Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules on Lemon Law

On July 17, the Wisconsin Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a consumer who brings a claim under Wisconsin’s Lemon Law, who then decides to purchase the defective vehicle, is not entitled to recover the amount the purchase price. The case is Tammi v. Porsche Cars North America, Inc., 2009 WI 83. The plaintiff, Bruce Tammi, […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court: No Right to Jury Trial under Wisconsin’s Family or Medical Leave Act

In another decision handed down on July 17, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled (5-2) ruled that the Wisconsin Family or Medical Leave Act (WFMLA) does not grant a right to jury civil trial in an action to recover damages. The case is Harvot v. Solo Cup Co. & Solo Cup Operating Co., 2009 WI 85. […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules on Medical Malpractice Case

The Wisconsin Supreme Court today in a 6-0 opinion (Justice Annette Zielger did not participate) reversed a lower court decision that dismissed a medical malpractice claim against an emergency room physician. The case, Bubb v. Brusky et al, 2009 WI 91, began when the patient (Richard Bubb) was transported to the emergency room after it […]

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Assembly Committee Hears Bill Taking Away Governor’s Ability to Appoint DNR Secretary

The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources today held a public hearing on Assembly Bill 138, sponsored by Rep. Spencer Black (D-Madison), which would remove the governor’s authority to appoint the Department of Natural Resources secretary. Under current law, the DNR secretary is nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Wisconsin Senate. Assembly Bill 138 would remove […]

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Plaintiffs’ Attorneys Seek Tax Break

According to PointofLaw.com, plaintiffs’ attorneys are seeking a $1.6 billion federal tax break for contingent-fee lawyers that would allow them deduct expenses as made, rather than in the year of settling a suit. A legal opinion prepared by the Washington Legal Foundation argues that: While one cannot calculate it mathematically, having the federal government bear 40% of […]

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New Study Analyzes Impact of Waxman-Markey Bill

The Heritage Foundation has released a new report titled, “The Economic Consequences of Waxman-Markey: An Analysis of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009” (Waxman-Markey bill). The report analyzes the Waxman-Markey bill after it was significantly amended prior to passing the House of Representatives on June 26, 2009. The report shows that despite […]

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Another Study Reveals Costs of Waxman-Markey

The National Association of Manufacturers and the American Council for Capital Formation on August 12, 2009 unveiled a comprehensive study of the impact of the Waxman-Markey bill, which aims to reduce GHG emissions by mandating a cap and trade program. Key findings include: Cumulative loss in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) up to $3.1 trillion (2012-2030). […]

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Bill Would Prohibit Employment Discrimination Based on Credit Report

On Thursday, August 27 (10:00 a.m. – 415 NW, State Capitol) the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development will hold a public hearing on Assembly Bill 367. Below is information about the bill: Current law prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of age, race, creed, color disability, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, […]

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Assembly Committee Hears Bill Taking Away Governor’s Ability to Appoint DNR Secretary

  The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources today held a public hearing on Assembly Bill 138, sponsored by Rep. Spencer Black (D-Madison), which would remove the governor’s authority to appoint the Department of Natural Resources secretary. Under current law, the DNR secretary is nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Wisconsin Senate. Assembly Bill 138 […]

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EPA Grants California’s GHG Waiver Request

The Environmental Protection Agency this week granted a waiver of Clean Air Act preemption to California for its greenhouse gas emission standards for motor vehicles. The action taken by the EPA is in response to California’s petition to set strict automobile emission and fuel efficiency standards. Under Section 209 the Clean Air Act, California has special authority […]

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