Attorneys Uwabera and Thao Present on Data Privacy and Transparency during League of Wisconsin Municipalities’ League Mutual Insurance Spring Conference
Stafford Rosenbaum Attorneys Clementine Uwabera and Pahoua Thao will give a presentation on Tuesday, April 23, as part of the two-day, sold-out League of Wisconsin Municipalities’ League Mutual Insurance Spring Conference 2024. To an audience of government, municipal, insurance, cybersecurity, and legal professionals, they will present, “Navigating Privacy and Transparency for Municipalities.” The presentation covers data privacy for
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Law Clerk Klara A. Henry assisted in the drafting of this blog post.
Environmental Protection Agency Finalizes Drinking Water Standard for PFAS Contaminants Nationwide
On April 10, 2024, the EPA issued a highly anticipated final rule establishing legally enforceable limits for five types of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, often called “forever chemicals”). The rule sets individual limits for these five forms of PFAS, as well as limits on two or more of the substances mixed together. The larger
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Reasons to start estate planning this Spring are all about getting a fresh start! Spring has sprung! The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and there’s a fresh sense of renewal in the air. It’s the perfect time to tackle that spring cleaning list, but what if we told you there’s an even more important kind of cleaning to consider?
Reasons to Start Estate Planning this Spring
This spring, why not focus on cleaning up your future and ensuring
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By Attorney Gregg HermanApril 19, 2024

Yes, you read correctly; I’m not a fan of jury trials.
Case in point: The death of O.J. Simpson serves as a reminder of the failure of the jury system. Does anyone really believe that Simpson was not the murderer? If not, why would someone stab two strangers to death for no reason whatsoever?
Two reasons demonstrate that such a belief would be
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When an injury occurs at work, knowing the steps to take immediately can ensure your safety and protect your rights.

There are several things you should do right after a workplace injury.
Seek medical attention
The first priority is to get medical help. Even if the injury seems minor, it’s important to have a professional assess your condition. Some injuries might not show immediate symptoms but could have serious long-term effects.
Report the injury
As soon as possible, report
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April 19, 2024 – The exclusive remedy provision of the state workers’ compensation law bars a tort lawsuit against a third-party claims administrator, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals (District III) has ruled in

Graef v. Applied Underwriters, Inc.,
2023AP420 (April 9, 2024).In November 2012, Francis Graef was gored by a bull while working for Equity Livestock (Equity). He was physically injured and later suffered from depression.A doctor prescribed Graef an antidepressant. Continental Indemnity Company (Continental), the workers’ compensation insurer
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​​April 19, 2024 – A circuit court’s dismissal of an OWI charge after conviction on a different charge under
Wis. Stat. section 346.63(1)(c) can be reversed, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals has ruled in

State v. McAdory
, 2023AP645 (April 11, 2024).​​In August 2019, a jury convicted Carl McAdory in Rock County Circuit Court of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of one or more controlled substances (OWI) and operating a motor vehicle with a restricted controlled
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Governor Proclaims June 17, 2024 Wisconsin Women Lawyers Day
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lavinia Goodell becoming Wisconsin’s first woman lawyer, Governor Tony Evers has proclaimed June 17, 2024, Wisconsin Women Lawyers Day.

The proclamation praises Lavinia Goodell for pioneering a path for women in the legal profession across the state and for facing the many obstacles thrown in her path with unwavering resilience. It recognizes the lasting impact of women lawyers on the fabric of the
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April 18, 2024 – A circuit court did not err in returning a poodle to its original owner in a replevin action, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals has ruled.In Voegtline v. Bannach, 2023AP2022 (April 9, 2024), the Court of Appeals (District II) held that the circuit court’s decision was justified by original owners’ uncontroverted testimony regarding ownership and the resemblance between her dog and defendant’s dog.In 2012, Leola Voegtline bought Marley, a black-and-white toy poodle puppy for $300
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The group of soon-to-be Wisconsin lawyers take the Attorney’s Oath in the Supreme Court Hearing Room. For more photos of the event, see ​the album on the State Bar of Wisconsin Facebook page. April 18, 2024 – A business lawyer from California, a journalist turned lawyer, a lawyer representing the third generation of lawyers in her family, and the first lawyer in her family. These describe some of Wisconsin’s newest lawyers, taking the final steps after passing
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This article is the first in a new series: I’m interviewing elder law attorneys around the state to find out why and how they started practicing elder law, what their practices are like, and what they achieve for their clients. My first interview is with
Blaine Patino of
Canellos & Patino in Wauwatosa. Blaine was recently a presenter at the Winter Workshop put on by the Wisconsin chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). I
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Robert Bolger v. Massachusetts Bay Insurance Company, 2022AP742

In Bolger, Massachusetts Bay Insurance Company (MBIC) issued a homeowner’s insurance policy to Bret and Amy Achtenhagen that covered their primary home and further provided personal liability and medical payments to others coverage. The policy contained an exclusion for bodily injury “arising out of the ownership, maintenance, use, loading or unloading of …motorized land conveyances …owned or operated by …an ‘insured,’” subject to an exception for “[a] vehicle or
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When parents go through a divorce, some of the most crucial issues they will need to address will be related to child custody. Most of the time, parents will have shared or joint custody of their kids, giving them both the right to be involved in major parenting decisions and ensuring that they will each have sufficient time with their children. However, sharing child custody is not just about adhering to a legal agreement; it is about
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April 16, 2024 – A federal law prohibits a divorce court from dividing miliary disability pay that a veteran opts to receive instead of retirement pay, the Wisconsin Count of Appeals (District II) has ruled.In a per curiam opinion, the Court of Appeals in DeWeese v. McLin, 2023AP565 (April 3, 2024) also held that the circuit court’s “purge order” involving the arrearages tied to the disability pay was erroneous.In 1997, Sherry DeWees and Timothy McLin were married in
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April 15, 2024 – A driver’s red eyes, slow speech, and freshly lit cigarette gave a police officer reasonable suspicion to expand a traffic stop to field sobriety tests (FST), the Wisconsin Court of Appeals (District III) has ruled in an unpublished opinion in State v. Johnson, 2022AP389 (April 2, 2024)On Jan. 19, 2020, Wisconsin State Trooper Steven Wojcik was on patrol in Eau Claire County.Wojcik got a dispatch about a gray Dodge Ram pickup truck speeding and
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April 15, 2024 – An insurance policy’s exception to an exclusion of liability was ambiguous because it lacked terms of geographic limitation while related exceptions contained such terms, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals has ruled.

In Bolger v. Massachusetts Bay Insurance Company, 2022AP742 (March 26, 2024), the Court of Appeals (District III) held that because the exception was ambiguous, it must be interpreted against the insurer.In 2018, Massachusetts Bay Insurance Company (MBIC) issued a homeowner’s policy to Bret
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