litigants their day in court by discouraging granting of default judgments when a defendant fails to serve a timely answer or moves for leave to file a late answer.