March 20, 2015 – Twenty-four young lawyers, nominated by legal professionals statewide, are attending the third State Bar Leadership Development Summit in Milwaukee today.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ruled that the case against Brian Kempainen, accused of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter many years ago, can proceed despite Kempainen’s due process argument for dismissal.
An insurer that covered a contractor's liability for “pollution” damages must cover a share of defense costs and settlement amounts from a natural gas explosion that caused property damage and bodily injury, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled.
A state appeals court has ruled that the City of Milwaukee is not immune from a lawsuit by city residents severely injured in a gas leak explosion.
Charles Adams captured nude video of a prostitute he hired without her consent, claiming he did it to shield himself against criminal allegations if the woman overdosed on drugs or accused him of battery. But a state appeals court didn’t buy it.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld Felton Cobb’s eviction for allegedly smoking marijuana in his federally subsidized apartment despite his argument that he wasn’t smoking pot and the housing authority did not give him a chance to remedy the alleged breach.
In a case involving the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that protections on religious freedom won’t protect a $55 million transfer that diminished the Archdiocese's bankruptcy estate.
March 10, 2015 – In the March issue of Wisconsin Lawyer magazine, learn about Wisconsin’s “mass incarceration” problem and reforms that could address human and fiscal costs. Also, get primed to practice before the Public Service Commission and learn how to prepare an e-discovery plan that keeps the litigation focus on the underlying legal dispute.
A scrap metal company that supplied wastewater containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) to a water treatment company isn’t covered by an insurance policy containing a pollution exclusion clause, a state appeals court has ruled.
Elasticity clauses in insurance policies mandate that the policy must conform to the law of the state in which the policy is issued, accounting for any conflicts with state law. For Rhiannan Wolf, though, the elasticity clause doesn’t help her.
Police did not obtain a warrant before using a drug dog to sniff around Gary Scull’s front door. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld Scull’s conviction for drug dealing, rejecting his claim that all evidence should be suppressed.
A man accused of killing the mother of his children with an ice pick was not allowed to testify in his own defense at the first-degree murder trial. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Eddie Anthony forfeited his right to testify.
A state appeals court has ruled that a debt settlement company must pay back the $4.2 million in fees that it charged individuals to settle their debts.
The former family owners of a dude ranch in Mauston, northwest of Wisconsin Dells, must pay the unpaid tax and tax avoidance penalties for selling the ranch through a sham transaction, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled.
An attorney sued by a former client is not covered under a legal malpractice insurance policy because the attorney did not timely notify the insurer of the claims, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled in a decision released today.
Nelson Fortes waived his right to withdraw a guilty plea because he proceeded with sentencing despite a mutual misunderstanding about the deal, a state appeals court has ruled while rejecting his ineffective assistance of counsel claim.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that it was error for the district court to admit into evidence, as an excited utterance, a nine-year-old child’s voicemail indicating the criminal defendant physically assaulted her mother.
Portions of a law that gives Gov. Scott Walker power to reject rules promulgated by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) is unconstitutional, a state appeals court has ruled in a lawsuit by school teachers.
Circuit courts must order mortgagee banks to sell foreclosed and abandoned property, known as “walkaway” foreclosures, within a reasonable time after obtaining a foreclosure judgment, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled.
A state appeals court has clarified that a police officer had no vested right to lifetime reimbursements for health plan deductibles because deductible reimbursements expired when the applicable collective bargaining agreement expired.