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 […]

A new Wisconsin law allows contractors to purchase materials tax-free for construction projects undertaken by certain tax-exempt government and non-profit entities. Under former law, such entities generally had to purchase the construction materials directly themselves in order to receive the Wisconsin sales and use tax exemption. Now, construction contractors may make tax-exempt purchases of construction […]

Does a Lender’s title insurance policy cover construction liens filed by unpaid contractors where the lender has discontinued disbursing its construction loan mid-stream due to insufficient funds to complete the project? In BB-Syndication Services, Inc. v. First American Title Insurance Co., 780 F.3d 825 (7th Cir. 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the […]

Effective January 1, 2014, a fundamental change was made to the method by which public construction projects are led by the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Administration. Wisconsin adopted a new single-prime delivery method to replace its former multiple-prime method. Under the former multiple-prime method, the State would contract with a principal contractor, but would […]

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