A Wisconsin Supreme Court majority (4-2) has ruled that a punitive damages award of $1 million against a title insurance company was unconstitutionally excessive, despite acknowledging the company’s actions were “reprehensible.”
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently upheld Wisconsin’s anti-collective bargaining law (Act 10) as constitutional, noting municipal employees can still speak collectively even if their employers cannot listen through collective barga ining.
A Walworth County man charged and convicted for a fifth offense Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) partially won and partially lost his appeal to keep prior dispositions from Illinois out of the equation for calculating enhanced penalties.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court may decide whether an at-will employee who signed a no-compete agreement in order to keep his job is bound to it.
A Wisconsin State Senator must disclose certain unredacted emails received from the public, a state appeals court has ruled, despite his claim that disclosure could “chill” correspondence from constituents.
April 10, 2014 – Surrounded by family and friends, 30 lawyers who passed the Wisconsin Bar Exam were admitted to practice law in Wisconsin today.
Walgreens will get another shot to challenge property tax assessments imposed by the City of Oshkosh, even though the pharmacy did not properly object to the assessments and such objection is generally required under state statute.
April 8, 2014 – Technology, economics, regulatory issues, and client expectations are driving historic changes in the practice of law. Are you ready to tackle the change necessary to help you survive and thrive? Are you ready to embrace innovation?
A petition submitted by the State Bar of Wisconsin would have extended dues relief for young lawyers, and changed the dues structure for “emeritus” members. Another petition would have created procedures for removing State Bar governors and officers. Both petitions may be resubmitted by the State Bar to reflect concerns addressed by the court.
Subdivision residents near Lake Delton who said the Village of Lake Delton was responsible for allowing their properties to be flooded out won’t get the just compensation they were seeking, according to a recent state appeals court decision.
A state appeals court recently clarified the proper application of sentence credit in parole revocation cases while concluding that one man's credit for time served was properly applied to his remaining parole period, not his reincarceration period.
Francis Grady, who in 2012 set fire to a Planned Parenthood in Grand Chute, Wisconsin and was convicted on arson and intentional property damage charges, recently lost his appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
March 28, 2014 – A state appeals court recently agreed that retroactive application of harsher sentencing laws enacted after the defendant committed his crimes violated his constitutional right to be free of prolonged sentences for his particular crimes.
March 27, 2014 – The state supreme court recently clarified the controlling law when a sexual assault defendant moves for in camera inspection of an alleged victim’s privileged therapy records, which defendant can do in some limited circumstances.
A circuit court was right to deny a real estate company’s request to compel arbitration against another company’s realtor on the issue of attorney fees and costs because the request came too late, a state appeals court has ruled.
A jail strip search revealed that Jimmie Minett was hiding drugs. Recently, a state appeals court ruled that the suppression of evidence obtained from a strip search, even if it violated state statute, is not an available remedy.
March 21, 2014 – Twenty-four young lawyers who were nominated by legal professionals statewide are attending the second State Bar Leadership Development Summit in Green Bay today.
Governor Scott Walker is seeking applicants for judicial appointment to two circuit court vacancies, one in Milwaukee County and one in Kenosha County. The deadline for the Milwaukee County vacancy is March 24; Kenosha is April 8.
People occasionally pat their pockets to ensure they haven’t lost items of value, such as phones or wallets. Police call it a “security adjustment.” Recently, a state appeals court ruled police could not use a security adjustment, without more, as a basis to search someone.
A general contractor’s employee was injured when he fell from scaffolding supplied by a subcontractor. The employee reached a settlement with the subcontractor, and now the general contractor must indemnify the subcontractor.