Philip Babler

Philip Babler

Foley & Lardner LLP

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Violation of OSHA Standards Now More Costly in Wisconsin

Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court resolved its first case of the year. It affirmed, by an equally divided court, the published opinion of the court of appeals in Sohn v. LIRC, 350 Wis. 2d 469. The Wisconsin Court of...more

10/17/2014 - Employee Rights OSHA Safety Precautions Workplace Injury

After the Bank Forecloses, Must It Actually Sell Your House?

The Wisconsin Supreme Court will answer this question in Bank of New York v. Carson, No. 2013AP544. It heard argument in this case last Tuesday. The case began more than 3 1/2 years ago when a widow—physically and...more

10/3/2014 - Banks Foreclosure Right of Redemption Trustee Sales

Wisconsin Supreme Court 2013-2014 Term Summary Part 3: Recap of Cases Affecting Wisconsin Businesses

This post is the third in a series of posts analyzing the 2013-14 term of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. This post provides in a nutshell what businesses need to know about the cases from last year’s term of the...more

9/26/2014 - Appeals Assignments Bodily Injury Business Judgment Rule Damage Caps Damages MERS Pleading Standards Punitive Damages Shareholder Litigation Twombly/Iqbal Pleading Standard Workplace Hazards Workplace Injury

Wisconsin Supreme Court 2013-2014 Term Summary Part 2: A Divided Court?

In our last post, we observed that the Wisconsin Supreme Court released unanimous opinions more quickly than non-unanimous opinions and that the court had released opinions very slowly this year. These two observations raise...more

9/19/2014 - Judicial Records

Wisconsin Supreme Court 2013-2014 Term Summary Part 1: By the Numbers

The Court’s Caseload. In 2013-14, the court released 61 merits opinions (i.e., not OLR decisions, decisions on reconsideration, dismissals as improvidently granted, or affirmances by an equally divided court). This opinion...more

9/15/2014 - Caseloads Dismissals Final Judgment

Blackstone and Booze: Wisconsin Court of Appeals Discusses Retroactivity of Judicial Decisions

On August 26, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals released Mixx Night Club v. Milwaukee, 13AP2599, an opinion analyzing the retroactivity of Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions. The case began with a rowdy nightclub in...more

9/10/2014 - Appeals Licenses Restaurant Industry Retroactivity Wine & Alcohol

Got (Raw) Milk? How About Jurisdiction? Something's Sour in the Raw-Milk Case

Yesterday, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals released its unpublished opinion in Farm-To-Consumer v. Wis. DATCP, 11AP2264, a closely watched case involving Wisconsin’s regulation of raw-milk production. A couple of local farmers...more

8/11/2014 - Food Safety Jurisdiction Summary Judgment

Wisconsin Adopts Twombly, Though "No One Is Sure What Twombly Means"

In Data Key Partners v. Permira Advisers LLC, 2014 WI 86, the Wisconsin Supreme Court adopted the “plausibility” pleading standard articulated by the United States Supreme Court in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544...more

8/7/2014 - SCOTUS Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Twombly/Iqbal Pleading Standard

Wis. Supreme Court Accepts New Case: When Are Covenants Not to Compete Illusory for At-Will Employees?

Last month, the Wisconsin Supreme Court accepted the Court of Appeals’ certification in Runzheimer Int’l, Ltd. v. Friedlen, No. 13AP1392 (Apr. 15, 2014). The intermediate appellate court had certified the following question:...more

7/16/2014 - At-Will Employment Consideration Employer Liability Issues Non-Compete Agreements

The Precedential Value of Seriatim Wisconsin Court of Appeals Opinions

In April we wrote about the Wisconsin Court of Appeals opinions compelling State Senator Jon Erpenbach to produce non-redacted emails under Wisconsin’s Public Records law. Today, the Court of Appeals ordered that the opinions...more

5/30/2014 - Appeals Email Evidence Humana

What Does McCutcheon Mean for Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law?

On April 2, the United States Supreme Court released its much-anticipated decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, 572 U.S. __ (2014). The case was closely watched because it presented the Court the opportunity to revisit the framework...more

4/7/2014 - FEC McCutcheon v. FEC Political Campaigns Political Contributions SCOTUS

Appeal Not Moot, Though Disputed Policy Had Been Revised

In a decision issued on February 4, 2014, the Seventh Circuit examined the mootness doctrine in an appeal of the denial of a preliminary injunction that challenged a facility use policy for a war memorial. Smith v. Exec. Dir....more

2/7/2014 - Appeals Mootness

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