A jury awarded the injured plaintiffs $1 million in a truck driver negligence case. Recently, the state supreme court declined the trucker driver’s appeal, rejecting the claim that a jury instruction on trucker negligence was incorrect and misled the jury.
A man who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for killing his mother and father won’t get a new trial, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled, despite the man’s claim that a new trial was warranted in the interests of justice.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has rejected a claim that new wind energy rules are invalid because the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) did not obtain a “housing impact report” before promulgating the new rules.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that a three-year statute of limitations did not necessarily bar survival and wrongful death claims arising from benzene exposure, concluding such claims can accrue after a decedent’s death.
June 30, 2015 – Award-winning writer, actor, and TV personality Mo Rocca closed out the State Bar’s 2015 Annual Meeting and Conference with a bang last Friday, delivering his quirky insight on entertainment, news, and offbeat topics.
A defendant’s right to counsel when charged with a crime and the law of waiver of that right came under review by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in State v. Delebreau, 2015 WI 55 (June 16, 2015) providing the court an opportunity to clarify previous rulings.
June 26, 2015 – If we want more justice in America, we need to get closer to the injustices that are happening in our communities. “We cannot create justice from a distance,” said Alabama-based public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson, who kicked off ththe State Bar of Wisconsin’s Annual Meeting and Conference yesterday.
Madison attorney and former U.W. Law School Professor Ralph Cagle marched into office as the State Bar’s 60th president last night in the presence of friends, family, and colleagues.
June 24, 2015 – At its board meeting today in Lake Geneva, the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors unanimously voted to support a petition requiring 50 percent of “residual” class action settlement funds to be directed to the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation to fund civil legal services for low-income individuals.
Do you know a risk taker? A trailblazer? The State Bar wants to hear about the innovators and the ideas that are bringing positive change to Wisconsin’s legal landscape. Nominate a Wisconsin Legal Innovator who breaks with tradition to do it better, differently.
A Racine newspaper will have to pay its own attorney fees and won’t get damages or costs incurred in its public records lawsuit against the City of Racine Board of Police and Fire Commissioners, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled.
State law requires custodial interrogations of juveniles to be recorded except under limited circumstances. Recently, the state supreme court upheld a minor’s homicide conviction even though his confession was not recorded by police.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s tax liens against property trumped a money judgment against a landowner, a state appeals court has ruled, allowing the DOR to garnish a portion of proceeds from a land sale.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that amending a judgment of conviction for driving with a prohibited alcohol concentration (PAC) or forcing a plea withdrawal would violate defendant Andrew Chamblis’s constitutional right to due process of law.
Marquette University Law School Dean Joseph Kearney today announced his personal support for a proposal to change the term of office for Wisconsin Supreme Court justices to a single, 16-year term, a plan developed and approved by the State Bar of Wisconsin.
A state appeals court has ruled that writings created by employees during a public school district investigation are not subject to disclosure as public records, denying a local newspaper’s request that the “notes” be released.
June 8, 2015 – In the June Wisconsin Lawyer, learn about Walter H. White Jr., a lawyer and champion for diversity in the legal profession. Also, don’t miss features on developments concerning the “business judgment rule,” and the “salaried minimum wage.”
Under state law, insurers must promptly pay covered claims for sum certain amounts within 30 days of written notice, or start paying interest. Recently, a state appeals court upheld an interest award on claims by a hit-and-run victim, a cop.
June 3, 2015 – The time of learning is just beginning for 110 new lawyers. The U.W. Law School class of 2015 took the Attorney’s Oath and signed the Supreme Court Roll to join the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Police were illegally questioning Mastella Jackson before she incriminated herself in her husband’s murder by stabbing. But it was error to suppress a bloody knife found at Jackson’s home, a state appeals court has ruled.