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By Attorney Jaclyn Kallie  When a car accident, pedestrian accident, or wrongful death causes harm to you or someone you love, it can disrupt your entire life. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, a department within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 39.5 million people are injured around the globe every year. You should not be stuck with lost wages, medical bills, and additional financial burdens because of your injury.…
By Attorney Nicole Masnica The COVID-19 crisis and statewide quarantine required many families to stay in their homes together for far more time than under normal circumstances. This difficult time has been complicated even further because many have suffered financially, lost employment and have had to deal with a disruption in school or care for their children. Unfortunately, these added stressors can result in an unstable and tumultuous home life and even in the worst…
By Attorney Max Stephenson The coronavirus has had a staggering effect on the United States’ business infrastructure, the unemployment rate, and the economy as a whole, but it has also had a more personal impact, affecting our family dynamics and how we go about our daily lives. Currently, many states and cities are attempting to reopen the economy and work towards introducing a new normal. However, for those who are in the midst of a…
By Ray Dall’Osto and Chris Hayden The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each of the nationwide credit reporting companies — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — to provide individuals with a free copy of their credit report, at their request, once every 12 months. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of March 2020 also gives consumers some credit protections. It dictates how companies that send data to the credit bureaus will…
By Attorney Jaclyn Kallie Nationally, COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes have exceeded 20,000.  Faced with a potential flood of lawsuits, states are granting emergency protections from claims of inadequate care. In Wisconsin, health care providers have been granted immunity from civil liability, with certain exceptions, for injuries, deaths, or other types of damages resulting from their services during the COVID-19 crisis. This immunity provision, found in a newly created statute, sec. 895.4801, is part…
By Russell J. Karnes Residents and commercial property owners across Milwaukee and Wisconsin are in sticker shock after receiving notices of huge increases in real estate property tax assessments in the mail. Property owners must be left to wonder: what in the world is the assessor thinking? Milwaukee’s assessors, in particular, could not have sent their revaluation notices at a worse time. While the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has shuttered many businesses and put people out…
By Attorney Chris Strohbehn and Law Clerk Nathan Froemming. Has your insurance claim for business interruption been denied despite the presence of a “contamination clause” in your insurance policy? The coronavirus has caused businesses to close across the nation, resulting in lost revenue for many small business owners. As a result, many businesses, especially restaurants and bars, are reviewing their insurance policies to see if they can file an insurance claim to seek relief.…
By Attorney Jaclyn Kallie The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to escalate each day. Issues continue to arise both due to the outbreak itself and as a result of our response to it. We will continue to monitor the legal implications of the pandemic and help address legal and practical issues that may arise during this challenging time. The COVID-19 pandemic may presents multiple different types of potential contractual issues.  Of particular importance…
By Attorney Christopher Strohbehn Coronavirus is greatly affecting the way businesses normally operate when using leased property. Some businesses have been forced to shut down because of government-required closures, and other landlords are choosing to close properties on their own. What should a business owner consider if they are not able to operate their business in their leased space? Obligations of the Landlord Are Independent of the Obligations of the Tenant Landlords and tenants
By Attorney Kristen Nelson Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a nursing shortage in Wisconsin. Now, that shortage is reaching a critical level. The State of Wisconsin and Governor Tony Evers have taken an “all hands-on deck” approach. On Friday, March 27, 2020, Governor Evers Issued Emergency Order #16, relating to certain health care providers and the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS). The Order applies to all heath care providers in various…