Publications

City of Milwaukee Property Tax Notice of Assessment Objection/Appeal Deadline – May 16, 2022.

The City of Milwaukee has sent its 2022 “Notice of Assessed Value – Real Property” to all City of Milwaukee property owners.  Almost every year the City revalues properties, which is the case again for 2022 after having performed a maintenance assessment for 2021.  The recently released 2022 assessments are effective as of January 1, 2022, and...

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Intellectual Property: Understand It to Protect What You Own, Drive Value to Your Business and Positively Impact Your Bottom Line

Intellectual Property (or “IP”) is commonly defined as a group of legal rights that provide protection over things people and businesses create or invent. It might sound straightforward, but there is a lot of confusion over what can actually be protected and what cannot. Who needs to be concerned with IP Protection? We’ve all heard the phrase,...

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Small Business Bankruptcy: What Do You Need to Know?

After the last two years, dealing with bankruptcy issues is probably the lowest priority on any business owner’s mind. Perhaps you have been able to survive the unprecedented market trends and uncertainty, and now times look to be stabilizing. Having a basic understanding of what’s been called “Sub 5” or “Subchapter V” can help you navigate any...

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135 Wisconsin Municipalities Potentially Affected by PCB Class Action Settlement. Payouts May Not Align with Actual Damages.

A Central District of California Judge has preliminarily approved a class action settlement in City of Long Beach, et al. v. Monsanto Company, et al., that will resolve claims by various municipalities against Monsanto Company, Solutia, Inc. and Pharmacia for environmental damages related to PCBs.  The underlying basis for the claims are...

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The Importance of LLC Operating Agreements

Many people dream of one day starting their own business, the attraction of doing so being unique to the individual. For some, the notion of being their own boss is sufficient to cause them to start looking at prospective office spaces. For others convinced by visions of the business quickly becoming wildly successful, the claim to a...

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Joe Heino, Mike Bendel, Erin Kaprelian, and Alexis Merbach Author Chapter in 2022 Chambers Global Practice Guide on Trade Marks USA: Trends and Developments

Davis|Kuelthau IP attorneys contributed to the 6th edition of Trade Marks USA: Trends and Developments 2022, published by Chambers Global Practice Guide. This guide is published within various areas of law and jurisdictions where a selection of legal experts, chosen by Chambers, elaborates on important legal issues in relation to the current...

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Three Type of U.S. Patents and When to Use Them

Have you heard of a “design” patent?  Maybe someone you know mentioned this as a less expensive alternative to a “regular” U.S. patent. The U.S. patent laws actually define three basic types of patents:  utility patents, design patents, and plant patents. Utility Patents Utility patents are by far the most common type of patent. To date, over 11...

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Supreme Court Nixes OSHA Vax, Upholds Health Worker Mandate

On January 13, 2022, the United States Supreme Court blocked the OSHA ETS rule, which mandated private employers with at least 100 employees require their employees to be fully vaccinated or submit to a weekly COVID test and wear face masks.  Six of the Court’s nine justices held that the ETS constituted an attempt by OSHA to regulate general...

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U.S. Supreme Court Allows Nursing Home Vaccination Mandate

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for health care providers to proceed. The rule requires nursing homes, hospitals, and certain other participants in the Medicare and Medicaid programs to vaccinate all non-exempt staff[1] against COVID-19. In a separate ruling, the Court blocked the...

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CMS Plans Enforcement, Sets New Deadlines for COVID Vaccination Mandate

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday announced new dates for nursing homes in Wisconsin and 24 other states to comply with the mandate to vaccinate all non-exempt staff against COVID-19. It also announced plans for survey enforcement. Within 30 days of Tuesday’s directive,[1] these nursing homes must have developed...

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