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Sales & Use Tax

In this sales and use tax case, the Tax Appeals Commission concluded: (1) Stuyvesant Dredging, Inc.’s (SDI) activity of separating dredged material from the Fox River into its constituent parts constituted “processing” of tangible personal property under WIS. STAT. § 77.52

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Foreclosure

Nationstar Mortgage LLC, n/k/a Bank of America, NA, appeals orders that: dismissed its foreclosure action against Robert Stafsholt and others; reinstated the underlying mortgage with a principal balance of $172,108.17; and permitted a $24,406.89 offset against that balance to account for attorney fees Stafsholt incurred in the foreclosure proceedings.

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Title VII

Celeste David, an African-American woman over the age of forty, was an employee of the City Colleges of Chicago (“CCC”) from 1980 until 2012. She announced in August 2011 that she planned to retire in June of the following year.

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Attorney Fees

In this suit by the plaintiff, Wink, against her former employer, Miller Compressing Company, a three-day jury trial ended with a verdict in favor of Wink on three of her claims: retaliation in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), violation of Wis. Stat. § 109.03 (a wages statute), and breach of contract.

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Insurance – Reinstatement

Plaintiff-appellant Donna Geiger’s long term disability insurance benefits were terminated after Aetna Life Insurance Company (“Aetna”), the insurer and administrator of her employee welfare benefit plan (“the Plan”), found that she no longer met the Plan’s definition of total disability from any gainful occupation.

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Case Without Merit

The plaintiff, unrepresented by counsel (the district judge had recruited counsel initially, who, however, upon discovering that the suit was groundless, requested and was allowed to withdraw from the case, leaving the plaintiff to proceed pro se), has sued Amazon, claiming that it permitted third parties to advertise on its website six counterfeit copies of books called Vagabond Natural and Vagabond Spiritual that the plaintiff had written and self‐published (that is, published himself rather than handed to a publisher).

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