Year: 2020

With the surging popularity of “smart phones” we are all tied to our cell phones more than ever. Our smart phones are much more than a phone in the traditional sense. We have the capability to call, text, email, tweet, post, surf the internet, watch a movie, and much more with these new gadgets. All […]

There is no doubt that breakthroughs in medical technology have improved the lives of millions of Americans. And certainly orthopedic implants in particular have relieved the suffering of a growing number of older patients. But as we have seen too many times in the past, the rush to profit from a growing market in health […]

LawtonCates attorneys Dixon Gahnz and Terrence Polich have been selected to the 2020 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding […]

Often times when a police officer makes an arrest, the officer will also seize your personal property. Depending on the facts of the arrest and the type of property seized by the police, reclaiming the property can be a long and frustrating process. This article briefly discusses the general authority of the police to seize property […]

There is a scene in the HBO show The Newsroom where one of the anchors confronts her ex-boyfriend after he posted nude photographs of her on the internet. She breaks his nose, which seems like poetic justice on television, but would likely get her arrested in real life. Wisconsin enacted sec. 942.09(3m), which makes it […]

Student loan borrowers and others may have been taken advantage of by online tax filing programs. If you made payments on student loans in 2019, and filed your taxes online, you may have been tricked into paying for products you didn’t need or being charged for filing your taxes when you should have been allowed […]

Are you a member of a health club? Do you pay for ongoing services at a spa or other personal care service? If so, and if you were not able to use those services during the pandemic, there’s a chance you were wrongfully charged for them. Authorities in Texas are investigating claims that a spa […]

Debtors often feel as though they have no choice but to give in to whatever it is debt collectors are demanding. Incessant phone calls, mailboxes full of demand letters, and, ultimately, collections lawsuits can make your days and nights miserable. But they don’t have to be. Even if you owe someone money, you have rights. If debt collectors […]

The state Department of Natural Resources and the village of East Troy in Walworth County are the subjects of a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit filed last week by several individuals and two lake management districts over potential damage to a spring-fed lake and nearby wetlands by a proposed municipal high-capacity well. The well could pump 1.4 […]

Employees and applicants with arrest and conviction records pose unique concerns for Wisconsin employers. Seemingly conflicting legal obligations flank the employer’s pathway for hiring and firing individuals with criminal records. To walk that path with a sure foot, employers must be familiar with Wisconsin law and implement strategies for compliance. On the one hand, employers […]