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As of February 13, 2024, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) E1527–21 “Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process” is now required when Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) are conducted by environmental consultants to qualify for the innocent landowner defense, or the bona fide prospective purchaser or contiguous property owner liability protections, under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) (see: 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.).

The goal of
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In December 2022, Congress enacted the SECURE 2.0 Act as part of its efforts to encourage Americans to focus on savings, both for retirement and for emergencies. Two of the provisions of SECURE 2.0 – related to automatic portability programs that facilitate transfers between employers and for pension-linked emergency savings accounts (“PLESAs”) – are now the subject of Department of Labor guidance. This guidance provides employers some key insights into how these optional provisions will work in practice, and
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von Briesen & Roper, s.c., today announced that attorney, Jeff Van Winkle, joined the firm’s Chicago office location at 320 South Canal Street. Van Winkle is a Shareholder in the Business Practice Group. Van Winkle has more than three decades of experience representing businesses, investors and entrepreneurs in all phases of their businesses with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, international transactions, financing and securities. Van Winkle was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law
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Health care compliance programs must be dynamic in order to enhance the effectiveness of the program. Being dynamic requires the compliance professional to be on top of recent government pronouncements and enforcement trends so that they can adjust and fine-tune their programs to incorporate and address developments and trends that impact their organization. This update focuses on key guidance from 2023 from the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), HHS’s Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”), as well
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von Briesen & Roper, s.c. is proud to announce its 120th anniversary in 2024. Founded by Ernst von Briesen, a 1903 graduate of Harvard Law School, the law firm opened its doors in Milwaukee in January 1904, displaying a sign that read “Advocate”. Today, von Briesen & Roper has over 180 professionals serving clients in seven offices throughout Wisconsin and in Chicago. While the firm’s formative years focused on wills, probate, banking and finance, von Briesen continually has evolved
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The Corporate Transparency Act (the “CTA”) is a federal law with a filing requirement for almost every corporation, limited liability company, and limited partnership. The CTA requires that a Beneficial Ownership Information Report (the “Initial Report”) be filed by the Reporting Company with FinCEN, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a bureau of the U.S. Treasury. Failure to comply with the CTA’s reporting requirements can result in significant civil and criminal penalties.

The due date for the Initial Report for
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On December 19, 2023, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, held that the “violation-of-law” exclusion1 found in a general liability policy precluded insurance coverage for a BIPA action brought against an insured. See National Fire Insurance Company of Hartford v. Visual Pak Company, Inc., 2023 IL App (1st) 221160 (Ill. App. Ct. 2023). The Illinois court’s decision squarely conflicts with Citizens Insurance Company of America v. Wynndalco Enterprises, LLC, 70 F.4th 987 (7th Cir. 2023), a Seventh Circuit
Continue Reading Appellate Court of Illinois and Seventh Circuit Issue Conflicting Decisions Regarding Applicability of ‘Violation-of-Law Exclusion’ in BIPA Actions

von Briesen & Roper, s.c. announces the opening of its new and larger Chicago office located at 320 S. Canal Street on the 30th floor of the BMO Tower in the West Loop. The firm entered the Chicago market in 2020 and is expanding the firm’s presence with strategic growth in the local market. Susan Lovern, President and CEO of von Briesen, said, “We are excited to mark this new office as a commitment to our clients, our lawyers
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von Briesen & Roper, s.c., today announced that attorney, Jamie B. Barwin, joined the Milwaukee office as a Shareholder in the Trusts and Estates Section. Barwin has more than 15 years of legal and accounting experience and is also a licensed CPA in Wisconsin and Michigan. She focuses her practice on estate planning, probate and estate administration, business and corporate planning, special needs planning and tax. Barwin is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in Corporate Law
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According to Dictionary.com and anyone who has seen a Star Trek episode, a Red Alert is the most urgent form of alert, warning that danger is imminent. The Corporate Transparency Act (the “CTA”) is a federal law with a filing requirement for almost every corporation, limited liability company, and limited partnership. The CTA requires that a Beneficial Ownership Information Report (the “Initial Report”) be filed by the Reporting Company with FinCEN, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a bureau of
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von Briesen & Roper, s.c. is proud to have several attorneys named to the “Top Wisconsin”, “Top Women”, “Top Madison” and “Top Milwaukee” lists. In addition, we have 23 attorneys listed as 2023 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® and Wisconsin Rising Stars.  
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von Briesen & Roper, s.c., today announced that Erin N. Novak, Erica A. Storm and Michael J. Wirth have joined the firm.
Erin N. Novak is an Associate in the Litigation & Risk Management Practice Group. Novak focuses her practice on litigation and toxic tort issues. She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bar Association, National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and the Association for Women Lawyers (AWL). Novak received a J.D. from Marquette
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On October 25, 2023, 2023 Act 34 became effective. Act 34 amends the statutory prohibition to negotiating health care plan design and selection between public sector employers and labor representatives of police, fire, and EMS unions. Specifically, the law amends Wisconsin Statute §111.70(4)(mc)6 in the following manner:

SECTION 1. 111.70 (4) (mc) 6. of the statutes is amended to read: 111.70 (4) (mc) 6. Except for whether or not to provide health care coverage and the employee premium contribution,
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This year has seen a substantial increase in the number of class action lawsuits filed against employers under the Illinois Genetic Information Privacy Act (GIPA). More than 20 suits have been filed this year, a stark contrast to zero filed in 2022 and only two in 2021.

Like its federal counterpart the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), GIPA prohibits employers, and agents acting on their behalf, from “directly or indirectly” soliciting, requesting, requiring or purchasing genetic information from a
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von Briesen & Roper, s.c., today announced that five attorneys and a non-attorney professional focused on land use and development recently joined the firm.
Kevin J. Clark joined the Waukesha office as a Shareholder in the Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group. Clark focuses his practice on civil litigation in construction, real estate, land use and development matters representing developers, construction companies, commercial real estate brokerages, and municipalities. He also has significant experience in fiduciary litigation, estate litigation and
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The National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) has changed the dynamic in union organizing efforts by shifting responsibility to the employer to seek a representation election if the Union provides the employer with representation cards from a majority of the employees. In a recent decision, the Board created a new dynamic for organizing. Rather than requiring the Union to file for an election if the employer doubts the majority of the employees desire a union, now it is the responsibility
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