If you were in a car or truck accident, you might experience sudden and unusual sensations over the next several days. You must not ignore any of these sensations as they may be symptoms of injury to crucial parts of your body. For instance, the following symptoms can point to a possible spinal cord injury.

Severe pain or pressure on your back, neck, and head
A sudden feeling of stiffness in your neck
Tingling in any part of your
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Kids’ Chance of Wisconsin is holding its annual education conference on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at the Renaissance Milwaukee, Hotel – Wauwatosa. Kids’ Chance is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to children of seriously injured workers in Wisconsin.
Chelsie Springstead is a Kids’ Chance of Wisconsin Board Member and Doug Feldman is a Past President and current Ambassador.
Whether you are an Attorney, Employer, Safety/HR Manager, Claim Representative, or Nurse Case Manager, this is a must attend event!
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It is no secret that Jennifer Abruzzo, general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), has embarked on an aggressive, pro-labor agenda.1 Among other things, she is looking for ways to streamline the organizing process for unions. With this in mind, G.C. Abruzzo has expressed her desire for the NLRB to revive what is known as the “Joy Silk doctrine.”2 Context for the Joy Silk Doctrine At the outset, it is important to keep in mind a
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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that it recouped over $2.2 billion through the enforcement of False Claims Act (FCA) settlements and judgments in fiscal year (FY) 2022. This is less than half of the prior year’s recoupment of more than $5.6 billion from civil FCA claims.However, the DOJ noted “the government and whistleblowers were party to 351 settlements and judgments,” which made FY 2022 the second highest for the number of settlements and judgments in one
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Nothing is more important to the construction industry than rock. Whether sand, gravel, crushed stone or blocks of stone, rock is used in everything from road building and concrete to countless building products, including drywall, insulation and glass. Rock is heavy and used in enormous quantities, so there is an obvious efficiency in locating sources close to consumers. Doing so means reduced haul distances, cleaner air, less heavy truck congestion, lower cost to consumers and that the money
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The Wisconsin legislature has put a bail constitutional amendment on the April 2023 ballot, but what does this entail? Currently, Wisconsin pretrial release law allows for defendants to be released under reasonable conditions designed to assure their appearance in court, to protect members of the community, and to prevent intimidation of witnesses. In addition, financial conditions are limited to the amount that is necessary to assure appearance of the defendant.1 The question on the April ballot is as
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State v. Morris V. Seaton, 2021AP1399-CR, certification granted 3/24/23; case activity (including briefs)
Question presented (from the court of appeals’ certification):

In light of the 2014 amendment of WIS. STAT. § 904.04(2)(b) (2019-20), codifying and expanding the “greater latitude” rule and the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision in State v. Dorsey, 2018 WI 10, ¶¶23-25, 379 Wis. 2d 386, 906 N.W.2d 158, interpreting and applying that amendment, are State v. Alsteen, 108 Wis. 2d 723, 324 N.W.2d
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Milwaukee attorney Larry Whitley went straight from law school to an in-house counsel position, working on billion dollar deals in real estate right out the gate. In the latest episode of the Bottom Up Podcast, produced by the State Bar of Wisconsin, co-hosts Kristen Hardy and Emil Ovbiagele chat with Whitley about his journey. “There’s no wrong path, just your path,” Whitley says. The Rufus King High School and Marquette University Law School graduate – a former Milwaukee Bucks
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The Gucci family feud is arguably one of the most famous family feuds of our time. Gucci is one of the most iconic and successful luxury fashion brands in the world today. However, there was a time in the 1980s and 1990s when the brand was on the brink of bankruptcy and its reputation was severely damaged. One of the key factors contributing to Gucci’s decline was the bitter family feud that erupted over control of the company.
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Wisconsin farmland values rose an average of 11% in 2022, according to the Seventh Federal Reserve District Ag Letter. The 2022 increase came on the heels of a 22% increase in 2021, and was the second largest in the past 10 years. Let’s explore what effects this increase will likely have on Wisconsin farmers. Obvious Benefits: The Good Higher land values increase net worth. This, in turn, can help farmers access and obtain credit. Farmers will get more money
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“The future for women law graduates is bright”

Emily Kempin-Spyri, first woman law graduate in Switzerland, 1888

Arabella Mansfield is often cited as the first woman lawyer in the United States, gaining admission to the bar in 1869 (although she never practiced). By the time Lavinia Goodell was admitted to practice law in Wisconsin in 1874, she joined a small coterie of a dozen or so other American women. A previous post featured Lidia Poët, Italy’s first woman
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An employment relationship may be ended in a variety of ways with different legal consequences, so it’s important to accurately determine the method by which it’s terminated. An involuntary termination (i.e., the employee is fired) occurs when the employer decides to end the employment relationship. A voluntary termination or resignation (i.e., the employee quits) occurs when an employee indicates an intention to leave employment by word, manner of action, or by actions that aren’t consistent with the continuation of
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Waukesha County DHHS v. M.A.S., 2022AP877, District 2, 3/22/23 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity
R.B. (Rose), a daughter of M.A.S. (Mary), filed an appeal of an order granting the County’s petition for a protective placement of Mary. The court of appeals holds Rose doesn’t have standing to appeal the order.
Section 55.20 identifies four persons who may appeal a protective placement order: 1) “the subject of the petition”; 2) “the individual’s guardian”; 3) “any petitioner”; or
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State v. Y.P.V., 2022AP1935-36, 3/21/23, District 1 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity
The court of appeals reversed and remanded this TPR for two reasons. First, the mom made a prima facie case that her “no contest” plea to grounds was not knowing, intelligent, and voluntary because, during the plea colloquy, the circuit court misstated the law that would apply during the disposition. Then, at the disposition phase, the circuit court failed to apply the proper standard
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As you embark on your new career path as a health coach, making sure that your business remains in compliance with Florida health coach laws will be essential. Failure to do so could be devastating for your new business and put you at risk of penalties.
However, these laws can often be complex. Our health coach attorneys at Wellness Law, LLC, are here to help you understand how these laws could affect your business and clients and ensure your
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State v. Jenny E. Clark, 2022AP495-CR, District 4, 3/23/23 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs)
Clark’s Minnesota administrative suspension for operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration counts as a prior OWI conviction under State v. Carter, 2010 WI 132, 330 Wis. 2d 1, 794 N.W.2d 213.
Clark was charged with OWI 2nd based on a prior Minnesota conviction. When she filed a motion to prohibit use of that conviction on the ground her waiver
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