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In creating an executive branch entity with authority to pass judgment and impose discipline on a judge's exercise of core judicial powers, the Wisconsin legislature violates the Wisconsin Constitution's structural separation of powers and invades a domain recognized for over two hundred years as the exclusive province of the judiciary.

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Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law – Termination or nonrenewal

This is a review of an unpublished decision of the court of appeals, Benson v. City of Madison, No. 2015AP2366, unpublished slip op. (Wis. Ct. App. Aug. 25, 2016), which affirmed the Dane County circuit court's judgment dismissing a lawsuit filed by the petitioners against the City of Madison ("the City") pursuant to the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law ("the WFDL"), a statute that governs, among other things, the termination or nonrenewal of specified types of business relationships.

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We review an unpublished decision of the court of appeals, State v. Ozuna, No. 2015AP1877-CR, unpublished slip op. (Wis. Ct. App. April 13, 2016), affirming the Walworth County circuit court's order denying expungement of the defendant's misdemeanor convictions.

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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Steinhardt argues that her convictions for both failure to protect a child from sexual assault contrary to Wis. Stat. § 948.02(3) (2011-12) and first-degree sexual assault of a child under 13 as a party to a crime contrary to Wis. Stat. §§ 948.02(1)(e) and 939.05 violated the Double Jeopardy Clauses of the United States Constitution and Wisconsin Constitution.

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Third Party Plaintiff – Duty to Defend

The petition for review asked the court to decide: (1) whether a third-party complaint may state a claim for which an insurance company has a duty to defend when the third-party plaintiff was sued for misrepresentation by the first-party plaintiff; (2) whether a third-party defendant may supplement the third-party complaint with additional facts when the third party defendant seeks a defense from its insurance company; and (3) whether summary judgment denying a claim for defense conclusively concludes the duty to defend question, notwithstanding subsequent developments in the lawsuit.

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Jury Demand

“There are two basic issues on this appeal. First, we must examine whether the pre-litigation jury waiver provision in the contract between the Parsons and Associated is enforceable, either with or without proof extrinsic to the terms of the contract that the Parsons knowingly and voluntarily agreed to this waiver.

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