A state appeals court has ruled in favor of an estate administrator who claims Wisconsin Electric Power Company knowingly allowed his father to work in the presence of asbestos without telling him, and claimant’s father died as a result.
The buyer in a real estate deal claims the seller unlawfully failed to disclose the presence of asbestos in the building, causing damages. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled the seller is not covered under an insurance policy.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has clarified that circuit courts cannot dismiss a refusal charge – a charge that a defendant refused chemical testing for intoxicants – unless that defendant has pleaded guilty to the underlying OWI offense.
Cody Phillips was under age 15 when he allegedly used force to sexually assault a child. Recently, a state appeals court ordered his plea withdrawn and said the case must go back to juvenile court even though Phillips is now an adult.
A Wisconsin law that prohibits doctors from performing abortions unless they have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the doctor’s clinic remains blocked pending a trial on the merits, a federal appeals court has ruled.
A woman fined $500 for protesting at the state Capitol building without approval can seek pretrial discovery despite the state’s argument that pretrial discovery does not apply in this type of forfeiture proceeding, a state appeals court has ruled.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently added 13 new cases to its docket, including two related cases that challenge a state law, enacted in 2011, requiring Wisconsin citizens to show photo identification to vote in elections.
A circuit court dismissed homicide and other felony charges against Malcolm Butler because he did not receive a trial within 120 days. But a state appeals court recently ruled that Butler’s trial was properly delayed for good cause.
The insurers for the maker of an alcoholic drink containing caffeine and other energy stimulants has no duty to defend numerous actions alleging the drink was the cause of death and other serious injuries, a federal appeals court has ruled.
A federal appeals court has upheld a 50-count mail fraud conviction against Bernard Seidling, who sent false documents to Wisconsin’s small claims courts to obtain default judgments against defendants who were never served.
The insurer for a man who caused a car crash while fleeing police at 90 mph must pay his liability bills in a personal injury case, a state appeals court has ruled, concluding the man did not intend to cause injury when he drove recklessly.
A woman who stole nearly 300 times from her employer totaling about $500,000 over a six-year period cannot withdraw her plea, as a state appeals court has rejected the claim that the charges against her were duplicitous and multiplicitous.
Dairy farmers who used manure to fertilize their fields are covered by insurance for any liability in the pollution of neighboring aquifers and water wells, a state appeals court has ruled, reversing a circuit court ruling against the farmers.
Two years ago, an 11-year-old boy found a loaded gun in his house and died after shooting himself in the head. The boy’s father, who did not live in the house, filed a wrongful death claim against the homeowners, the boy’s mother and her partner.
Dec. 9, 2013 – For 30 years, the Wisconsin State Mock Trial Tournament has helped students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills. Read several success stories in the December Wisconsin Lawyer, available online and in mail boxes soon.
Dec. 6, 2013 – Reduced-cost CLEs, a dues break, and a State Bar-sponsored law firm staffed by new lawyers – these are just a few ideas floated by a task force created to develop strategies that could help new lawyers overcome significant challenges.
The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors took action on several rule change petitions today, among other business at its meeting at the State Bar Center in Madison.
Gregory Felhofer and his girlfriend purchased a vacant lot to build a home. By the time they built it and moved in, they were married. Recently, a state appeals court rejected a claim that the property was not survivorship marital property.
Nov. 20, 2013 – Ralph M. Cagle and Kevin J. Palmersheim have accepted nominations to run for State Bar President-elect. Sherry Coley and Matthew J. Duchemin vie for secretary. Catherine A. La Fleur and Laura Skilton Verhoff face off for Judicial Council Representative.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently added five cases to its docket, including two cases involving Fourth Amendment issues. The other three deal with disclosing criminal informants, property damage, and trucker’s insurance issues.