Sept. 8, 2011 – A losing bidder that did not appeal to stop a Wisconsin agency from entering into contracts with winning bidders lost its opportunity to challenge the bidding process.
Sept. 6, 2011 – Big changes in state sentencing laws, including provisions on early release, highlight the September Wisconsin Lawyer, now available online and in mailboxes soon. In addition, lawyers make a case for changes to Wisconsin's "vague" class-action statute.
Sept. 2, 2011 – Wisconsin Dolls LLC, an adult-oriented resort facility in Wisconsin Dells, had a good thing going (in their view) until a new town clerk rolled into town.
Sept. 1, 2011 – To guide the labor-management community, law practitioners, and human resource professionals, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) acting general counsel recently issued a report on emerging issues related to social media and employer policies.
Aug. 31, 2011 – The District I Wisconsin Court of Appeals used its power of discretionary reversal to grant a new trial to Kenneth Davis, convicted and sentenced to 60 years in prison for felony murder.
Aug. 30, 2011 – Noting that federal and state agencies are already mounting efforts to halt the migration of invasive Asian carp into Lake Michigan, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently rejected Wisconsin and other states' request for a preliminary injunction.
Aug. 29, 2011 – The Milwaukee County Circuit Court recently ruled that a public utility could disconnect utility service despite a petitioner's request for amortization of debt under Wis. Stat. section 128.21.
Aug. 26, 2011 – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association's (WIAA) exclusive broadcasting agreements for internet streaming of sporting events do not violate the First Amendment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently concluded.
Aug. 25, 2011 – State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE Books UnBound™ users can customize their experience with eight new features. Users can write notes, gain access from their smart phone, share comments, bookmark key material, track billing time, search from homepage, and control font size and footnotes.
Aug. 25, 2011 – A summons and complaint served on a defendant without a signature was a technical defect that did not deprive the circuit court of personal jurisdiction to hear the case, the District II Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently concluded.
Aug. 24, 2011 – A Wisconsin appeals court recently ruled that a loan agreement designating one loan as the "second mortgage" controlled, although recorded with the register of deeds before another mortgage.
Aug. 23, 2011 – A prison’s medical staff can continue to restrain and force feed an inmate whose hunger strike poses an imminent danger to his health, a Wisconsin appeals court recently concluded.
Aug. 22, 2011 – The State Bar of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit on August 19 against LexisNexis to enforce the State Bar's federally registered Pillar Icon trademark.
Aug. 18, 2011 – Persons deemed sexually violent have the burden to prove otherwise when seeking supervised release, the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently clarified.
Aug. 16, 2011 – Placement of a "real time" Global Positioning System (GPS) device on the defendant's car was lawful, the District II Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently concluded.
Aug. 15, 2011 – A report generated by an electronic monitoring device (EMD) isn't hearsay and expert testimony isn't required to establish its reliability, the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently concluded in a drunk driving case.
Aug. 12, 2011 – Even if acting on behalf of the corporation, agents who engage in tortious conduct can be personally liable, the District II Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently clarified.
Aug. 11, 2011 – Neighboring villages, towns or cities must "act together" to consider the location, alteration, or discontinuance of a town line highway. But that doesn’t mean neighboring town board votes, for instance, are aggregated to reach a consensus.
Aug. 9, 2011 – New home construction doesn't always go as planned. In the August Wisconsin Lawyer, now available online and in mailboxes soon, a construction litigator explains how courts deal with construction defects under the economic waste doctrine.
Aug. 8, 2011 – A criminal defendant has a constitutional right to testify that cannot be waived without an on-the-record colloquy. However, the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ruled that the corollary right to not testify needn't be waived through colloquy on the record.