Wisconsin Supreme Court Accepts New Cases

The Wisconsin Supreme Court accepted three new cases this past week. Of particular note: Stroede v. Society Insurance and Village of Slinger v. Polk Props., LLC. In Stroede v. Society Insurance (2018AP1880/2018AP2371), the Court of Appeals, District I found the defendant immune from liability for a trespasser’s injury because the defendant was a “lawful occupant” on the premises where the incident occurred. […]

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Commercial Docket Pilot Project Expands

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ordered the extension and expansion of the state’s Commercial Docket Pilot Project. The order extends the length of the pilot for two additional years and expands the project to District 10, District 2 and Dane County. These regions, in addition to existing regions District 8 and Waukesha County, will now […]

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Kathleen Papa v. DHS (Act 21 Explicit Authority Requirement)

In Papa v. DHS (2020 WI 66), the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that DHS’s practice of recouping wages from Medicaid providers for minor documentation errors fell outside the boundaries of its explicit statutory authority. Facts In Wis. Stat. § 49.45(3)(f)1.-2, the Wisconsin Legislature authorizes the Department of Health Services (DHS) to audit in-home Medicaid providers […]

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WSBU v. Brennan & Bartlett v. Evers (Gubernatorial Vetoes)

Released on the same day, WSBU v. Brennan (2020 WI 69) and Bartlett v. Evers (2020 WI 68) both involve challenges to gubernatorial vetoes. The court dismissed WSBU v. Brennan but declared 3 of the 4 challenged vetoes in Bartlett v. Evers unconstitutional. Under the Wisconsin Constitution (Article V, Section 10), governors can partially veto […]

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SEIU Local 1 v. Vos (Separation of Powers)

In SEIU Local 1 v. Vos (2020 WI 67) the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld provisions from 2017 Wis. Act 369 and 2017 Wis. Act 370 (including legislative involvement in litigation, legislative review of proposed changes to security in the capitol, temporary suspension of administrative rules, and the codification of the non-deference doctrine from Tetra Tech […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Declares Safer at Home Order Unenforceable

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has issued a 4-3 decision in Legislature v. Palm, declaring the Department of Health Services’s (DHS) “Safer at Home” order unenforceable and immediately striking down the order. The court held that the Safer at Home order is a “rule” that was required to go through statutory rulemaking processes and that the […]

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Legislature Files Legal Challenge to DHS “Safer At Home” Order Extension

On April 16, Gov. Tony Evers directed Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to extend Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order to May 26 under Emergency Order #28. Less than a week later, the Republican-led Wisconsin Legislature filed a lawsuit challenging DHS’s authority to issue such an order. DHS issued the order under Wis. Stat. §§ […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Rejects ACLU Coronavirus Lawsuit

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has denied the petition of American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin (ACLU) seeking removal of inmates from Wisconsin correctional facilities to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit had argued that Wisconsin prisoners and jail inmates should be released because subjecting prisoners to a likely outbreak of COVID-19 violates the rights to […]

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After Court Rulings, In-Person Voting Proceeds in Supreme Court Election

After rulings from the Supreme Court of the United States and the Wisconsin Supreme Court the night before election day upheld the April 7 date and absentee voting requirements, Wisconsin’s election for state Supreme Court proceeded with few changes. In-person voting was held, and absentee voter requirements were largely the same (though at record high […]

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Spring Primary Results: Wisconsin Supreme Court, 7th CD

In the Feb. 18 spring primary election, Wisconsin voters chose candidates to advance to general elections in two high profile races: Wisconsin Supreme Court and the 7th Congressional District.   7th CD Republican and Democratic primaries were both held in the special election for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Weston) resigned from […]

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