Habush Habush & Rottier attorney and President Dan Rottier and his clients were featured in the Wisconsin State Journal and other major publications this week regarding a state appeals court ruling that declared Wisconsin’s cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases is unconstitutional.
The case in question involved one of the firm’s clients, Ascaris Mayo, who had to have all four of her limbs amputated after doctors failed to tell her that she was suffering from a septic infection. The Mayos were awarded $25.3 million, including $15 million in non-economic damages, in a 2014 jury verdict against the doctors and the state malpractice compensation fund. The fund was established in 1975 to provide excess malpractice coverage for healthcare providers and to ensure compensation for injured patients. Following the verdict, a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge had ruled that Wisconsin’s statutory cap of $750,000 was unconstitutional, and upheld the jury’s award. The fund appealed, but the appellate court affirmed the circuit court’s decision on Wednesday. The case is likely to go to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Attorney Rottier was quoted in the article saying: “We won a very large battle, but the war is still going on,”
To learn more about this case and the appeals court ruling, read the story at the Wisconsin State Journal here.
When it came time for Steven Botzau, a plaintiff attorney for Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to nominate someone for the honor of “Trial Judge of the Year,” he knew exactly who to choose. Botzau nominated Racine County Circuit Court Judge Emily Mueller for the title, an honor given every year by the Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Other ABOTA members will typically offer up their own ideas for nominations, but once Botzau suggested Judge Mueller, “everybody agreed right away that she was perfect and a very worthy recipient,” Botzau said.
Judge Emily Mueller was first appointed to the bench in 1992 and has served as a judge in Racine County ever since. Over the past 25 years, she has presided over dozens of high-profile criminal and civil cases. Botzau noted that, to his knowledge, Mueller is the first Racine County Circuit judge to receive the “Trial Judge of the Year” title. Mueller prides herself on treating everyone in the courtroom with respect, and when asked about her role as a judge, Mueller said, “A judge needs to make certain that the playing field is level for everybody, and that everybody is playing by the same set of legal rules.”
The attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® want to congratulate Judge Mueller for the well-deserved honor of Trial Judge of the Year. She has helped our community to become a more fair and honest place, and we hope that other judges will learn from her respectable work. You can read more about Judge Mueller in her feature in The Journal Times.
Authorities are reporting that at least one individual was killed and several others were injured in an explosion and fire at the Didion Milling plant in Cambria. The explosion occurred around 11:00 p.m. and approximately 16 workers were present at the time of the explosion. News reports say that thirty-seven local agencies were responding to the blast and the injured have been transported to local hospitals. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
You can also read more local coverage and follow this developing story at WKOW.com.
*Update – News outlets including the Washington Post are reporting that the plant in Cambria was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2011 for explosion hazards. Read more at the Washington Post.
That text can wait. On May 8th, attorney Ralph Tease hosted a presentation at Pulaski High School sharing the dangers of distracted driving and how to better protect yourself and others.
Thanks to NBC26 for the feature! Watch the news story and read more on the NBC26 website here.
The Habush team is very proud of attorney Jason Knutson, who was awarded the Dane County Bar Association Pro Bono Award on May 1, for his dedicated work in the Latino Community in Dane County! This award is given to an individual or organization who has exemplified great dedication to developing legal services for the poor or who has advanced the ways to deliver volunteer legal services. Attorney Knutson serves from the Madison office and is a shareholder with the firm, specializing in complex litigation, such as major environmental and industrial accidents, and class action claims, while also handling cases of medical malpractice, products liability, and personal injury. Congratulations, Jason!
Attorney Benjamin Wagner of the Milwaukee office is currently President of the Wisconsin Association for Justice. The Association supports the work of attorneys to ensure any person harmed due to workplace injury or injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can have a fair day in court when taking on the most powerful interests. Attorney Wagner has taken the time to write different pieces on the importance of the 7th Amendment as well as advocacy. Check them out here.
Christopher E. Rogers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. is the new President-elect of the Wisconsin State Bar following the elections ending April 28th, 2017. In an incredibly narrow race, attorney Rogers defeated Jon P. Axelrod of DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. The final vote totals gave attorney Rogers the victory with 2,521 votes to attorney Axelrod’s 2,423.
Attorney Rogers is honored to be elected and had this to say of the victory:
““I’m very appreciative of the trust and commitment from the membership,” Rogers said. It was a privilege to run, “particularly in a campaign with Jon – a great attorney and a great person.”
The entire team at Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. are proud of Chris’ accomplishment and we wish him luck in his one term as President-elect and his subsequent term as President.
For more on this story and more election results, read the Wisconsin Law Journal story.
Listen to Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® attorney Jason Knutson discuss the most recent updates to the Syngenta lawsuit! Jason was interviewed this week by Bryant from the Farm Report, about this long-developing legal action that has dramatically affected corn producers across the region. In the interview, Jason talks about the first trial that will start this month. According to Jason, this is the first of three “bell weather” trials that will help determine how juries will react to the case. Attorney Knutson and others believe that the corn producers have a strong case and he believes that things will go well for them in their pursuit of justice. To learn more about this case and to hear the full interview, listen here.
Habush Habush & Rottier and Hawks Quindel achieved a settlement of $1,850,000.00 on behalf of a class of nearly 100 commissioned sales representatives from Renaissance Learning, Inc. Renaissance Learning is a software and learning analytics company that produces cloud-based, K-12 education software. Plaintiffs’ claims included unpaid commissions and penalty damages for a breach of their contracts in 2014. The settlement resulted in each class member recovering over 90% of their commissions owed, with many class members receiving awards in the tens of thousands of dollars.
There is a reason why so many employees have turned to Habush Habush & Rottier with their employment claims. If you feel that you have been denied the overtime pay that you rightfully deserve, contact us to find out why we are the trusted name for employment claims. Contact us at (800)2-HABUSH today.
Habush Habush & Rottier, along with Hawks Quindel and Williams Dirks Dameron, recently won a motion certifying hundreds of Cerner employees as a class. The plaintiff claims that she and her coworkers were illegally classified as exempt from overtime, and in a ruling on Tuesday, Jackson County Circuit Judge W. Brent Powell agreed. In his decision, he found that there were enough would-be class members to warrant the class-action designation.
According to the lawsuit, Cerner had 350 delivery consultants in 2013, and in 2015 hired 400 delivery consultants. These employees may have been wrongly exempt from overtime, often due to inflated job titles that did not truly reflect their level of responsibility under the law.
If you were employed by Cerner and you suspect that you may be eligible to participate, contact the Cerner lawsuit attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier today at (800) 2-HABUSH today. To learn more about the Cerner Lawsuit, read the story here.