What should you say when your client asks, “Can I recover attorney fees?” While rare, there are several circumstances where clients can recover fees in construction disputes. Lauren Triebenbach and Mark Schmidt outline different grounds for attorney fee recovery.
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.
2017 Wis. Act 317 is the latest in a series of legislation to substantially modify landlord-tenant laws. The act's most significant changes include clarifying laws regarding assistance animals in rental housing, responsibility for repair costs, rent abatement, limits on removal of CCAP information, credit and background checks, and contested evictions.
When drafting a contract to sell or purchase a business, attorneys often use the form “WB-17 Offer to Purchase – Business Without Real Estate” from the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing. J. William Boucher discusses important addendums to suit the needs of buyers or sellers when using the form.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Roberts v. T.H.E. Ins. Co. shows that the justices disagree on the limits of the recreational liability statute, but overall their standards still favor injured parties, especially in situations in which waivers are deficient, in substance or process. The author discusses challenges practitioners face following Roberts and offers practice tips.
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.
July 6, 2017 – Golf professionals (Golf Pros) that oversee public golf courses in Madison hit a nice approach in their lawsuit against the city, which declined to renew their contracts, winning an argument that the city is subject to the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law (WFDL).
Advances in assistive reproductive technology are giving new options for parentage to individuals who are in same-sex marriages, are dealing with infertility, or both. But Wisconsin law is not keeping pace. To resolve disputes when a surrogacy agreement falls apart and grant parent status, the author proposes that Wisconsin courts use an “intended-parent” test.
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.
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.
Nursing-home residents and their families may, by signing on the dotted line, lose their ability to take care and treatment disputes to court. The authors discuss characteristics of the typical nursing-home admission process and the enforceability of arbitration provisions in nursing-home admission agreements.