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Why Restrictive Covenants Fail to Protect Employers

Dave McCormackMay 13, 2019
Restrictive covenants are often the subject of intense scrutiny by employer and employee alike. Unfortunately, that scrutiny often occurs after...

Do Some Employees Have Fiduciary Duties, Too? Wisconsin Appellate Courts Tilt Toward Yes

Clarke SugarMay 6, 2019
Under Wisconsin law, business owners, as well as persons in named managerial roles (e.g., directors and officers), owe fiduciary duties to...

Liable for Contractor’s Miscues? Don’t Be Fooled by General Rule—Know the Exceptions

Aneet KaurMay 6, 2019
There are several benefits to hiring independent contractors. One benefit is avoiding liability for work the contractor negligently performs. Specifically,...

Supervisor’s Racial Actions Don’t Need to be ‘Hellish’ to Qualify as Hostile

Kathryn GriggMay 6, 2019
A supervisor’s use of racial epithets and harassing behavior may create a racially hostile work environment even when a coworker’s...

Clean Up on Prop 65! … A Retailer’s Risk Under Proposition 65

Mary N. ParmeterMay 1, 2019
California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as Proposition 65 (“Prop 65”) was enacted to...

Court Confirms Agricultural Land Tax Does Not Rest on Economic Activity

Conor Leedom, Don GalloApril 22, 2019
In March 2018, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals held that the use of real property for business purposes is not...

When What Happens on Mifflin Street Doesn’t Stay on Mifflin Street

Erika BiermaApril 22, 2019
A fair number of college students receive citations for underage drinking, underage possession, ID violations, drug possession, paraphernalia possession, disorderly...

Hazardous Substances – SPCC Rule Coverage: Litigation Back on the Table?

Sean FryeApril 10, 2019
The federal Clean Water Act (CWA)[1] requires that certain facilities adjacent to, or nearby, coastal and navigable waters, prepare plans...

Expungement… Not Just for Youthful Offenders Anymore (Hopefully)

Erika BiermaApril 8, 2019
In February 2019, the Wisconsin legislature began another attempt to resurrect the post-conviction expungement legislation that failed last session. The...