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Workplace Anti-Bullying Bill Considered By Wisconsin Legislature

By Michael Brown • Apr 2nd, 2010 • Category: Employment Law, Newest Post

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Wisconsin legislators are considering enactment of a bill, 2009 Assembly Bill 894, that prohibits workplace bullying by employers.
The bill seeks to prohibit abusive work environments in Wisconsin, and to allow a worker subjected to such an environment to bring a civil legal claim.
Importantly, a civil [...]

Wisconsin Adopts “Single-Publication Rule” For Internet Defamation

By Elizabeth T. Russell • Jan 28th, 2010 • Category: Newest Post, Sports & Entertainment Law

On January 27, 2010 the Wisconsin Court of Appeals adopted the “single publication rule” for defamation cases. Bottom line: once defamatory material is published online, subsequent “hits” or visits to that material do not constitute re-publication and the statute of limitations does not renew. Wisconsin courts had not previously addressed this issue.
Bob Uecker is [...]

MTD Snow Blower Recall

By Eric M. Knobloch • Jan 11th, 2010 • Category: Civil Litigation, Newest Post, Personal Injury Law

This Consumer Protection Safety Commission recall of MTD snow blowers is certainly not recent information.  Beginning in 2005-2006, MTD snow blower tires have allegedly blown up at, or immediately after, inflation, often causing serious injuries to the face, hands, fingers and arms.  The general allegation against MTD is that their plastic product is defective in nature as [...]

Medical Malpractice Claims in Wisconsin down 40%

By Eric M. Knobloch • Dec 11th, 2009 • Category: Civil Litigation, Newest Post, Personal Injury Law

A recent Milwaukee Business Journal article did a fantastic job of shedding light on a very statistic laden discussion of Medical Malpractice trends in the State of Wisconsin.  Since 2002, medical malpractice claims in Wisconsin are down about 40%.  The article cites to many reasons for the decline, such as: the cost of litigation, jury [...]

Need to Subpoena Facebook or Other Social Media Sites?

By Jon P. Groth • Nov 4th, 2009 • Category: Civil Litigation, Newest Post, Personal Injury Law

Are you a tech savvy lawyer?  In order to answer “yes” you have to check out this site that directs you to the departments that will accept service of process for many websites.  I recently wrote about this at www.jonpgroth.com.
For example, how would you know that Facebook has an email just for subpoenas ([email protected])?  [...]

Court Limits Scope of Fraud on the PTO in Trademark Cases

By Scott Cleere • Sep 1st, 2009 • Category: Intellectual Property Law, Newest Post

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled yesterday that fraud on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) requires proof of actual intent to deceive, which may not be inferred merely because a trademark applicant made a misstatement that it should have known was false. The court held that “a trademark is [...]

Job-Hunt Discrimination & Defeatist Thinking

By Michael Brown • Jun 10th, 2009 • Category: Employment Law, Newest Post

I have heard many unemployed workers who are in protected classes under discrimination law (e.g. workers with disabilities, workers over 40 years old) express frustration that employers will not hire them for jobs they are qualified for, and the workers feel this is for discriminatory reasons based on their protected class (e.g. hiring employer does [...]

Supreme Court to Review Scope of Patentable Subject Matter

By Scott Cleere • Jun 2nd, 2009 • Category: Intellectual Property Law, Newest Post

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the en banc decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in In re Bilski (545 F.3d 943). In that decision, the Federal Circuit rejected its previous “useful, concrete and tangible result” test for patentable subject matter articulated in State Street (149 F.3d 1368). Finding [...]

Help Describing Soft Tissue Injuries

By Jon P. Groth • May 1st, 2009 • Category: Newest Post, Personal Injury Law

I think you’ll get some valuable knowledge out of reading Medical Legal Art’s blog.  Last month’s topic was “Soft Tissue Injuries.”
I think it is safe to say that most people involved in car accidents suffer from these injuries.  Many times they go away in a matter of weeks or months.  Other times it takes a [...]

Google Book Settlement Deadline Extended

By Elizabeth T. Russell • Apr 29th, 2009 • Category: Newest Post, Sports & Entertainment Law

Authors and publishers now have until September 4, 2009 to decide whether to stay in or opt out of the class action lawsuit settlement involving Google’s Book Search service. The previous deadline had been May 5.
CNET NEWS reports that Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued [...]