Real-life vacant houses don’t shelter ghosts or poltergeists, but the problems they cause can be as daunting to vanquish as any fictional apparition. A recent supreme court case illuminates the effect of zombie properties on homeowners, lenders, and surrounding communities. Although the decision offers some resolutions, many questions remain.
Whether your goal is to keep a conditional use permit standing or knock it down, learn more about the legal underpinnings of these permits and how to maximize clients’ chances to successfully obtain or defeat the granting of such permits. The author provides legal and political strategies to achieve the desired outcome.
A state appeals court has upheld a City of Milwaukee ordinance that requires city employees to be residents of the city, rejecting claims that the city’s ordinance is trumped by a state law, enacted in 2013, that abolished local residency requirements for workers as a matter of “statewide concern.”
July 1, 2015 – Summer is here. For many, it’s the best time of the year. But as lawyers know all too well, summertime is also a high season of liability risks. In this article, learn about some of the legal issues that spring to life when summertime is in full swing.
America’s Dairyland also prizes its lakes and rivers. But as high-capacity wells proliferate in Wisconsin, agriculture and other groundwater users are posing risks to the amount and health of the water, bringing to the legal forefront disagreements about access to the waters that lie beneath.
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.