Publications

The Rise of Real Estate Funds – How Real Estate Investors Can Efficiently Raise Capital to Facilitate Development and Acquisitions

By: Michael Van Someren and Joseph E. Tierney IV Real estate funds have been on the rise in recent years for a variety of reasons including deregulation, low interest rates, investors seeking a higher return on investment, and a desire by many investors to invest in tangible assets rather than stocks and bonds. With recent economic fallout from...

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Strategies for Landlords in Dealing with Tenants in Light of COVID-19

By: Joseph E. Tierney IV and Michael Van Someren Tenant economic issues due to COVID-19 have been well publicized and programs have been put in place to help tenants. Landlords, on the other hand, feel much of the same pain but that pain has not been well publicized, nor has it been addressed by federal or state programs. While landlords appear...

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The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Clarifies that Trademark Protection Is Available for “Graduated” and “Undefined” Color Schemes

By: Joseph S. Heino There are a number of famous colors that are trademark protected – such as the color brown, which is registered by UPS, and the color “robin egg blue”, which is registered by Tiffany & Co. This protection stems from the fact that such marks are “inherently distinctive”. That is, the colors have become so readily recognized...

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Special Education Considerations in the Virtual Education Setting

By: Anthony J. Steffek and Abby S. Busler In light of the recent extension of school closures through the end of this school year, this article will review additional guidance from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) regarding the issue of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for special education students during virtual learning:...

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Wisconsin’s New Safer At Home Order Alters Restrictions on Businesses

By: Sherry D. Coley and Tiffany E. Woelfel On April 16, 2020, Governor Evers and the Department of Health Services issued an extension to the Safer At Home Order. Emergency Order #28 will begin on April 24, 2020, and will continue until May 26, 2020, at 8 a.m., unless altered. The extended Order provides new restrictions on the number of...

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Advice for Operating as an Essential Business During the COVID-19 Crisis

By: Sherry D. Coley and Tiffany E. Woelfel On March 24, 2020, in response to the growing COVID-19 crisis, Governor Evers directed the Department of Health Services to issue a Safer At Home Order, which closed all non-essential businesses and eliminated non-essential travel. For now, the Order is scheduled to last until April 24. However, with the...

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Health Care Providers Get Limited Immunity Under State Coronavirus Law

By: Alec Dobson Health care providers in Wisconsin now have immunity from civil liability, subject to certain exceptions, for death, injury or other damages caused by their services during the coronavirus emergency. The immunity provision is part of the wide-ranging coronavirus relief law which received final approval in the Legislature on April...

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