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Minority-owned law firm lands big bond deal

Public finance transactions have been a part of Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP’s practice for more than a dozen years. But this spring, the Milwaukee-based minority-owned law firm served as sole underwriter’s counsel for the sale of $1.52 billion in ...

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Filing fees increasing

Attorneys seeking money judgments in personal injury cases or foreclosure actions will now have to pay an additional $9.50 in surcharges. More than 30 different circuit court filing fees were impacted by a July 1 increase of the Justice Information ...

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Duty of care remains thorny issue

Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad Co., 162 N.E. 99 (N.Y.1928), may be one of the first torts cases every law student studies. But more than 80 years later, the role of duty as an element in a negligence case remains ...

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Group recommends 4 for U.S. attorney seat

Two government lawyers and two private practitioners remain in the running for U.S. attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin. The vacancy resulted from the resignation of Erik C. Peterson, who stepped down last month to join the Wisconsin Department ...

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One-size law firm does not fit all

Businesses looking to cut costs are increasingly seeking a better bargain when hiring outside counsel. Locally based companies like the Marcus Corporation and Briggs & Stratton are exploring partnerships with small and mid-size law firms in an effort to save ...

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Court issues decision for third time

In a rare procedural twist, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals has now issued its third opinion in the same case, after twice issuing earlier opinions only to later withdraw them. While the end result is the same for the defendant, ...

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The Supremes’ top 10 rulings of the term

Washington – Last week the U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up a term filled with landmark decisions in several areas, including federal preemption, criminal law and procedure and employment law. Here is a look at the Supreme Court’s decisions from the ...

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Diploma privilege back to trial court

The Seventh Circuit on Thursday reversed the district court’s decision to dismiss a challenge to Wisconsin’s diploma privilege brought by an attorney who graduated from an out-of-state law school. The court rejected the state’s argument that the study of law ...

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Litigants leery of appellate court e-filing

The new rule requiring electronic filing of appellate briefs is now in effect, and practitioners are feeling their way through the process with some trepidation. Some appellate attorneys have experience in federal court, where e-filing is mandated, and they say ...

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Wrongful death claim can predate death

If filing a medical malpractice action, it would be wise to assume the statute of limitations begins running on the day of surgery, not when the malpractice manifested itself, or worse, when the patient died. On July 7, the Wisconsin ...

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Firms add, adapt practice areas to keep busy

Real estate attorney Ronald M. Trachtenberg has dabbled in mediation for the last decade. But until this year, Trachtenberg, who practices at Murphy Desmond SC, never had the time to formally put together a practice group focusing on alternative dispute ...

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More lawyers may seek bar dues reductions

Every year, several hundred members of the State Bar of Wisconsin are penalized for not paying their bar dues on time, but typically only a handful of attorneys apply for “hardship” reductions. Those numbers are expected to increase this year, ...

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How is the bar spending your money?

The State Bar of Wisconsin is heading into the end of its 2009 fiscal year with a $50,000 budget deficit – and some bar members want more information on how their money is being spent. Several members of the Board ...

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‘Independent’ may replace ‘de novo’

Just as attorneys once had to learn to substitute “claim preclusion” and “issue preclusion” for “res judicata” and “collateral estoppel,” the day may be coming when “independent” replaces “de novo.” In a June 29 Seventh Circuit opinion, Judge Frank H. ...

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PI lawyers face issues with loans

Patience is a virtue, and that is especially true in personal injury cases, notes veteran attorney D. Michael Guerin. But as the recession drags on, cash-strapped victims are increasingly turning toward companies that offer advances to pay bills while their ...

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Pro se bankruptcies drain court resources

As recession-related bankruptcy filings rise, courts are dealing not only with larger caseloads but also more time-consuming case filings. An increase in pro se litigants leads to a bigger drain on court resources, as well as bigger challenges for trustees. ...

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