Eagle Cove Camp & Conference Center, Inc. v. County of Oneida (Zoning)

In Eagle Cove Camp & Conference Center, Inc. v. County of Oneida (2018AP940), the Court of Appeals District III held that claim preclusion barred most of the plaintiff’s claims against the County and the Town of Woodboro, and the court awarded the Town damages because the action was frivolous. Eagle Cove sought a conditional use […]

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Superior Water, Light & Power Co. v. London Market Insurers (Environmental Contamination Coverage)

In Superior Water, Light & Power Co. v. London Market Insurers (2018AP1926), the Court of Appeals District III found that an insurance policy’s provision on coverage for environmental contamination was ambiguous. Several insurance companies (referred to by the court as London Market Insurers, or LMI) issued excess liability policies to Superior Water in 1970. In […]

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Brenner v. National Casualty Co. (Excess Coverage)

In Brenner v. National Casualty Co. (2018AP2252), the Court of Appeals District I held that Amerisure’s policy was in excess to the primary National Casualty policy covering the Milwaukee World Festival, where an injury to a contractor occurred. National insured the Milwaukee World Festival. Amerisure insured Hunzinger Construction Co., which was contracting with Milwaukee World […]

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Haynes v. LIRC (Discrimination Claim)

In Haynes v. LIRC (2018AP1581), the Court of Appeals District IV upheld a Labor & Industry Review Commission (LIRC) decision dismissing a discrimination claim. Plaintiff Sharon Haynes filed this claim alleging race and sex discrimination against Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Haynes claimed that Blain’s technicians intentionally failed to secure a tire on her vehicle and […]

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Hughes v. Allstate Indemnity Co. (Coverage Exclusion)

In Hughes v. Allstate Indemnity Co. (2019AP1234), the Court of Appeals District IV held that homeowner’s insurance policy exclusions precluded coverage for water damage to the plaintiff’s basement. Hughes’s basement sustained water damage after someone turned on a spigot and left it running without Hughes’s knowledge or permission. Hughes filed this lawsuit seeking coverage from […]

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Christus Lutheran Church of Appleton v. DOT (Condemnation of Property)

In Christus Lutheran Church of Appleton v. DOT (2018AP1114), the Court of Appeals District III held that when the Department of Transportation (DOT) independently decides to include additional items of compensation in a jurisdictional offer for property condemnation, DOT must obtain a new appraisal supporting the new items in the offer. DOT sought to take […]

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Latest MU Poll Finds Changes in Voter Opinion on Impeachment, Wisconsin Gov. and Legislature

After a newsworthy month in both the state and federal government, the latest Marquette University (MU) Law School poll asked 801 Wisconsin voters their opinions on state and national politicians. The November poll covers approval of President Donald Trump amid impeachment proceedings, approval of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and the state legislature after several contentious […]

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DNR Holds Public Hearing on PFAS Scope Statements

On Nov. 12, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held a preliminary public hearing on three scope statements seeking to regulate PFAS chemicals in Wisconsin. PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are man-made chemicals that are found in many everyday products, including nonstick pans, cleaning products, paints, and firefighting foam. The most extensively studied PFAS compounds […]

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Floor Report: November Senate & Assembly Floor Periods

The Wisconsin Senate and Assembly met this month for what is expected to be the last floor sessions of 2019. The Senate met on Nov. 5, and the Assembly met on Nov. 7 and 12. Both chambers also met very briefly in accordance with Gov. Tony Evers’s call for a special session on gun reform […]

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Wis. Congressional Candidates: Who’s In and Who’s Out

UPDATED 12/4/19 7th Congressional District Nomination papers for this race were due on Dec. 2. Two Democrats and two Republicans are on the ballot for the Feb. 18, 2020 primary. State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst), Republican Jason Church, northwest region director for U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, Republican Tricia Zunker, Wausau School Board president and attorney, Democrat Lawrence Dale, […]

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