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Personal Property Case Analysis

Although the court affirms the court of appeals, it nevertheless changes the law significantly. The court of appeals held that a person cannot have a reasonable expectation of privacy in personal property in an automobile, if the person has no ...

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Dismissal Case Analysis

The only arguable flaw in the court’s opinion is the absence of any choice of law discussion. The court endorses the reasoning of the Fifth and Eighth Circuits in Phillips v. Ill. Cent. Gulf R.R., 874 F.2d 984 (5th Cir. ...

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Ziegler, Clifford will face off

Ziegler Ziegler receives 57% of primary votes, Clifford gets 27%, Sommers drops with 16% On Feb. 20, voters decisively picked the pair of candidates who will compete in this spring’s election for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Washington ...

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Jury Fees Case Analysis

The court’s interpretation of sec. 814.51 is contrary to the plain language of the statute, something the court freely acknowledges in a footnote. The statute provides that a court may impose jury fees, “if a jury demand has been made ...

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First Amendment Case Analysis

In light of the decision, it should be expected that some Wisconsin municipalities will enact total bans on adult-oriented businesses. Governing precedent in Wisconsin state courts provides that a municipality may not do that. In Town of Wayne v. Bishop, ...

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Sanctions Case Analysis

The multiple opinions in this case leave much uncertain. About the only thing that is certain is that a court may not dismiss a complaint as a sanction for discovery abuses by an attorney if the client is blameless. That ...

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Acquitted Case Analysis

The court’s holding that the Hobbs Act conviction was supported by an interstate commerce nexus is not surprising, given the minimal nexus required under modern Commerce Clause jurisprudence. It is noteworthy, nonetheless, inasmuch as it is a novel use of ...

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Bridge succeeds Deininger on the appellate bench

Timing appears to be everything for Burneatta L. Bridge. The former deputy attorney general retired last September because of family concerns after more than 20 years of state service. Less than six months later, personal and professional circumstances have greatly ...

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GPS Case Analysis

Defense attorneys should continue to seek suppression of evidence gained as a result of attaching GPS devices to cars, especially when no warrant was obtained, given the split of authority between the circuit courts. Attorneys doing so would be wise ...

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Under Age Drinking Case Analysis

The question raised by the opinion is whether, as the dissent claims, it effectively imposes strict liability on parents if underage alcohol consumption by teenagers occurs on their property, and injury results. The majority opinion makes only one statement that ...

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Consumers Case Analysis

Some of the court’s numerous holdings in this case are plainly dictated by prior precedent, but the court’s holding that the contracts at issue are substantively unconscionable is a marked extension of prior law. The holding that the choice of ...

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