WI Court of Appeals – District I
Case Name: Ross Kopfer v. Eric Daniel Lalor
Case No.: 2022AP000490
Officials: White, C.J., Donald, P.J., and Dugan, J.
Focus: Summary Judgement-Negligence
This case arises out of a number of accidents that occurred in the morning hours of June 12, 2020, on northbound I-39/90/94 near the Town of Arlington in Columbia County. Kopfer appeals from an order of the circuit court granting summary judgment in favor of Eric Daniel Lalor and dismissing Kopfer’s claims. Kopfer argues that summary judgment is inappropriate because whether Lalor was a substantial factor in causing Kopfer’s injuries is a question of fact for the jury and, alternatively, that public policy does not preclude the imposition of liability. Upon review, the appeals court concludes that Lalor was not a substantial factor in producing Kopfer’s injuries and therefore, was entitled to judgment as a matter of law.