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Wisconsin Supreme Court Affirms Need for Carefully Drafted Non-Compete Agreements

June 28, 2018 | Categories: Firm News, Publications | Topics:Tags:

Under Wisconsin law, non-compete, non-disclosure and non-solicitation agreements between employers and employees are enforceable, but only if the agreements are narrowly tailored to protect the employer from unfair competition. A recent decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court reiterates how important it is to make sure such agreements are meticulously drafted.   In Manitowoc Co., Inc. […]

Get Smart. A State-of-the-Art Credit Application Will Reduce Debt Liquidation Losses

June 28, 2018 | Categories: Firm News, Publications | Topics:Tags:

Kohner, Mann & Kailas regularly sets forth in its printed materials to its clients the advisability and value of any credit provider ensuring that it utilizes a state-of-the-art credit application or credit contract executed by the credit customer prior to granting open-account credit.   Do not think for a moment that type of document is […]

KMK Article on New Civil Procedure Rules is Featured on Cover of Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine

June 28, 2018 | Categories: Firm News | Topics:

KMK litigation attorneys Robert L. Gegios, Ryan M. Billings, and Melinda A. Bialzik wrote the cover story for the June 2018 issue of Wisconsin Lawyer, published by the Wisconsin State Bar Association. The article, entitled “Sweeping Changes to Rules of Civil Procedure,” details the dramatic impact the revisions to the procedural rules have on civil […]

A NEW BOOST FOR THE RIGHTS OF CREDITORS: COURT RULES THIRD PARTY LITIGATION EXPENSES MAY BE RECOVERED AS CONTRACT DAMAGES

April 3, 2018 | Categories: Firm News, Publications | Topics:

A NEW BOOST FOR THE RIGHTS OF CREDITORS: COURT RULES THIRD PARTY LITIGATION EXPENSES MAY BE RECOVERED AS CONTRACT DAMAGES   Unless a statute or contract provides otherwise, a party to a lawsuit is responsible for its own litigation expenses, including attorneys’ fees. This is known as the “American rule.” It contrasts with the “English […]

SAD CASE FOR RECLAMATION CLAIMS IN BANKRUPTCY SCENARIO: NOT DEAD BUT BARELY BREATHING

April 3, 2018 | Categories: Firm News, Publications | Topics:

In 2006, after passage of the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA), KMK questioned whether reclamation claims in bankruptcy had become obsolete even though BAPCPA had doubled the period that a reclamation claim could cover in bankruptcy, from 20 to 45 days. Despite the expansion of the reclamation time period, BAPCPA […]

Millions of dollars now being paid from partial settlements in actions brought by Kohner, Mann & Kailas, S.C. over alleged natural gas price fixing

January 8, 2018 | Categories: Firm News, Success Stories | Topics:

Distribution impacts qualifying industrial and commercial users of natural gas in Wisconsin following a case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court Milwaukee, Wis. –  A significant payout is underway in Wisconsin from partial settlements that were reached with four defendant groups in class action lawsuits against natural gas companies that allegedly conspired to manipulate […]

Avoid Getting Caught In The Middle Of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Fraud

December 15, 2017 | Categories: Firm News | Topics:

Construction contractors and material suppliers who sell services or materials to disadvantaged business enterprises for federal or state construction projects need to pay close attention to ensure they do not get caught in the middle of a fraud case.   The federal government and many state and local governments have developed programs to provide opportunities […]

Recent publications by KMK attorneys

November 5, 2017 | Categories: Firm News, Publications | Topics:

KMK is again providing judges and lawyers important scholarship to guide pretrial litigation discovery, though the State Bar of Wisconsin. Continuing their decades of work, Robert Gegios and Melinda Bialzik are authoring another edition of “Chapter 2 – Scope of Discovery” in Pinnacle Books’ Wisconsin Discovery Law and Practice. Robert and Melinda also authored, earlier […]

Good News: New Federal Law Allows Businesses to use Federal Courts to Redress Theft of Trade Secrets

October 19, 2017 | Categories: Firm News | Topics:

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) allows parties to file suit in federal court even if the requirements of federal diversity jurisdiction are not met. As a result, most claims of misappropriation of trade secrets can now be filed in federal court (not the case previously). The federal court system has different procedures, […]

KMKSC Successfully Defends Corporate Client’s Constitutional Rights in Wisconsin Supreme Court

April 6, 2017 | Categories: Firm News, Success Stories | Topics:

KMKSC is pleased to announce its success in an important constitutional case before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.   The case involves a trial court’s delegation of broad authority to a “referee,” a private individual who was appointed by the court to act as a surrogate judge. The trial court empowered the referee to rule on […]



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