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.
The Wisconsin Legislature recently enacted 2017 Wis. Act 235. The act, prepared without the input usually provided by the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Judicial Council for laws affecting civil pro-cedure, makes substantial changes about which all civil litigators must be aware. The authors expect litigants and courts will face uncertainties and chal-lenges as they litigate under the new rules.
A personal injury hypothetical highlights the civil law issues that criminal defense lawyers should consider and how those issues can affect the criminal case. It also addresses the considerations for civil lawyers when confronting a matter with an ongoing, parallel criminal case that arises from the facts of the civil dispute.
Thousands of disputes are resolved in administrative hearings, and relaxed rules generally apply to them. But some of the rules are not so much relaxed as merely different, and they might trip up parties and lawyers who appear at hearings with an anything-goes mindset. One potentially confusing procedure concerns the admissibility of hearsay evidence in unemployment insurance hearings.
Lawyers have an ethical obligation to understand core principles surrounding the preservation and production of electronically stored information, including steps that can be taken to preserve confidential and privileged data. The author outlines some of the most relevant rules of professional conduct and ethics opinions for litigators dealing with 21st-century technology.
Are you a lawyer who regularly engages in debt collection activities on behalf of clients? If so, be aware that your legal pleadings are subject to the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, under a recent decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ensure the validity of real estate conveyances when you and clients electronically dot your i’s and cross your t’s. This article highlights major sources of law concerning e-transactions, Wisconsin Realtors Association forms, and federal laws. It also identifies inconsistencies and potential hazards that could cause a transaction to be found invalid.
Mandatory e-filing in Wisconsin circuit courts begins July 1 in some counties and in all counties by the end of 2017. This article discusses when mandatory e-filing will affect lawyers in the various legal practice areas, how much it will cost, and what lawyers must do now to prepare for e-filing.