Anderson v. Town of Newbold (Shoreline Zoning & Subdivision Authority)

In Anderson v. Town of Newbold (2018AP547), the Court of Appeals District III held that towns may enact shoreland frontage requirements under their subdivision authority, even though state law prohibits towns from enacting those requirements under their zoning authority. Wisconsin law prohibits towns from enacting shoreland zoning ordinances (Wis. Stat. § 59.692). However, towns do […]

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Polk Properties, LLC v. Grota Appraisals, LLC (Claim Preclusion in Property Assessment)

In Polk Properties, LLC v. Grota Appraisals, LLC (2018AP2296-FT), the Court of Appeals District II held that claim preclusion barred the plaintiff’s negligence and misrepresentation claims against an assessor, after the Supreme Court had previously upheld the assessment challenge in a separate action. In 2018, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the Village of Slinger’s reclassification […]

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Sinkler v. American Family Insurance Co. (Cost of Collection)

In Sinkler v. American Family Insurance Co. (2019AP88), the Court of Appeals District III upheld an award of $0 in attorney’s fees to a worker’s compensation insurer and declined to adopt a rule dividing costs of collection on a pro rata basis – in proportion to their recoveries – between the employee’s and the insurer’s […]

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Brown v. Muskego Norway School District Group Health Plan (Worker’s Compensation)

In Brown v. Muskego Norway School District Group Health Plan (2018AP1799), the Court of Appeals District II held that the plaintiff was in the course of his employment when he was injured in a motorcycle accident; therefore, his health plan excluded coverage because he was eligible for worker’s compensation. Plaintiff William Brown was injured in […]

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Varsity Tutors LLC v. LIRC (Worker Classification)

In Varsity Tutors LLC v. LIRC (2018AP1951), the Court of Appeals District I held that a worker was an independent contractor, not an employee, of an online business connecting tutors and students. Varsity Tutors hosts online profiles of contracted tutors and allows students to browse and select tutors. Once students have selected and been accepted […]

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PFAS Update: DNR Board Votes on Scope Statements, Agency Water Recommendations

Proposed regulations of PFAS compounds are continuing to move through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Meanwhile, other agencies have made recommendations to the governor on these PFAS chemicals and other clean water issues. PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are manufactured chemicals found in many everyday products, including nonstick pans, cleaning products, paints, and […]

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Legislators Reintroduce Family Medical Leave Bill

Sen. Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) and Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Mt. Horeb) are reintroducing a bill that would expand Wisconsin’s Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The legislators circulated for cosponsorship the new FMLA proposal (LRB 0323) on Oct. 22. The bill would expand the application of the FMLA to small businesses with at least 25 permanent […]

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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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