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Wis. Assembly passes legal reform bill

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – Legal reform in Wisconsin is now in the hands of its state senators, following passage of an amended version of the bill on Feb. 22.

Judiciary Committee approves amended legal reform bill in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin lawmakers could vote Thursday on changes to the state's rules regarding civil litigation.

In Wisconsin legal reform debate, GOP lawmakers split from party while lobbyist firm with corporate clients stumps for trial lawyers

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – As Wisconsin Republicans and their governor push a legal reform agenda that includes a bill that would reform the state’s electronic discovery and class action rules, a lobbying firm seeking to derail it on behalf of the state's trial lawyers may be at odds on this one with other clients it has represented.

Panel: Chapter 15 eases the way for cross-border bankruptcy proceedings

SANTA MONICA (Legal Newsline) – A panel of experts on Chapter 15 cross-border bankruptcy proceeding indicated the increasing use of the legal option allows a greater harmony and coordination between foreign and U.S. courts.

Wis. SC won't go easy on lawyer arrested for helping inmate make shanks, pepper spray

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has refused to reduce the punishment on a lawyer previously arrested for allegedly giving his imprisoned client materials to make pepper spray and shanks.

Plaintiffs in class action lawsuit over Subway’s ‘footlong’ sandwiches abandon litigation

The plaintiffs filed a two-page stipulation of dismissal without prejudice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin Oct. 24. Their voluntary dismissal comes nearly two months after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dismissed a proposed settlement agreement, describing it as “utterly worthless.”

Confusion at federal government: Are transgender persons protected under Civil Rights Act or not?

WAUSAU, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed suit against a Colorado-based auto retailer for not hiring a transgender candidate.

Litigation over length of Subway’s footlong sandwiches to continue; plaintiffs say they plan to pursue case

The plaintiffs filed their notice of termination of settlement agreement days after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit’s Aug. 25 decision. The Seventh Circuit reversed the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin’s decision certifying a proposed class and approving a settlement in the case, calling it “utterly worthless.”

Seventh Circuit: Settlement in case over length of Subway’s footlong sandwiches ‘utterly worthless’

The plaintiffs in the case alleged foot-long sandwiches sold at Subway restaurants were marketed as being 12 inches in length, when, in fact, they were not. According to their complaint, Subway’s alleged business practices violated state consumer protection statutes.

Mountain Crest SRL claims Molson Coors, Anheuser-Busch agreement harmed its export sales

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – The owner of Wisconsin's Minhas Craft Brewery alleges that it was damaged by lost export sales to Canada because of an agreement signed by Molson Coors and Anheuser-Busch.

Wisconsin corporation accuses U.S. Department of Justice of violating federal law

A Wisconsin corporation is suing the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly violating federal public records law.

Seventh Circuit to address alleged civil rights violations in Wisconsin's controversial John Doe raids

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) –The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is considering the appeal in a Wisconsin civil rights case brought by Cindy Archer, former assistant to Gov. Scott Walker. Walker was the target of two John Doe investigations by Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisolm in 2010 and 2011.

Wisconsin court dismisses defamation suit naming Megyn Kelly as defendant

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a defamation suit filed by a firefighter naming former Fox News host Megyn Kelly as a defendant.

U.S. government accuses mental hospital of fraud

MILWAUKEE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. government is suing a Milwaukee mental hospital, alleging fraud, unjust enrichment and violation of federal law.

SEC files 868 enforcement actions in fiscal 2016, an all-time high

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced the filing of 868 enforcement actions exposing financial reporting-regulated misconduct by companies so far in fiscal year 2016.

JeeTops manufacturer accuses Dow Chemical of intentional misrepresentation

GREEN BAY, Wis. (Legal Newsline) — The manufacturer of Jeetops is suing Dow Chemical, alleging alleging intentional misrepresentation.

Seventh Circuit sanctions plaintiffs attorney for filing case in Arkansas

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has imposed sanctions on a plaintiff attorney after he filed litigation in an Arkansas state court where the case allegedly had no connection to Arkansas.

Federal court: Debt relief law firms not exempt from CFPB’s authority

A Wisconsin federal judge recently ruled that the owners of two law firms offering debt relief services may be held liable by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for allegedly violating federal consumer protection laws.

Legal wrangling over Wis. DA’s probe into Walker recall campaign continues; nonprofit targeted by investigation files class action against prosecutor

The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, one of the targets of Milwaukee County District Attorney Mike Chisholm’s “John Doe” investigation, claims the district attorney, his employees and some state board staffers illegally seized the institute’s digital records during the now-stalled criminal probe that alleged “illegal coordination” of campaign funding by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and 29 independent nonprofits.

Seventh Circuit rules against health-care software company in case over arbitration agreement

Epic Systems required certain groups of employees to agree to bring any wage-and-hour claims against the Wisconsin-based company only through individual arbitration. The agreement did not permit collective arbitration or collective action in any other forum.