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Statutory Interpretation – Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act

Under the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA), a state agency contemplating a “major action[] significantly affecting the quality of the human environment” must prepare and publish an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS): a detailed report evaluating potential environmental effects.

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Sufficiency of Evidence

For over thirty years, Island Camping, Inc. has operated a commercial campground on an approximately twenty-acre narrow strip of land along the Mississippi River.

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Abuse of Discretion – Expunction

Larry A. Brown appeals his judgment of conviction with regard to his sentence, specifically relating to the trial court’s denial of his motion to expunge the conviction from his record.

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Abuse of Discretion – Jury Instructions

Jeffrey Lemont Lee appeals his judgment of conviction for aggravated battery, substantial battery, disorderly conduct with the use of a dangerous weapon, and felony bail jumping, all with domestic abuse assessments and as a habitual offender.

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Court Error – Right to Present Defense

Salar Zangana appeals from a judgment of conviction for misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct and from orders of the trial court denying his motion for postconviction relief and his motion for reconsideration.

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Evidentiary Hearing

Michael James Brehm appeals a judgment entered after a guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and an order denying postconviction relief.

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Summary Judgment – Sufficiency of Evidence

Defendants Champion Petfoods USA Inc. and Champion Petfoods LP (collectively, “Champion”) produce dog food that they market as biologically appropriate, containing fresh regional ingredients, and never outsourced.

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Immigration – Removal Order

Petitioner Victor Mejia-Padilla (“Mejia”) seeks review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals sustaining the denial of his statutory motion to reopen his deportation proceeding, which he filed more than six years after that proceeding closed.

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Time-barred

“Better late than never” is not a phrase typically heard in a federal courthouse.

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Failure to State Claim

In August 2016 Millicent Nartey was admitted to a hospital where she suffered a stroke and eventually passed away.

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Insurance Claim – Coverage

StarNet Insurance Company filed suit in diversity seeking a declaratory judgment specifying that the terms of a workers’ compensation and employers liability policy it issued to P.S. Demolition, Inc. obligate it to pay nothing more for a workplace injury than the amounts that Illinois workers’ compensation law requires P.S. Demolition to pay its injured employees.

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8th Amendment Violation – Summary Judgment

Adrian Thomas sued several prison officials at Pontiac Correctional Center in Illinois alleging they violated the Eighth Amendment by restricting him for two months to a cell with feces on the walls, a mattress covered in human waste, a bunk bed with a hundred dead flies, and inadequate plumbing that caused him to develop a rash.

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Immigration – Removal Order

Czeslaw Parzych, a Polish citizen and lawful permanent resident of the United States, was twice convicted of burglary in Illinois, leading the Department of Homeland Security to begin removal proceedings.

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