Justice Rebecca Dallet Sworn In To Wisconsin Supreme Court

On Aug. 6, Justice Rebecca Dallet was sworn into office as a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Dallet’s 10-year term will expire on July 31, 2028. Liberal Dallet, a former Milwaukee County circuit court judge, defeated conservative candidate Judge Michael Screnock in an April election. Dallet replaces conservative Justice Michael Gableman on the bench, […]

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Judge Hagedorn Announces Run for Wisconsin Supreme Court

2nd District Court of Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn has announced his candidacy for Wisconsin Supreme Court. Hagedorn is running for the seat that will be vacated by Justice Shirley Abrahamson’s retirement in 2019. Justice Abrahamson announced in May she will not run for re-election after four terms on the bench. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer (also […]

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Supreme Court Upholds $750,000 Limit on Noneconomic Damages in Med Malpractice Cases

The Wisconsin Supreme Court in a 5-2 decision (Mayo v. Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund) has upheld Wisconsin’s $750,000 limit on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases. The Court determined that the cap is constitutional because the legislature had a rational basis in enacting the cap statute to ensure affordable and accessible health care […]

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Supreme Court Ends Agency Deference

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently issued a decision (Tetra Tech v. Department of Revenue) that ends the “agency deference” doctrine. Previously, Wisconsin courts deferred to regulatory agencies when interpreting statutory provisions that ultimately define agencies’ own power and reach. Under the decision, courts will continue to give “due weight,” or respectful consideration, to agencies’ expertise […]

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Justice Abrahamson Not Running for Re-election

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson has announced she will not run for re-election when her fourth term is up in 2019. Abrahamson was appointed by Democratic Gov. Patrick Lucey in 1976 as the state’s first woman Supreme Court Justice. She served as Chief Justice from 1996 to 2015. Abrahamson is the longest serving Supreme […]

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Supreme Court Decision: Nationstar v. Stafsholt

On March 23, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Nationstar Mortgage v. Robert R. Stafsholt, 2018 WI 21. The court held that circuit courts, acting in equity, have the power to award attorney fees to prevailing parties. In this case, the court held that the defendant was entitled to attorney fees but was […]

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Supreme Court Decision: Department of Natural Resources v. District IV Court of Appeals

On April 3, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a decision in Department of Natural Resources v. District IV Court of Appeals. The court held that the appeal by DNR in this case must be held outside of the District IV Court of Appeals under Wisconsin’s venue statute (Wis. Stat. § 752.21(2)) created by 2011 Act […]

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Supreme Court Decision: Shugarts v. Allstate

On April 5, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a decision in Shugarts v. Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Co. The court held that the event triggering the notice requirement in an underinsured motorist (UIM) policy is when the tortfeasor’s underlying policy limit is exhausted.  In this case, Robert Shugarts, a deputy sheriff in Eau Claire […]

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Screnock, Dallet Move on To Wisconsin Supreme Court General Election

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, Wisconsin voters selected Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock and Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet to advance to the general election for Wisconsin Supreme Court. Screnock, who is considered the conservative in the race, received 46 percent of the vote. Dallet, a progressive, received 36 percent. Madison attorney […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Primary Election Next Tuesday

Next Tuesday, voters will decide which two judicial candidates to the Supreme Court of Wisconsin will advance to the general primary held on April 3, 2018. The three candidates are Madison attorney Tim Burns, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet, and Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock. The seat is currently held by […]

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