MU Poll Asks Voters About Impeachment, 2020 Dem Primary

Marquette University (MU) Law School released its fourth poll of 2019 on Oct. 23. The poll again gauged Wisconsin voter opinions on the candidates in the 2020 Democratic primary for president. The October poll also included measures of voter support for presidential impeachment, opinions on state and national politicians, and overall views on the state […]

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Gov. Evers Calls Special Session on Gun Reform

On Oct. 21, Gov. Tony Evers issued Executive Order #54, calling for a special session of the Legislature on Nov. 7 to address gun violence. The executive order directs the legislature to consider two bills: a “red-flag” law and universal background check requirements. LRB 4383/LRB 4700, authored by Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) and Sen. Lena […]

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New Dates Set for 7th CD Special Election

On Oct. 18, Gov. Tony Evers announced revised dates for the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Weston) in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. Duffy resigned on Sept. 23. The new special election will be held on May 12, 2020, with a primary on Feb. 18, 2020, the same day as the statewide […]

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Assembly Rule Changes

In their Oct. 10 floor session, the Wisconsin Assembly voted largely along party lines to approve several Assembly rule changes in two Assembly Resolutions. Assembly Resolution 12, which passed 61-35, included provisions to allow members with permanent disabilities to participate in committee meetings remotely. Other changes included in AR 12 were: Establishes time limits for […]

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Supreme Court Holds Oral Arguments in Second Extraordinary Session Challenge

On Oct. 21, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held oral arguments in the second challenge in state courts to the laws passed in the 2018 extraordinary session (2017 Acts 368, 369, and 370). The plaintiffs, Service Employees International Union, Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, American Federation of Teachers-Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Area Service and Hospitality […]

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Gov. Evers Creates Climate Change Task Force

On Oct. 17, Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #52, creating a Task Force on Climate Change. The task force is charged with advising the governor in developing a strategy on climate change by: Evaluating the science surrounding the impacts of climate change on Wisconsin citizens and the environment. Reviewing actions on climate change already […]

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Signed by Governor: Benefits for Families of Fallen Officers

On Oct. 16, Gov. Tony Evers signed into law a bill that will provide health insurance benefits to families of fallen officers. The bill (SB 266/AB 300) was enacted as 2019 Act 19. Act 19 would require any government entity and Marquette University to provide health insurance benefits to the widowed spouse and/or children after a […]

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McCormick v. Auto Club Insurance Association (Doctrine of Accord and Satisfaction)

In McCormick v. Auto Club Insurance Association (2018AP753), the Court of Appeals District I held that the doctrine of accord and satisfaction applied when the plaintiff cashed a check that the defendant insurer intended to settle the claim. After David McCormick was injured in an automobile accident with an uninsured driver, McCormick sought his full […]

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Harwood v. Wheaton Franciscan Services, Inc. (Class Action Certification)

In Harwood v. Wheaton Franciscan Services, Inc. (2018AP1836), the Court of Appeals District I affirmed class action certification in a lawsuit against a medical provider related to medical record fees. Plaintiff Elizabeth Harwood filed the lawsuit against Wheaton Franciscan, alleging Wheaton Franciscan illegally charged her attorney fees for copies of her health records. Harwood sought […]

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Beedle v. Wisconsin Mutual Insurance Co. (Insurance Policy Business Exclusion)

In Beedle v. Wisconsin Mutual Insurance Co. (2018AP2147), the Court of Appeals District IV held that an insurance policy’s business exclusion applied when the insured was engaging in a side job, barring coverage for an injury caused by the insured’s negligence on the job. Plaintiff Jacob Beedle was injured while helping the insured construct a […]

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