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Pines Bach Wins Long-Awaited Supreme Court Victory for Medicaid Providers, Striking Down Unlawful State Recoupment Policy

Attorney Diane Welsh and her Pines Bach colleagues won a momentous victory for Medicaid providers and enrollees in the Wisconsin Supreme Court on July 9, as the Court unanimously agreed with the circuit court and with providers that a widespread payment recoupment standard imposed on providers by the Department of Health Services was unlawful.


It was outrageous that Republican legislators and two Supreme Courts forced Wisconsin voters to choose between their health and their right to vote in the 2020 Spring Primary. Wisconsinites and people across our country will never forget what happened to Wisconsin voters, especially those living in neighborhoods ravaged by the pandemic.

Eight Pines Bach Attorneys Listed in 2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers List

Eight Pines Bach LLP attorneys have been selected to the 2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Nine Pines Bach Attorneys in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America®, a highly regarded publication of top lawyers and law firms, lists nine Pines Bach LLP attorneys in the newly released 2020 Wisconsin Edition. Compiled using a rigorous peer process, the list is designed to showcase those lawyers who are highly regarded in their field. 

Pines Bach attorneys win a string of public records, First Amendment cases

Pines Bach attorneys Christa Westerberg and Aaron Dumas have won several open records and First Amendment cases in recent months. In one, the court of appeals affirmed the right of Pines Bach's client, a journalist, to get electronically-generated records in electronic form under Wisconsin's open records law.

In another, a court rejected the University of Wisconsin's attempts to keep public health grant records secret. Pines Bach also obtained a settlement which ended the Wisconsin Department of Justice's "abusive" practice of denying requests that initially generated over 500 emails.


Explaining that a temporary injunction was necessary to avoid "irreparable harm to a constitutional democracy such as ours," on March 21, 2019, the Honorable Richard G. Niess issued an order enjoining all of the "laws" passed and all 82 appointments "confirmed" by the Wisconsin Legislature during its December 2018 "Extraordinary Session." Judge Niess determined that this was an illegal meeting, unauthorized by the Wisconsin Constitution, and therefore none of the actions taken during that meeting had any effect. He observed, "The rule of law-the very bedrock of the Wisconsin Constitution-cannot, in any respect, abide enforcement of laws that do not exist."

Eight Pines Bach Attorneys Listed in 2018 Wisconsin Super Lawyers List

Eight Pines Bach LLP attorneys have been selected to the 2018 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Westerberg pens guest editorial for Capital Times

Pines Bach attorney Christa Westerberg authored a guest editorial entitled "AG Schimel's office working nationwide for private interests." The editorial, published by Madison's Capital Times, discusses recent legal filings by the Wisconsin Attorney General. It explains the Attorney General's expanded practice of filing amicus curiae, or "friend of the court" briefs, in federal courts nationwide, and their limited connection to the state of Wisconsin and interests of its citizens.

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