Municipal Law
Your Property At Risk: U.S. Supreme Court Decision Confirms Importance of Understanding Zoning During Real Estate Acquisitions

Your Property At Risk: U.S. Supreme Court Decision Confirms Importance of Understanding Zoning During Real Estate Acquisitions

By Christopher J. Jaekels & Michael Van Someren The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution requires federal, state and local governments to pay “just compensation” any time they “take” private property for public use. On June 23, 2017, in a close 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a Wisconsin zoning ordinance that...

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Knock, Knock…Tips for Managing a Regulatory Inspection

Knock, Knock…Tips for Managing a Regulatory Inspection

By Elizabeth K. Miles Many state and federal regulatory agencies, including OSHA, EPA, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, may inspect a business with or without advance notice to ensure compliance with applicable rules and regulations. Here are a few tips to help ensure that your inspections go smoothly. Before an inspection. As...

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This Land Is My Land (Now): Wisconsin Modifies Its Adverse Possession Law

This Land Is My Land (Now): Wisconsin Modifies Its Adverse Possession Law

By Michael Van Someren On March 1, 2016, Wisconsin enacted a new statute and repealed and restated another existing statute, both related to the doctrine of adverse possession in the State of Wisconsin. The newly created statute § 893.305, Wisconsin Statutes, creates a mechanism for property owners to delay a potential adverse possessor’s claim...

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Wisconsin’s Controlled Highway Access – Property Owners and Developers Beware

Wisconsin’s Controlled Highway Access – Property Owners and Developers Beware

By Joseph E. Tierney, IV For those who own property abutting a highway or are thinking of developing in such a zone, a recent Supreme Court decision may impact your right to compensation should the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (“DOT”) ever need direct access to a portion of your property. The ability to demonstrate a notable deprivation...

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