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Conduct rules questioned

Madison attorney John Nicholas Schweitzer wants his peers to charge less in some instances and accept new fees in others, but he’ll have to get through the state Supreme Court first.

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Ebbott champions quality representation

At first glance, the bald head and boots may suggest attorney John Ebbott should be tearing up the asphalt in a Harley Davidson commercial rather than overseeing the administration of free legal services to the poor.

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Candidates limited by financing

The surviving candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court know they each have an additional $300,000 to spend between now and April 5, which theoretically, creates a level playing field in terms of advertising.

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Bio mechanics

Joshua M. Koch is a real Boy Scout. The civil litigator at Arndt, Buswell & Thorn in Sparta highlights his Eagle Scout award in his online firm biography. Koch also advertises his love of hunting and fishing, personal tidbits which often prove useful in connecting with clients, especially in northern Wisconsin.

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2010 Year in Review

From the ongoing debate over the mandatory bar to a district attorney resigning after sending inappropriate text messages, 2010 was a news-filled year for Wisconsin’s legal community. Take a look back at the highlights in the Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2010 Year in Review.

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Knowledge can be imputed to defendant

A lawsuit against Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WEPCo) can proceed, even though it was filed after the statute of limitations, because the plaintiff mistakenly sued Wisconsin Energy Corp. before the limitation period ran.

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Wis. Supreme Court says prior convictions count

Madison - Wisconsin law is tougher on drivers under age 21 who were busted for drinking and getting behind the wheel in other states than if they were convicted in Wisconsin, a divided state Supreme Court has made clear.

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New Supreme Court Cases

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept two new cases, both arising from a dispute between the Village of East Troy and the Lake Beulah Management District over a proposed high-capacity well. Proponents argue the well is needed to support increased development; opponents charge that pumping millions of gallons of water per day will damage the lake and surrounding wetlands.

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Court rebukes OLR, praises attorney

In a rare move, the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Oct. 21 published a disciplinary opinion dismissing a case alleging that an attorney violated the rules against conflicts of interest.

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Fraud not required for misconduct

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has dismissed the disciplinary actions against Court of Appeals Judge Joan F. Kessler, and her husband, legislator Frederick P. Kessler.

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TIPSY-TURVY

A federal court has held that the Wisconsin Supreme Court unreasonably applied federal law when it upheld a trial court's exclusion of expert testimony based on the defendant's preliminary breath test (PBT).

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PBT results should have been admitted

A federal court has held that the Wisconsin Supreme Court unreasonably applied federal law in State v. Fischer, 2010 WI 6, 322 Wis.2d 265, 778 N.W.2d 629, when it upheld a trial court's exclusion of expert testimony based on the defendant's preliminary breath test (PBT).

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New Supreme Court cases

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to grant review in four cases. The case numbers, issues, and counties of origin are listed below.

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Ziegler in majority most often

The popular perception of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is that of a court deeply divided on personal grounds, with Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson and Justices Ann Walsh Bradley and N. Patrick Crooks in the minority.

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