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Wisconsin To Get $4 Million In Multistate Drug Lawsuit

MADISON Wis. – (AP) Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Tuesday that Wisconsin will get more than $4 million in a multistate settlement with drug manufacturer AstraZeneca. The drug maker allegedly marketed the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel for uses not approved by federal regulators, including...

Court's Decision Offers Some Clarity On Gun Laws

CHICAGO - (AP) A federal appeals court upheld a ban on gun possession for a domestic violence offender in a ruling that several anti-violence advocates applauded Wednesday for providing some clarity after the U.S. Supreme Court's recent landmark decision on gun restrictions. The 7th U.S. Circuit...

Company At Center Of Oil Leak Was Warned About Monitoring

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - (AP) A Canadian company whose pipeline leaked hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into a major Michigan river was warned by government regulators in January that its monitoring of corrosion in the pipeline was insufficient. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline...

Court Bars Candidates Lawsuit Over Expletive

MADISON, Wis. - (AP) A federal court has rejected a lawsuit filed by an independent candidate for the state Assembly in Wisconsin who wants to use a racially charged phrase to describe herself on the ballot. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa said in the order filed Wednesday that Ieshuh Griffin's...

Vatican Pleased U.S. Plaintiffs Seek To Dismiss Lawsuit

VATICAN CITY - (AP) The Vatican said Tuesday it was satisfied that three men who had sought to hold the Vatican liable in an American court for sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests have decided to abandon the case. The Kentucky case was being closely watched as the clerical abuse scandal. . . . Full...

Lawsuit Filed In Midst Of Salmonella Outbreak

KENOSHA Wis. - (AP) One of the 21 diners at a Kenosha restaurant sickened by a salmonella bacteria linked to contaminated eggs has filed a lawsuit. Tanja Dzinovic of Pleasant Prairie is suing the egg producer, Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, and others after getting sick from a Cobb salad. . . . Full...

Government Urges Dismissal Of Carbon Dioxide Lawsuits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The federal government on Aug. 25 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate a lower court decision to reinstate two lawsuits seeking to limit carbon dioxide emissions, arguing that new greenhouse gas regulations have displaced public nuisance cause of actions ( American...

N.C. Judge Bars Ads Claiming Harm From Water Bottles

RALEIGH, N.C. - (AP) A North Carolina company that touted its stainless steel water bottles on television and the Internet as a safer alternative to plastic water bottles has been ordered to stop making those claims. The International Bottled Water Association sued Eco Canteen Inc. of Charlotte in federal...

Former Wisconsin Prosecutor Sued By Woman He 'Sexted'

MADISON, Wis. - (AP) A domestic abuse victim filed a lawsuit Friday claiming a disgraced Wisconsin prosecutor violated her constitutional rights by sending her text messages seeking to start an affair while prosecuting her ex-boyfriend. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Stephanie Van Groll, 26, alleges...

U.S. High Court Agrees To Take Up Case Over Energy Companies' Emissions

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- (Mealey's) The nation's high court on Dec. 6 granted a petition for certiorari filed by five power companies seeking review of a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling reinstating two Clean Air Act (CAA) lawsuits brought by eight states seeking to limit the companies'...

8 Reach $16M Settlement In Wisconsin Utility Explosion

MILWAUKEE - (AP) Alex Trevino remembers everything happening at once: the whoosh, the flames, his own panicked screams. And then, an instant later, the pain and agony so excruciating he was certain he would die. "All I could think was, oh my god, oh my god, screaming for help, hurting," he...

Wisconsin District Attorney Files Lawsuit Challenging Union Law

MADISON, Wis. - (AP) Republican lawmakers violated Wisconsin's open meetings law when they amended a contentious plan that bars most public employees from collective bargaining, a Madison prosecutor alleged in a lawsuit Wednesday. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne's legal challenge...

Judge Block Contentious Wisconsin Union Law

MADISON, Wis. - (AP) A Wisconsin judge on Friday temporarily blocked the state's new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect, raising the possibility that the Legislature may have to vote again to pass the bill. Lawmakers had approved Gov. Scott Walker's measure last week...

