Category Archives: Wisconsin Supreme Court

Limitations Placed on Public Trust Doctrine

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently issued a landmark decision protecting property owners and businesses from overreaching bureaucrats at the Department of Natural Resources, at the same time protecting Wisconsin’s pristine waterways. However, environmental groups are trying to marginalize the decision … Continue reading

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News Coverage & Reactions to the Lake Koshkonong Decision

Wisconsin Supreme Court Limits DNR’s Regulatory Authority under the Public Trust Doctrine: Great Lakes Legal Foundation, July 16, 2013.WMC Statement on Lake Koshkonong Ruling: Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, July 16, 2013.WI Supreme Court Limits DNR Power on Lake Levels: Midwest … Continue reading

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Rest Lake Dam Decision Postponed in Response to Lake Koshkonong Decision

The DNR is postponing public information hearings on a new operating order for the Rest Lake Dam in Vilas County while staff evaluate possible the impact of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Lake Koshkonong decision.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Limits DNR’s Regulatory Authority under the Public Trust Doctrine

The Wisconsin Supreme Court today issued a decision limiting the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) regulatory authority under the public trust doctrine. The case is Rock-Koshkonong Lake District v. DNR, 2013 WI 74. The Supreme Court held that the DNR … Continue reading

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High Capacity Well Budget Provision Statewide Priority for Employers

In a recent blog post we explained how the high capacity well provision in the Wisconsin budget preserves environmental protections wile limiting regulatory uncertainty. Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce has posted a new article explaining why the provision is important to … Continue reading

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High Capacity Well Budget Provision Preserves Environmental Protections, Limits Regulatory Uncertainty

A motion (#375) passed by the Joint Finance Committee (12-4) limiting the ability of environmental groups to challenge high-capacity well permits will help reduce regulatory uncertainty and create jobs, while continuing to protect the environment.

Posted in Court Watch, Department of Natural Resources, Regulatory Train Wreck, Water, Wisconsin Legislature, Wisconsin Supreme Court

Roggensack, Fallone Win Supreme Court Primary

On April 2, incumbent Justice Patience Roggensack will face Marquette Law professor Ed Fallone for her chance to win another 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. According to unofficial results from the Associated Press, with 99 percent of precincts … Continue reading

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One on One Interviews with Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidates

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack is up for reelection for a 10-year term on the court, and she is being challenged by Wisconsin’s “King of Lemon Laws,” Vince Megna, and Marquette University Law School professor Edward Fallone. WisconsinEye recently … Continue reading

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2013 Guide to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Judicial Evaluation

The Wisconsin Civil Justice Council’s 2013 Guide to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Judicial Evaluation, which highlights the most important business decisions issued by the court over the past two years, is now available. According to the report, Justice Patience … Continue reading

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Public Trust Doctrine a Hot Topic in Law Reviews

The public trust doctrine has been in the news in Wisconsin recently because of a challenge to a proposed development in Milwaukee; however, interest in this obscure doctrine is not new. Two recent law review articles explore how the doctrine … Continue reading

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