Wisconsin Supreme Court News

Wisc. Supreme Court Limits Bodily Injury Coverage to Insured Persons

An auto insurer is not required to pay underinsured motorist benefits to the son of man who was killed in an auto crash because the father was not insured by its policy, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in an …

Wisc. Supreme: No Coverage for Wife After Husband Torches House

Ismet Islami’s estranged husband burned down her house in 2013. All parties involved agreed that she played no part in the arson. In fact, she was out of the country at the time. Nevertheless, a divided Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled …

No Immunity for Drunken Patron’s Fall Down Stairs, Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules

Under Wisconsin law, a property owner owes no duty of care to a trespasser. If someone enters a home or business without permission and then hurts himself by, say, falling down a flight of stairs, the owner is immune from …

Worker Who Blames Carrier for Suicide Attempt Can’t Sue in Tort

An injured worker may not pursue a tort claim against a workers’ compensation carrier that he accuses of negligence by denying payment for antidepressants, prompting him to attempt suicide, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled. The court’s District III on …

Wisconsin Supreme Court Backs Enbridge in Dane County Case

MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Canada-based Enbridge Energy doesn’t need to carry additional insurance for a pipeline project in Dane County, despite the local government’s insistence that it do so in case of an accidental spill. …

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules a Single Occurrence Applies in Fire Case

In a ruling published this week, Wisconsin’s highest court reversed and remanded a court of appeals decision that found a fire loss constituted multiple occurrences. At issue, was whether a $2 million aggregate limit or $500,000 per occurrence limit applied …

Some Malpractice Damages Capped at $750K by Wisconsin High Court

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state’s cap on non-economic medical malpractice damages on Wednesday, reversing an appellate ruling that awarded $15 million to a woman who had all four limbs amputated after a mishandled infection. The court ruled 5-2 …

Wisconsin Appeals Court Erases $750K Medical Malpractice Damages Cap

Wisconsin’s cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases is unconstitutional because it puts severely injured patients at a disadvantage, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday. The state Supreme Court will almost certainly review the ruling. If it stands it …

No Exceptions: Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Four Corners Rule

The Wisconsin Supreme Court eliminates any doubt that there is no exception to the four-corners rule in duty to defend cases in Wisconsin. In a split decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Water Well Solutions Service Group, Inc. v. Consolidated …

Wisconsin Supreme Court Sides With Railroad in Collision

A Memorial Day parade that led to a traffic jam blocking railroad tracks in a Milwaukee suburb did not amount to a specific hazard that could make the railroad company liable for striking a minivan, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled …