Bail bondsmen, bounty hunters, and bail bond companies can operate in five Wisconsin counties, under a Republican-backed plan that was added to the proposed 2013-15 state budget yesterday by the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee.
Judgments that designate a business by its trade name are still enforceable, even though the underlying legal entity is not named in the judgment.
Defendant Courtney Beamon, accused of eluding police by vehicle in 2007, argued that he never accelerated to ditch officers in hot pursuit, and the jury instructions required the jury to find that he “increased the speed of the vehicle to flee.”
Reversing the Dane County Circuit Court, a state appeals court today upheld a Wisconsin law that requires election voters to show photo identification, another snare in the tangled fight over Wisconsin’s controversial voter ID law.
The State Bar will use a program called CAPTCHA to block the automated harvesting of information from WisBar’s Lawyer Search. Members can bypass CAPTCHA by logging in to WisBar before conducting searches.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court today accepted three new cases, including one involving the “stacking” of auto insurance policies, but denied law firm dispute.
Noting that “the time has come for this litigation to end,” a state appeals court recently ended litigation that was ongoing for more than 20 years while examining the appealability of postjudgment orders aiding execution of judgments.
Acknowledging the case “raises thorny questions,” a Wisconsin Supreme Court majority recently ruled that Wisconsin’s statute of repose did not bar a plaintiff’s action to collect a half-interest in her ex-spouse’s retirement pension.
May 21, 2013 – More than 175 Marquette Law School graduates were admitted to the profession yesterday. Justice Ann Walsh Bradley challenges new lawyers to stand tall and be people of courage.
May 20, 2013 – Nationally recognized government scholar Charles Franklin drew a large audience when he presented “Divided Wisconsin: What Unites and Divides the Citizens of the State?” last week at the State Bar PINNACLE Institute.
May 17, 2013 – Renowned civil rights attorney Morris Dees reminds lawyers they hold the key to the gates of justice, and everyone deserves a seat at the table. Dees spoke yesterday to attendees at the State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and Appellate Practice Institute, which concludes today.
May 17, 2013 – The District II Court of Appeals has certified a case that pits Wisconsin case law against a series of recent – and controversial – U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the Confrontation Clause.
May 16, 2013 – In Brooten v. Hickok Rehabilitation Services, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals held void a waiver agreement that had been signed by an individual who joined a health club, who subsequently was seriously injured when a weight bench he was using collapsed under him.
May 15, 2013 – Plaintiffs’ lawyer granted big oil defendants extra time to file a late answer and avoid default; plaintiffs still prevail in challenge to summary judgment.
May 13, 2013 – In the first Wisconsin case to directly address the issue, the District II Court of Appeals decided on narrow grounds that a defendant does not need to understand whether the crime to which she is pleading is a felony or a misdemeanor.
May 9, 2013 – For the 10th consecutive year, State Bar dues remained unchanged. Supreme court-ordered fees include assessments remain stable for second year.
March 8, 2013 – The circuit court and the parties mistakenly believed that mandatory minimum applied; case remanded for resentencing.
May 6, 2013 – Controversial law eliminates most collective bargaining rights for public employees; enforcement on hold until constitutionality resolved.
May 3, 2013 – District IV Court of Appeals reverses circuit court; officers’ search for possible victims not objectively reasonable.
May 1, 2013 – Court reins in statutory immunity; giving a horse’s lead rope to another qualifies as “providing an equine.”