Monthly Archives: March 2012

High Court Rules that Owners of Property Destroyed by a Forest Fire Are Entitled to Double Damages

In a 6-1 decision authored by Justice Annette Ziegler, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that if an owner’s property is destroyed by a forest fire that is caused by negligence of another person, then the property owner automatically is entitled … Continue reading

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Milwaukee Lawyers Chapter Event

Richard Brookhiser will speak on his biography James Madison, published by Basic Books, at a Noon luncheon at the Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 North Broadway, presented by the Milwaukee Lawyers Chapter. Mr. Brookhiser is an historian, biographer, and journalist, and … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules that Insurance Policy Does Not Cover Losses Caused by Bat Guano

On Tuesday, March 6, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held (5-2) that an insurance policy’s “pollution exclusion” clause excluded coverage for the loss of the plaintiff’s home that resulted from the accumulation of bat guano, or bat waste. The plaintiff, a … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Confirms that Plaintiffs are Entitled to Phantom Damages

On Wednesday, March 7, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued an opinion adding to the line of cases involving the collateral source rule. Specifically, the court held that the collateral source rule applies to cases involving underinsured motorist claims. Therefore, the … Continue reading

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State Courts Guide

The Federalist Society recently announced the launch of http://www.statecourtsguide.com, a new website that focuses on judicial selection in state high courts.  The site features an overview of each state’s high court method of selection, news, scholarship, polls, and Federalist Society … Continue reading

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