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Tax Equity for Contingent Fee Firms

By Eric M. Knobloch • Mar 12th, 2009 • Category: Civil Litigation, Newest Post, Personal Injury Law

Senate bill 437 is a new piece of legislation being introduced by Senator Arlin Spector (R-Pa.) and back by numerous Republicans and Democrats alike.  If passed, the Bill would dramatically effect how plaintiffs firm operate, namely how tax write-offs are handled within Firms that operate on contingent fee agreements (e.g. personal injury, employment, civil rights, [...]



WI Hops on the Pre-Emption Bandwagon

By Eric M. Knobloch • Feb 18th, 2009 • Category: Civil Litigation, Newest Post, Personal Injury Law

Yesterday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that injured Wisconsin residents cannot sue the makers of defective medical devices that are previously approved by the Food and Drug Administration. (cite is 2009 WI 19)  This decision, which follows U.S. Supreme Court precedent in Reigel v. Medtronic, Inc., 128 S. Ct. 999 (2008), holds that state law [...]



Zero In Wisconsin

By Jon P. Groth • Feb 16th, 2009 • Category: Newest Post, Personal Injury Law

The State of Wisconsin is running a serious ad blitz on TV and radio.  The ads talk about the number of deaths and serious injuries that occur daily because of car accidents.  In short the ads talk about cell phones, drinking and not paying attention as bad driving habits that we all can work on.  If we [...]



Child Safety Seats

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

I’m heading out of town soon.  I really dislike taking a ton of luggage.  With 2 kids it’s pretty hard NOT to take a ton of luggage.  Well, we thought maybe we could avoid taking the kids car seats and just rent them from the rental car company.  Well, after researching the issue I can [...]



We Energies Dust Explosion Liability

By Eric M. Knobloch • Feb 4th, 2009 • Category: Civil Litigation, Newest Post, Personal Injury Law

At first blush, the 6 workers injured at the We Energies Oak Creek facility would be limited to Workers Compensation to collect for their injuries.  However, often times workplace injuries are the result of negligence by so-called third parties, meaning not the injured or the employer, but by a 3rd party responsible for the injuries.
The [...]



Jurors - Politics In The Civil Jury System

By Jon P. Groth • Feb 3rd, 2009 • Category: Civil Litigation, Newest Post, Personal Injury Law

The Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine has a quick read entitled Politics in Civil Jury Selection.  Very interesting.
This is one of the more important parts of my job.  Who should I keep on a jury?  What questions do I ask in order to figure out who would make a good juror for a particular set of facts. Who will [...]



Car Accident Deaths - WI v. IL

By Eric M. Knobloch • Jan 7th, 2009 • Category: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Newest Post, Personal Injury Law

The Illinois Department of Transportation recently released 2008 statistics reflecting a 16% drop in car accident fatalities in 2008.  Amongst the reasons suggested is increase use of seat belts, less driving, and new laws that make it difficult for teens to obtain drivers licenses.  The research also alludes to laws that eliminate driving distractions, i.e. laws that prohibit cell phone [...]



UPDATE - Houston Police Brutality Reaches Green Bay

By Eric M. Knobloch • Dec 30th, 2008 • Category: Civil Litigation, Newest Post, Personal Injury Law, Uncategorized

Not too long ago I wrote this post concerning the father of Green Bay Packer Donald Driver and his run-in with the Houston police.
UPDATE - Today the Houston Police Department cleared the involved police officers from any wrongdoing.  The HPD said:
In a one-page statement, the Houston Police Department said an internal investigation concluded they “could [...]



Asbestos Removal Crucial to Healthy Home and Work Environment

By Guest Author • Dec 22nd, 2008 • Category: Newest Post, Personal Injury Law, Real Estate Law

This is a guest blog written by Joe Lederman of the Mesothelioma Cancer Center:
There are many things to consider when remodeling, purchasing or foreclosing an older home. Used in millions of homes and buildings built before 1980, workers and citizens are still being exposed to the corrosive substance. Often used in fireproofing, flooring, roofing [...]



Choke On That Altria (f/k/a Phillip Morris)

By Eric M. Knobloch • Dec 18th, 2008 • Category: Civil Litigation, Newest Post, Personal Injury Law

This week the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a big-blow to big tobacco companies in its Altria Group Inc. v. Good decision.  The lawsuit allowed to proceed alleges widespread consumer fraud by Altria in its branding of “light” and ”lowered tar” cigarettes.
Using consumer law statutes against big business is not novel.  This Altria case is similar in form to the lead [...]