April 23, 2012 – A deputy sheriff who received nearly $345,000 in worker's compensation benefits will also get the full $1 million policy limit from his private insurer because of ambiguous language in the policy, a state appeals court recently ruled.
April 20, 2012 – Gov. Scott Walker signed a number of bills this month – including ones related to agriculture, public safety, abortion, employment discrimination, abstinence education, and DNR permitting – concluding a 2011-12 legislative session that produced a total of 286 acts.
April 19, 2012 – Can a jury decide that a medical doctor was not negligent in diagnosing a patient's condition, but also conclude the doctor breached a duty to inform the patient about diagnostic tests that relate only to medical conditions the physician ruled out?
April 17, 2012 – A county employee who is negligent while directing traffic during road construction does not mean the county is liable for injuries that result, a state appeals court has ruled.
April 16, 2012 – A state law that prohibits all felons, even nonviolent ones, from possessing firearms is constitutional, according to a recent decision by a state appeals court.
April 13, 2012 – The draft budget for Fiscal Year 2013, including the possibility of a member dues increase in FY 2014, was the main topic of discussion at the State Bar of Wisconsin's Board of Governors' meeting at the State Bar Center in Madison today.
April 10, 2012 – Police labor unions that challenged a City of Milwaukee ordinance imposing mandatory unpaid furlough days for most city workers recently lost their appeal.
April 9, 2012 – Who wouldn't want to know the opposition's playbook? In the April Wisconsin Lawyer, tax litigation lawyer Douglas Frazer reveals the IRS playbook to help law firms and lawyers deal with tax audits.
April 6, 2012 – An employee who voluntarily quits a job does not qualify to receive unemployment insurance benefits, unless the employee quits for good cause attributable to the employer. Recently, a state appeals court clarified the quit-for-cause analysis.
April 5, 2012 – Following the U.S. Supreme Court's lead, the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently adopted a rule that allows courts to admit evidence obtained from a suspect, even after police unlawfully enter a residence to arrest the suspect.
April 4, 2012 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court may decide whether the state's statute of repose bars a former spouse from receiving one-half of her ex-husband’s retirement pension.
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.