Wisconsin Supreme Court Decisions 2014

Preisler v. Kuettel's Septic Serv., LLC  
Date: December 30, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 135
Docket Number: 2012AP002521

Justia Opinion Summary: Fred and Tina Preisler operated a dairy farm and raised cattle. The Preislers hired Kuettel’s Septic to apply septage, which is primarily composed of human urine and fecal material, to their farm fields. The Preislers su...

Wilson Mut. Ins. Co. v. Falk  
Date: December 30, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 136
Docket Numbers: 2013AP000776, 2013AP000691

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Robert and Jane Falk spread liquid cow manure onto their farm fields for the purpose of fertilization. The manure leeched into and contaminated the wells of the Falks’ neighbors. Wilson Mutual Insurance Company,...

State v. Foster  
Date: December 26, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 131
Docket Number: 2011AP001673-CRNM

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, sixth offense. Defendant subsequently filed a post-conviction motion alleging ineffective assistance of couns...

State v. Kennedy  
Date: December 26, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 132
Docket Number: 2012AP000523-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was the driver of a vehicle that struck the victim as she crossed a street. Defendant was transported to a hospital, where hospital personnel conducted a warrantless investigatory blood draw upon the orders of...

Augsburger v. Homestead Mut. Ins. Co.  
Date: December 26, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 133
Docket Number: 2012AP000641

Justia Opinion Summary: George Kontos owned property that his daughter lived in with her family and multiple dogs. Plaintiff was injured on Kontos’ property when she was bitten multiple times by the dogs. Plaintiff filed a complaint against Kon...

State v. Tullberg  
Date: December 26, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 134
Docket Number: 2012AP001593-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was involved in a single-vehicle accident that killed one of the occupants of the vehicle. Defendant, who denied being the driver, was being treated at the hospital when the hospital staff performed a warrantle...

Suzanne Stoker v. Milwaukee County  
Date: December 19, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 130
Docket Number: 2012AP002466

Justia Opinion Summary: Milwaukee County calculates pension payments for its retired employees by multiplying a retiree’s final average salary by a certain percentage known as a multiplier. The resulting number is then multiplied by the retiree...

Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Richard W. Steffes
Date: December 18, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 128
Docket Number: 2012AP002350-D
State v. Hemp  
Date: December 18, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 129
Docket Number: 2013AP001163-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver THC. At Defendant’s sentencing, the circuit court found him eligible for expungement on the condition that he successfully complete probation. After successfu...

Outagamie County v. Michael H.  
Date: December 16, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 127
Docket Number: 2013AP001638-FT

Justia Opinion Summary: Outagamie County filed a petition for the involuntary commitment of Michael H. A jury found that Michael was mentally ill, was a proper subject for treatment, and was dangerous. Based on the verdict, the circuit court or...

Office of Lawyer Regulation v. John J. Carter
Date: December 12, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 126
Docket Number: 2012AP001827-D
118th Street Kenosha, LLC v. Wis. Dep’t of Transp.  
Date: December 10, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 125
Docket Number: 2012AP002784

Justia Opinion Summary: 118th Street Kenosha, LLC (the LLC) owned commercial property in the City of Kenosha. Before 2010, the commercial property had direct access to 118th Avenue. In 2010, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) relo...

State v. Gonzalez  
Date: December 3, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 124
Docket Number: 2012AP001818-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from an attack by multiple people on an inmate in the county jail. Defendant was charged with battery by a prisoner, as a party to a crime. During Defendant’s trial, a witness testified that the victim ha...

State v. Dillard  
Date: November 26, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 123
Docket Number: 2012AP002044-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded no contest to armed robbery. Defendant later filed a postconviction motion to withdraw his no-contest plea, arguing that his plea was not entered knowingly, intelligently, and voluntarily because the St...

Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Amoun Sayaovong
Date: November 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013AP001485-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Pablo Carranza
Date: November 13, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 121
Docket Number: 2014AP001242-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Arik J. Guenther
Date: November 7, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 120
Docket Number: 2012AP000967-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Mark S. Tishberg
Date: October 28, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 118
Docket Number: 2013AP002230-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Michael J. Briggs
Date: October 28, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 119
Docket Number: 2014AP001443-D
Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP v. Scott Walker
Date: October 22, 2014
Citation: 2011 WI 43
Docket Number: 2012AP001652
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Everett E. Wood
Date: October 21, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 116
Docket Number: 2013AP001791-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Carl H. Creedy
Date: October 14, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 114
Docket Number: 2013AP001439-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Joshua F. Stubbins
Date: October 14, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 115
Docket Number: 2014AP001622-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Jevon Jones Jaconi
Date: October 7, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 110
Docket Number: 2003AP002039-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Michael G. Trewin
Date: October 7, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 111
Docket Number: 2012AP001949-D
Sohn Manufacturing Inc. v. LIRC
Date: October 7, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 112
Docket Number: 2012AP002566
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Louis Andrew Stockman
Date: October 7, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 113
Docket Number: 2014AP000516-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. John R. Dade
Date: August 21, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 108
Docket Number: 2013AP001733-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Jerry R. Albert
Date: August 20, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 105
Docket Number: 2013AP002702-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Rebekah Mariya Nett
Date: August 20, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 106
Docket Number: 2014AP000337-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Brian Campbell Fischer
Date: August 20, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 107
Docket Number: 2014AP000517-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. John J. Balistrieri
Date: August 12, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 104
Docket Number: 1984AP000970-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Sommers  
Date: August 5, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 103
Docket Number: 2012AP001965-D

Justia Opinion Summary: A referee recommended that Attorney Sommers' license to practice law be suspended for 60 days for professional misconduct. He did not appeal. The Wisconsin Supreme Court held that the misconduct warrants public disciplin...

Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Mandelman  
Date: August 1, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 100
Docket Number: 2011AP000584-D

Justia Opinion Summary: Although Michael Mandelman entered into a stipulation with the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), under which he pled no contest to 22 counts of misconduct and agreed that his license to practice law in Wisconsin should...

State of WI v. Purtell  
Date: August 1, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 101
Docket Number: 2012AP001307-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Purtell was on probation after conviction for animal cruelty when his computer was searched by a probation agent. Purtell was convicted of four counts of possession of child pornography (Wis. Stat. 948.12(1m)). The tria...

State of WI v. Hunt  
Date: August 1, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 102
Docket Number: 2012AP002185-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Hunt was found guilty of one count of causing a child under 13 to view or listen to sexual activity (Wis. Stat. 948.055). The appeals court reversed. The Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstated the conviction, finding that Hu...

Appling v. Walker  
Date: July 31, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 96
Docket Number: 2011AP001572

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether Wis. Stat. Chapter 770, by which the legislature created the legal status of domestic partnership for same-sex couples, violates the following constitutional provision: “Only a marriage...

League of Women Voters of Wis. Educ. Network, Inc. v. Walker  
Date: July 31, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 97
Docket Number: 2012AP000584-AC

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Network, Inc. and its president, brought a facial challenge to Wisconsin’s voter identification law, asserting that the legislature lacked authority under Art...

Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP v. Walker  
Date: July 31, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 98
Docket Number: 2012AP001652

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs - the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP, Voces de la Frontera, and numerous individuals - challenged several provisions of 2011 Wis. Act 23, Wisconsin’s voter photo identification act, as unconstitutional. Act 23...

Madison Teachers, Inc. v. Walker  
Date: July 31, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 99
Docket Number: 2012AP002067

Justia Opinion Summary: Madison Teachers, Inc. and Public Employees Local 61 sued Governor Walker and three commissioners of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission challenging several provisions of Act 10, a budget repair bill that signi...

State v. Anderson  
Date: July 30, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 93
Docket Number: 2011AP001467-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of one count of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. The court of appeals reversed the judgment, concluding that the...

Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Amoun Sayaovong
Date: July 30, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 94
Docket Number: 2013AP001485-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. David V. Moss
Date: July 30, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 95
Docket Number: 2013AP002088-D
Legue v. City of Racine  
Date: July 25, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 92
Docket Number: 2012AP002499

Justia Opinion Summary: The question presented in this case was when, if ever, does a public officer’s obligation to operate an emergency vehicle with “due regard under the circumstances” under Wis. Stat. 346.03(5) create an exception to the go...

State v. Subdiaz-Osorio  
Date: July 24, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 87
Docket Number: 2010AP003016-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pled guilty to first-degree reckless homicide. At issue on appeal was whether law enforcement officers (1) violated Appellant’s Fourth Amendment rights by contacting Appellant’s cell phone provider to obtain Ap...

