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2012 News Archives

Election Results Declared

Attorneys Lester Pines and Tamara Packard utilized the ancient quo warranto action to obtain judicial declaration that their clients are the rightfully elected officers of the Madison Audubon Society. The vote was 188 to 55. The lawsuit arose because the MAS refused to recognize the membership of over 170 individuals who joined the organization on the day of the election and voted for those whom the MAS subsequently refused to recognize as the winners of the election. A Dane County judge found that the new members were in fact members entitled to cast ballots in the election and to have those ballots counted. March 2012.

League Proper to Bring Voter ID Case

Ruling that the League of Women Voters and its President may pursue a constitutional challenge to Wisconsin's Voter ID law, Circuit Court Judge Niess reasoned that the League of Women Voters and its President are in an excellent position to carefully develop and zealously present the arguments regarding the constitutionality of the law. He ruled that the case was appropriately before the court, because "Without question, declaratory relief on the constitutionality of photo identification requirements in Act 23 serves a useful, indeed profound, purpose." The court also declined the defendants' motion to dismiss Governor Walker from the lawsuit, ruling that Walker is a proper defendant. The League is represented in this lawsuit by Attorneys Lester Pines, Susan Crawford and Tamara Packard. March 2012.

Allegations Unfounded

A Wisconsin nurse wrongly accused of mishandling narcotics and possible drug diversion received the good news that the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (formerly Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing) would take no action against the nurse's license. The allegations had been brought to the DSPS's attention by a department head at the hospital where the nurse worked. Attorney Linda Harfst assisted the nurse in preparing a successful response to the agency's investigation. January 2012.

CWPB to Represent Major Telecommunications Company in Streetcar Case

The City of Milwaukee is planning to build new streetcar lines in the downtown area. The case will determine whether the City or a utility, like tw telecom, will have to pay to relocate underground utility lines during construction. The projected cost to relocate the underground facilities could exceed $70 million. January 2012.

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