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Copyright Infringement

Copyright law strikes a practical balance between the intellectual-property rights of authors and the public interest in preserving the free flow of ideas and information and encouraging creative expression, all in furtherance of the constitutional purpose to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts.”

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Damages

On August 16, 2017, Rexing Quality Eggs and owners Joseph and Leo Rexing (collectively “Rexing”) filed a declaratory judgment action in Vanderburgh County, Indiana.

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Summary Judgment

Wisconsin Fuel, LLC, appeals an order granting summary judgment to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) and dismissing Wisconsin Fuel’s claim pursuant to WIS. STAT. § 32.195(6) (2019-20).

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Sufficiency of Evidence

The Department of Financial Institutions appeals a circuit court order remanding this case to the department to make additional findings of fact to support its decision in an enforcement action against Jace McDonald.

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Tortious Interference – Breach of Contract

This lawsuit arises out of the sale of land by Patrick Keenan to Kevin McLain and McLain’s subsequent sale of that land to Glenn Lorenz and Carol Lorenz. McLain brought suit against Keenan for Keenan’s tortious interference with McLain’s contract to sell the land to Lorenz.

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Insurance Claim – Coverage

Frank Gibson appeals from a judgment declaring that Fire Insurance Exchange’s insurance policies did not provide coverage for Gibson’s injuries related to the use of a watercraft owned by an insured.

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Recommitment Order – Sufficiency of Evidence

WI Court of Appeals – District I Case Name: Milwaukee County v. T.L.T. Case No.: 2020AP426 Officials: DUGAN, J. Focus: Recommitment Order – Sufficiency of Evidence T.L.T. appeals a one-year recommitment order entered on May 28, 2019, and argues that the circuit court lost its competency when the expert reports bearing on the issue of T.L.T.’s recommitment were not accessible ...

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Sufficiency of Evidence

Philip Vaughn appeals a judgment, entered upon a jury’s verdicts, convicting him of two counts of possession of child pornography.

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Plea Agreement

Douglas Richer appeals a judgment of conviction for possession with intent to deliver greater than fifty grams of methamphetamine as a party to a crime, with various penalty enhancers.

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Court Error – Property Assessments

Mayfair Mall, LLC, by its member General Growth Properties, Inc. (collectively “GGP”), appeals from a judgment of the trial court in which it concluded that the property assessments of Mayfair Mall (the “Mall”), as determined by the City of Wauwatosa for 2013, 2014, and 2015, were not excessive.

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Judicial Substitution

This case is about whether Tavodess Matthews timely requested a judicial substitution under Wis. Stat. § 801.58(1) (2019-20).

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Prescriptive Easement

Gerald Wollin and other plaintiffs appeal an order dismissing their claim for a prescriptive easement based on adverse use of a road on land owned by respondent Stephen Doljanin.

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Court Error – Contempt Order – Taxes

Michael Lyubchenko appeals a June 2019 order finding him in contempt for failure to follow a February 2018 order that required him to amend his 2015 income tax filings and file a joint 2015 tax return with his former spouse, Tatiana Laiter, and share equally with Laiter any refund, liability, and costs to prepare the taxes.

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