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Federal appeals court upholds controversial Wisconsin collective bargaining law
April 20, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday upheld Wisconsin's controversial Budget Repair Bill which significantly limits the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. Two unions representing the city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed the lawsuit in 2011, all....... [more]

Couple files lawsuit urging Wisconsin Supreme Court to strike down state's same-sex marriage ban
April 17, 2014
A same-sex couple filed a lawsuit on Wednesday with the Wisconsin Supreme Court seeking to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The Wisconsin Constitution was amended in 2006 to include Article XIII, section 13 which states that, "Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be v....... [more]

Wolf v. Walker: Fighting for Marriage throughout the Midwest
April 2, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Gretchen Helfrich of Mayer Brown LLP and John Knight of the American Civil Liberties Union discuss the challenge to Wisconsin's same-sex marriage law...For same-sex couples in Wisconsin—many of whom have been in loving, committed relationships for decades—it's been f....... [more]

Federal judge refuses to block Wisconsin same-sex marriage ban
March 5, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on Tuesday refused to block the state's ban on same-sex marriage pending outcome of a trial. Judge Barbara Crabb refused to grant the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) motion to enjoin enforcement of the ban on grounds tha....... [more]

ACLU files suit challenging Wisconsin same-sex marriage ban
February 3, 2014
The Wisconsin branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Monday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Article XIII, Section 13 of the Wisconsin Constitution defines marriage as between one man and....... [more]

Supreme Court rules for airline in defamation case
January 27, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously to overturn a defamation judgment in Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper, in which a pilot sued the airline for reporting him as a security threat and calling him "mentally unstable." At issue in this case was the Aviation and Transportation Secu....... [more]

US Senator files lawsuit over health care provision
January 6, 2014
US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) filed a lawsuit Monday against the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin attempting to block the federal government from paying a portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) health ca....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on airline immunity, damages claims
December 9, 2013
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases. In Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper the court heard arguments on "Whether Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) immunity may be denied without a determination that the air carrier's disclosure was materially false." The A....... [more]

Labor Laws Timeline
December 5, 2013
11/21/2013: Wisconsin Supreme Court vacated contempt order against anti-collective bargaining law. 09/13/2013: Wisconsin judge struck down controversial collective bargaining law. 09/09/2013: Indiana judge found right-to-work unconstitutional. 08/15/2013: Michigan appeals court ruled right-to-wo....... [more]

Wisconsin court vacates contempt order against anti-collective bargaining law
November 22, 2013
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday vacated a contempt order against a state commission for implementing a law ending collective bargaining for most public workers. In a 5-2 decision, the court held that the Dane County Circuit Court erred by holding in contempt the Wisconsin Employment Relatio....... [more]

Wisconsin Supreme Court to consider arguments in two voter ID cases
November 21, 2013
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear arguments in two separate cases concerning Act 23, the state's voter ID law. One case will review a decision by the Madison-based District Four Court of Appeals while the other will be heard by the supreme court prior to being ruled on by the....... [more]