One of our clients was helping a friend put a new window into his house. Our client went out to his car to get some tools. His friend's pickup truck was parallel parked directly behind our client's car. As our client opened his trunk to retrieve his tools, a negligent driver struck the rear of the pickup and drove a large hook mounted to the front bumper of the truck through our client's leg.
The issue of social media in the courtroom was in the news recently with the criminal trial of an individual accused of murdering family members of the actress/singer Jennifer Hudson in Illinois.
PBC attorney Avi Berk was interviewed by Fox 11 regarding proposed rules by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The rules, if adopted, would try to make the WI Supreme Court more transparent to the public, and improve civility on the Court. The proposed rules would, among other new changes, allow the public to watch the justices deliberate cases.
PBC Attorney Amy Risseeuw has authored two articles for The Verdict, a magazine of the Wisconsin Association for Justice: "Judicial Estoppel, A Cautionary Tale," and "Apropos of a Cautionary Tale."
Wisconsin's anti-bullying bill, if enacted, would prohibit employers' "abusive conduct" that cause employees "tangible harm."
Wisconsin legislators are considering enactment of a bill, 2009 Assembly Bill 894, that prohibits workplace bullying by employers. The bill seeks to prohibit abusive work environments in Wisconsin, and to allow a worker subjected to such an environment to bring a civil legal claim. Importantly, a civil claim would be filed in a Wisconsin county court, as opposed to federal court or an administrative agency like the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division or EEOC (i.e. agencies that handle discrimination complaints). This post summarizes the bill, its legal requirements, its potential benefits for WI employees, and potential liabilities for employers.