Jan. 25, 2012 – A state appeals court recently clarified the proper procedure for sanctioning juveniles who violate conditions imposed for skipping school, reversing the sanctions imposed against two teenagers who played hooky repeatedly in Appleton.
Jan. 24, 2012 – In a recent decision, a Wisconsin appeals court reversed a $1.5 million damages award against a brake-shoe supplier whose product contained asbestos, concluding the evidence was insufficient to prove causation.
Jan. 23, 2012 – A railroad carrier employee, injured while dodging a drunk driving trespasser in the employers' railyard, recently secured his $1.2 million jury verdict in state appeals court by fending off a claim that a third party's criminal act was not foreseeable by the railroad carrier.
Jan. 19, 2012 – Patrick T. Sheedy, retired Milwaukee Chief Judge and former State Bar president, passed away on Jan. 13. He was 90.
Jan. 17, 2012 – The Hon. Richard Posner, judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, recently received some national attention with a court opinion that includes a photo of the legendary Bob Marley, a famous reggae musician.
Jan. 13, 2012 – A county that acquired property from private landowners "for highway purposes" did not acquire fee title to the property, a state appeals court recently ruled.
Jan. 12, 2012 – At its Jan. 11 administrative conference, the Wisconsin Supreme Court explored the possibility of forming a committee to review the State Bar of Wisconsin's performance, at the State Bar's expense, and agreed to hold in abeyance a petition calling for a voluntary bar.
Jan. 11, 2012 – A member of the Wisconsin Legislature is calling for the removal of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman for allegations that he improperly accepted free legal services from a law firm that later represented other clients before the supreme court.
Jan. 10, 2012 – Recently, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that employers cannot force employees to enter individual arbitration for grievances under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), unless they leave open a judicial forum for class and collective claims.
Jan. 9, 2012 – Prescription drugs, alcohol, and a Porsche convertible was a deadly combination for Anreitta Geske, who was convicted on two counts of first-degree reckless homicide.
Jan. 5, 2012 – A state appeals court recently clarified what happens when a property owner acquires disputed property by adverse possession but is not "in possession" of it when an adverse possession claim is commenced.
Jan. 4, 2012 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has accepted review of 14 new cases, including one examining whether evidence that a widow received a $1.4 million life insurance payout prejudicially impacted the medical negligence trial against three doctors.
Jan. 3, 2012 – A binding arbitration provision that barred a Wisconsin consumer from pursuing a class-action lawsuit against a payday loan lender is indeed enforceable.
Dec. 29, 2011 – It's an understatement to say this past year was a busy one for Wisconsin law and politics (and sports!). Through its online publication, InsideTrack, and with the help of contributing attorneys, the State Bar of Wisconsin brought in-depth coverage of the issues affecting lawyers, their clients, and the public. Here are the top 10 articles from 2011.
Dec. 28, 2011 – A state appeals court recently examined a "complicated" employment arrangement to affirm that a company in the business of loaning employees was not considered a "temporary help agency" for worker's compensation purposes.
Dec. 27, 2011 – The probable cause that police must obtain to legally breath test drivers is less onerous if the driver is subject to laws prohibiting a lowered alcohol concentration (PAC) level, the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently concluded.
Dec. 22, 2011 – In condemnation proceedings, the government is allowed to introduce evidence of environmental contamination and future remediation costs to reduce the just compensation it must pay to a property owner, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled.
Dec. 20, 2011 – A three-judge panel for Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently "closed the book" on a years-long, multi-suit squabble between corporate officers, a corporate creditor, and a receiver appointed to preserve the corporation's assets for ultimate distribution.
Dec. 19, 2011 – A former S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. tax employee who claims he was fired for reporting an alleged tax fraud scheme has overcome the defendants' motion to dismiss the federal claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
Dec. 15, 2011 – A Mexican national who pled guilty to second-degree sexual assault of a child 18 years ago and served his prison sentence wants to withdraw his plea to avoid deportation. The Wisconsin Supreme Court, which accepted review of four new cases, will decide if he can.