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.
Dec. 14, 2011 – It was unlawful for a police officer to open opaque vials found "in plain view" while searching the defendant's van, a state appeals court has ruled. That means defendant Damon Sutton's conviction for possessing ecstasy with intent to deliver is reversed.
State Bar members will elect a president-elect, a secretary, and a Judicial Council Representative this spring. Read officer candidate statements. District governor and division presidents-elect deadlines near.
Dec. 13, 2011 – Lawyers admitted to practice law in Wisconsin in an odd-numbered year have until Feb. 1, 2012 to obtain the 30 continuing legal education (CLE) credits required to maintain good standing. Haven’t yet earned those credits? There are still plenty of opportunities to do so.
Dec. 12, 2011 – By order of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, a public hearing will be held Jan. 11, 2012 on petition 11-03, which seeks to repeal and recreate Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules 70.38-70.39 relating to court security and facilities.