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.
Oct. 17, 2011 – A three-year-old child died and others became ill after ingesting E. coli contaminated meat at two Milwaukee-area Sizzler area restaurants in 2000. Now, Sizzler USA is fighting to obtain damages and attorney fees from the supplier of beef.
Oct. 14, 2011 – A panel for the U.S Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently explained the correct analysis to apply in First Amendment tort cases, while reversing in favor of a Wisconsin prison inmate.
Oct. 13, 2011 – A state appeals court recently ruled that an irrevocable trust, established by three children to benefit their parents in limited circumstances, now bars the mother's claim for medical assistance.
Oct. 11, 2011 – Big changes to automobile insurance laws (effective Nov. 1) highlight the October Wisconsin Lawyer, now available online and in mailboxes soon.
Oct. 10, 2011 – Plaintiffs have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to reconsider whether a public school district violates the U.S. Constitution by holding high school graduation ceremonies in a church.
Oct. 7, 2011 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday on whether an appeals court sanction against an attorney violated due process of law. The underlying issue pits lawyers against the state’s appeals court judges.
Oct. 5, 2011 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court held a public hearing on a rules petition that would create a right to publicly funded counsel for indigent litigants in certain civil cases.
Oct. 4, 2011 – Brian Avery, convicted on armed robbery charges in the 1990s and sentenced to 30 years in prison, will get a new trial thanks to digital imaging technology not available at the time of his trial, a Wisconsin appeals court has ruled.
Oct. 3, 2011 – Federal law does not prohibit a private company from reselling personal information it buys from a state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled.
Sept. 30, 2011 – A Wisconsin appeals court has ruled in favor of an insurance company on a novel issue concerning whether sponsorship of a minor driver amounts to "use" of a vehicle for coverage purposes.
Sept. 28, 2011 – Surrounded by family and friends, 106 lawyers were admitted to practice in Wisconsin earlier today.
Sept. 28, 2011 – A Wisconsin appeals court today upheld the dismissal of claims by a Madison-based newspaper against former Governor Jim Doyle, concluding the newspaper did not timely file a writ of mandamus to obtain relief for alleged violations of the state's open records law.
Sept. 27, 2011 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court will examine whether federal law preempts Wisconsin’s pro hac vice rules when it comes to a U.S. Department of Justice attorney appearing in the state's courts without a Wisconsin license.