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New Supreme Court Cases

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept 16 new cases. The Court also acted to deny review in a number of cases. The case numbers, issues, and counties of origin are listed below. The first half of this listing ...

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SEC approves rule increasing protection

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently approved a controversial rule proposal that will add significant protections for investors purchasing or exchanging deferred variable annuities. Deferred variable annuities are life insurance annuity contracts whose value fluctuates over time, and whose ...

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Supreme Court accepts case against Wisconsin dioceses

On Oct. 25, the Wisconsin Supreme Court accepted the case of five men who claimed the Roman Catholic dioceses in Madison and Milwaukee covered up a Kentucky teacher’s history of sexual abuse of them as children. In October 2005, Kenneth ...

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The ABCs of LLCs, S.C.s and LLPs

LLC, S.C., LLP… If you don’t practice in the area of business or tax law, you may not know what the alphabet soup after a law firm’s name means — or what it means if there’s no alphabet soup there. ...

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I chose our business structure because…

Lawyers have a variety of options when it comes to organizing their practices. What follows are some of the reasons lawyers gave for organizing their practices as LLCs, LLPs, and S.C.s. “I chose an LLC format because I wanted the ...

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State Budget and the Circuit Courts Highlights

Increase base funding for court interpreter reimbursements from $827,100 to $1,060,600 in 2007-08 and $1,125,100 in 2008-09. State statute revised to provide an interpreter for persons with limited English proficiency, regardless of indigence. Provide $1 million for legal services for ...

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Nine FDCPA issues resolved in four consolidated cases

The Seventh Circuit on Oct. 23 issued an opinion which resolves many unanswered questions about the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), in three areas: The application of the FDCPA to lawyers; The proper treatment under the FDCPA of settlement ...

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Shabaz reflects on ‘rocket docket’ legacy

I left a message requesting a short telephone interview with federal District Judge John C. Shabaz, in the wake of his announcement that he’ll be assuming senior status when a successor is confirmed, on or before Jan. 20, 2009. The ...

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Federal enticement statute held constitutional

The federal statute against using a facility of interstate commerce to entice a minor to engage in a sexual act is constitutional. The Seventh Circuit reached that decision on Oct 9, despite the statute’s lacking an explicit element that the ...

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Closely-held corp.’s former shareholder can sue accountant

An Oct. 2 opinion from the Wisconsin Court of Appeals enables shareholders in closely-held corporations to settle their grievances with each other, sever their ties, and move on, while preserving the ability to pursue third parties, such as accountants who ...

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