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.
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.