Landlords Win on Notice, but City’s Housing Inspection Program Can Continue
The City of La Crosse passed an ordinance requiring landlords to participate in an inspection and registration program, and to give tenants proper notice regarding city inspections. Recently, a state appeals court struck the ordinance’s provisions on noti ce to tenants, concluding they are preempted by state law.-->
Court Downs 2013 Law, Upholds Milwaukee Residency Rule for City Employees
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.”
The July/August Wisconsin Lawyer: Water Conflicts and Adverse Possession
July 22, 2015 – In this issue, learn about the legal implications of a diminishing resource in Wisconsin: groundwater. Also, get an update on adverse possession law, and explore an important question in trusts and estate matters: who is your client? Finally, don’t miss 10 questions with the Brewers’ general counsel, and other insights and columns.
Supreme Court: Reasonable Mistake of Law Can Support a Traffic Stop
Mistakenly believing that Richard Houghton was violating the law while driving with a missing front license plate and a dangling air freshener and GPS system slightly obstructing his view, police made a traffic stop and uncovered marijuana in a subsequent vehicle search. Recently, the state supreme court upheld the search.
Counsel Not Required to Tell Client that Deportation was Certain if Convicted
Hatem Shata, an Egyptian national, argued that his lawyer gave him bad advice when he said a guilty plea would trigger a “strong chance” of deportation instead of telling him deportation was a certainty. Recently, the state supreme court ruled that counsel’s advice was not deficient, rejecting Shata’s request for a plea withdrawal.