State v. Tate  
Date: July 24, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 89
Docket Number: 2012AP000336-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Law enforcement obtained evidence by tracking Appellant’s cell phone using cell site location information and a stingray. Before tracking Appellant’s cell phone, law enforcement obtained an order approving the procedures...

State v. Cummings  
Date: July 24, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 88
Docket Number: 2012AP000520-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: In these two cases, State v. Cummings and State v. Smith, the court of appeals affirmed the orders of the circuit courts denying Defendants’ motions to suppress. Defendants appealed, contending that they unequivocally in...

Office of Lawyer Regulation v. John M. Curtin
Date: July 24, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 90
Docket Number: 2013AP002705-D
State v. Romero-Georgana  
Date: July 23, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 83
Docket Number: 2012AP000055

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled no contest to first-degree sexual assault of a child. Thereafter, Defendant filed three postconviction motions for relief. The third postconviction motion was brought under Wis. Stat. 974.06 and alleged in...

State v. Nellessen  
Date: July 23, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 84
Docket Number: 2012AP000150-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with possession of marijuana as a party to a crime. After a preliminary hearing, Defendant filed a timely motion with the circuit court to compel disclosure of the identity of a confidential informe...

State v. Toliver  
Date: July 23, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 85
Docket Number: 2012AP000393-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was a juvenile when he was charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, which is an offense enumerated in Wis. Stat. 938.183(1)(am). At the preliminary hearing held pursuant to Wis. Stat. 970.032(1...

Data Key Partners v. Permira Advisers, LLC  
Date: July 23, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 86
Docket Number: 2012AP001967

Justia Opinion Summary: After Defendant-directors decided to sell their interest in Renaissance Learning, Inc. to Permira Advisers, LLC, Plaintiffs brought this lawsuit, contending that Defendants breached their fiduciary duty to the minority s...

State v. Sarfraz  
Date: July 22, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 78
Docket Number: 2012AP000337-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of second degree sexual assault with force or violence by use of a dangerous weapon. The court of appeals reversed the conviction and remanded the case for a new trial, conc...

Adams v. Northland Equip. Co., Inc.  
Date: July 22, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 79
Docket Number: 2012AP000580

Justia Opinion Summary: Russell Adams sustained injuries while plowing snow for his employer, the Village of Fontana. Adams sued Northland Equipment Company, which had repaired the plow before the accident, and its insurer, pursuant to Wis. Sta...

Partenfelder v. Rohde  
Date: July 22, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 80
Docket Number: 2012AP000597

Justia Opinion Summary: The Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) generally preempts state law claims relating to train speed. Federal preemption, however, does not foreclose a lawsuit against a railroad for breaching the duty to slow or stop when...

Masri v. State Labor & Indus. Review Comm’n  
Date: July 22, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 81
Docket Number: 2012AP001047

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether unpaid interns are entitled to the anti-retaliation protections of Wis. Stat. 146.997, Wisconsin’s health care worker protection statute. In the instant case, Asma Masri’s position as an...

Force v. Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co.  
Date: July 22, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 82
Docket Number: 2012AP002402

Justia Opinion Summary: Billy Joe Force, the deceased, died in a collision with another vehicle driven by Jeffrey Brown. The deceased’s estranged spouse, Linda Force, and the deceased's three nonmarital minor children (the children), sought com...

State v. Seaton  
Date: July 18, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 74
Docket Number: 2012AP000918

Justia Opinion Summary: Circuit Judge Richard J. Nuss presided over two jury trials, State v. Pinno and State v. Seaton. In both voir dire proceedings, Judge Nuss asked the public to leave the courtroom to make room for large jury panels. Defen...

Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Richard W. Voss
Date: July 18, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 75
Docket Number: 2012AP000931-D
County of Grant v. Vogt  
Date: July 18, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 76
Docket Number: 2012AP001812

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether a law enforcement officer’s knock on a car window constitutes a “seizure.” Defendant argued that he was seized when a sheriff’s deputy knocked on the driver’s side of Defendant’s vehicle...

Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Bridget E. Boyle
Date: July 18, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 77
Docket Numbers: 2014AP000272-D, 2013AP001592-D, 2012AP002423-D
Kochanski v. Speedway SuperAmerica, LLC  
Date: July 17, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 72
Docket Number: 2011AP001956

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was injured when he slipped or tripped on a curb outside a Speedway SuperAmerica, LLC convenience store. Plaintiff sued, alleging that Speedway violated its common law duty of care and the safe-place statute. D...

Blasing v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co.  
Date: July 17, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 73
Docket Number: 2012AP000858

Justia Opinion Summary: Vicki Blasing was the named insured in an automobile liability insurance policy issued by American Family Insurance Company. Blasing was injured when lumber fell on her foot that was being loaded into her pickup truck by...

State v. Magett  
Date: July 16, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 67
Docket Number: 2010AP001639-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty of a felony during the guilt phase of a bifurcated criminal trial. Defendant intended to plead not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect (NGI) during the second phase of trial in which t...

Univ. of Wis. Bd. of Regents v. Decker  
Date: July 16, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 68
Docket Number: 2011AP002902

Justia Opinion Summary: Jeffrey S. Decker, a former student of the University of Wisconsin (UW), was suspended from campus. Decker subsequently trespassed on UW property four documented times to attend UW meetings. The UW Board of Regents (Boar...

State v. Brown  
Date: July 16, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 69
Docket Number: 2011AP002907-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by police officers after the officers observed an unlit light bulb in the vehicle’s tail lamp. The officers searched the vehicle during the stop and discovered a gu...

State v. Nelson  
Date: July 16, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 70
Docket Number: 2012AP002140-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with three counts of sexual assault of a child. At trial, Defendant told the court that she wanted to testify to “tell what actually happened. The circuit court concluded that Defendant was not “int...

State v. Spaeth  
Date: July 16, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 71
Docket Number: 2012AP002170

Justia Opinion Summary: In order to seek commitment of a sexually violent person under Wis. Stat. ch. 980 the State is required to allege that the individual has committed a sexually violent offense, referred to a “predicate offense.” At issue...

Associated Bank N.A. v. Collier  
Date: July 15, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 62
Docket Number: 2011AP002597

Justia Opinion Summary: SB1 Waukesha County, LLC and Decade Properties, Inc. were two judgment creditors of defendant Jack Collier. SB1 purchased from Associated Bank, N.A. a portion of a default judgment against Collier. Subsequently, Decade o...

Attorney's Title Guar. Fund, Inc. v. Town Bank  
Date: July 15, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 63
Docket Number: 2011AP002774

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants, Heartland Wisconsin Corp. and Town Bank, were creditors of a Milwaukee real estate investor and landlord (Debtor). The issue in this case was which defendant had priority over proceeds of the Debtor’s legal m...

State v. Williams  
Date: July 15, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 64
Docket Number: 2011AP002868-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved Wis. Stat. 346.65(2)(am)(6), the penalty statute for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) as the seventh, eighth, or ninth offense. The statute states that the “confinement portion of a bi...

Anthony Gagliano & Co., Inc. v. Openfirst, LLC  
Date: July 15, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 65
Docket Number: 2012AP000122

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Kraft formed Electronic Printing Systems, Inc. (the company), which was rebranded, restructured, and sold to various entities. This case involved several leases that the company and its progenies had with Anthony...

Betz v. Diamond Jim's Auto Sales  
Date: July 15, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 66
Docket Number: 2012AP000183

Justia Opinion Summary: Randy Betz hired attorney Vincent Megna to represent him in a dispute with Diamond Jim’s Auto Sales. Megna filed a lawsuit on Betz’s behalf under two fee-shifting statutes. During the litigation, Betz and Diamond Jim’s s...

State v. Rocha-Mayo  
Date: July 11, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 57
Docket Number: 2011AP002548-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first-degree reckless homicide and other crimes arising from a high-speed collision involving Defendant’s vehicle and two motorcycles. During trial, the State introduced the preliminary breath...

State v. Wantland  
Date: July 11, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 58
Docket Number: 2011AP003007-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant’s conviction for possession of a narcotic arose from a warrantless search of his briefcase. Defendant was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for equipment violations. When the officer asked if he could s...

State v. Jenkins  
Date: July 11, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 59
Docket Number: 2012AP000046-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, as a party to a crime, with use of a dangerous weapon. Defendant brought a postconviction motion alleging that his trial counsel provid...

