Amicus Committee Activity - Cases Decided: Matthies v. The Positive Safety Manufacturing Company

WDC Journal Edition: December 2001
By: James Naugler

Matthies v. The Positive Safety Manufacturing Company, 2001 WI 82

This is an appeal of a non-final order in which the trial court found the retroactive application of the amendment to the joint and several statute, Wis. Stats. ยง895.045(1), unconstitutional. The court of appeals certified this issue to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The supreme court held that retroactively applying the joint and several statute violated due process.

CTCW member Richard L. Zaffiro of American Family Insurance spearheaded CTCW's challenge on appeal.