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Data on Demand

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will occasionally include some very interesting and searchable information in conjunction with a news story. Most recently, in support of a story on water consumption, they offer a database “of more than 158,000 Milwaukee Water Works customers from June 2008 to June 2010.” Researchers can search by street name, city, account holder and account type (e.g. ...

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Commentary: Intern laws can be tough to navigate

In these difficult economic times, when many employers have had to cut their workforce and make do with less, it may be tempting for businesses to engage the services of unpaid interns – students or recent graduates who are willing to work for nothing in order to gain some work experience. With young adults being especially hard hit by unemployment, ...

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EPA and the BP Oil Spill

It appears that BP has capped the well. However, there is still much to do in the Gulf. Researchers will be looking at environmental information pertaining to the spill for quite a while. The Environmental Protection Agency has a dedicated website responding to the BP Spill. The site links to discussion on specific topics including air, sediment, water, and waste ...

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Commentary: Ruling sets bar for full payment

Last year in this column, I raised the question of whether the costs for violating a court order, including attorney fees, would constitute “continuing contempt” in order to assure that a victim would be made whole. (“When is Contempt Continuing?” Wisconsin Law Journal, Aug. 24, 2009.) While not directly addressing the issue of continuing contempt, a recent decision by the ...

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Commentary: BP money could mean murky waters

The continuing ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has been the subject of a lot of discussion. A tax lawyer, however, will also start thinking about the tax consequences that may flow from the disaster. In the past several weeks, it was announced that BP would establish a substantial fund to ensure that all parties with legitimate injuries would ...

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Foundations in Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Public Library announced today that they now provide an online version of “Foundations in Wisconsin.” Many attorneys who work with nonprofits are very familiar with this directory published by Marquette University. Information available includes details on officers and directors of the foundation, number and amounts of grants, application information, limitations, and the purpose of the foundation. The database ...

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Blogposts about Supreme Court decision in Gableman case

http://sharkandshepherd.blogspot.com/2010/07/gableman-agonistes.html http://illusorytenant.blogspot.com/2010/07/gableman-bounced-back-to-judicial.html http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/2010/07/the-wisconsin-supreme-court-has-issued-opinions-concerning-allegations-that-justice-michael-gabelman-violated-canons-of-judic.html

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FOIA Guidance

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has a very nice webpage dedicated to the Freedom of Information Act. From the homepage’s “FOIA Services” tab, researchers can find a link to the Federal Open Government Guide (10th ed). This guide contains information on the Act, exemptions, Federal open meeting laws, and sample materials. Researchers can also link to the ...

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VINCHECK

The National Insurance Crime Bureau provides a service to check VIN numbers to see if the vehicle has been reported stolen, but not recovered, or reported as salvage. The service is called VINCHECK. Per their website, “The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has access to a database of vehicles which were reported as stolen within the past five years and ...

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Commentary: Follow the money, find the fraud

Forensic accounting has been around for decades, but only in the last ten years have people become aware of the profession on a wide scale. Many of the techniques used by forensic accountants to investigate fraud and analyze the numbers are the same today as they were decades ago. Computers have made things easier, as we can track, sort, and ...

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Commentary: Laws vary on whether recording is allowed

With the advent of pocket-sized recorders, sophisticated cell phones, and other covert recording devices, a growing number of employees — whether disgruntled or not — are secretly recording conversations in and outside the workplace in the hope of catching their employers “in the act.” After all, secret recordings have paid off in the past. You may recall the disgruntled Texaco ...

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Supreme Court Historical Society

I visit the U.S. Supreme Court website regularly. It is an excellent source of information. I didn’t know, until recently however, that for historical materials pertaining to the Supreme Court, that the Supreme Court Historical Society also has a great website. I also have to admit that I didn’t even know there was a Supreme Court Historical Society. The website ...

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2010 Property Assessment Manual

The 2010 Property Assessment Manual (PDF) is now available. The first document lists specific updates for the various chapters. Some items of note include Appendix 21.A which provides a summary of significant court decisions and the detailed information regarding exemptions for low income housing in Chapter 22. Per the notice sent by the Department of Revenue, there are also a ...

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Commentary: Silver Lining in the Cloud

Microsoft recently launched the suite of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 tools and services to business customers, and, at the same time, announced its Office Web Apps strategy. Office applications are a huge part of Microsoft’s revenue, and the software giant currently owns about eighty-five percent of the business productivity solutions market. That’s a huge chunk of that market, but ...

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