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Assembly Bill 143 Provides State Regulation of Rideshare Companies Including Additional Insurance Requirements

Assembly Bill 143 Provides State Regulation of Rideshare Companies Including Additional Insurance Requirements

The debate between the City of Madison and the state legislature regarding regulation of transportation network companies (TNC’s) was largely resolved on May 1, 2015, when Governor Walker signed Assembly Bill 143 into law.  The new law provides additional access to affordable transportation options throughout the state, while imposing standards to ensure safety and appropriate […]

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Mark Budzinski Selected as Wisconsin Law Journal Leader in the Law

Mark Budzinski Selected as Wisconsin Law Journal Leader in the Law

Corneille Law Group congratulates Mark Budzinski for being selected as one of Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2015 Leaders in the Law.  The annual awards program recognizes the top judges, attorneys and legal professionals making a difference in Wisconsin’s legal community.  Honorees are chosen from nominations submitted by their peers.  Mark was one of only 27 people selected […]

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A Primer for Wisconsin Healthcare Providers Regarding Testimony in Criminal Cases

A Primer for Wisconsin Healthcare Providers Regarding Testimony in Criminal Cases

Most healthcare providers are well-versed in mandatory reporting requirements regarding abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.  Similarly, most healthcare providers are well aware of their ability to provide information to law enforcement officers in emergency health care situations.  Less frequently, a healthcare provider may find himself or herself subpoenaed to be a fact witness in a […]

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Supreme Court Reverses Appellate Decision To Hold Manure Is A Pollutant

Supreme Court Reverses Appellate Decision To Hold Manure Is A Pollutant

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has set significant precedent on when and how a substance will be considered a pollutant under an insurance policy’s pollution exclusion.  In a majority opinion authored by Justice Gableman, the court held in Wilson Mutual Insurance Company v. Falk, et al, that the seepage of cow manure on a dairy farm […]

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Court Of Appeals Reminds Plaintiffs That Allegations Of Fraud Must Meet Heightened Pleading Standard

Court Of Appeals Reminds Plaintiffs That Allegations Of Fraud Must Meet Heightened Pleading Standard

On January 8, 2015, the Court of Appeals issued its decision in Dr. Michael B. Shapiro v. Rick Vanden Heuvel CPA, et al., 2014AP1338, reinforcing the longstanding principle that claims of fraud must be supported by specific allegations in the complaint. Dr. Shapiro alleged in his Complaint that the defendants, Rick Vanden Heuvel and Dan […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Provides a Narrow Interpretation of “Owner” Under the Dog Bite Statute

Wisconsin Supreme Court Provides a Narrow Interpretation of “Owner” Under the Dog Bite Statute

Overview   In its recent opinion in Augsburger v. Homestead Mutual Ins. Co., 2014 WI 133 (Dec. 26, 2014), the Wisconsin Supreme Court undertook a narrow interpretation of the “dog bite” statute.  According to the Court, imposing liability on a landowner for “harboring” a dog requires more than mere ownership of the land on which […]

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Seventh Circuit Upholds Coverage for ‘Continuous’ Occurrence Five Years After WI Policy Expires

Seventh Circuit Upholds Coverage for ‘Continuous’ Occurrence Five Years After WI Policy Expires

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in a decision by District Judge Virginia Kendall, upheld coverage for damage to an insured’s home discovered five years after the insurer’s policy with the insured expired. BACKGROUND The Strausses built a house in Mequon, Wisconsin in 1994. They insured their home with a number of policies, including a […]

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Court of Appeals Restricts Consideration of Market Value and Broad Evidence in Appraisal

Court of Appeals Restricts Consideration of Market Value and Broad Evidence in Appraisal

On November 12, 2014, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District 1, rendered its decision in Coppins, et al. v. Allstate Indemnity Company, 13AP2739. Coppins involved an appeal from an order of the Milwaukee Circuit Court, Judge Paul R. Van Grunsven, awarding summary judgment to Allstate on Coppins’ claims for breach of contract, promissory estoppel, and […]

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Attorney Matthew Moeser joins Corneille Law Group

Attorney Matthew Moeser joins Corneille Law Group

Corneille Law Group, LLC is proud to announce that Attorney Matthew D. Moeser has joined the firm. Matt graduated cum laude from both Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin Law School. Since his graduation from law school in 1999, Matt worked in private practice where he handled a wide variety of contested matters. More […]

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Reducing the Risks of Health Care Provider Liability for Employee Privacy Breaches

Reducing the Risks of Health Care Provider Liability for Employee Privacy Breaches

Organizations and individuals that handle “protected health information” (PHI) face high standards imposed by both federal and state law.(1) This week, we consider steps health care industry employers can take to reduce the risk of liability when an employee accesses and/or discloses PHI without authorization. Such situations could arise when a curious employee with access […]

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