Wisconsin AG Joins Lawsuit to Block T-Mobile-Sprint Merger, Other Multistate Actions

On June 11, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul joined eight other states and Washington, D.C. in a civil antitrust lawsuit to block the proposed merger of wireless communication companies T-Mobile and Sprint. The complaint argues that combining the market share of T-Mobile and Sprint would result in less competition, higher prices, and reduced innovation. The […]

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Menard, Inc. v. City of Marinette (Property Tax Assessment)

In Menard, Inc. v. City of Marinette (2018AP533), the Court of Appeals District III considered a lawsuit challenging the City of Marinette’s property tax assessment of a Menard’s store. In 2016, Marinette assessed the Menard’s store at a value of $9 million. Menard challenged the assessment in circuit court, contending the fair market value of […]

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Town of Delafield v. Central Transport Kriewaldt (Federal Preemption of Weight Limits)

In Town of Delafield v. Central Transport Kriewaldt (2017AP2525), the Court of Appeals District II held that federal transportation law does not preempt the town’s seasonal weight restriction on certain roads. Delafield posted signs identifying a seasonal weight restriction prohibiting vehicles over six tons from driving on designated town roads. A Central Transport delivery truck […]

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Bill Lueders v. Scott Krug (Open Records Requests)

In Lueders v. Krug (2018AP431), the Court of Appeals District II held that open records requesters have the right to receive electronic copies of email records. Bill Lueders, editor of The Progressive magazine and president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, emailed an open records request to Wisconsin state Rep. Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) for […]

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Leicht Transfer & Storage Co. v. Pallet Central Enterprises, Inc. (Crime Insurance Coverage)

In Leicht Transfer & Storage Co. v. Pallet Central Enterprises, Inc. (2019 WI 61), the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that amounts paid in response to forged delivery tickets are not covered losses under a crime insurance policy. The underlying claim in the case arose when Pallet Central forged delivery tickets to Leicht. The companies used […]

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Teske v. Wilson Mutual Insurance Co. (Claim Preclusion)

In Teske v. Wilson Mutual Insurance Co. (2019 WI 62), the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that previous litigation related to underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage precludes a second tort claim alleging negligence in the same accident. The litigation arose from a car accident that injured four members of the Teske family: Julie, Katherine, Elle, and Emily. […]

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DOJ Restructuring to Focus on Environmental Enforcement

On May 23, Attorney General Josh Kaul announced a restructuring at the Department of Justice (DOJ) that will allow for more environmental enforcement. The restructuring merges DOJ’s Environmental Protection Unit and Consumer Protection Unit under a single Public Protection Unit. Kaul said the new unit is “a step toward revitalizing the enforcement of our consumer protection […]

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Payday Loan Resolution, LLC v. DFI (Agency Police Power Over Out-of-State Business)

In Payday Loan Resolution, LLC v. DFI (2018AP821), the Court of Appeals District IV held that Florida debt settlement business Payday Loan Resolution is subject to Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) licensing requirements and enforcement. DFI received two consumer complaints against Payday from Wisconsin residents. DFI then proceeded with enforcement actions against Payday, stating […]

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Hull v. Glewwe (Claim Preclusion)

In Hull v. Glewwe (2017AP2485), the Court of Appeals District III held that claim preclusion does not bar a plaintiff from pursuing a new negligence lawsuit when the plaintiff’s insurer has already defended the plaintiff in a previous lawsuit arising out of the same accident, wherein the plaintiff was not a named defendant. Plaintiff Hull […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Accepts New Cases

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently accepted several new cases. The final oral arguments of the 2018-19 term were held on May 15, so new cases will be heard in the fall. Cases of note include: Town of Wilson v. City of Sheboygan (2018AP2162). The Supreme Court will review Kohler Co.’s petition to annex land from […]

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