July 23, 2013 – In the combined July/August issue of Wisconsin Lawyer magazine, available online and in mailboxes soon, Wisconsin’s high-profile case between two high-powered law firms is the backdrop for discussions on Internet marketing and privacy.
Can minor children sue for wrongful death when a parent is killed and leaves behind an estranged spouse? The Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently bypassed the question, asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide.
Although the case was “bristling with important social policy issues,” the Wisconsin Supreme Court did not decide whether minors can refuse potentially life-saving medical treatment on religious grounds because the case at hand is moot.
Private property values, business income, and local tax revenue are factors the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) must consider when deciding if a lake’s water level, regulated by a dam, should be allowed to rise.
July 16, 2013 – Mark your calendars for the largest gathering of lawyers in the state in 2014. The State Bar will hold its first Annual Meeting & Conference at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa on June 26 and 27. The conference begins and ends with point/counterpoint plenary sessions, and fills the hours in between with social events and CLE opportunities.
An 18-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to attempted murder of two police officers, then moved to withdraw his guilty pleas after sentencing. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court said Julius Burton cannot withdraw the pleas.
Hosting an underage drinking party just got riskier, as the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ruled that a homeowner’s insurance policy doesn’t cover the injuries sustained by a guest who was assaulted by another guest at a party.
Traditional surrogacy agreements are enforceable in Wisconsin, under a recent decision by a Wisconsin Supreme Court, binding surrogate-biological mothers who sign such contracts but later change their minds about giving up the baby.
A woman who entered into a contingency fee agreement with two law firms, and then fired one, may owe the discharged firm contract damages even though the firm did not provide substantial services, a state appeals court has ruled.
In a case involving the death of an 11-year-old girl whose parents treated her illness with religious prayer, the state supreme court has clarified the state’s “prayer treatment exception” while upholding convictions for reckless homicide.
Whether a closely held company must pay nearly $4 million to a minority shareholder is still an open question, as the Wisconsin Supreme Court has remanded the case to determine if a stock repurchase agreement should be specifically enforced.
In a case alleging that paint containing benzene caused the death of an interior painter at Chrystler’s American Motors, a federal appeals court has upheld the use of expert testimony to explain how exposure caused the man’s leukemia.
An individual who refuses a blood alcohol test on suspicion of drunk driving has 10 days to request a “refusal hearing,” and excusable neglect is not an acceptable reason for an extension, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has clarified.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether police can track a suspect’s whereabouts through court-ordered cell phone location data.
Former Milwaukee County employees who sued to get unused sick time at retirement will get it, without a 400-hour cap, a state appeals court has ruled.
It was legal for police to enter Kenneth Sobczak’s home without a warrant to search and seize his computer when he wasn’t home because his girlfriend was a weekend guest and consented to the search, the state supreme court has ruled.
A prison inmate whose phone scam defrauded AT&T out of $28,000 recently lost his appeal to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
A defendant convicted on charges of child pornography recently lost his bid to suppress incriminating statements made to a probation officer, under a decision issued by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently added two high-profile cases to its docket, one involving the controversial budget repair bill, the other a challenge to the state’s law recognizing domestic partnerships between same-sex couples who live together.
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