March 1, 2012 – A Milwaukee man will have another shot to argue that he didn’t own the floating barge that sank in the Menomonee River in 2006 and should not be responsible for the hefty fine levied against him, the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently determined.
Feb. 29, 2012 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted 4-3 to reject a proposal to appoint a committee under Supreme Court Rule (SCR) 10.10 to review the State Bar of Wisconsin's performance of its public functions.
Feb. 27, 2012 – A corporation that paid $26.2 million for the design and construction of the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells was too late in filing claims that defective designs caused water damage at a significant cost.
Feb. 24, 2012 – Voluntarily paying a bill will not bar claims of "cramming," the practice of slipping small but unauthorized charges into customers' bills, under the state's telecommunications statute.
Feb. 23, 2012 – On Feb. 21, Madison attorney Jack R. DeWitt passed away. A retired civil litigator, DeWitt practiced business, litigation, legislative, and estate planning for more than 60 years in the firm that he founded in the 1950s. DeWitt was 93.
Feb. 21, 2012 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court may soon decide whether reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle is an issue that can be raised at the "refusal hearing" stage when a person refuses chemical testing.
Feb. 20, 2012 – A man who slipped and fell in the parking lot of a golf course owned by the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Indian Tribe cannot sue the Tribe or the Tribe's insurer, a state appeals court recently concluded.
Feb. 17, 2012 – A surviving spouse cannot pass ownership of a wrongful death claim to a decedent's adult children, a state appeals court has ruled.
Feb. 16, 2012 – Adding to the storied storyline of the 2007 "Family Secrets" trial that brought down high ranking members of the Chicago mob, a federal appeals court ruled today that a U.S. Deputy Marshal was properly convicted for leaking information.
Feb. 14, 2012 – Wisconsin statute does not grant circuit courts authority to reduce a probation period, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled. However, the supreme court did not resolve whether circuit courts have inherent authority to do so, leaving that possibility open.
Feb. 13, 2012 – On February 9, 2012, at a press conference in Washington D.C., an historic $25 billion settlement agreement involving the mortgage servicing industry was announced.
Feb. 10, 2012 – State Bar of Wisconsin President Jim Brennan welcomes a review of the State Bar’s performance, but says such a review is costly and unnecessary. At the Board of Governors’ meeting today in Madison, the board unanimously agreed that a review is not warranted.
Feb. 9, 2011 – Retired Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Barbara A. Kluka will receive the State Bar of Wisconsin's Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award, and Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi will receive the Judge of the Year Award for their exceptional contributions to Wisconsin's justice system.
Feb. 9, 2011 – The Bench and Bar Committee will recognize Barbara Kluka with the 2012 Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award
Feb. 9, 2011 – The Bench and Bar Committee will recognize Maryann Sumi with the 2012 Judge of the Year Award
Feb. 8, 2012 – A Wisconsin town that adopted an ordinance to regulate nonmetallic mining did not need county approval, the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ruled.
Feb. 7, 2011 – An insured who hosted a party is covered against allegations that he was negligent in serving alcohol to an underage guest who later caused bodily harm to the plaintiff, another guest at the party.
Feb. 6, 2012 – Committees aimed at recalling Gov. Scott Walker, his Lieutenant Governor, and members of the Wisconsin Legislature will have an opportunity to argue that the Government Accountability Board's procedures for reviewing petitions should not change.
Feb. 3, 2012 – Drivers from other states that issue two license plates must display two license plates when they drive in Wisconsin, a Wisconsin appeals court recently clarified.