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Westerberg Pens Op-Ed for The Wisconsin State Journal

The Wisconsin State Journal published an op-ed by Pines Bach partner, Christa Westerberg, entitled "Government Policies Put Public Health At Risk" which described numerous instances where local and state government agencies in Wisconsin have kept their employees from notifying the public about health risks. Read the full article here: http://host.madison.com/wsj/opinion/column/christa-westerberg-government-policies-put-public-health-at-risk/article_ef1fa4eb-0bb4-5bea-a14d-b6bde411f456.html

Dumas & Pines Settle Civil Rights Claim against State Rep. Kooyenga

Attorneys Aaron Dumas and Lester Pines settled a civil rights claim against Wisconsin State Representative, Dale Kooyenga, with the State of Wisconsin paying $30,000 in damages for Kooyenga's theft of a sign with a proper permit that had been displayed in the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol. Kooyenga took the sign because he objected to its criticism of President Trump and his supporters. Commenting on the settlement, Lester Pines was quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "We are pleased with the settlement because it is an acknowledgment by Rep. Kooyenga that he violated the Eighth Commandment-thou shall not steal."

Pines Bach Mourns the Death of Cheryl Rosen Weston, Founding Partner

Cheryl Rosen Weston, one of the founders of Pines Bach, died on March 23rd. Cheryl became a lawyer in 1971 and helped found the firm in 1979. She was one of the "new wave" of women who entered law school and the practice of law in the late 1960's and early 1970's who dramatically changed the composition of the profession. To pursue other interests, especially her desire to teach law, Cheryl stopped being a partner in 1991. At the time of her death, she was a Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Law School, having taught a generation of law students there.

Pines Bach Attorneys Prevail in Request for Hearing Regarding Proposed Wetland Destruction.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has decided to stay a permit that would allow the destruction of wetlands for a proposed golf course in Sheboygan County. The DNR had granted the permit in January.

Susan Crawford Honored As Statewide "Leader in The Law"

Susan Crawford, a Pines Bach partner, was honored yesterday as one of the top members of the Wisconsin's legal community, receiving a prestigious "Leader in the Law" award for her legal expertise and career achievements. The award was presented by the Wisconsin Law Journal at its annual awards dinner and ceremony held at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

Pines Bach Attorneys Score Circuit Court Win on Electronic Records

Pines Bach partner Christa Westerberg, assisted by attorney Aaron Dumas, prevailed last week in an Open Records law case on behalf journalist and open government advocate Bill Lueders. Lueders had requested copies of emails from a state legislator and was offered over 1,500 pages of printed emails. He then requested electronic copies, was denied, and sued to obtain them.

Packard & Bach Among Super Lawyers' "Top 25"

We previously blogged about our six attorneys selected to the 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list here. As an additional honor, Tamara Packard ranked in this year's top 25 women attorneys in the state, as well as in the top 25 Madison area attorneys. Steve Bach was also selected for the top 25 Madison area attorneys listing. These "top 25" listings are of all Super Lawyers, all practice areas.

Dumas & Pines Win Arbitration in LLC Membership Dispute

Aaron Dumas and Lester Pines, along with attorneys from the Pittsburgh firm of Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., won an arbitration on behalf of an Pennsylvania limited liability company (LLC) in a dispute about the refusal of a Wisconsin LLC to recognize that it was bound by a purchase agreement to transfer its membership shares in a third limited liability company to the Pennsylvania company. Following a two-and-a-half day hearing in November, the arbitrator in a written decision issued on December 7, held that the Wisconsin LLC breached the agreement. The arbitrator's remedy was a specific performance order, directing that the transaction be closed and the membership shares transferred before December 31. It closed on December 20.

Six Pines Bach Attorneys Listed in 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers List

Six Pines Bach LLP attorneys have been selected to the 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of layers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Westerberg Scores Second Legal Win for Clients in Blue Mound State Park Case

A Dane County Circuit Court judge issued a decision recently that derailed the state's plan to cut a snowmobile trail through Blue Mound State Park, an area best known for silent sports like cross-country skiing. The ruling came as a win for Attorney Christa Westerberg, who filed suit against the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on behalf of Karl Heil, a former superintendent of the park, and Kenneth Wade, a resident of the village of Blue Mounds.

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