Ruder Ware

500 N First Street, Suite 8000
P.O. Box 8050
Wausau, WI 54402-8050, United States
Phone: 715.845.4336
Fax: 715.845.2718
Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Education
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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Other U.S. Locations
  • Wisconsin
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Who’s Next?—Are you prepared for harassment allegations in your workplace?

Sexual harassment in the workplace is not new. However, the rash of recent cases reported in Hollywood, Corporate America, and our Federal Government are shining a new spotlight on the issue. As an employer in Wisconsin, here…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Employee Training, Employer Liability Issues, Harassment, Human Resources Professionals

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More Planning Tips for Individuals Under New Tax Act

As Shanna Yonke mentioned in her January 22, 2018 Legal Update The New Tax Law Provides Estate Planning Opportunities, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017. The Act (officially, Public…more

529 Plans, Alternative Minimum Tax, Corporate Taxes, Estate Planning, Estate Tax

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“Ban the Box” Legislation Expands – What should Employers Do?

We have seen a recent expansion of “Ban the Box Legislation” which prevents employers from asking information about the arrest or conviction record of an applicant for a position. Some legislation prevents employers from…more

Background Checks, Ban the Box, Criminal Background Checks, Criminal Records, Employer Liability Issues

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IRS to Issue Regulations Addressing $10,000 Limit on State and Local Tax Deduction

Yesterday, the IRS issued Notice 2018-54 and an accompanying news release stating that proposed regulations will be issued addressing the deductibility of state and local tax payments for federal income tax proposes…more

Charitable Donations, Income Taxes, IRS, Local Taxes, Proposed Regulation

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Treatment Center Pleads Guilty to Anti-kickback Statute Violations Involving Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Centers

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the guilty plea of two individual alcohol and substance abuse treatment center owners for their participation in what the DOJ labeled a “multi-million dollar health care fraud…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Bribery, Controlled Substances, Criminal Prosecution, DOJ

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Using Prenuptial Agreements to Protect the Family Farm

The family farm is a special asset. The family may have worked hard through decades, maybe even generations, to accumulate and develop the farm’s land, equipment and livestock. The children may be grown and successors to…more

Divorce, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Family Businesses, Farms

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Are Too Many Eggs in One Basket?

In the last two weeks, 75 Wisconsin dairy farmers were notified by their dairy that it could not accept their milk. The dairy and its farmer suppliers are caught in a U.S.-Canada trade dispute over “ultra-filtered” milk. Almost…more

Borrowers, Canada, Dairy Farmers, Exports, International Trade Disputes

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The Importance of Buy-Sell Agreements

When business partners form a company and get started in their new venture, optimism and opportunity are usually in full supply. At that point, it is only natural to avoid thinking about some difficult questions about the…more

Business Succession, Buy-Sell Agreements, Limited Liability Company (LLC), Succession Planning

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When Being a Good Neighbor Can Expose You to Liability

In Wisconsin, we have a strong tradition of landowners opening up their land to snowmobile clubs, hunters, trappers, cross-country skiers, and other members of the public. While giving visitors the chance to enjoy the outdoors…more

Duty of Care, Land Owners, Landlords, Public Policy, Recreation

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Condominium Issue with Long-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Financing

We recently helped a client complete long-term tax-exempt bond financing of a portion of a mixed-use condominium. These projects raise interesting issues. Long story short, if you find yourself in a similar situation, you need…more

Bond Financing, Condominiums, Mixed-Use Zoning, Real Estate Transactions, Tax-Exempt Bonds

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The Problem of Lender "Inquiry Notice" Status

If a lender is fully secured, can it just ignore suspicions of borrower misconduct? The danger is that a lender could lose its collateral under these circumstances and be treated as an unsecured creditor. This is exactly what…more

Actual or Constructive Knowledge, Borrowers, Collateral, Commercial Bankruptcy, Corporate Misconduct

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Changes in Federal Enforcement Cases and the Stark Law May Benefit Health Care Providers

Some recent changes in federal law and in federal agency interpretation of federal law may both clarify and relieve some regulatory obligations of health care providers. Lessening Dependence on Federal Agency Interpretations…more

Bi-Partison Balanced Budget Act (BBA), CMS, DOJ, Enforcement Actions, False Claims Act (FCA)

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OCC Updates Guidance on Business Combinations

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) has recently updated its “Business Combinations” booklet, which is part of the Comptroller’s Licensing Manual. The revised booklet replaces the prior version, which was…more

Applications, Banking Sector, Banks, Financial Institutions, Guidance Update

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The IRS Says Never Mind – You Can Have Your Higher HSA Limit!

I previously blogged about how unusual it was for the IRS to implement a retroactive change to a previously announced limit. As you may remember, the $6,900 limit on HSA contributions for a taxpayer eligible for a family high…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, Employee Benefits, Excise Tax, HDHP, Health Savings Accounts

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Western District of Wisconsin Ranks 1st in the Nation in Chapter 12 Farm Bankruptcy Filings in 2017.

Low grain and milk prices have negatively affected Wisconsin’s ag economy for a few years now. As further evidence of the financial stress on Wisconsin farmers, the national bankruptcy statistics show that, in 2017, more Chapter…more

Agricultural Sector, Chapter 12, Creditors, Debtors, Farm & Fisherman Bankruptcies

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Reminder: New Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Effective June 1

As discussed in a previous blog, beginning on June 1, 2017, health care providers of services and suppliers wanting to voluntarily disclose actual or potential violations of the Stark Law must follow a new process finalized by…more

CMS, Forms, Health Care Providers, Physicians, Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol

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Conference of State Bank Supervisors Urges Federal Regulators to Simplify Regulatory Capital Rules

On September 27, 2017, the FDIC, the Federal Reserve, and the OCC (the “Agencies”) issued a proposed rule that simplifies the compliance requirements of the existing regulatory capital rules and is intended to reduce the…more

Acquisition Finance, Banking Sector, Capital Rules, Construction Industry, Consumer Financial Products

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Faster Pace of Interest Rate Hikes

As we indicated on February 16, 2017 the Federal Reserve is looking at interest rate hikes for 2017. At a speech in Chicago today Chairwoman Janet Yellen said it is likely the Federal Reserve will increase the federal funds…more

Federal Funding, Federal Reserve, Infrastructure, Interest Rates, Trump Administration

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Attempted End Run Around Wisconsin’s Exclusive Remedy of Worker’s Compensation Fails in Asbestos Litigation in the Seventh Circuit

Wisconsin’s exclusive remedy of worker’s compensation has long been a bulwark against civil suits brought by employees (subject to a few narrow exceptions not applicable here). This bulwark has survived a creative attack in an…more

Asbestos, Asbestos Litigation, Dismissals, Employer Liability Issues, Exclusive Remedy

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More Planning Tips for Individuals Under New Tax Act

As Shanna Yonke mentioned in her January 22, 2018 Legal Update The New Tax Law Provides Estate Planning Opportunities, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017. The Act (officially, Public…more

529 Plans, Alternative Minimum Tax, Corporate Taxes, Estate Planning, Estate Tax

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