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    • Jun
      20
      2018
      • Thanks to social media, employees have more tools than ever to speak out. But how far can employee speech go before the First Amendment no longer protects them? The short answer: it depends. Atty. Josh Barrett discusses free speech in the workplace.
    • May
      16
      2018
      • With a decision in a recent case, the Wisconsin Supreme Court imposed significant limitations on employers who use non-solicitation provisions in employment contracts. Jeremy Klang discusses the decision and what it means for businesses in Wisconsin.
    • Apr
      01
      2018
      • The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently amended Wisconsin's class action statute to align it with its federal counterpart. This article highlights the revised statute's key requirements and concepts.
    • Mar
      01
      2018
      • Whistleblowers play a vital role in calling attention to bad behavior and trying to prevent its recurrence. The author, himself a whistleblower, explains their motivations and risks and costs of their behavior and beliefs, and provides tips for how best to represent whistleblowers.
    • Jan
      01
      2018
      • A State Bar committee is working with the legislature to revise chapter 183 to define the duties of LLC members and managers. In the interim, lawyers should advise clients intending to form an LLC that the best practice is to use an operating agreement to clearly define member's duties.
    • Nov
      01
      2017
      • When a client is confronted with an onerous agency rule, the best recourse may be found in challenging the rule’s legal validity. Learn the substantive grounds and declaratory judgment procedure for challenging the legality of state agency rules in Wisconsin courts.
    • Oct
      01
      2017
      • New rules effective after Dec. 31, 2017, not only will affect clients, but also potentially the entity in which the law firm itself conducts business. Existing partnership instruments likely will need to be modified. Here’s what you need to know.
    • Apr
      01
      2017
      • Several states have legalized the recreational or medical use of marijuana and their treasuries are seeing the benefits. Wisconsin is not one of them, yet. Federal law still criminalizes use of marijuana. Lawyers representing marijuana-related businesses must navigate conflicting state and federal laws to help their clients operate legally and reach full commercial potential.
    • Jan
      04
      2017
      • The New Year is a new chance to make improvements. But how can you make your resolution stick? Learn some tips in this article from professional lawyer-coach Michael Moore. In addition, read the 2017 resolutions of several Wisconsin lawyers.
    • Jan
      01
      2017
    • Dec
      07
      2016
      • Think about business planning as if you were on a boat: If no one is the captain, you're going to "crash into something at some point." Business coach Tom Palzewicz highlights the importance of taking time to plan your firm's goals to weather the next economic winter.
    • Nov
      01
      2016
      • Individuals who contemplate misappropriating or stealing intellectual property, take heed: the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 significantly increases the potential costs and penalties of stealing trade secrets. Read how Wisconsin lawyers can use the Act to protect clients who own or use trade secrets.
    • Jun
      01
      2016
      • Businesses that use automated telephone dialing must examine their dialing systems and customer-intake processes to ensure they comport with federal regulations and to shield themselves from potentially major liability.
    • May
      01
      2016
      • Lawyers who practice “arts law” represent individuals and entertainment-industry businesses but also any business that uses visual images – and other types of creative works – on its products or as part of its marketing or advertising. This article identifies the key considerations for individuals who create art and businesses that buy, commission, or use visual images.
    • May
      01
      2016
      • Imitation can be the trigger for a copyright-infringement lawsuit. This article discusses the copyright fair use doctrine – and several recent notable decisions in which courts applied the doctrine to artists’ and entrepreneurs’ creation of works using cutting-edge electronic techniques.
    • Mar
      16
      2016
      • Craft beer is booming, but the industry remains highly regulated. From obtaining a license to open a brew pub to protecting trademarks, lawyers can assist clients navigating complex federal, state, and local laws, says Jeff Glazer.
    • Mar
      01
      2016
      • Our state hosts more than 120 breweries. In this highly regulated industry, lawyers ensure that the brewery’s owners can legally mill, mash, boil, ferment, cap, chill, label, and sell the beer. This article looks at the web of laws regulating breweries and and untangles major legal issues confronting startup breweries in Wisconsin.
    • Mar
      01
      2016
      • For players in the ever-expanding food and beverage market, health-related labels, the rise of craft breweries, and new food-safety laws require the assistance of savvy counsel. This article looks at food and beverage laws, giving a glimpse into the challenges and opportunities that face this dynamic industry.
    • Mar
      01
      2016
      • Jeffrey Glazer outlines the regulatory framework for beer in Wisconsin; the rules brewers and brewery owners must navigate to get their products from the drawing board to shelves and taps.
    • Dec
      01
      2015
      • The ease and efficiency of social media communications make them good business tools but also potential hazards when used inappropriately by employees and employers. To help employers reduce risks associated with social media use, the author provides a sample bring-your-own-device policy.
    • Nov
      01
      2015
      • Wisconsin’s bioscience industry is booming, creating opportunity, not just for the scientists that conduct bench research, but for lawyers, too. Read how lawyers serving the biotech arena are making an impact, what they’re doing, and how they got to where they are. There are many entry points to the field, and you don’t have to be a scientist to participate.
    • Oct
      01
      2015
      • Laws protecting and rewarding employees or other individuals who report companies’ internal problems present risks of legal, financial, and business reputational costs and damage too large for all entities, even the smallest, to ignore. This article offers suggestions for managing risk based on the hard lessons learned by companies exposed to enforcement action.
    • Oct
      01
      2015
      • The Internet marketplaces has changed the retail landscape, and many believe the time has come to update the sales tax treatment of e-commerce transactions crossing state lines. This article presents an overview of sales and use taxation, the current tax treatment of e-commerce transactions across state lines, and potential legislation and judicial action related to e-commerce retailers.