Nov. 25, 2015 – We are fortunate and have much to be thankful for this year. This special day is a good time to reflect on all that has happened and all that is yet to come.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that a state trooper legally stopped a vehicle for littering, which led to a drunk driving arrest, despite the defendant’s argument that troopers can’t make traffic stops for non-traffic offenses.
A provision of state law that prohibits medical doctors from performing abortions at clinics without admitting privileges at a hospital within a 30-mile radius is unconstitutional, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled.
Property owners who said the American Transmission Company (ATC) did not have a valid easement to update and maintain power lines recently won at the state appeals court, which ruled that the easement only covered wood poles, not steel.
A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that investigators exceeded the scope of a suspect’s consent to search a commercial and residential building that burned down five years ago in Milwaukee, effectively reversing a federal false information conviction.
In a dispute between the Town of Hoard and Clark County, a state appeals court has ruled that the county must pay the town an ordinance-imposed fee for the cost of fire protection relating to a county-owned medical center within the town.
The chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court this week vowed to work with other branches of government to ensure adequate funding of the judicial system and indicated that mandatory e-filing in circuit courts is on its way soon.
A municipality had the power to finish roads and levy special assessments against those benefitting after a developer defaulted on its obligation to build the roads, a state appeals court has ruled, handing a win to the Town of Omro.
Nov. 9, 2015 – Legal innovators are forging a path into the future of law practice, while Wisconsin’s bioscience industry is already a new frontier for lawyers.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court may decide whether a hot air balloon business that donated free, tethered hot air balloon rides during a charity event is immune from a lawsuit by a person injured from a runaway hot air balloon.
Criminals serving prison sentences under enhanced penalties for repeat misdemeanor offenses can petition circuit courts for adjusted sentences after serving 75 percent of the prison term, a state appeals court has ruled.
A married same-sex couple attempting to challenge Wisconsin’s gender-specific “parent presumption” will have to wait for a future court to determine whether the presumption applies in same-sex marriage situations, an appeals court has ruled.
Lishou Wang, a Chinese citizen, is trying to avoid deportation on the grounds that he was persecuted for resisting China’s decades-old population control policy before coming to the U.S. Recently, a federal appeals court kept his case alive.
Two men who were sentenced to life in prison after committing crimes as juveniles recently lost an appeal for new sentences, despite their argument that a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision prohibits mandatory life sentences against juveniles.
Oct. 30, 2015 – Tabitha A. Scruggs was convicted for burglary, and the court imposed a $250 DNA surcharge on her at her sentencing. Scruggs filed a motion asking for the $250 DNA surcharge to be vacated, as she felt it was punitive and violated the ex post facto clauses of the U.S. and Wisconsin Constitutions.
Oct. 28, 2015 – At her sentencing hearing for possession of heroin, Courtney Sobonya requested expungement of her criminal record. She was 23 when she was charged with five drug-related crimes, and pleaded guilty to heroin possession.
Oct. 26, 2015 – While most verbal harassment may not rise to the level “cruel and unusual punishment” in a prison setting, some may, and courts need to consider all the facts when evaluating such cases.
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Oct. 20, 2015 – In a case of unintended consequences, an insurance policy endorsement on pollution was found ambiguous and summary judgment was reversed for an insurance company seeking not to provide coverage to its insured.
A state appeals court has ruled that a former commercial tenant can avoid liability for injuries that occurred on property the tenant recently vacated because the tenant was considered a “vendor” under Wisconsin law.