Thursday, September 4, 2014

FS WI law & policy review - week of August 25th (part 3)

Recent news and comment on law and policy:

Administrative Law & Regulation

Final Decision, on Petition of Brett Healy for Declaratory Ruling to Determine Allocation of Costs for Relocation of Utility Structures for Milwaukee Streetcar Project, Public Service Commission, 5-DR-109

Statewide Property Values End Five-Year Decline, But Trends Vary by County: Total Equalized Values up 2.6%; Still Almost 7% Below 2008 Levels, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

Corporations, Securities & Antitrust

The Fourth Circuit Weighs in on Third-Party Releases in Plans of Reorganization, by Peter C. Blain, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., Milwaukee

Seven keys to construction law, by Beverly Butula, manager of library of services, Davis & Kuelthau S.C., Milwaukee, Wisconsin Law Journal

Criminal Law & Procedure

Appeals Court Says Motor Bicycle was Subject to Drunk Driving Laws, by Joe Forward, WisBar News, on State v. Koeppen, 2013AP2539-CR

A “motor bicycle” is a “motor vehicle” for purposes of § 346.63(1), On Point, Wisconsin State Public Defender, on State v. Koeppen, 2013AP2539-CR

Environmental Law & Property Rights

Evictions Soar in Hot Market; Renters Suffer, by Shaila Dewanaug, The New York Times (via University of Wisconsin Law School)

Federalism & Separation of Powers

An Originalist Future, by John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law, and Michael B. Rappaport, Darling Foundation Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law, Engage: The Journal of the Federalist Society Practice Groups

Consumer Credit and the American Economy, with Todd J. Zywicki, Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law, Practice Group Podcast, Federalist Society

Free Speech & Election Law

Court orders release of documents in secret probe, by Associated Press, Wisconsin Law Journal

"The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read." by Ann Atlhouse, Madison

Labor & Employment Law

The Year of Living Dangerously – Government Contractors in the Year of (Executive) Action, by Jill Pedigo Hall, Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP, Milwaukee

US Supreme Court Review: Two Employee Benefit Cases (Dudenhoeffer and Hobby Lobby), by Paul M. Secunda, Marquette University Law School Faculty Blog

Litigation

McBride on Tort & Human Flourishing, by Christopher J. Robinette, TortsProf Blog (via Wisconsin Defense Counsel)

Professional Responsibility & Legal Education

Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society announces new members, Latest News and Media, University of Wisconsin Law School

Douglas Berman joins UW Law School as assistant dean for graduate programs, Latest News and Media, University of Wisconsin Law School