Wisconsin’s Eminent Domain Law: Shifting Meaning “Blighted” Property

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Business Litigation Lawyer’s Views on “Blighted” Property Following the controversial 2005 deeply divided decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Kelo v. City of New London, a number of states, including Wisconsin, passed legislation to protect owners of private property from unfair “taking.” In Kelo, the U.S. high court held that a local government, using…

Is it Wise to Arbitrate a Family Business Dispute?

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In many states, including Wisconsin, families embroiled in business disputes are now often turning to alternative dispute resolution measures, such as arbitration and mediation, rather that to state or federal courts in order to settle their differences. They are discovering that, in many situations, making a collaborative effort to resolve disagreements makes sense. Indeed, arbitration…

Milwaukee Apartment Owners Should Know Their “BID” Assessment Rights

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In a significant recent decision affecting owners of residential property around the state, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals agreed with the owners of Juneau Village Towers, a residential complex in downtown Milwaukee, that they were owed a refund of more than $470,000, plus interest, by the City of Milwaukee in connection with Business Improvement District…

EEOC Files Suit Over Alleged Discrimination at Milwaukee Store

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On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit in a Wisconsin federal district court against Wal-Mart Stores (i.e., Walmart), alleging that the retail giant violated federal discrimination laws when it failed to provide a simple accommodation for a longtime, mentally disabled Wisconsin employee. In its suit, the EEOC asked the…

Separate Entity Commercial Real Estate May Not Be Safe From Creditors

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It is a common practice in Wisconsin (and in other states, as well) for a commercial enterprise to separate the ownership of its real estate from its actual operating facilities. For example, a manufacturing concern might set up a separate entity – often, a limited liability company (LLC) – to own and manage the enterprise’s…

Lease Termination Agreements Can Avoid Expensive Litigation Issues

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 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Commercial Lease Litigation Attorneys In a perfect world, a commercial lease agreement would speak to every potential issue that might develop during the term of the lease. It would also anticipate every factor that might be present at the time of the lease’s termination. We don’t, of course, live in a perfect world….

“Wink and Nod” No-Poaching Understanding Can Lead Criminal Liability

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Criminal Liability Attorneys Serving the Milwaukee Area When it comes to U.S. antitrust law, there is a common misconception that only high-level executives for large, multi-national corporations need to be concerned about potential violations. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, not only do our antitrust laws cut a broad swath – affecting…

Employer Should Recognize Privacy Issue With New Identification Badges

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Handling Privacy Issues Facing Businesses in Milwaukee, Wisconsin The employee sits in a cubicle at work when the app on her smart phone alerts her to the fact that someone has just pushed the doorbell button on the employee’s front porch 18 miles away. The small camera on the porch relays the fact that it…

OSHA’s New Rules on Post-Accident Drug Testing Affect Many WI Employer

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin Employer Best Practices Attorneys Many employers in Wisconsin – and across the nation – have post-accident drug testing programs in place. Under those programs, any employee who sustains a work-related accident or injury is subjected to drug screening and blood tests at the time medical care is provided. Many HR executives prefer “blanket”…

Commercial Real Estate: Tips for Dealing with Drones

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Real Estate Litigation Lawyers’ Advice on Drone Use for Milwaukee Businesses As shoppers approach the holiday season, they’re likely to collide – sometimes literally – with one of the high-tech drones that are sweeping their way through the American market. A recent quick online search from one retailer identified a half-dozen or so for sale….