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    • Feb
      10
      2020
      • As litigators, we have experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly at depositions. Barbara O’Brien offers a few suggestions for a good deposition from our own Wisconsin litigators.
    • Jan
      09
      2020
      • Two U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal recently upheld a literal interpretation of the federal removal statute, allowing home-state defendants to remove cases from state to federal court because they did so before they were served.
    • Nov
      12
      2019
      • Commentary from the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a recent case brings attention to pleading standards in Wisconsin. Sarah Zylstra discusses the recent comments that were issued in a per curiam decision in Cattau v. National Insurance Services of Wisconsin, Inc. “The comments indicate that a plaintiff must plead facts that satisfy each element of a cause of action in order to survive a motion to dismiss,” she writes.
    • Oct
      17
      2019
      • Whether you are assisting or defending against an inmate’s civil rights claims against corrections staff, know that the case may sink if the inmate has not exhausted administrative remedies. Nelson Phillips discusses the issue and relevant case law.
    • Oct
      06
      2019
    • Sep
      16
      2019
      • Adversarial, collaborative, cooperative, or mediation? Choosing the method in family law matters depends on your client’s situation. Margaret Hickey discusses what to consider when selecting an approach to resolving family law cases.
    • Sep
      09
      2019
      • For many years, Wisconsin's pleading standard for litigation appeared to differ from the federal-court standard, but in 2019 the Wisconsin Supreme Court announced the standards are essentially the same. In Cattau, the court clarified this decades-long misunderstanding.
    • Sep
      03
      2019
      • Mediation may seem like a traffic jam, but with the right mediation tools situations can successfully merge into a solution. James Mathie lists a few ways lawyers can set up a mediation for success.
    • Aug
      07
      2019
      • The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued 54 authored decisions in the 2018-19 term. This article provides statistics and analysis, as well as insights from civil and criminal lawyers, with the holdings and votes in all 54 decisions.
    • Jul
      26
      2019
      • In the 21st century, figuring out "who done it" often necessitates determining the identity of the person who most often used a particular electronic device. Learn the basics here.
    • Jun
      24
      2019
      • As we head into another summer ozone season, EPA's final nonattainment designations for Wisconsin counties remain in effect, and remain in dispute. Katie Nekola discusses the status of Clean Wisconsin v. United States Environmental Protection Agency and what it means for Wisconsin.
    • Jun
      17
      2019
      • When the way lawyers comport themselves reflects on the profession, it is important for lawyers to behave with the same civility in depositions as in the courtroom. Tom Donnelly proposes a way to end bad behavior in depositions via courts’ scheduling orders that contain specific provisions on civil behavior.
    • May
      15
      2019
    • Apr
      25
      2019
      • When working an eviction defense case – especially ones involving nonpayment – finding the defense tactic can seem an impossible task. Yu Ha Kim discusses one such case – and show she found a tactic that she hopes will work.
    • Apr
      03
      2019
      • Pro bono assistance “is part of what it means to be a member of the bar, to be a part of a profession that has as its chief goal the preservation of justice and the rights and liberties of the people of the state,” says Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly.
    • Mar
      12
      2019
      • Lawyers should prepare for the possible legalization of marijuana in Wisconsin, including advising clients considering a marijuana-based business about potential sources of liability and the scope in which they can operate their business legally.
    • Mar
      06
      2019
      • Lawyers have many different tools to negotiate the best possible outcomes for clients. But Marquette University Law School Professor Andrea Kupfer-Schneider says five skills in particular will help lawyers achieve negotiating success.
    • Jan
      09
      2019
      • State court threshold issues can lead to victory or defeat in litigation without the parties going through extensive discovery or the court or jury resolving the merits of a case. This article helps civil litigation lawyers understand how threshold requirements can end an opposing party’s lawsuit and protect clients from costly litigation.
    • Jan
      08
      2019
    • Dec
      13
      2018
    • Dec
      13
      2018
      • This article looks at nine significant Wisconsin federal court decisions interpreting Wisconsin law in late 2017 and 2018 on a variety of subjects, including tort, contract, corporate, fair dealership, and insurance law and more.
    • Nov
      13
      2018
      • Changes to the Medicaid Secondary Payer Act are driving the need for parties of injury claims to adopt practices mindful of Medicaid recovery rights and processes. Lawyers must implement best practices to meet competing needs of aggressive collection efforts and client interests.
    • Nov
      07
      2018
      • Are you worried about competition from nonlawyer providers and self-help legal resources and websites? With Wisconsin Civil Litigation Forms Manual, you can focus on what you do best – providing contextualized knowledge – without spending time and client funds on vital but repetitive procedures.
    • Oct
      29
      2018
      • Feb. 1, 2011, marked a change in Wisconsin products liability law, including for the liability of a seller or distributor in a products liability case. Michael Gill and Craig Steger discuss the tactics and considerations for both plaintiffs and defendants when handling products liability claims against sellers and distributors in Wisconsin.
    • Jul
      20
      2018
      • Divorced parents sometimes desire to move with their children to locations farther from the home of the former spouse. Learn which proposed relocations are subject to a recently revised Wisconsin statute and how to comply with the law's procedural provisions.
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