Wisconsin Budget Bill Takes Tough Stance on Unions, Public Retirement Funds

February 18, 2011 4 COMMENTS

By Troy D. Thompson

On February 11, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker released details of his budget repair bill, a highly publicized measure directed at addressing the state’s budget crisis. Regardless of one’s political bent, there is no question that the bill, if adopted, will significantly change the landscape of public-sector employment in Wisconsin.

The bill takes a tough stance on collective bargaining, public pension funding, and public health insurance. Key union-related provisions of the bill would: read more…

New Wisconsin Electronic Discovery Rules Go Into Effect

January 06, 2011 0 COMMENTS

by Timothy D. Edwards

On January 1, 2011, new rules for the discovery (pretrial exchange of evidence) of electronically stored information went into effect in Wisconsin.

One of the most significant changes is a “meet-and-confer” provision requiring the parties to address issues pertaining to electronically stored information early in the litigation. Back in April 2010, the Wisconsin Judicial Council struggled with this issue, but in the end, a slim (4-3) majority concluded that the mandatory meet-and-confer provision would save time and expedite the litigation.

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