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Court Error – Indemnification

Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company and its insureds, attorney James Vance and law firm Vance, Wilcox & Martin, S.C. (collectively, Vance), appeal an order of the circuit court dismissing their amended third-party complaint against VH Land, LLC, Spruce Hollow Land, LLC, MREC VH Madison, LLC, Veridian Homes, LLC, and David Simon (collectively, the Buyers).

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Injunctive Relief

Antonio Lopez-Aguilar brought this action against the Marion County Sheriff’s Department (“the Sheriff’s Department”), Sheriff John R. Layton, in both his official capacity and his individual capacity, and a sergeant of the Sheriff’s Department, in his individual capacity (together, “the defendants”).

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The district court found that Spectrum Brands, Inc. (“Spectrum”) violated section 15(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (“CPSA” or the “Act”), 15 U.S.C. § 2064(b)(3), when its subsidiary failed to timely report to the government a potentially hazardous defect in its Black & Decker SpaceMaker coffeemaker despite years’ worth of consumer complaints about the product.

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Breach of Fiduciary Duty

In the fall of 2011 Caterpillar Inc. began making serious inquiries about the possible acquisition of a Chinese mining company, ERA Mining Machinery Ltd., and its wholly‐owned subsidiary, Zhengzhou Siwei Mechanical & Electrical Equipment Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (We refer to the two companies as “Siwei” for simplicity.)

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