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Category: Court

Residential Landlords Beware: Criminal Liability for Security Deposit Retention

In May 2020, the Court of Appeals of Wisconsin released its decision in State v. Troy Lasecki, affirming that a landlord could face a misdemeanor conviction for failing to properly account for a security deposit or failure to return it without good reason. Before looking at what happened in this case, a brief discussion of […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Finds State’s Safer at Home Order Invalid

On May 13, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a decision finding Emergency Order #28, the extended Safer at Home order, “unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable”. The State of Wisconsin Legislature had sued Andrea Palm, the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, over the validity of the order, claiming that Order #28 is a “rule” […]

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Supreme Court Dismantles Employee Rights

On May 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court found in favor of corporate America as it relates to employee rights. In a 5-4 decision authored by Trump appointee, Neil Gorsuch, the Court determined that employers could prohibit employees from joining forces in a class action lawsuit to bring violations of the Fair Labor Standards […]

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Vote Tomorrow!

Wisconsin voters once again will head to the polls tomorrow, April 3, 2018 where two statewide concerns will be decided.  One, an election of a new justice to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  The other, whether the Wisconsin Treasurer should remain an elected official or that office’s job duties split apart to varying people appointed by […]

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Who is Neil Gorsuch?

On February 1, 2017, Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia who died in February 2016.  Article 2, Section 2 of the United States Constitution requires that all presidential appointments to the […]

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EPIC Systems Arbitration Agreement: Is it enforceable?

  Epic Systems Corp., (Epic) creates medical software used by many hospitals and doctor’s offices to track and maintain patient charts and communicate information to patients. On April 2, 2014, Epic sent an email to some of its employees that contained an arbitration agreement. The arbitration agreement stated that “wage-and-hour claims could be brought only […]

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Is the Law Being Trumped?

Since Donald Trump took office as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017, he has issued several executive orders including imposing a hiring freeze on the federal government (excluding the military), authorizing the building of a wall on the Mexican border, a 120-day suspension on accepting refugees as well as a […]

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FLSA Overtime and Salary Changes – Put on Hold

FLSA Overtime and Salary Changes – Put on Hold No longer going into effect December 1, 2016 This just in… A federal court, on November 22, 2016, issued an injunction to temporarily stop the Department of Labor from implementing the new rules which were set to change, among other changes, the minimum salary that must […]

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Ethics Complaint filed against Monona Terrace Executive Director

The Isthmus wrote an article about an Ethics Complaint filed by Associate Director of Monona Terrace, Katherine Hurtgen with the help of her attorneys, Kramer, Elkins & Watt. A few paragraphs of the article are posted right here, but the rest can be found at Isthmus.com. “An employee of Monona Terrace Convention Center has accused […]

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Can I leave work to vote?

  You would have to be living under a rock to not know that presidential election primaries are happening throughout the country right now. In Wisconsin, we vote on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. In addition to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and the other presidential hopefuls, Wisconsin voters will be asked to […]

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