Nov. 15, 2011 – A law firm that fired an employee while she was on maternity leave recently lost its summary judgment fight in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Nov. 14, 2011 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in a lemon law case in which a car manufacturer failed to timely issue a refund to the consumer but alleges the consumer failed to cooperate in bad faith.
Nov. 11, 2011 – A state appeals court says exclusion of certain testimony on hearsay grounds denied the defendant due process, denied his constitutional right to present a defense, and undermines confidence in his conviction.
Nov. 10, 2011 – In Wisconsin, the "forfeiture rule" prevents parties from raising new legal arguments on appeal that were not raised at the circuit court level. Application of the rule is no different for self-represented (pro se) litigants, a state appeals court recently explained.
Nov. 9, 2011 – A passenger who asked to leave the scene of a traffic stop cannot suppress the drug evidence that was obtained after police prevented her from leaving.
Nov. 7, 2011 – In the November Wisconsin Lawyer, now available online and in mailboxes soon, Milwaukee attorneys Beth Ermatinger Hanan and Michael B. Brennan wrap up the year with their picks for top Wisconsin Supreme Court and Wisconsin Federal Court decisions.
Nov. 3, 2011 – A criminal defendant convicted for sexually assaulting his stepdaughter won’t get a new trial despite his trial lawyer's missteps, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has concluded.
Nov. 1, 2011 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court suggested that state appeals court judges order show cause hearings before imposing fines against attorneys for a perceived failure to comply with rules governing appendix content and certification, in an opinion released today.
Oct. 31, 2011 – A newspaper that requested law firm bills for legal services rendered to Juneau County will get them free of redaction, a state appeals court has ruled.
Oct. 28, 2011 – The Wisconsin state Senate has passed proposed legislation along party lines that will undermine the rights of Wisconsin businesses and consumers who seek to enforce their statutory, administrative, and contractual remedies.
Oct. 28, 2011 – Frustration was the topic of discussion this morning at the Wisconsin Solo and Small firm Conference (WSSFC) in Wisconsin Dells. Specifically, E-Myth Worldwide's Karin Iwata focused on a process to help lawyers deal with the frustrations of solo and small firm practice.
Oct. 27, 2011 – The full Wisconsin Senate will vote today on proposed legislation that, if enacted, will undermine the rights of Wisconsin businesses and consumers who seek to enforce their statutory, administrative, and contractual remedies.
Oct. 27, 2011 – Does your solo or small firm have a dependency problem? In other words, does it depend on you too much? Those are two questions posed by Karin Iwata, who kicked off the Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference (WSSFC) in Wisconsin Dells this morning.
Oct. 26, 2011 – A Wisconsin Supreme Court case that requires a sentencing court to consider sentencing guidelines and make a record of that consideration does not apply as a basis for resentencing where no guidelines exist for the crime.
Oct. 25, 2011 – A panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently ruled that Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke did not violate state or federal law when he told an on-air radio show host that deputy David Hutchins held a grudge against him for filing a disciplinary action.
Oct. 24, 2011 – A healthcare provider that admitted some negligence in the death of a patient – and accepted responsibility for funeral expenses – could not escape paying the plaintiff’s costs although a jury awarded zero dollars in damages for pain and suffering.
Oct. 21, 2011 – A state appeals court has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide whether a conditional release plan concerning an institutionalized person is confidential and thereby exempt from Wisconsin’s open records law.
Oct. 20, 2011 – As National Pro Bono Week approaches, Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson writes to thank lawyers and law students for their service during a time when more and more people need pro bono legal assistance.
Oct. 18, 2011 – A Wisconsin appeals court recently clarified a circuit court's authority to order a DNA surcharge against criminal defendants who have not previously submitted one.