On August 25, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a settlement of a class action lawsuit that alleged Subway’s “footlong” sandwiches failed to measure up. In re Subway Footlong Sandwich Marketing & Sales Practices Litig., 869 F.3d 551 (7th Cir. 2017). The settlement offered “zero benefits for the class” and only served to […]

Most attorneys during their career have the opportunity or obligation to effectuate service of process of a legal document pursuant to a rule or statute. It can be in any area of the law. My practice area of creditors’ rights litigation requires me to serve process of a lawsuit under a statute that, at first glance, […]

One of the benefits of working at O’Neil Cannon Hollman DeJong & Laing S.C. is the firm’s strong commitment to public service. The Firm encourages its attorneys to give back to our community. I am honored to serve on the Board of The Wisconsin Law Foundation. The Wisconsin Law Foundation is the charitable arm of […]

Many owners and businesses desire to reward employees with ownership interests for services rendered. This can be a valuable incentive that recognizes past accomplishments and improves employee engagement and retention by allowing them to share in the success of the business without requiring a capital investment. While bonuses, raises, or phantom equity can often accomplish […]

A recent Court of Appeals decision provides a tangible example of the costs of ignoring employee benefit compliance requirements.  In Tatum v. SFN Group, Inc. (No. 16-11966, 6/23/17), the 11th Circuit affirmed that the purchase price paid for a CFO-outsourcing firm was properly reduced in light of compliance errors in the operation of the company’s […]

What part of selling a business is most important to sellers? Most would respond that receiving the highest purchase price is most important.  At first blush, this makes sense. However, sellers often focus on the number of zeros in the purchase price and ignore the fact that paying a large amount of income taxes will […]

Jim DeJong, chairman of the Milwaukee law firm of O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong and Laing S.C., provided the keynote address at Carroll University’s Commencement Sunday, May 14. Carroll alumnus DeJong ’73 told 2017 graduates that a lot had changed since his days here but one thing is the same, “Carroll is truly a special place.” […]

Have your company’s truck drivers ever been nicked by local trucking regulations? On December 21, 2016, Paul Zimmer took a local city’s special weight limit citation to trial and won a not guilty verdict for a client, saving the client thousands of dollars that it otherwise would have chalked up to the “cost of doing […]

Springtime can be a good excuse to “clean house.” If you are evaluating your document retention practices this season, consider these points as you determine what to keep and what to toss: If you are involved in litigation or reasonably anticipate litigation, you are required to keep all documents related to the case by implementing […]

One of the central purposes of liability insurance is to protect the insured by providing a defense in the event of a lawsuit. But what defines the limits of an insurer’s duty to defend its insured under Wisconsin law? How is the insurer to decide whether or not to defend an insured in a given […]