President’s Message: Join the Ocean Club!

Ten years ago, if you had indicated to me that I would have joined the Board of the Wisconsin Defense Counsel and become its President, I would have laughed. I also would have told you that I was underqualified and too young. Perhaps I was right, but we are all still here! All of it reminds me of a little group called the Ocean Club. During…

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Advance eSheet September 11-15, 2017

(Wisconsin Court of Appeals, recommended for publication) DWD v. LIRC, 2016AP002066, Sep 12, 2017 (see Joe Forward post following) Appeals Court: Ineligible Claimants Can Keep Unemployment Benefit Payments, by Joe…

Advance eSheet September 4-8, 2017

(Wisconsin Court of Appeals, unpublished signed panel opinion) Karsten v. Terra Engineering & Construction Corp., 2016AP2025, Sep 07, 2017. Restrictive covenant in employment agreement at issue not subject to WIS.…

Advance eSheet August 28-September 1, 2017

(Wisconsin Court of Appeals, recommended for publication) Auto-Owners Insurance Co. v. City of Appleton, 2016AP1227, Aug 29, 2017. Homeowners insurer appealed Circuit Court’s denying injunction against raze order…

Advance eSheet August 21-25, 2017

(Wisconsin Court of Appeals, unpublished signed panel opinion) Manney v. Board of Fire and Police Commissioners for the City of Milwaukee, 2016AP1598, Aug 22, 2017 (see Bruce Vielmetti post following) Appeals Court…

Advance eSheet August 14-18, 2017

(Wisconsin Supreme Court) Amendments to Evidence Rules Pertaining to Witness Bias, Conduct, Testimony, and Impeachment, Hearing Order, 16-02A, August 15, 2017 (Wisconsin Court of Appeals, recommended for publication)…

Advance eSheet August 7-11, 2017

(Wisconsin Court of Appeals, per curiam) Rosenthal v. Christian, 2016AP444, Aug 10, 2017. Appeal from summary judgement for insurer on ground of no coverage under defendants’ homeowners policy. Policyholder’s minor son…

Despite latest uptick, state tort lawsuits continue downward trend

For decades, plaintiffs throughout the U.S. have been filing fewer tort lawsuits. According to recent news reports, about 10 out of every 1,000 Americans filed tort lawsuits in 1993. By 2015, the number was down to…

Advance eSheet July 31-August 4, 2017

(Wisconsin Court of Appeals, unpublished signed panel opinion) Wingra Redi-Mix Inc. v. Burial Sites Preservation Board, 2014AP2498, Jul 31, 2017. Sand and gravel quarry operator appealed, under WIS. STAT. ch. 227, from…

Advance eSheet July 24-28, 2017

(Wisconsin Court of Appeals, per curiam) Schmidt v. Dragisic, 2016AP272, Jul 25, 2017. Facts found by Circuit Court and supported by record met standard of egregious conduct or bad faith sufficient for dismissal for…

President’s Message: Join the Ocean Club!

Ten years ago, if you had indicated to me that I would have joined the Board of the Wisconsin Defense Counsel and become its President, I would have laughed. I also would have told you that I was underqualified and too…

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