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Feb 14, 2014

Unnamed parties file lawsuit in secret probe

Two unnamed parties are suing the judge and prosecutor overseeing a secret investigation that's reportedly looking into fundraising efforts by Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and other conservative groups.

Feb 10, 2014

BENCH BLOG: A frustrating decision from the Court of Appeals (UPDATE)

In a decision that touches all three branches of government, the court of appeals decided that in actions for civil forfeiture pretrial discovery may be conducted.

Feb 3, 2014

2013 Year in Review: How circuit judges fared at appeals, Supreme Court

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals issued 1,045 decisions in 2013. Of those cases, it upheld about 83 percent of them.

Jan 3, 2014

BENCH BLOG: Appeals decision should obviate further litigation

In December the Court of Appeals decided a novel insurance exclusion case involving a grade-school boy’s gun death.

Dec 3, 2013

Appeals court sides with employers on arbitration (UPDATE)

Employers can require their workers to sign arbitration agreements waiving all rights to class-action lawsuits over workplace grievances, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Nov 29, 2013

Evidence from warrantless search allowed by ‘good faith’ exception

Convicted murderer Jack E. Johnson asked the Wisconsin Court of Appeals to find that a warrantless search conducted in Mexico, which violated U.S. Fourth Amendment protections, should also be viewed as a bad search by Wisconsin courts.

Nov 26, 2013

BENCH BLOG: Decision a handy reference for plea breach cases

A well-presented Court of Appeals case affirmed that when the defendant breaches a plea agreement prior to sentencing, the state may change its side of the agreement.

Oct 25, 2013

Unwrapping Wisconsin’s difficult land-use code

The Court of Appeals has peeled a layer off Wisconsin’s thick and smelly land-use onion.

Oct 23, 2013

Court: Act 10 doesn’t affect existing teacher union contracts

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled that the Kewaskum School District was wrong when it claimed Act 10 negated any part of a contract that was in effect when the law was passed.

Oct 22, 2013

BENCH BLOG: A change in course at the high court

The U.S. Supreme Court has changed course after nearly 50 years by deciding that the touchstone of Fourth Amendment jurisprudence is trespass to a property interest, not reasonable expectation of privacy.

Oct 14, 2013

US high court ponders if forum selection clauses trump federal rules

Forum selection clauses are commonly used to control where disputes can be adjudicated, particularly those arising from business and consumer contracts. But when a party files suit in a court other than the one specified in such an agreement, how can the aggrieved party enforce the contract terms, given that federal law controls the issue of venue?

Oct 10, 2013

BENCH BLOG: Job well done at Court of Appeals

In a new court of appeals case, the doctrine of mutual mistake in a home sale contract meets a motion for sanctions based on frivolous claims.


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