Wisconsin Judge Halts Implementation Of Bargaining Law

MADISON, Wis. - (AP) The showdown over Wisconsin's explosive union bargaining law shifted from the Statehouse back to the courthouse on Tuesday, but it remained unclear when or even whether the measure would take effect. Republican lawmakers pushed through passage of the law earlier this month despite...

Wisconsin Judge Halts Gov. Scott Walker's Law Targeting Unions

MADISON, Wis. A Wisconsin judge on Thursday did what thousands of pro-union protesters and boycotting Democratic lawmakers couldn't, halting Republican Gov. Scott Walker's plans at least temporarily to cut most public workers' pay and strip them of most of their union rights. Dane County...

Vatican Served With Court Documents In Wis. Abuse Case

MILWAUKEE - (AP) The Vatican has been served with court papers stemming from decades-old allegations of sexual abuse against a now-deceased priest at a Wisconsin school for the deaf, attorneys for the accuser and the Vatican said Tuesday. Jeff Anderson, an attorney for the man making the allegations...

Judge Dismisses 1 Lawsuit Challenging Wisconsin Union Law

MADISON, Wis. - (AP) A judge on Thursday dismissed one of three lawsuits challenging Wisconsin's divisive law restricting union bargaining rights, but left open the possibility it could be filed again with slightly different plaintiffs. Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi dismissed the lawsuit...

Foley & Lardner LLP: A Jurisdictional Twist: 7th Cir. Holds That District Court Had Supplemental Jurisdiction Over Federal Claim and Original Jurisdiction Over State Claim

By Eric G. Pearson There’s nothing inherently unique about the substantive issues in Burzlaff v. Thoroughbred Motorsports, Inc. , No. 13-2520 (July 10, 2014) , a decision released [July 10] by the Seventh Circuit [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The plaintiff, Ronald...

Foley & Lardner LLP: Got (Raw) Milk? How About Jurisdiction? Something's Sour in the Raw-Milk Case

By Philip C. Babler [On Aug. 7], the Wisconsin Court of Appeals released its opinion in Farm-To-Consumer v. Wis. DATCP , 11AP2264, a closely watched case involving Wisconsin’s regulation of raw-milk production [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. A couple of local farmers...

Foley & Lardner LLP: 7th Circuit Rejects Public-Disclosure Bar in Qui Tam Case

By Eric G. Pearson A cardinal rule of a qui tam action brought under the False Claims Act is that the relator must be the information’s original source. In United States ex rel. Heath v. Wisconsin Bell, Inc. , No. 12-3383 (7th Cir. July 28, 2014) , the Seventh Circuit grappled with this bar...

Foley & Lardner LLP: Wisconsin Voter ID: Plaintiffs' Emergency Application to Justice Kagan Lacks a Key Element

By Thomas L. Shriner Jr. The plaintiffs in Wisconsin’s Voter ID case [on Oct. 2] filed an emergency application with Justice Kagan, the Circuit Justice assigned to the Seventh Circut, seeking an order vacating the Seventh Circuit’s September 12 stay of Judge Adelman’s injunction...

The March 2015 Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 5 Personal Injury Verdicts

During March, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts and settlements from across the country. This informal list of top five cases captured our attention this past month, so we thought you might like to hear about them. If you are interested...

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Risk-Contribution Constitutionality Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on May 18 denied certiorari in a case in which a former maker of lead-based paint had argued that Wisconsin’s risk-contribution theory violates the due process clause of the U.S. Constitution “by eliminating any meaningful causation...

Passenger’s Cigarette Butt Toss Gives Reasonable Suspicion For Traffic Stop

A Wisconsin state patrol officer observed Daniel Iverson’s vehicle swerve within its lane, but not touch the center line or the curb. The vehicle then came to a full stop at a flashing yellow light rather than proceeding through the intersection. At another flashing yellow light, the vehicle came...

Wisconsin State Jury Awards $392,300 To Best Buy Customer Who Claimed PTSD From Racist Geek Squad Employee's False Police Report

On July 19, 2012, Brandon Hall, an employee of Best Buy Co., Inc., and a member of the "Geek Squad," went to the home of Hugh Saddler, an African-American male, to repair a television. Plaintiff Sunshine Guerrero, Saddler's wife, a Hispanic woman with light complexion, opened the door....