By Attorney Chris Strohbehn  In Wisconsin, injury victims have the right to file a personal injury claim seeking compensation from the negligent parties who were responsible for their damages. Unfortunately, not all injury victims survive long enough to initiate the process, let alone benefit from the compensation. However, this does not mean that there is no way of holding the negligent party accountable. The victim’s surviving family members can also pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. If you have recently lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you should be sure to understand your rights to…
If you face interstate custody issues, contact Kowalski Family Law. We have noticed an increase in custody disputes between parents that reside in different states. This is most likely due to the fact that families are more mobile, and that parents are often moving for employment.   The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act is the source of law that applies to Wisconsin custody disputes. The UCCJEA is designed for the prevention of a parent taking a child to another state and filing a custody action in that state.  Link to More Information The post Interstate Custody Issues appeared first…
Date: May 13, 2021 Time: 8:00 am Location: Zoom Presenters: Mary Ellen Schill, Sara J. Ackermann, Nicole L. Stangl <!–Nicole L. Stangl–> Central Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management 2021 Spring Conference All presentations via Zoom Agenda: Opening Keynote Presentation:Culture of Engagement:  Why/How to Build Passionate and Engaged Teams – Joshua Evans, Better Workplaces, Better World™ Each of us began our careers from a passionate place. On our first day of work every one of us was excited, intrigued, and joyful. However, with such demanding roles, it easy for us to lose sight of our initial…
We are very excited to announce that Pam Benedon has joined the OG+S team as a Legal Assistant. Yesterday (May 3) was her first day! Pam graduated from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh earning a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in English and Speech Communication. In her free time, Pam enjoys swimming, hiking, reading, and traveling. Some of her travels included spending a little over a year living in Hawaii. During this time, she took the opportunity to do some back packing in New Zealand and Australia, as well as multiple cross country road trips (You should see her photos!). She…
“Mr. Sloan read my argument. Judge Ryan mad as a bull.” Lavinia Goodell, December 14, 1875 When Lavinia Goodell applied for admission to the Wisconsin Supreme Court bar in 1875, she was not allowed to present the motion to the court herself. Instead, her argument was read by Assistant Attorney General I.C. Sloan. Along with J.B. Cassoday, Sloan, a former Janesville attorney, was one of the people who made Lavinia’s admission to the Supreme Court bar possible. I. C. Sloan Ithamar Conkey Sloan was born in Morrisonville, New York in 1822. He began practicing law in New York state and…
May 4, 2021 – On a deer hunting trip in 2017, Tyler Mueller was using his brother’s AR-15 rifle when it accidentally discharged. A bullet struck Tyler’s foot, which prompted his negligence lawsuit against the gun shop that assembled and sold the rifle. Before the lawsuit was filed, Tyler’s brother (Jordan) took the AR-15 back to the same gun shop that assembled and sold it to him, Bulls Eye Sports Shop LLC (Bulls Eye). Jordan granted permission for a Bulls Eye employee to modify the firearm with knowledge that litigation concerning the hunting accident (and the firearm) was likely. In…
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently handed a win to employers in EEOC v. Walmart. It held that Walmart did not violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) when it withdrew an offer of employment from a candidate who, after receiving the offer, advised Walmart that he was unable to work between sundown on Friday and sundown Saturday for religious observation. The Court held that Walmart’s offer to have the candidate apply for other hourly positions was a reasonable accommodation, and that anything more would have imposed an undue hardship…
My Madison alder rep, Regina Vidaver, passed on the following information about an Emergency Broadband Benefit that will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.…
Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) issued Emergency Order #16, which goes into effect as of 12:01am on May 5, 2021. In response to Dane County’s steady trend in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, as well as increasing vaccination rates, the Order eases several restrictions. First, the Order increases limits for both indoor and outdoor gatherings. Up to 350 individuals may be present at indoor gatherings where food and beverages are provided, not including employees. Where food and beverages are not provided, up to 500 people may be in attendance, not including employees.  Outdoor gatherings continue to be limited…
The City of Madison’s bird-safe glass ordinance may fly in the face of the state of Wisconsin’s Uniform Commercial Building Code (Uniform Code). With the goal of streamlining building regulations and keeping costs reasonable without affecting safety or quality, legislation supported by Democrats and Republicans established a Uniform Code in Wisconsin,1 and designates the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services as the state agency to promulgate and adopt the Uniform Code via the administrative rules process.2 John Schulze, Marquette 2004, is the director of legal and government affairs for Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin in…
The core benefit of Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) – tax-free forgiveness after 120 qualifying payments with a qualifying employer – is well and widely known. Because of the tax-free forgiveness, PSLF borrowers are incentivized to maximize the amount of their forgiveness by minimizing the dollar amount of their qualifying monthly payments. In other words, because PSLF is tax-free, the borrower is not penalized by a loan balance that grows each month.1 One of the ways a borrower can lower their monthly payment is reducing their adjusted gross income (AGI) by making contributions to their retirement plan.2 Enrollment…
Public Health Madison & Dane County (“PHMDC”) has issued Emergency Order #16 to replace Order #15 (our analysis of Order #15 can be found here), which expires at midnight on May 5. The new order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on May 5 and will be effective until June 2. PHMDC notes that, as it gradually reopens Dane County, that the 7-day case average is down from 78 on April 7 to 64 on April 26, but the 7-day hospitalization average is up from 23 to 32 on those same dates. PHMDC further notes that the hospitalization level…
Professor Brian L. Frye of University of Kentucky – College of Law recently published to SSRN an interesting trilogy of articles about plagiarism norms.  Why so interesting?  Because the articles themselves were completely plagiarized.  In fact, that was the point. Frye writes: In 2020, I paid Alvin Emoodo of youressaymaster.com $100 to ghostwrite a law review article for me titled “Illegitimacy of Plagiarism Norms.” Emoodo wrote a 10 page article for me in about 3 days. Here’s a selection from the abstract of that article: Plagiarism deceives readers and gives the plagiarist undeserved credits while hurting the plagiarized…
If you or one of your loved ones are considering contacting a personal injury attorney, you are probably dealing with a difficult situation. Painful injuries, expensive bills, and worries about the future can leave you stressed out and confused. Even simple tasks can be hard under those circumstances, and navigating the world of legal options, processes, and terms can be extremely confusing.  To help you successfully maneuver through these unfamiliar words and actions, we have created a comprehensive guide to the common terminology used in a personal injury case in Wisconsin. From understanding a single term to an overview of…
State v. B.W.R., 2020AP1726, District 2, 4/28/21 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity The odor of marijuana gave police probable cause to believe evidence of a drug crime would be found in B.W.R.’s home and the odor plus the occupants’ awareness the police were knocking gave the police reason to conclude the evidence would be destroyed if they took time to get a warrant. Elkhorn police officers were dispatched to a call from an apartment dweller complaining about the strong odor of marijuana from an adjacent unit, a place police previously suspected of being the scene of drug…
State v. Blong Simba Vang, 2018AP1730-CR, District 3, 4/27/21 (recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) The search of Vang’s car, which was parked on school property, was reasonable under  the less stringent standard for searches of students established in New Jersey v. T.L.O., 469 U.S. 324 (1985), even though Vang wasn’t a student at the school. T.L.O. authorizes the search of a student on school grounds without probable cause or a warrant if the search is reasonable “under all the circumstances.” 469 U.S. at 340-41. Vang wasn’t a student at this school, though before searching his car…