Sept. 18, 2013 – Did you know that starting in October, law firms with fewer than 50 employees can compare and buy health care plans on the health care exchange? In this article, health care attorney Barbara Zabawa answers questions about how the Affordable Care Act will impact law firms, law firm employees, and solo practitioners.
Feb. 6, 2013 – With implementation of the Affordable Care Act, lawyers must monitor how changes will impact their clients. In this article, Madison lawyer Gesina Seiler gives an overview of some of the current and future compliance requirements.
Jan. 2, 2013 – In 2009, Wisconsin passed a domestic partnership law granting certain rights to same-sex couples who live together. A lawsuit challenged the law as unconstitutional. Recently, a state appeals court upheld the law in a case likely headed for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
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.
Worker's compensation carriers can seek to compel settlement of a plaintiff's bodily injury lawsuit over the injured-plaintiff's objections. In its decisions, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals emphasized the circuit court's authority to resolve settlement-related disagreements between insurers and injured parties.
In Casper, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overruled existing state law to allow injured litigants to bring direct suits in Wisconsin courts against out-of-state insurance companies for a loss or injury that occurred in Wisconsin. The court also clarified considerations in seeking default judgments and confirmed that corporate officers may be held personally liable for their negligent acts.