In 2009, Leonard Bronk borrowed $95,000 against his home and established five college savings accounts to benefit his grandchildren. Recently, a federal appeals court said the college savings accounts are shielded in bankruptcy because of a Wisconsin statute that allows resident debtors to shield certain property.
In a case of first impression, a state appeals court has ruled that an undocumented worker can recover attorney’s fees for successfully pursuing a claim that her former employer violated the Wisconsin Family Medical Leave Act by firing her.
Jan. 5, 2014 – Starting Jan. 20, 2015, State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE will host a series of lunchtime business skills “roundtables” for law firm owners and managers on the third Tuesday of each month at the State Bar Center.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that dairy farmers are only slightly covered for damages caused by liquid manure, used as a fertilizer, which seeped into and contaminated water wells owned by neighbors.
Commercial general liability insurance policies do not cover the damage caused by septage used as farm fertilizer, the state supreme court has ruled, classifying “septage” as a “pollutant” that isn’t covered under pollution exclusions.
George Kontos was allowing his daughter’s family to live rent free at a home he owned when the daughter’s dogs attacked a visitor. Kontos did not live there. Recently, the state supreme court held that Kontos is not liable for the victim’s injuries.
Permits that allow the lethal removal of wolves by landowners in Wisconsin are no longer valid, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, responding to a federal court decision that protects wolves in the region.
A Wisconsin Supreme Court majority (5-2) has concluded that Milwaukee County had legal authority to prospectively reduce pension amounts that accrue while employees are still working, a loss for health care workers and its union.
Governor Scott Walker is seeking applicants for judicial appointment to the Sauk County Circuit Court. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.
Dec. 19, 2014 – Kevin J. Lyons, Davis & Kuelthau S.C., and Francis W. Deisinger, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., both of Milwaukee, have accepted nominations to run for 2015 State Bar president-elect.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that Kearney Hemp’s criminal conviction should have been expunged automatically once he completed the conditions of his probation and he was not required to take additional steps to clear his record.
Service of process was fundamentally defective because the plaintiff sent pleadings to the wrong address, a state appeals court has ruled, rejecting the argument that the typographical error was only a technical defect.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has added 10 cases to its docket, including one to determine whether a commercial real estate brokerage firm will get a $378,000 commission on a $6.3 million deal, even though the deal fell through.
A commercial property owner sought $400,000 in just compensation because the Wisconsin Department of Transportation relocated a road, diminishing the property’s value. Recently, the state supreme court sided against the property owner.
The bank seeking to foreclose on owner-occupied, single family homes after a six-month redemption period was not required to publish a notice of foreclosure sale during the redemption period, a state appeals court has ruled.
Dec. 8, 2014 – Top state and federal court decisions. A feature on creative financing for energy upgrades to existing buildings. A Q&A with the Hon. James D. Peterson, new to the federal district bench. Don’t miss the December Wisconsin Lawyer.
Mandatory e-filing and a proposed rule requiring redaction of certain “protected information” in court documents were among the discussion topics at the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors' meeting today in Madison.
Ramon Gonzalez was required to show the jury his platinum teeth during his trial for battery against a fellow jail inmate. Recently, the state Supreme Court rejected Gonzalez’s argument that this violated his right against self-incrimination.
Dec. 2, 2014 – On the heels of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” – days conceived to attract holiday shoppers, today is #GivingTuesday, a global day to celebrate generosity and to give back to those organizations that are making a difference in your community.
A man who reached a plea agreement in his armed robbery case can now withdraw the plea, a Wisconsin Supreme Court majority (4-3) has ruled, because the man was misinformed about the sentence he faced if convicted.