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Insurance Claim – Duty to Defend

Dianna and Kenneth Sunday (collectively “the Sundays”) appeal from a judgment declaring that McMillan-Warner Mutual Insurance Company and Mt. Morris Mutual Insurance Company had no duty to defend or indemnify Nicholas Sempf Nyren (“Nicholas”) due to exclusions in the applicable homeowners’ policies for bodily injuries resulting from the criminal acts of an insured.

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Statutory Authority – Emergency Order

Exercising our original jurisdiction under Article VII, Section 3(2) of the Wisconsin Constitution, we consolidate and review three cases challenging the authority of Janel Heinrich, in her capacity as a local health officer of Public Health of Madison and Dane County (PHMDC), to issue an emergency order closing all schools in Dane County for in-person instruction in grades 3-12.

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Statutory Interpretation – Cooperative Plan

We review a published decision of the court of appeals affirming the order of the Circuit Court for Dodge County that reversed the Department of Administration's (the "Department") approval of a cooperative plan (the "Plan") between the Village of Kekoskee (the "Village") and the Town of Williamstown (the "Town") and remanded the matter back to the Department.

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CHIPS – Due Process Violation

If a circuit court determines a child is in need of protection or services (CHIPS) due to a parent's neglect, refusal, or inability (for reasons other than poverty) to provide necessary care to the extent that the physical health of the child is seriously endangered, the circuit court may order the child removed from the parental home.

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Attorney Disciplinary Proceeding

We review the report of the referee, Reserve Judge William M. Gabler, Sr., recommending that this court revoke Attorney Christopher S. Petros' license to practice law in Wisconsin, require him to pay $5,000 in restitution to the father of a former client, and require him to pay the full costs of this disciplinary proceeding, which total $3,910.22 as of February 3, 2021.

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