Articles by Todd Richmond

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Wants to Abolish Labor Review Board

Wisconsin’s 106-year-old labor commission would vanish and Gov. Scott Walker’s administration would decide workplace disputes, including workers’ compensation disputes, in its place under a budget proposal up being considered by the the Legislature’s finance committee. Walker’s plan to eliminate the …

Wisconsin Board Adopts Opioid Prescription Guidelines

Wisconsin doctors should prescribe opioids sparingly, tell patients they could become addicted and avoid the drugs as the first option to treat pain, according to new guidelines the state Medical Examining Board recently adopted to combat heroin use. The board, …

Court: Wisconsin Prosecutors Can’t Alter Drunk Driving Charges Without OK

Prosecutors can’t change drunken driving charges once they’re filed without a judge’s permission, a state appeals court ruled in upholding a judge’s decision to order a felony charge against a suspected drunken driver. The case began in 2014 when prosecutors …

Minnesota, Wisconsin Wine Grape Crops Damaged in Cold Snap

Vintners in southern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota are reeling from a weekend cold snap that ruined huge swaths of their grapes. Temperatures dipped below freezing in much of those areas late Saturday and early Sunday, wiping out grape shoots that …

Wisconsin High Court: Hormel Must Pay Workers for Time Putting on Uniforms

Hormel Foods Corporation owes hundreds of workers at its Beloit canning plant back wages for the time they spent putting on and taking off required clothing and equipment, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled. The high court ruled in a 4-2 …

Outside Home, Castle Doctrine Doesn’t Apply Wisconsin Court Says

A man who shot at two intruders as they fled after beating him in his apartment can’t invoke Wisconsin’s castle doctrine law to protect him from liability, a state appeals court ruled. According to court documents, Charles Chew’s ex-girlfriend’s new …

Outside Home, Castle Doctrine Doesn’t Apply Wisconsin Court Says

A man who shot at two intruders as they fled after beating him in his apartment can’t invoke Wisconsin’s castle doctrine law to protect him from liability, a state appeals court ruled in a case that clarified how far the …

Tesla Sued by Wisconsin ‘Lemon Law King’

Wisconsin’s self-proclaimed lemon law king filed a lawsuit against direct-order car maker Tesla Motors, accusing the company of selling a defective electric sedan to a Franklin doctor. Tesla is currently fighting new regulations in New Jersey that effectively prohibits car …

Wisconsin Police Aggressive in Redacting Accident Reports

Brenda O’Malley figured she’d get the police accident report and file an insurance claim after her teenage daughter got into a car accident in Sheboygan Falls this past spring. But the report turned out to be so redacted – or …

Wisconsin Lawmaker Defends Change to Asbestos Lawsuit Rules

Asbestos-exposure lawsuits would be slowed until plaintiffs reveal how many businesses their attorneys plan to go after under a bill introduced by a Republican lawmaker, who said the measure would prevent lawyers from hiding multiple claims in hopes of maximizing …