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This one day “summit” is for trial lawyers who are engaged in the defense of civil litigation as well as those lawyers who represent businesses and professionals, and whose litigation fate relies heavily on the admissibility—or non-admissibility—of expert testimony, including the elimination of “junk science.” A comprehensive understanding of decisions and trends from other jurisdictions will be critical for lawyers to assist in helping to shape Wisconsin law in the manner intended by the adoption of the Daubert standards for Wisconsin in January of this year.
The Assembly Labor and Workforce Development Committee this week held a public hearing on Assembly Bill 286, permitting employers to consider a person’s felony conviction record when deciding to hire or terminate the person. (The Senate companion bill is SB 207).
Building off the civil liability reforms enacted earlier this session, Governor Walker introduced four more bills for the special session. These include interest on judgments, immunity for manufactureres and sellers of FDA-approved drugs and devices, determining reasonable attorney fees, and trespasser liability. Below is a summary of each.
Gov. Scott Walker issued a call for what he is calling the “Back to Work Wisconsin” special session. Citing his focus on job creation and the goal of creating 250,000 private sector jobs, Walker indicated that Wisconsin employers and workers want a “sense of certainty, ” which according to Walker, “is the main goal of this special session – create as much certainty as we can for employers and workers at the state level so that they can create jobs.”
The major items included in the special session include: access to capital; regulatory streamlining; workforce development; tax relief; transportation and infrastructure; and civil liability reforms.