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High Court struggles with drug preemption

Washington – The U.S. Supreme Court is wrestling with an issue that has pit business groups squarely against trial attorneys. And attorneys on both sides of the issue say much more is at stake than whether a $7 million verdict ...

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MMAC to sue Milwaukee over sick leave

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s directors Monday unanimously chose to sue the city of Milwaukee to stop a sick-leave ordinance from taking effect. The ordinance generated more backlash from association members than any other issue in recent history, and ...

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Legality of GAB proposal expected to be challenged

Although the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) recently endorsed a plan to hold interest groups accountable for their campaign advertisements, members acknowledged the legal challenges associated with the proposal. “I advised the board members at every meeting that they will ...

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Sex offender can’t plead to unrelated charge

An opinion issued by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals last week may make it more difficult to plead defendants charged with sexually assaulting a child to reduced charges. Thomas L. Zeise was charged with sexual assault of a child under ...

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Franke prepares to leave the bench

From time to time, Milwaukee County Judge John A. Franke has had to fight the urge to jump down from the bench and start examining witnesses himself. He’ll finally get that chance, come Jan. 1, 2009, when his 21-year career ...

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Milwaukee courts must deal with 3 vacancies

The resignations of two highly respected Milwaukee Circuit Court Judges have left some area practitioners wondering if judges are sufficiently compensated. Judges John A. Franke and Michael B. Brennan tendered their resignations to Gov. Jim Doyle Nov. 6. Both are ...

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Brennan heads to firm Dec. 1

Judge Michael B. Brennan anticipates that his upcoming return to private practice will be a homecoming of sorts. Although some of his future cases will involve state court matters, a sizable portion will involve federal court, where he spent a ...

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Attorney challenges crime lab report

A Brookfield attorney maintains that, contrary to the opinion of state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, all is not well at the state crime lab. Jerome F. Buting wrote a letter to the Wisconsin Department of Justice in September asking ...

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Federal judge allows DWI suspects to intervene

Minneapolis — A federal judge has allowed four DWI defendants to intervene in a lawsuit between the state and the maker of the Intoxilyzer over the device’s source code. U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank, rejecting a magistrate judge’s recommendation, ...

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Economic loss doctrine evolves

Few legal doctrines are as divisive in Wisconsin as the economic loss doctrine (ELD), which, when it applies, bars a plaintiff from seeking tort remedies for purely commercial damages arising from breach of a contract. Its defenders maintain it is ...

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State Bar plans to reform UPL petition

The State Bar of Wisconsin appears willing to revise its plan for administration of a rule defining the unauthorized practice of law, but has no plans to alter the substantive content. On Oct. 28, the Wisconsin Supreme Court decided to ...

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Business group plans to challenge sick leave rules

As supporters of the Milwaukee sick leave referendum looked to sit down with businesses opponents to work out enforcement, businesses were thinking about lawsuits. “Don’t despair yet,” said Steve Baas, government affairs director for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. ...

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Savings clause saves UM policy exclusion

A woman injured in an accident while driving her mother-in-law's car cannot collect on her own insurance despite the fact that the policy's exclusion does not comply with Wisconsin law. In a Nov. 4 decision, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ...

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Judges Brennan, Franke leave bench for law firm

Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judges Michael B. Brennan and John Franke announced today that they would be stepping down from the bench to join the Milwaukee firm of Gass Weber Mullins LLC. In a released statement Judge Franke said, “I ...

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WisTAF grants will decrease in 2009

The continued drop in interest rates and investment stocks means legal service organizations in Wisconsin will receive smaller grants in 2009 from the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation (WisTAF). As a result, legal service providers, such as Legal Action and Legal ...

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