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Published Before January 21, 2016

The content in the following publications is based upon the state of the law at the time of its original publication. As legal developments change quickly, the content in these publications may not remain accurate as laws change over time. None of the information contained in these publications is intended as legal advice or opinion relative to specific matters, facts, situations, or issues. You should not act upon the information in these publications without discussing your specific situation with legal counsel.

Important WFEA Development - Wisconsin Supreme Court Decides Hutchinson Technology Case

July 13, 2004
On June 30, 2004, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a decision issued by the Labor and Industry Review Commission, holding an employer violated the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA) by failing to reasonably accommodate a disabled employee or showing…

Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003

Authored by Jeremy M. Welch
Jeremy M. Welch
Attorney
Wausau Office
, May 30, 2003
On May 28, 2003, President Bush signed the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 (the "Act"). The Act provides a tax cut package of $350 billion and contains no provisions for raising revenue. Outlined below are several key provisions for…

Managing Environmental Impairment

Authored by Russell W. Wilson
Russell W. Wilson
Of Counsel
Wausau Office
, April 10, 2003
Environmental issues permeate commercial and industrial real estate development and acquisition of businesses. In addition to traditional contractual mechanisms to allocate the risk of environmental liability, there are a variety of statutory protections…

New Burden Placed on Employers to Disprove Discrimination

Authored by Kevin E. Wolf
Kevin E. Wolf
Chair of Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group
Attorney
Wausau Office
, September 1, 2001
Last year, the United States Supreme Court increased the burden on employers to disprove claims of discrimination. In a case known as the Reeves decision, the Supreme Court, for the first time, allowed a jury to find that discrimination had occurred based…

Who Should Be Trustee?

Authored by Daniel J. Rupar
Daniel J. Rupar

In Memoriam
, March 1, 2001
Many people think of trusts as stodgy legal documents used primarily for leaving money to heirs. But the truth is that trusts are much more than that. Trusts can be used for a broad variety of purposes, from charitable gifting to reducing your taxes. A…

Non-Compete Agreements Must Be Limited To Be Enforceable

January 9, 2001
A noncompete provision prohibits an individual from competing against the individual's employer or former employer during his or her employment and after the employment relationship has ended. Wisconsin has adopted a law which addresses the legality of…