Feb. 14, 2012 – Wisconsin statute does not grant circuit courts authority to reduce a probation period, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled. However, the supreme court did not resolve whether circuit courts have inherent authority to do so, leaving that possibility open.
Feb. 13, 2012 – On February 9, 2012, at a press conference in Washington D.C., an historic $25 billion settlement agreement involving the mortgage servicing industry was announced.
Feb. 10, 2012 – State Bar of Wisconsin President Jim Brennan welcomes a review of the State Bar’s performance, but says such a review is costly and unnecessary. At the Board of Governors’ meeting today in Madison, the board unanimously agreed that a review is not warranted.
Feb. 9, 2011 – Retired Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Barbara A. Kluka will receive the State Bar of Wisconsin's Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award, and Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi will receive the Judge of the Year Award for their exceptional contributions to Wisconsin's justice system.
Feb. 9, 2011 – The Bench and Bar Committee will recognize Barbara Kluka with the 2012 Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award
Feb. 9, 2011 – The Bench and Bar Committee will recognize Maryann Sumi with the 2012 Judge of the Year Award
Feb. 8, 2012 – A Wisconsin town that adopted an ordinance to regulate nonmetallic mining did not need county approval, the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ruled.
Feb. 7, 2011 – An insured who hosted a party is covered against allegations that he was negligent in serving alcohol to an underage guest who later caused bodily harm to the plaintiff, another guest at the party.
Feb. 6, 2012 – Committees aimed at recalling Gov. Scott Walker, his Lieutenant Governor, and members of the Wisconsin Legislature will have an opportunity to argue that the Government Accountability Board's procedures for reviewing petitions should not change.
Feb. 3, 2012 – Drivers from other states that issue two license plates must display two license plates when they drive in Wisconsin, a Wisconsin appeals court recently clarified.
Feb. 2, 2012 – A defendant who used a peremptory strike during jury selection to remove the circuit court judge's daughter-in-law from the jury pool won't get a new trial, the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently concluded.
Jan. 30, 2012 – A shareholder who claimed that seven corporate directors violated both federal and state law by failing to disclose material facts to investors before selling the corporation won’t get any damages, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled.
Jan. 27, 2012 – A defendant who pled guilty to multiple counts of statutory rape nearly 25 years ago waived an argument that police destroyed rape kits in bad faith, a state appeals court recently concluded.
Jan. 26, 2012 – A dying man's wish to forgive several debts cannot be granted, a state appeals court has ruled.
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.