Wisconsin’s construction lien law provides contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, service providers, and design professionals with a valuable remedy to help them collect payment for their work. On privately owned projects, the law allows these parties to place a lien against the project property as security for payment. The economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis has made […]

Most Wisconsin construction contractors know that the construction lien law exists, but few know how it works or how to use it. With the economy reeling from the COVID-19 crisis, construction lien rights will become more vital than ever to businesses in the construction industry. Wisconsin’s construction lien law (provided in subchapter I of ch. […]

Governor Evers Administration’s Safer at Home Order has shut down or severely limited the activities of countless businesses throughout the State of Wisconsin. While businesses in the construction industry are generally deemed “essential” and are therefore exempt from many of the restrictions of the Safer at Home Order, they are not immune from the economic […]

On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the City of Milwaukee’s Health Department issued a written Stay at Home Order, which goes into effect on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. In general, the Order requires City of Milwaukee residents to stay at home, and requires all businesses located within the City to “cease all activities at facilities located […]

On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Evers administration issued Emergency Order #8 Updated Mass Gathering Ban. This Order updated and clarified Emergency Order #5, which had been issued three days earlier. Emergency Order #5 imposed “a statewide moratorium on mass gatherings of 10 people or more to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.” Under Emergency Order […]

Recently, Wisconsin Courts have handed down several key decisions concerning title litigation that deal with the issues of restrictive covenants, anticipated private nuisance, the statute of limitations applicable to foreclosure actions, and stipulated dismissal of prior foreclosures. Below is a brief summary of the most important of these court decisions. Restrictive Covenants The Wisconsin Supreme […]

Wisconsin has now joined a growing group of more than 20 states that allow electronic Remote Online Notarization (RON) of documents. On March 3, 2020, Wisconsin enacted 2019 Wisconsin Act 125, Wisconsin’s New RON law. The Act takes effect on May 1, 2020 and requires the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions to promulgate new rules […]

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 […]

Attorney Steven J. Slawinski talks about a recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the latest Construction Blog article, published by the State Bar of Wisconsin Construction & Public Contract Law Section. In this decision, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals weighed in on the application of promissory estoppel in the context of construction […]

Attorney Steven J. Slawinski talks about a recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the latest Construction and Public Contract Law Section Blog article, published by the State Bar of Wisconsin Construction and Public Contract Law Section. In this decision, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals faced the issue of whether a lender’s title […]

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