Business Litigation/Commercial Contract Disputes

Ruder Ware’s litigators advocate for clients in state and federal courts and appellate proceedings throughout Wisconsin and across the country.

Astute problem solvers practicing within a business-focused law firm, our attorneys are familiar with competitive environments further complicated by delivering on contractual and regulatory obligations.  Understanding our client’s objectives is paramount as our litigators tailor their approach, whether dispute resolution or trial, to champion our client’s case.

We have particular depth within the manufacturing, construction, banking, health care, insurance, fiduciary and professional services, transportation, real estate, and ag industries.  Working with both the public and private sectors, our litigation attorneys practice as part of a full-service law firm supporting clients with their diverse business needs.

Services provided include:

  • Breach of contract
  • Construction issues
  • Covenants not to compete
  • Discrimination claims
  • Employment-related matters
  • Contract disputes
  • Class action suits
  • Product liability claims
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Director & Officer Liability
  • Lender liability claims
  • Professional liability claims
  • Securities fraud
  • Credit collection
  • Real estate disputes

Should legal disputes extend beyond Wisconsin, Ruder Ware’s affiliation with Meritas®, an international alliance of law firms, means our network of lawyers can provide counsel for clients anywhere in this country or around the world.

Founded in 1920, Ruder Ware provides business, employment, estate planning, and litigation services through its offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Green Bay, Wisconsin.  A full-service law firm, over 40 attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.

SBA and Treasury Release Revisions to Interim Final Rules on Loan Forgiveness and Loan Review Procedures

Posted on June 24, 2020 by , and

On Tuesday evening (June 22nd), the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of the Treasury released revisions to the interim final rule on forgiveness (issued May 22nd) and the interim final rule on loan review procedures (issued May 22nd).  The revisions can be found here and are intended to update the rules in light of […]

SBA Issues Updated Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application and Issues New “EZ” Application Form

Posted on June 17, 2020 by , and

On June 16 the SBA issued a revised Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application along with updated instructions.  The update in large part reflects the changes made to PPP by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, enacted on June 5.   The new form can be found here, and the new instructions can […]

Applications for Wisconsin’s “We’re All In” Small Business Grant to Open June 15

Posted on June 11, 2020 by

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will begin accepting online applications on June 15 for its We’re All In grant, which will provide $2,500 in relief to an estimated 30,000 small businesses throughout the state. Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the grant aims to help small businesses with […]

Wisconsin Announces Residential Renter Assistance, But Details are Scarce

Posted on May 21, 2020 by

Earlier this week, the Wisconsin Department of Administration announced the creation of the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program.  The state has allocated $25 Million to a program to assist residential renters with rent payments and security deposit obligations from the grant the state received under the CARES Act funds issued to all states. To be eligible, […]

2021 HSA Limits Are Announced

Posted on May 20, 2020 by

In a bit of a respite from COVID-19, today the IRS announced the Health Savings Account limits for 2021.  With respect to contribution limits, the limits are slightly higher than the ones for 2020.  As a reminder, these inflation adjusted amounts are effective for calendar year 2021. HSA/HDHP Requirement Cost-of-Living Adjustments Limit on HSA Contributions […]

State Suspends Landlords’ Ability to Collect Late Fees and Penalties during Health Crisis

Posted on April 30, 2020 by

Starting April 25, 2020 the State of Wisconsin has temporarily suspended a residential property landlord’s right to charge tenants late or missed rent fees or penalties.  The suspension is the result of an emergency rule published by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection which generally implements rules covering landlord/tenant relationships.  The basis […]

We Received a PPP Loan—Now What?

Posted on April 30, 2020 by , and

With a second round of Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) funding coming available last week, a large percentage of small businesses either have already received (or will soon receive) the proceeds of a PPP loan. At only one percent interest over two years, PPP loans present a great opportunity, but, obviously, businesses are most interested in […]

State of Wisconsin Extends Safer at Home Order

Posted on April 16, 2020 by , , , and

This afternoon, Wisconsin Department of Health Services issued Emergency Order #28 (the “Extended Order”), an extension to Emergency Order #12 released on March 24th (the “Original Order”). The full text of the Extended Order can be accessed here. The Original Order remains in effect until 8:00 AM on April 24th, at which time the Extended […]

DOL Says Employers May Require Employees Use Available Paid Leave During Expanded FMLA Leave!

Posted on April 15, 2020 by

Last Friday, the DOL issued “corrections” to its FFCRA regulations. A link to these corrections is here:  FFCRA Corrections. Among other small changes, the DOL has made it crystal clear that an employer may require an employee use accrued paid leave for the paid portions of Expanded FMLA leave.  This does not apply during the […]

OSHA Puts a Hold on Most COVID-19 Illness Reporting

Posted on April 13, 2020 by

Until further notice, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will not be enforcing its illness reporting requirements with regard to COVID-19 cases for most employers. Under OSHA regulations, COVID-19 is a recordable illness if certain criteria are met.  See our recent e-alert on this. .  However, on April 10, OSHA issued an “enforcement guidance” announcing […]

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