Wilcox v. Estate of Hines  
Date: July 11, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 60
Docket Number: 2012AP001869

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, the Wilcoxes purchased property from the Somas. A strip of land separated the Wilcox’s property from a lake. In 2011, the Wilcoxes brought a claim for title by adverse possession against the owners of the lakefr...

State v. Bokenyi  
Date: July 11, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 61
Docket Number: 2012AP002557-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: The State filed a criminal complaint alleging ten counts against Defendant. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pled guilty to three of the charges against him. After he was sentenced, Defendant filed a postconvictio...

State v. Myrick  
Date: July 10, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 55
Docket Number: 2012AP002513-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Raphael Lyfold Myrick was involved in an incident in which Justin Winston shot Marquise Harris. The State charged Myrick with first-degree intentional homicide as a party to the crime. Myrick subsequently testified at Wi...

Dow Family, LLC v. PHH Mortgage Corp.  
Date: July 10, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 56
Docket Number: 2013AP000221

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Plaintiff purchased a condominium unit. Before closing, the sellers’ attorney informed Plaintiff that a mortgage from 2001 was mistakenly listed on the title commitment. The information was incorrect, however, a...

State v. Butts  
Date: July 9, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 54
Docket Number: 2012AP001863-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: The newly enacted Wis. Stat. 970.038 permits hearsay evidence at a preliminary examination, the purpose of which is to determine whether there is probable cause to believe that a defendant felony has committed a felony....

Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Mark Alan Ruppelt
Date: July 8, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 53
Docket Number: 2012AP002341-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Patrick J. Hudec
Date: July 1, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 46
Docket Number: 2013AP000360-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Richard A. Kranitz
Date: July 1, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 47
Docket Number: 2013AP002128-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Geneva E. McKinley
Date: July 1, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 48
Docket Number: 2013AP002685-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Andrew J. Bryant
Date: June 24, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 43
Docket Number: 2012AP000484-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. William J. Grogan
Date: June 19, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 39
Docket Number: 2012AP002361-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Elizabeth A. Ewald-Herrick
Date: June 19, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 40
Docket Number: 2013AP000948-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Daynel L. Hooker
Date: June 19, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 41
Docket Number: 2014AP000028-D
Kyles v. Pollard  
Date: June 17, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 38
Docket Number: 2012AP000378-W

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner pled guilty to one count of first-degree reckless homicide by use of a dangerous weapon and was sentenced to forty years imprisonment. After the deadline for filing a notice of intent to pursue postconviction...

Brandenburg v. Luethi  
Date: June 12, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 37
Docket Number: 2012AP002085

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant hired an independent contractor to spray herbicide on his property. The spraying caused extensive, permanent damage to seventy-nine trees on the property of his neighbors, Plaintiffs. At issue in this case was...

State v. Robinson  
Date: June 10, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 35
Docket Number: 2011AP002833-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: In Milwaukee County Circuit Court Defendant pled guilty to criminal charges. At the time of her arrest, Defendant was on probation after pleading guilty to three criminal charges in Waukesha County. Consequently, the Wau...

Jackson v. Wis. County Mut. Ins. Corp.  
Date: June 10, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 36
Docket Number: 2012AP001644

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputy, was injured while on duty by a motorist to whom she had just given directions and was allegedly helping to get back into the lane of moving traffic. Plaintiff sought covera...

Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Kenneth R. Kratz
Date: June 6, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 31
Docket Number: 2011AP002758-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Daniel W. Johns, Jr.
Date: June 6, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 32
Docket Number: 2011AP002760-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Tim Osicka
Date: June 6, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 33
Docket Number: 2012AP000060-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Tim Osicka
Date: June 6, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 34
Docket Number: 2013AP000434-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Roger G. Merry
Date: June 4, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 30
Docket Number: 2011AP003009-D
Waranka v. Wadena Ins. Co.  
Date: June 3, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 28
Docket Number: 2012AP000320

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sought recovery for her husband’s death, which occurred at a snowmobile event in Michigan. Plaintiff moved for a declaratory order determining that Michigan’s Wrongful Death Act applied to the damage issues in...

Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Colleen R. T.
Date: June 3, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 29
Docket Number: 2013AP000490-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Tracy R. Eichhorn-Hicks
Date: May 23, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 26
Docket Number: 2011AP002326-D
State v. Matasek  
Date: May 23, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 27
Docket Number: 2012AP001582-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled no contest to the manufacture or delivery of THC. After announcing that it would place Defendant on probation, the circuit court declined defense counsel’s request to withhold its discretion on whether to...

Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Naomi E. Soldon
Date: May 20, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 24
Docket Number: 2009AP000892-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Peter J. Thompson
Date: May 20, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 25
Docket Number: 2011AP002458-D
Board of Bar Examiners v. B.R.C.
Date: May 9, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 23
Docket Number: 2012XX000605-BA
Kimble v. Land Concepts, Inc.  
Date: April 22, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 21
Docket Number: 2011AP001514

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint against, among other defendants, First American Title Insurance Company, with whom Plaintiffs had a title insurance policy for their property, for failing to defend the titl...

Casey v. Smith  
Date: April 18, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 20
Docket Number: 2012AP000667

Justia Opinion Summary: John Zeverino owned a semi-tractor that was leased to Taylor Truck Line. In 2009, the tractor was involved in a multi-vehicle accident that occurred while Zeverino was on his way to a maintenance facility for repairs to...

Greer v. Wiedenhoeft  
Date: April 17, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 19
Docket Number: 2011AP002188

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, Ardonis Greer pled guilty to criminal charges and was sentenced to terms of imprisonment. In 2007, Greer began serving his period of probation. Subsequently, Greer was erroneously issued a discharge certificate...

State v. Johnson  
Date: March 26, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 16
Docket Number: 2011AP002864-CRAC

Justia Opinion Summary: On July 3, 2013, the Supreme Court issued a per curiam opinion in State v. Johnson, which affirmed an unpublished decision of the court of appeals and remanded to the circuit court for further proceedings. On July 22, 20...

Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Randy J. Wynn
Date: March 26, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 17
Docket Number: 2013AP001362-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Charles J. Labanowsky, III
Date: March 26, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 18
Docket Number: 2013AP002836-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Jeffrey L. Elverman
Date: March 25, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 15
Docket Number: 2011AP001400-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Peter James Nickitas
Date: March 14, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 12
Docket Number: 2013AP001770-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. John R. Maynard
Date: March 14, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 13
Docket Number: 2013AP002362-D
State v. Lopez  
Date: March 7, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 11
Docket Number: 2011AP002733-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled no contest to six of the twenty-two felony counts of physical abuse of a child filed against her. The circuit court accepted Defendant’s pleas. Before Defendant was sentenced, she moved the court pro se to...

CED Props., LLC v. City of Oshkosh  
Date: March 6, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 10
Docket Number: 2012AP000005

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Oshkosh levied special assessments against a corner lot property owned by CED Properties, LLC (“CED”). The City issued two special assessments, one for the portion of CED’s property bordering Jackson Street a...

Sausen v. Town of Black Creek Bd. of Review  
Date: February 19, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 9
Docket Number: 2010AP003015

Justia Opinion Summary: The Town Assessor valued Taxpayer’s real property at $27,500, classified the property as “productive forest land,” and assessed the property at $27,500. Taxpayer claimed that the Assessor’s classification of his property...

Belding v. Demoulin  
Date: February 7, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 8
Docket Number: 2012AP000829

Justia Opinion Summary: Ronald Belding was injured in an accident with an uninsured driver. Belding and his wife had two policies with State Farm Automobile Insurance Company, which provided coverage for their two vehicles, a Ford Ranger, which...

State v. Badzinski  
Date: January 29, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 6
Docket Number: 2011AP002905-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with sexually assaulting his niece. During trial, the jury asked the circuit court if it needed to agree on the location of the assault, and the court responded, “no.” The court of appeals remanded...

Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Randy J. Netzer
Date: January 29, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 7
Docket Number: 2011AP002961-D
State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. Hague Quality Water, International
Date: January 28, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 5
Docket Number: 2012AP000392
State v. Jackson  
Date: January 22, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 4
Docket Number: 2011AP002698-CR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of second-degree reckless homicide by use of a dangerous weapon. During trial, in support of his self-defense theory, Defendant filed a motion to admit evidence regarding both...

Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Christopher Stephen Petros
Date: January 3, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 1
Docket Number: 2013AP002089-D
Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Steven T. Berman
Date: January 3, 2014
Citation: 2014 WI 2
Docket Number: 2013AP002126-D
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