Wisconsin ranked #20 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, which is consistent with its 2015 position. Wisconsin saw improvements in three of the ten key element categories: having and enforcing meaningful venue requirements, discovery, and judges' impartiality. 

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Wisconsin Governor Calls on State Legislators to Pass Major Legal Reform Bill

January 30, 2018 | News and Blog

Both chambers of the state legislature should heed Gov. Walker's direction and pass a major legal reform legislation as soon as possible. Read More »

Wisconsin Lawmakers Set Sights on a Better Lawsuit Climate

December 05, 2017 | News and Blog

Where businesses see growth, plaintiffs' lawyers see opportunity. Wisconsin must stay ahead of the curve by continuing to improve its legal climate. Read More »

In the News Today - December 4, 2017

December 04, 2017 | News and Blog

Wisconsin Legislators Push to Simplify Litigation Process; Class Counsel Responds to Criticism Over Disclosure of Ties to Litigation Funder Read More »

In the News Today - November 3, 2015

November 03, 2015 | News and Blog

Calling the New York Times' recent anti-arbitration series "blatantly one-sided", ILR's Bryan Quigley said U.S. Sen. Al Franken's bill to curb arbitration "will help personal injury lawyers make money on class-action suits, but those suits will not benefit consumers because most consumers have such small claims." (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) Read More »

In the News Today - October 12, 2015

October 12, 2015 | News and Blog

In rejecting the settlement of a shareholder lawsuit against Hewletter-Packard Co., a Delaware judge said "the welter of litigation challenging corporate mergers has become a systemic problem." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

Survey: Companies Say State Lawsuit Climates More Important than Ever in Deciding Where to Grow

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

New Poll Shows Several Large States Like California and Illinois Rank Among the Worst Litigation Environments for Businesses; Delaware at Top Spot Read More »

Wisconsin Legislature Passes Repeal of Medicaid "Whistleblower" Law

July 13, 2015 | News and Blog

The Wisconsin legislature passed a budget this week that includes a repeal of a Medicaid "whistleblower" law enacted in 2007. Modeled on the federal False Claims Act, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that the Wisconsin law "has made millions of dollars for lawyers." Read More »

In the News Today - April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015 | News and Blog

A federal judge last week denied an attempt by Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson to block a constitutional amendment that allows the members of the court select the chief justice, rather than having the seat based on seniority. Abrahamson is expected to lose her chief justice seat when the the court selects the new chief justice in the coming weeks. (Associated Press) Read More »

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