The state transportation department knew that a land developer did not intend to “dedicate” a right-of-way for a state highway project but took the land without paying, based on a drafting error in a certified survey map. Now the state must pay the property owner just compensation, plus attorney’s fees, costs, and interest.
The Wisconsin’s Department of Justice (DOJ) did not violate a state whistleblower law by demoting an employee who voiced her concern that DOJ agents would be used, at a cost to taxpayers, to protect Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen while he attended the Republican National Convention, a state appeals court has ruled.
Dec. 3, 2014 – Serving and consuming alcohol beverages is part of many people’s year-end holiday celebrations. But regulation of alcohol beverages is an issue year-round for businesses that produce, transport, and sell them and for governmental officials who monitor these activities. PINNACLE’s Alcohol Beverages Regulation in Wisconsin, newly supplemented in 2014, will help you unmuddy the waters for private and public clients.
Nov. 19, 2014 – The Ebola Virus Disease isn’t going away anytime soon. That means public health teams, including government lawyers, will remain busy monitoring public health threats and taking appropriate legal measures. In this article, learn about the challenges and Milwaukee's planning efforts.
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently urged state lawmakers to update the statutes, calling Wisconsin campaign finance laws “labyrinthian and difficult to decipher.” Such a task may be easier said than done, however.
July 2, 2014 – Fireworks are legal in Wisconsin, but using them requires a permit. This article covers state firework regulations, explaining the consequences of illegal use.
Given the large scale and rapid growth of frac sand mining operations in Wisconsin, some conflict between mines and their neighbors probably is unavoidable, but mine owners can promote good relationships by adhering to existing health and environmental laws and regulations.
May 7, 2014 – Two recent developments – a U.S. Supreme Court decision and state legislation – will affect how campaigns are financed in Wisconsin in 2014. In this article, Madison lawyer Mike Wittenwyler explains the law after these two important developments.
The State Bar of Wisconsin National Mock Trial planning team is calling on attorneys, judges and experienced teachers and coaches from around the state to step up to the bench and volunteer to serve on a judging panel during the 2014 National High School Mock Trial Championship on May 9 and 10 in Madison.
Following Rock-Koshkonong Lake District v. Wisconsin DNR, the bedrock principles of the public trust doctrine in Wisconsin – the civil right of the public to use and enjoy navigable waters, and the broad rule of standing to protect that right – remain firmly intact.