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.
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The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and component of the lawyer regulation system, assists the court in carrying out its constitutional responsibility to supervise the practice of law and protect the public from misconduct by lawyers. The OLR has offices at 110 E. Main St., Suite 315, Madison, WI 53703; toll-free (877) 315-6941. The full text of items summarized in this column can be viewed at www.wicourts.gov/olr.