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2015 News Archives


CWPB partner Linda Harfst won a ground-breaking labor law victory before the National Labor Relations Board on August 27, 2015. In Lincoln Lutheran of Racine and Service Employees International Union Healthcare Wisconsin, SEIU-HCWI, Case 30-CA-111099, the NLRB ended more than 50 years of precedent unfavorable to unions. This precedent, established in Bethlehem Steel, 136 NLRB 1500 (1962), held that an employer's obligation to continue union dues payroll deductions ceases following the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement that created the arrangement.

Seven CWPB LLP Attorneys in 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America©, a highly regarded publication of top lawyers and law firms, lists Pines Bach LLP as a top tier (Tier 1) Madison law firm in the 2016 listing of "Best Law Firms" in the following practice areas:

Three New Partners at CWPB

Pines Bach LLP is very pleased to announce that Susan Crawford, Elise Clancy Ruoho and Ann Davies have become equity partners. Each of them brings unique and sophisticated legal skills and management perspectives to the firm. They will help CWPB to grow and prosper and maintain the significant presence we have in the legal communities of Dane County and the State of Wisconsin.

Success for Planned Parenthood

CWPB partners Lester Pines and Susan Crawford, along with attorneys from Planned Parenthood of America and the ACLU Reproductive Rights Project, obtained a permanent injunction against a 2011 Wisconsin law that required physicians who provide abortion services to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where those services are performed. U.S. District Court Judge William Conley held that the law imposed unconstitutional burdens on the right of Wisconsin women to access abortion services, that the imposition of those burdens, rather than any attempt to promote women's health, was the Legislature's unconstitutional intent when it passed the law and that the law impermissibly and unconstitutionally delegated to private institutions with no right of appeal to the state the decision of whether to award admitting privileges. Read the judge's decision here.

CWPB Successfully Defends the Constitutional Authority of State Superintendent of Public Instruction

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals, in a case successfully argued by Lester Pines, Susan Crawford & Tamara Packard, affirmed a circuit court decision that held unconstitutional provisions of a 2011 law that transferred the ultimate authority to oversee the development administrative rules governing education from the non-partisan elected Superintendent of Public Instruction to the Governor. Read the full decision here.

Sanctions for Frivolous Case Upheld

In a case defended by Pines Bach partner Lester Pines, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals upheld a circuit court order that imposed monetary sanctions on the plaintiff, Minerals Development & Supply Company, Inc., and its attorneys for having brought and maintained a frivolous lawsuit in the case of Minerals Development & Supply Company, Inc. et al v Hunton & Williams, LLP, et al. The Court also upheld the revocation of one attorney's pro hac vice admission to practice in Wisconsin. Read the full decision here.

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