Publications

Three New Laws Impact School Districts

By D|K's School and Higher Education Law Team Governor Scott Walker recently signed three education-related bills (below) that will impact Wisconsin school districts in a variety of ways. School districts should review and revise their policies, procedures and practices to ensure that they are consistent with the new laws. A. Changes to Special...

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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By Michael Van Someren On March 1, 2016, Wisconsin enacted a new statute and repealed and restated another existing statute, both related to the doctrine of adverse possession in the State of Wisconsin.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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Battle of the Forms: Practical Tactics to Minimize Risk in Day-to-Day Transactions

Battle of the Forms: Practical Tactics to Minimize Risk in Day-to-Day Transactions

By Aaron E. Hall Sales are negotiated and consummated between companies every day. Yet, what often gets overlooked in these negotiations is which company’s terms and conditions govern the transaction. In a typical commercial transaction, a variety of documents may be exchanged between the contracting companies. At minimum, a purchase order and a...

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Real Estate Attorney Joe Tierney Discusses Tax Incremental Financing districts (TID) in New North B2B Publication

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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Real Estate Attorney Joe Tierney Discusses Tax Incremental Financing districts (TID) in New North B2B Publication

The Shrinking TID May Be Coming

By Joseph E. Tierney, IV On January 22, 2016, Senator Petrowski and Representative Spiros introduced 2015 Senate Bill 606 (“SB 606”) amending certain aspects of the law governing tax incremental financing districts (collectively, “TIDs” or singularly, a“TID”). SB 606 provides that an amendment to a TID’s project plan that only subtracts territory...

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Beware of Suspicious Patent and Trademark Solicitations

Beware of Suspicious Patent and Trademark Solicitations

By Joseph S. Heino A rash of unsolicited patent and trademark related mailings to clients has prompted this news alert. Specifically, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of mailings to clients with pending patent or trademark application matters. The sources of the mailings are companies that hold themselves out as governmental...

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Change in Sales and Use Tax Affects Contractors, Municipalities and Nonprofits

Change in Sales and Use Tax Affects Contractors, Municipalities and Nonprofits

By Susan G. Schellinger Certain local Wisconsin governmental entities and nonprofit organizations have historically been exempt from payment of sales and use tax. Under a change in Wisconsin law which took effect on January 1, 2016, contractors may purchase construction materials on behalf of certain tax-exempt entities and organizations without...

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