BizTimes – Published July 24, 2009 The three most common avenues available to corporate entities seeking relief from creditors are Chapters 7 and 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and Chapter 128 of the Wisconsin State Statutes. In a Chapter 7 proceeding, which can be filed voluntarily by an insolvent entity, or involuntarily by an […]

Almost 99% of today’s information created by businesses is generated and stored electronically. The ability to easily and conveniently store large amounts of data has created a hidden liability that did not exist in the age of when companies maintained its information primarily in paper format. This hidden liability is twofold. First, companies create more […]

It has been over 40 years since Congress passed Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, and national origin. Since the passage of Title VII, employers have developed diversity and affirmative action programs to open the American workplace to historically […]

While for some it may not come fast enough, election days will soon arrive—September 9 for primary contests, November 4 for the general election. As a reminder, Wisconsin law gives time off to employees to vote or work as an election official. Employees must be allowed up to three (3) successive hours off to vote […]

Employers who want to protect their customer base and their businesses often ask their employees to sign an agreement pledging not to solicit customers or compete in the same area when they leave the employer. Two recent Court of Appeals cases demonstrate just how difficult writing an enforceable agreement on these two points can be. […]

The E-Verify system is the best available means for employers to maintain a legal workforce. E-Verify allows employers to confirm employment eligibility in seconds, virtually eliminates the hassle of social security number mismatch letters, and improves the accuracy of wage and tax reporting. E-Verify is an Internet-based program that is free to participating employers. The […]

A small business man recently called and indicated that a limited liability company he ran had been sued. He had filed a response to the allegations of the complaint with the court and sent a copy to the attorney for the plaintiff. The plaintiff’s lawyer immediately filed a motion to strike the answer and for […]

“Don’t worry, I have plenty of automobile insurance.” Such a belief is shared by many individuals, including those who have just been injured in a serious automobile accident as a result of the negligence of another, and also by those who have just caused one. In either situation, insurance coverages and the amount of such […]

One of the smartest things a potential homebuyer can do in connection with the purchase of a new home is to have an inspection of the property conducted by a licensed home inspector prior to closing. Such inspections tend to be money well spent as they provide the potential homebuyer with a more detailed picture […]

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals, in Jakubow v. Lichosyt, 2007 WI App 150, recently addressed the interplay of competing interests to real property where a land contract is involved: Namely, that of a third-party attempting to execute on a judgment lien against a land contract vendee’s equitable interest in real property and that of a […]