The Wisconsin Supreme Court may hear a case to decide whether circuit courts can rely on Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS) assessments when sentencing criminal defendants.
A federal appeals court has ordered a new trial for Michael Kingsley, who was tasered while awaiting trial at a Wisconsin jail. Kingsley took his excessive force case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided in his favor this summer.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks, who has served 38 years as a judge and almost two decades as a supreme court justice, announced today that he will not seek reelection when his term ends on July 31, 2016.
When an underlying complaint does not allege a covered insurance claim, courts must not look outside of the four corners of the complaint to determine whether there is a duty to defend, a state appeals court has ruled.
A state appeals court has ruled that a homicide defendant did not have an expectation of privacy in text messages that he sent to the victim’s phone, which allowed police to obtain a warrant for more text messages sent between the parties.
Sept. 8, 2015 – Does your client want to use land in a way that is not authorized as a matter of right? Or is your client the neighbor who is trying to stop this use of land? Whatever side you “land” on, the September Wisconsin Lawyer has the skinny.
Traveling for Labor Day weekend? Does your airline fare come with a free in-flight drink? If so, you may be interested in this case involving two travelers who filed a class action after discovering an airline stopped honoring in-flight drink vouchers.
A state appeals court has ruled that a man who violated his probation, triggering a two-year prison sentence, cannot get credit for "good time" earned while in jail.
A landowner who bought property burdened by a private roadway easement wanted it moved, and was almost successful. But recently, a state appeals court ruled that the trial court did not have the power to alter the existing easement.
The U.S. Government paid Craig Patrick almost $7 million for uncovering a Medicare fraud scheme involving $75 million in false billings. Recently, a federal appeals court ruled that Patrick can’t claim the award as a capital gain.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently ruled that a detective and two forensic odontologists are immune from suit, despite allegations that they conspired to pin Robert Lee Stinson with a murder he did not commit.
John Beckett created a Facebook page in someone else’s name and posted disparaging and negative comments about that person. Recently, a state appeals court upheld the judgment against Beckett for defamation.
Non-U.S. citizens who are not authorized to be in the U.S. but have substantial connections with the country are protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which grants the right to bear arms, a federal appeals court has ruled.
According to one litigator, lawyers in depositions should heed Packer Coach Vince Lombardi’s advice: “When you get into the end zone, act like you have been there before.” That is, when a witness admits something significant, don’t draw attention to it.
A state appeals court has reversed a judgment in favor of a woman injured while trying to protect her chocolate labrador from a pit bull, concluding that the trial court erred when it gave a jury instruction on the “emergency doctrine,” which can relieve a person from contributory negligence liability if responding to an emergency.
The mother of a 22-year-old Wisconsin man from Walworth County can continue her federal case, which alleges that police used excessive force in violation of her son’s Fourth Amendment rights when an officer shot and killed him in his home.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear a case to examine whether the governor can nix rules promulgated by the state school superintendent, whether a Wisconsin Department of Justice employee was fired in violation of a state whistleblower law, and what gra ndparents must show to get grandchild visitation rights.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit says the U.S. Marshal Service must do a better job searching for a former federal prison warden, Robert Werlinger, who is named as a defendant in a lawsuit by a prison inmate.
A state appeals court has rejected a physician’s claim that another physician’s testimony about her standard of prenatal and delivery care should have been excluded at trial, concluding the testimony met the standard governing admissibility of expert test imony met the standard governing admissibility of expert testimony.
A state appeals court has ruled that the City of Madison’s Transit and Parking Commission can enforce an agency rule that prohibits weapons on city buses, even weapons carried legally by people with concealed carry permits.