A state appeals court recently tackled the “vexing problem” that arises when a penalty enhancer for habitual criminality triggers the need to impose a bifurcated sentence on the underlying misdemeanor crime or crimes.
An attorney who filed an untimely notice of potential claim with his professional liability insurer is still covered, a state appeals court has ruled, because the late notice did not prejudice the professional liability insurer under the circumstances.
The Wisconsin Judicial Code would specifically authorize judges to give litigants, including self-represented litigants, information or use techniques to simplify legal proceedings, under a petition that received a public hearing today at the state supreme court.
In a case that “raises a recurring and unsettled question of law,” a state appeals court has ruled that evidence of a driver’s blood alcohol level is still admissible even if the analyst who did the testing is unavailable to testify.
Taxpayers have the burden to show an assessor’s property classification is incorrect, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has clarified in a case involving an assessment on land used for hunting but classified as “productive forest land.”
Stanley Bullock was in the hospital with stab wounds when police asked him to explain what happened. Recently, a state appeals court ruled that Bullock made statements voluntarily and they could be used in a murder trial against him.
The Wisconsin Assembly recently passed a bill to restore the amount of interest that accrues on judgments obtained in small claims court, which have jurisdiction in eviction actions and other civil actions involving $10,000 or less.
Wisconsin’s Federal Nominating Commission has chosen a Milwaukee lawyer, a federal bankruptcy judge, and a Milwaukee circuit court judge as candidates to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in an opinion by Judge Richard Posner, has ruled that an employer’s health plan is not entitled to a $1.7 million refund from the Wisconsin hospitals that treated an employee’s child.
A real estate developer purchased land in the Town of Delavan to develop a 600-home subdivision, but the City of Delavan axed the plan. Recently, a state appeals court ruled the city had no power to halt the developer’s proposal.
Do your clients include borrowers, lenders, or businesses that rely on the services of the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS)? If so, you may want to keep your eye on a case that is headed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
A driver who was severely injured when struck by an uninsured motorist in 2010 can “stack” his insurance policies, a unanimous Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled while resolving a conflict with a “drive-other-car” exclusion.
Feb. 7, 2014 – Ever wish you had a crystal ball to gauge your firm’s position and plan for the future? In the February Wisconsin Lawyer, attorneys and practice management experts are your crystal ball when looking at local and global practice trends.
A federal appeals court recently rejected a retired Milwaukee County employee's claim that she had a vested right to cost-free health insurance and the county engaged in an unlawful taking by requiring her to pay any amounts toward her medical care in retirement.
Although sentencing judges may order expungment of a criminal conviction when sentencing conditions are satisfied, a defendant still must take affirmative steps to clear the record, a state appeals court majority has ruled.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Darryl Badzinski for sexual assaulting a child, despite Badzinski’s argument that the jury was allowed to speculate beyond the evidence and violated his due process rights.
Jan. 31, 2014 – The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors, the organization’s 52-member governing body, today discussed a budget proposal to raise State Bar dues by $30, which would represent the first dues increase in 10 years. The board took no action but is expected to approve a fiscal year 2015 budget at its April board meeting.
Jan. 30, 2014 – A recent State Bar of Wisconsin report highlighted the very real struggles that new lawyers are experiencing after law school. Now, a State Bar committee intends to bring forth concrete solutions to help new lawyers face those challenges.
A circuit court judge ordered Eric Seatz to install an ignition interlock device in his vehicle, even though it was his first-offense operating while intoxicated. Recently, an appeals court ruled that the order did not violate state OWI law.
A home insurer scored a win today as the Wisconsin Supreme Court split 3-3 in a case involving water damage, products liability, and the “economic loss doctrine.” Without a majority, a lower appeals court ruling on the issue controls.