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  • Cates and Watergate

    One of the lessons learned at the memorial service for Dick Cates is that there is a storytelling gene. Dick was a remarkable storyteller. All four of his sons and his daughter inherited the gene. The memorial service was graced by great stories by great storytellers about their great storyteller father.

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  • Dick Cates: one of a kind

    Bill Kraus said it well. One of the stories comes from Bill Dixon, an old friend who was on the Rodino staff. As I was preparing remarks for Cates' service I called Bill. He gave this gem. Rodino needed a trial lawyer and Bob Kastenmeier recommended Cates. Dixon reports that when Dick Cates came in the room it was as if Matt Dillon had arrived: "Boys--there is a new sheriff in town."

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  • UFCW Local 538 workers successful in wage claims

    Federal District Court Judge Crabb entered an order finding that Kraft Foods Global, Inc. violated Wisconsin law by failing to pay workers wages for putting on and taking off employer mandated gear.

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  • Attorney Dixon Gahnz Joins Lawton & Cates, S.C.

    Lawton & Cates, S.C. is pleased to announce that Attorney Dixon Gahnz joined the team of lawyers at Lawton & Cates, S.C. "Gahnz is a nationally certified civil trial advocate who has helped many families and injured people over the course of his career," stated Kent I. Carnell, President of Lawton & Cates, S.C. "The certification process requires passing a skills test, obtaining references from judges, peers and opposing counsel as well as completing a prescribed number of trials," Carnell continued.

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  • Plaintiffs in Mass Murder Case against the City of Crandon and Forest County will Seek an Appeal of the Decision Denying Them Their Day in Court

    The Plaintiff's, Charlie Neitzel and the families of Bradley Schultz, Lianne Thomas, Lindsey Stahl, and Katrina McCorkle in the case against the City of Crandon and Forest County, Forest County Case No. 08 CV 100, will file an appeal of Circuit Court Judge Mangerson's decision to dismiss their case. As a result of this decision, the families of the slain innocent young adults and one seriously injured sole survivor have been denied their day in court. This decision allows the City of Crandon and Forest County to dodge any liability for hiring a mentally unstable officer. Plaintiff's counsel, Lawton & Cates, L.C., will file an appeal of this decision. Plaintiffs will seek their day in court and a return to the law the holds government liable for the wrongful acts of their employees.

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  • Families of Crandon Shooting Victims Sue Forest County and City of Crandon

    The families of the Crandon shooting victims are suing Forest County and the city of Crandon. Watch the news report by WSAW-TV.

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  • $1.85 Million Settlement Obtained For Van Crash Accident That Killed Seven And Seriously Injureded Five Magazine Sales People

    A $1.85 million settlement has been reached in a case involving a 1999 van crash that killed seven and seriously injured five magazine sales people. The accident occurred when the unlicensed driver Jeremy Holmes, age 21, switched seats at 81 mph on Interstate Highway 90 north of Janesville, Wisconsin. Monica Forgues, then age 15, was left a quadriplegic from the horrific accident.

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  • Lawyers Should Emulate Cates

    Lawyers Should Emulate Cates By Doug Moe

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  • Caution Essential When Hiring Someone With An Arrest Record

    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 must avoid employing persons whose backgrounds pose an unreasonable risk of harm to others or their property. Neglecting this duty may expose employers to negligent hiring, training and supervision claims. On the other hand, employers must avoid unlawfully discriminating against employees and applicants based on their arrest or conviction records for felonies, misdemeanors, or other offenses. Failing to do so may expose employers to discrimination claims under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA).

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  • Shady Crews, Stay Away

    Wisconsin ought to trumpet this warning: From now on, the owners of shady door-to-door sales businesses had better steer their traveling crews away from Wisconsin.

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  • Oscar Mayer 'Don-Doff' Suit To Jury

    A federal judge ruled Monday that a jury should decide if Oscar Mayer production workers should get paid for time spent putting on and taking off safety and sanitation equipment required by federal law and the company.

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  • Children At Risk Hight Court Rules In Favor of Young Cancer Survivor, Exposing Little Known Exclusions In Heath Care Policies

    Kevin and Amy Summers have always considered themselves responsible citizens. They live modestly, pay their taxes and make sure their family is covered by insurance. But when the Appleton couple's then 3-year-old son, Parker, was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer in 2002, their carefully constructed safety net turned out to be illusory. The stem cell rescue therapy recommended by Parker's pediatric oncologist at UW Hospital and Clinics was turned down for coverage by Touchpoint Health Plan, the Summers' insurance company.

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  • Suit Over Well Could Be Precedential - The Suit Targets The State's Groundwater Law

    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.

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  • Attorney James Gardner Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

    James JW. Gardner has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.

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  • Obituary for Richard Lyman Sr. Cates

    Richard Lyman Cates Sr. died surrounded by family of natural causes Wednesday morning, Aug 3, 2011, in Madison, finishing his 85-year adventure that began on Nov. 22, 1925, in New York City.

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  • Prominent trial lawyer Cates ’47 dies in home

    Richard Cates ’47, a trial lawyer who was instrumental in the Watergate inquiry that led to former President Richard Nixon’s resignation, died Wednesday at age 85. Cates died of natural causes in his home in Madison, Wis.

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  • Dick Cates: The Madison lawyer who held Nixon to account

    Richard L. Cates, a Madison trial lawyer who historians credit with playing a critical role in the Watergate inquiry that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, died Wednesday, August 3, 2011, at age 85.

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  • Richard Cates, longtime trial lawyer in Madison, dies at 85

    Longtime Madison trial lawyer Richard Cates, who advised the U.S. House committee that voted to impeach President Richard Nixon in 1974, died Wednesday in Madison of natural causes. He was 85.

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  • Cates played key role in Watergate impeachment

    Richard Lyman Cates, who rose from childhood years in an orphanage to become a successful Madison lawyer and played a key role in the Watergate impeachment inquiry that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, died Wednesday. He was 85.

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  • Wineke: Great Men Who Rose Up In Times Of Crisis

    Bill Wineke reminisces about Dick Cates.

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