Articles by Todd Richmond

Investigators: Contractor Mismarked Gas Line Before Deadly Wisconsin Blast

A utility-location worker failed to properly mark a natural gas line in a Madison, Wisconsin, suburb this summer, leading to an explosion that leveled more than half a dozen buildings and killed a firefighter, according to court documents. A search …

Wisconsin Supreme Court Caps Some Malpractice Damages at $750K

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state’s cap on noneconomic medical malpractice damages on June 27, reversing an appellate ruling that awarded $15 million to a woman who had all four limbs amputated after a mishandled infection. The court ruled …

Court Reinstates Lawsuit Against Website in Wisconsin Spa Shooting Case

A state appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit against operators of a website that facilitated the purchases of a gun used in a mass shooting in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin, five years ago. Radcliffe Haughton killed his wife, Zina Daniel Haughton, …

Flames Shot Out of Grinder Before 2017 Wisconsin Mill Explosion

A corn grinder began belching flames shortly before a deadly explosion tore through a southern Wisconsin mill last year, federal safety inspectors said. The May 31 blast at the Didion Milling Co. plant in Cambria killed five workers, injured 14 …

Court Reinstates Lawsuit Against Website in Wisconsin Spa Shooting Case

A state appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit against operators of a website that facilitated the purchases of a gun used in a mass shooting in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin, five years ago. Radcliffe Haughton killed his wife, Zina Daniel Haughton, …

Court Sides with Wisconsin Building Supply Store Founder in Compensation Lawsuit

The founder of the Menards building supply stores doesn’t owe his former fiancĂ©e compensation for professional work she said she performed for his multibillion-dollar company and other business ventures during their nine-year relationship, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled. Debra …

Wisconsin Attorney General: Apartment Building Sprinkler Rule Not Enforceable

Wisconsin regulators can’t enforce a rule requiring sprinklers in large apartment buildings, Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel said on Dec. 8 in a victory for builders looking to save on costs. The state Department of Safety and Professional Standards adopted …

Wisconsin Dairy Group Sues State Over Pollution Discharge Rules

Wisconsin environmental officials are over-regulating large livestock operations, imposing pollution requirements that are tougher than federal law and arbitrarily changing runoff standards without going through the rule-making process, a trade association says in a lawsuit. The Dairy Business Association filed …

Wisconsin’s $750K Cap on Medical Malpractice Damages Ruled Unconstitutional

Wisconsin’s cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases is unconstitutional because it puts severely injured patients at a disadvantage, a state appeals court has ruled. The 1st District Court of Appeals’ decision clears the way for unlimited compensation for …

Wisconsin Court: $750K Cap on Medical Malpractice Damages Unconstitutional

Wisconsin’s cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases is unconstitutional because it puts severely injured patients at a disadvantage, a state appeals court has ruled. The 1st District Court of Appeals’ decision clears the way for unlimited compensation for …