April 3, 2012 – Agreements that require one parent to make minimum "floor" child support payments to the other parent for a period of time, without modification, will generally be upheld, the Wisconsin Supreme Court clarified in a recent decision.
April 2, 2012 – Seven public unions that challenged Wisconsin's controversial "budget repair bill" were recently successful in striking parts of it, including provisions that made it more difficult for unions to retain their certification and collect dues.
March 30, 2012 – Cintas Corporation and Cintas Corporation No. 2 are parent and subsidiary corporations. A plaintiff who named the wrong one in his summons and complaint made a fundamental defect that deprived the court of personal jurisdiction.
March 28, 2012 – Today, state appeals courts certified two cases in which plaintiffs are seeking to nullify the state's contentious voter identification law to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
March 27, 2012 – A creditor with a judgment against a debtor corporation sought to compel testimony from a third-party entity with the same owner hoping to uncover information about the debtor corporation's assets. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that such testimony could not be compelled.
March 26, 2012 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court accepted two new cases. One asks if the trial court properly employed the harmless error doctrine in denying a defendant's plea withdrawal motion without a hearing. The other asks if a defendant's constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures was violated when police covertly installed a GPS tracking device.
March 23, 2012 – Last week, in two closely-related opinions, the U.S. Supreme Court (by 5-4 votes) affirmed the principle that criminal defendants have a right to the effective assistance of counsel during the plea bargaining process.
March 22, 2012 – A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin today upheld all but two legislative districts drawn by a Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature. It also upheld a congressional redistricting map.
March 21, 2012 – Under a 2007 lease agreement with Nissan, Michael Kuester was supposed to maintain auto liability insurance. He didn't. But Nissan didn't file a certificate of insurance with Wisconsin's Department of Transportation when it leased the car.
March 19, 2012 – The state Assembly has given final passage to a bipartisan bill that, if eventually funded, should improve compensation and retention rates for experienced prosecutors.
March 16, 2012 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently clarified the punishment for willfully or negligently causing a forest fire: double damages plus interest. That spells bad news for a defendant (and insurance companies), who must now pay more than $1 million in damages.
March 15, 2012 – An arbitration panel did not include written-off medical expenses totaling $61,487 when it awarded Lindy Orlowski damages resulting from an auto accident. The panel should have, a unanimous Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ruled.
March 14, 2012 – In a case of first impression, a state appeals court recently ruled that circuit courts can't review intermediate arbitration rulings until an arbitration panel has made a final award.
March 13, 2012 – Defendant Jeffrey Sutton wasn't aware of all his rights when he waived a jury trial on an alleged misdemeanor retail theft charge. An appeals court foreclosed a challenge to the waiver. But recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed.
March 12, 2012 – The federal government's failure to preserve issues in the Dane County Circuit Court means it can't appeal those issues now, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled.
March 9, 2012 – The March issue of Wisconsin Lawyer features articles on compensation systems, surrogacy law, the expanded right to sue out-of-state insurers, and preparing your law firm for the “seismic” departure of baby boomer attorneys in the next two decades.
March 8, 2012 – Guano happens. In 2007, it happened to a northern Wisconsin home. But the homeowners, forced to demolish the home because of it, aren't covered for the loss, according to a recent decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
March 5, 2012 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a law firm must disclose redacted portions of legal bills to a Juneau County newspaper under the state's open records laws. The case is one of four recently accepted for review during the current term.
March 2, 2012 – The estate of a man killed by a former Milwaukee police officer will have another opportunity to argue that the City of Milwaukee should pay the $1.85 million awarded to the man's estate.