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Seventh Circuit To Welcome First New Judge Since 2009

USA - November 1 2017 The Senate yesterday confirmed the nomination of Professor Amy Coney Barrett of the Notre Dame University Law School to the vacant Indiana seat on the…

Will This Term of Wisconsin’s Supreme Court Be the Last for Agency Deference in Wisconsin?

USA - September 11 2017 Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation process earlier this year brought attention to the issue of agency deference, given a concurring opinion that he…

“You Can’t Beat Something with Nothing”: 7th Cir. Explains the Importance of Disclosing Experts

USA - June 8 2017 Some cases present issues that are difficult for the parties to litigate or for the courts to decide. But those cases tend to be the exception. Much…

BNSF Railway: SCOTUS Narrows General Jurisdiction for Corporate Defendants and Limits the Reach of Wisconsin's Long-Arm Statute

USA - June 5 2017 Last week, in BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell, 581 U.S. ___, No. 16-405, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Montana Supreme Court and concluded that…

Water Splash Reveals a Glaring Omission in Wisconsin's Service-of-Process Rules, Which Ought To Be Fixed

USA - May 23 2017 Today’s unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision in Water Splash, Inc. v. Menon, 581 U.S. ___, No. 16-254, points out a glaring omission in Wisconsin’s…

Midland Funding Highlights Peculiar Feature of Wisconsin's Statute-of-Limitations Law

USA - May 15 2017 The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today in Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, 581 U.S. ___, No. 16-348, draws attention in passing to a peculiar…

Wisconsin’s Supreme Court: Contractual Waivers of Civil Jury Trial Are Enforceable

USA - April 17 2017 Last year the Wisconsin Court of Appeals threw businesses a curveball when it held that a contractual waiver of the right to a jury trial was…

A Softer, Gentler Seventh Circuit Reconsiders “Substantial Compliance” under Rule 11

USA - March 13 2017 Those who practice regularly before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit know that the court has not been reluctant to punish a…

Seventh Circuit Explains Disclosure of Hybrid Witnesses under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2)(C)

USA - March 2 2017 The Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in Indianapolis Airport Authority v. Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America, No. 16-2675 (7th Cir. Feb. 17…

Seventh Circuit Confirms that Parties Seeking Review of an Interlocutory Order Have 30 Days to Request a Rule 54(b) Judgment

USA - January 25 2017 The rule of 28 U.S.C. § 1291 limits the appealability of district court orders to “final decisions.” Although an order resolving fewer than all…