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Attorneys Erin Deeley, Matthew Fisher, and Isaac Brodkey will present “Wisconsin’s Fair Dealership Law: 50 Years and Counting 2024” to an audience registered through the State Bar of Wisconsin. The presentation will give an overview, key developments since 1974, the current landscape of WFDL decisions and developments, and open WFDL issues that could be addressed in the future. Attendees will also learn about:

  • The purposes of the WFDL
  • What qualifies as a dealership?
  • What qualifies as a


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Federal Trade Commission bans most non-compete agreements in employment contracts
On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission approved a Final Rule that bans almost any agreement that restricts where a worker may work after he or she leaves his or her current employer. Such an agreement is a non-competition agreement. The Final Rule is effective 120 days after publication in the Federal Register absent a successful legal challenge. We anticipate legal challenges to be filed very soon.
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On Tuesday, April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a special Open Commission Meeting to vote on whether to issue a proposed final rule preventing most employers from enforcing non-compete agreements. On January 19, 2023, the FTC published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register, 88 FR 3482. The FTC’s position is that that non-competes are an “exploitative practice that suppresses wages, hampers innovation, and blocks entrepreneurs from starting new business.”

If the final rule
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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.

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 class of PFAS substances consists of almost 15,000 synthetic chemicals, many
Continue Reading EPA Finalizes First-Ever National Drinking Water Standard for PFAS

Attorneys Jessica Mederson, Rick Manthe, and Derek Punches Author “Addressing Sustainability and Resiliency in the Built Environment”
“Addressing Sustainability and Resiliency in the Built Environment” was originally published in The Municipality magazine’s April 2024 issue.
Attorneys Mederson, Manthe, and Punches discuss with The Municipality magazine the continuing impacts of climate change, how to incorporate sustainable practices in the built environment (i.e. fully established structures), ensuring the built environment is resilient, and municipal considerations, limitations, and tools. Read “Addressing
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The Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law has been an integral feature of Wisconsin law, shaping the state’s economy for the past 50 years. To those protected by the law, the WFDL provides valuable security to their business operations and their employees. By contrast, the WFDL has been criticized as inefficient, vague, and protectionist by parties who are subject to the WFDL’s high cause and notice standards. With these differing views, the WFDL has been a source of extensive litigation since
Continue Reading The Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law Enters Its 50th Year: Open Issues

As the capabilities of generative artificial intelligence have increased, so have concerns that generative AI might be used to manipulate voters and the administration of elections in the 2024 presidential election and primaries. The first warning shot came in New Hampshire on January 21, 2024, two days before the New Hampshire Presidential Primary Election, when numerous New Hampshire residents received robocalls that played a message with what appeared to be an AI-generated voice clone of President Joe Biden’s voice,
Continue Reading Wisconsin’s New Regulation of AI and Deepfakes in Political Communications

Attorney Vanessa Wishart Presents PFAS Impacts at Wastewater Treatment Plants for Wisconsin Wastewater Operators Association
On Tuesday, March 19, 2024, Attorney Vanessa Wishart will speak on per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) impacts at wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) at the 2024 Spring Biosolids Symposium in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Vanessa’s presentation is part of a daylong seminar for municipal officials, plant operators, contractors, consultants, and more. Attendees will receive information on current issues related to biosolids and septage management, enabling them to
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Attorney Pam Ploor presents and authors recent updates to labor & employment law in Wisconsin
Attorney Pamela Ploor authored “Artificial Intelligence in Municipal Employment” for the March 2024 edition of the League  of Wisconsin Municipalities magazine, The Municipality. The article addresses government guidance, risks, and recommendations for the use of AI tools in municipal employment, and it is part of a bi-monthly employment law series that Pam has been writing for The Municipality for nearly two years.
Pam
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While some people have been eagerly anticipating college basketball’s March Madness, others have been anticipating the SEC’s long-awaited climate disclosure rule, which was finally announced today. As discussed previously (in a climate-related disclosures blog post from a year and a half ago), this rule is highly contentious and will probably face legal challenges.

The SEC appears to be acknowledging the risk of litigation in rolling back what must be reported under this new rule. The European Union requires
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Attorney Jeff Mandell to give several presentations on Election Law and Wisconsin Constitution in 2024’s first quarter
Jeff spoke to the Carpenters’ Union North Central States Legislative Conference at the Monona Terrace on February 29, 2024. He presented an update on the redistricting case surrounding Wisconsin’s legislative maps.
On March 7, Jeff will speak to the Milwaukee Bar Association, the American Constitution Society, and the Federalist Society on a panel about litigation under the Wisconsin Constitution. The panel will
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Attorney Jamie Konopacky speaks alongside Congress members to Great Lakes Tribal Nations during Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes meeting
Attorney Jamie Konopacky will be in Washington, D.C. this week for a meeting during the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes (MAST) Impact Week 2024. She will be speaking alongside several members of Congress before dozens of Great Lakes Tribal Nations. The topic of her address on Thursday will be a MAST resolution to support the White Earth Band of the
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Join Stafford Rosenbaum in watching the film Bad River, in theatres from March 15-20, 2024. The movie documents the Bad River Band’s ongoing fight for sovereignty against Canadian energy company Enbridge.

The movie will play at AMC Fitchburg 18, Ashland Bay Cinema 6, and at select theatres across the country. 50% of all profits from the film will be donated to the Bad River Band. More information on the Band and the litigation is below. For more information on
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How the Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Dealer Law Relates to the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law
A common misunderstanding is that the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law governs (only) automobile dealerships. That belief is not entirely surprising given that automobile dealerships are the most ubiquitous, public-facing “dealership” in the country. Earlier installments of Stafford Rosenbaum’s Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law blog series demonstrate that the WFDL extends to an eclectic mix of commercial arrangements. But the WFDL does not reach motor vehicle dealerships
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Attorney Vanessa Wishart Discusses Water Law Regulatory Updates as Part of PFAS Panel
On Thursday, February 15, 2024, Attorney Vanessa Wishart will give a regulatory update on per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at the 2024 Government Affairs Seminar in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Vanessa’s update is part of the PFAS portion of the daylong seminar, during which she will participate on a panel with other professionals.
The seminar provides municipal officials, treatment plant operators, consultants, and government employees with an
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