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State v. Hendricks  
Date: February 20, 2018
Docket Number: 2015AP002429-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: The lower courts properly denied Defendant’s motion to withdraw the guilty plea he entered to one count of child enticement because the plea colloquy comported with both Wis. Stat. 971.08 and State v. Bangert, 389 N.W.2d...

State v. Bartelt  
Date: February 20, 2018
Docket Number: 2015AP002506-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was at which point in time Defendant was considered “in custody” for purposes of Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966). The circuit court denied Defendant’s motion to suppress incriminating statements made t...

Office of Lawyer Regulation v. George W. Curtis, Jr.
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2015AP001567-D
Westmas v. Selective Insurance Co. of South Carolina  
Date: February 7, 2018
Docket Number: 2015AP001039

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs sued Creekside Tree Service, Inc. and its insurer, Selective Insurance Company of South Carolina, after Plaintiffs’ wife and mother was killed when a tree branch cut by Creekside fell on her while she was walk...

Madison Teachers, Inc. v. Scott  
Date: February 6, 2018
Docket Number: 2016AP002214

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether the public interest that elections remain free from voter intimidation and coercion in this certification election was sufficient to outweigh the public interest in favor of openness of public record...

State v. Dorsey  
Date: January 25, 2018
Docket Number: 2015AP000648-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal from Defendant’s judgments of conviction for three crimes related to his domestic violence toward his then-girlfriend, the Supreme Court held (1) the recently amended language in Wis. Stat. 904.04(2)(b)1 a...

Movrich v. Lobermeier  
Date: January 23, 2018
Docket Number: 2015AP000583

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals affirming the circuit court’s judgment entered in favor of Plaintiffs regarding their asserted right to install a pier and to a...

Manitowoc Co. v. Lanning  
Date: January 19, 2018
Docket Number: 2015AP001530

Justia Opinion Summary: Although Wis. Stat. 103.465 explicitly refers to a covenant not to compete, the plain meaning of the statute is not limited to covenant in which an employee agrees not to compete with a former employer. Plaintiff impose...

State v. Arberry  
Date: January 19, 2018
Docket Number: 2016AP000866-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: A defendant may not seek expunction after sentence is imposed where both the language of Wis. Stat. 973.015 and State v. Matasek, 846 N.W.2d 811, require that the determination regarding expunction be made at the sentenc...

Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Michael Leslie Cummings
Date: January 19, 2018
Docket Number: 2017AP001255-D
Metropolitan Associates v. City of Milwaukee  
Date: January 10, 2018
Docket Number: 2016AP000021

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether the court of appeals erred in concluding that the City of Milwaukee complied with Wis. Stat. 70.32(1) in its tax assessment of property owned by Metropolitan Associates. Also on appeal, Metropolitan...

State v. Smith  
Date: January 9, 2018
Docket Number: 2015AP000756-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: When an officer conducts a valid traffic stop, part of that stop includes checking identification, even where the reasonable suspicion forming the basis for the stop has dissipated. The Supreme Court in this case affir...

State v. Washington  
Date: January 9, 2018
Docket Number: 2016AP000238-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case requiring the Supreme Court to interpret and apply Wis. Stat. 971.04(1) and (3), the Supreme Court held (1) section 971.04(3) did not apply to the facts of this case because it does not place any limitation...

Sands v. Menard, Jr.  
Date: December 29, 2017
Docket Numbers: 2015AP000870, 2012AP002377

Justia Opinion Summary: Debra Sands appealed the grant of summary judgment in favor of Menard, Inc. Sands and John Menard, Jr., were involved in a romantic relationship from late 1997 to April 2006. Sands alleged that from 1998 until 2006 she c...

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