Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Extraordinary Session Laws Constitutional in League of Women Voters Decision

In a 4-3 decision on June 21, the Wisconsin Supreme Court affirmed that the Legislature’s 2018 extraordinary session was constitutional in League of Women Voters v. Evers (2019 WI 75), thus upholding 2017 Acts 368, 369, and 370 and the confirmation of 82 appointments.   Background The Wisconsin Legislature passed three laws limiting the power […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Accepts New Cases

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently accepted several new cases. Cases of note include:   Chris Hinrichs v. DOW Chemical Company (2017AP2361) – Fraudulent Misrepresentation In this case, Hinrichs’s company used a malfunctioning DOW Chemical adhesive, which negatively affected the company’s sales. Hinrichs filed misrepresentation claims, which the court of appeals dismissed on the basis of […]

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Pinter v. Village of Stetsonville (Governmental Immunity)

In Pinter v. Village of Stetsonville (2019 WI 74), a 4-3 Wisconsin Supreme Court held that a village’s oral policy related to wastewater processes did not create a ministerial duty exempting it from governmental immunity protections. Furthermore, expert testimony was required for the plaintiff to proceed with a public nuisance claim against the village.   […]

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Rural Mutual Insurance Co. v. Lester Buildings, LLC (Subrogation Waiver)

In Rural Mutual Insurance Co. v. Lester Buildings, LLC (2019 WI 70), the Wisconsin Supreme Court determined that a subrogation waiver did not violate Wis. Stat. § 895.447, which provides that any provision to limit tort liability in a construction contract is against public policy and void. Jim Herman, Inc. and Lester Building entered into […]

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David Paynter v. ProAssurance Wisconsin Insurance Co. (Borrowing Statute in Medical Malpractice)

In David Paynter v. ProAssurance Wisconsin Insurance Co. (2019 WI 65), the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that in medical malpractice cases where a misdiagnosis causes latent, continuous injury, the plaintiff’s first injury determines whether the action is a “foreign cause of action” under Wisconsin’s statute applying foreign statutes of limitation (Wis. Stat. § 893.07), also known […]

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Schroeder v. Zurich American Insurance Co. (Governmental Immunity)

In Schroeder v. Zurich American Insurance Co. (2018AP1737), the Court of Appeals District IV dismissed a personal injury case against a government contractor on the grounds of governmental immunity. Keith Schroeder was injured when he rode his motorcycle over loose gravel on a road Fahrner Asphalt Sealers had been repairing for the Town of Fulton. […]

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Stop the Ongoing Mine Permit v. Town of Ashford Board of Appeals (Sand Mine Permit)

In Stop the Ongoing Mine Permit v. Town of Ashford Board of Appeals (2018AP1843), the Court of Appeals District II upheld a conditional use permit for a sand mine in the Town of Ashford. The Town of Ashford issued a conditional use permit for Batzler Trucking, Inc. to operate a sand mine in the town. […]

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Moore v. Zurich American Insurance Co. (Duty to Defend & Indemnify)

In Moore v. Zurich American Insurance Co. (2017AP781), the Court of Appeals District I, interpreting Ohio law, held that one corporation had no duty to defend and indemnify another corporation under their contract. Konecranes, Inc. and Badger Alloys, Inc. entered into a contract for Konecranes to perform heavy equipment lifting for sand foundry Badger. A […]

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