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Author Archives: James Nicodemus, Special to the Wisconsin Law Journal

Distributing settlement not enough to hold law firm accountable for lien

When Watertown Regional Medical Center filed a small claims lawsuit trying to collect on an outstanding hospital lien, the District 4 Court of Appeals court had to decide whether a law firm was just acting as a conduit for payment or as an actual payor when it disbursed a related personal injury settlement.

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Appeals court rules against city ordinance

A restrictive 2011 city of Delavan ordinance limiting property density to one lot every 35 acres was, in fact, an unlawful zoning restriction that needed approval from the county and surrounding towns, according to a recent Wisconsin appellate court decision.

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Misconduct could cost minority shareholders millions

When company founders Terrance and Judith Paul decided to sell their majority interest in Wisconsin Rapids-based Renaissance Learning Inc. for $455 million in 2011, they offered a $1.60 per share bonus just to minority shareholders to keep them happy with the transaction.

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Appeals court: Not enough evidence to issue writ of mandamus in collective bargaining case

A writ of mandamus forcing Wisconsin’s Brown County and the city of Green Bay to maintain health insurance plans and benefits for police officers, firefighters and sheriff's employees should never have been issued, according to a Wisconsin appellate court decision in Green Bay Professional Police Association et al. v. City of Green Bay and Brown County, 2013 AP 269.

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