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    • July
      09
      2018
      Construction & Public Contract Law Section Blog

      Massive Civil Procedure Overhaul Becomes Law

      Wisconsin Act 235 made comprehensive changes to the Wisconsin Rules of Civil Procedure. Lauren Triebenbach discusses these changes, which apply to causes of action filed on or after July 1, 2018.

    • May
      17
      2018
      Construction & Public Contract Law Section Blog

      Mitigating Tensions: Private Public Partnerships

      Private Public Partnerships (P3) involves alternative procurement methodologies, public/private financing mechanisms, enabling legislation, and contracts for the all of the above, as well as ongoing maintenance and operations of the facilities involved. Carrie Cox discusses the continuing emergence of P3 and the challenges inherent in P3 work.

    • February
      14
      2018
      Construction & Public Contract Law Section Blog

      Do Not Overreact to the Wosinski Decision

      While a recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision may appear to weaken the statute of repose governing construction projects, attorneys should thoroughly analyze all the issues before deciding if a construction claim is timely. Brian Smigelski discusses the effect of the decision in Wosinski v. Advanced Cast Stone Co.

    • December
      07
      2017
      Construction & Public Contract Law Section Blog

      2017-2019 State Budget Builds Up Construction Industry

      The 2017-2019 Wisconsin budget eliminates the state’s prevailing wage and institutes tax relief measures that benefit the construction industry. John Schulze discusses these and other significant construction-related initiatives recently signed into Wisconsin law.

    • November
      28
      2017
      Construction & Public Contract Law Section Blog

      Seventh Circuit Decision Sends Message to Copyright ‘Trolls’

      The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ dismissal of a copyright claim against a homebuilder sends message of increased scrutiny to copyright “trolls.” Eric Meier discusses the decision and what it means for designers of single family home plans.

    • October
      23
      2017
      Construction & Public Contract Law Section Blog

      Pay If Paid Clauses in Wisconsin: More Enforceable than You Think

      Construction involves plenty of risk to all parties involved. While Wisconsin has barred “pay if paid” clauses in some circumstances, it is by no means an absolute bar. James Dash and Bryce Cox advise not to assume that all such clauses are unenforceable – and to negotiate accordingly.

    • October
      04
      2017
      Construction & Public Contract Law Section Blog

      FoxConn: Wisconsin’s First 'Megadeal' Provides $3 Billion in Tax Credits

      Wisconsin’s economic development future is forever changed as the WEDC embarks on its first “Megadeal,” says Cynthia Buchko. She outlines the details of legislation authorizing $3 billion in taxpayer-funded incentives for the development of an advanced manufacturing facility by FoxConn.

    • August
      07
      2017
      Construction & Public Contract Law Section Blog

      Parking Garage Tragedy Yields Appellate Ruling on Concealment Exception to Statute of Repose

      In June 2010, a young man was killed when a 13-ton concrete panel fell onto him in Milwaukee. The case is the basis for a recent Court of Appeals decision regarding statute of repose’s concealment exception. Hugh Anderson discusses the case and the nature of the evidence presented to establish the exception.

    • July
      13
      2017
      Construction & Public Contract Law Section Blog

      Court of Appeals: Clear Communication Reduces Risk of Unnecessary Litigation

      Steven Mroczkowski discusses a recent ruling in District II Court of Appeals that is a reminder for attorneys to emphasize to clients the importance of clear communication during projects, and that a review of title records prior to filing a lien may be prudent when ownership is not abundantly clear.

    • April
      25
      2017
      Construction & Public Contract Law Section Blog

      Right to Work in Wisconsin: Two Years Later Is It Old News?

      With many collective bargaining agreements typically three years long, many employers and unions will head to the bargaining table this year for the first time under Right to Work. Krista Ebbens answers questions about the issues employers face under Right to Work.

    • February
      15
      2017
      Construction & Public Contract Law Section Blog

      Prevailing Wage Law and Mineral Aggregates and Material Processing

      To properly apply prevailing wage rates and hours, lawyers need to understand the nuances of mineral aggregates and material processing in state highway projects. Carrie Cox provides a starting point and guidance to ensure employers comply with the law.

    • February
      14
      2017
      Construction & Public Contract Law Section Blog

      Changes to Wisconsin’s Prevailing Wage Rate Now in Effect

      Companies working on public projects need to remain vigilant regarding changes to Wisconsin’s revised Prevailing Wage Law. Carrie Cox identifies the changes to the law now in effect.

    • November
      11
      2016
      Construction & Public Contract Law Section Blog

      Pithy and Instructive Indemnification Guidance for Contractors and Insurers

      You are a construction contractor who has been tendered the defense of an action pursuant to an indemnity clause in your contract. The recent pithy and instructive Aug. 9, 2016 Court of Appeals decision in Karen Colleran v. Erik C. Wildes is asharp warning; it illustrates the pitfalls if you and your insurer fail to respond correctly.

    • September
      08
      2016
      Construction & Public Contract Law Section Blog

      The Construction Statute of Repose: More Hammer or Nail Today?

      Can the statute of repose still be used to bar cases from moving forward to trial as the law intended, or has the law lost its force? Matthew McClean discusses recent appellate cases applying Wisconsin’s construction statute of repose.

    • August
      08
      2016
      Construction & Public Contract Law Section Blog

      Welcome to the Construction and Public Contract Law Section Blog

      The Construction and Public Contract Law Section has established this blog to provide its members with valuable information concerning issues that are important to attorneys engaged in construction or public contracting law.

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