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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 […]

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:Tags: , ,

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 rule,” under which the losing party pays the prevailing party’s costs and attorneys’ fees. As its name suggests, the American rule […]

Sad Case for Reclamation Claims in Bankruptcy Scenario: Not Dead but Barely Breathing

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

In 2006, after passage of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention 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 […]

Recent Amendments to Wisconsin’s Foreclosure Statutes May Delay the Recording of Deeds After Sheriff’s Sale

January 8, 2018 | Categories: Publications | Topics:Tags: , ,

Recent amendments to Wisconsin’s foreclosure statutes went into effect on December 1, 2017. The amendments significantly changed the process of recording deeds after confirmation of sheriff’s sales throughout Wisconsin.   The amendments repealed Wis. Stats. §§ 846.167 and 846.17.  These statutes were colloquially known as the “Milwaukee County Rule”, because Wis. Stat. § 846.167 only […]

Important Bankruptcy Rule Amendments Went Into Effect on December 1, 2017

December 7, 2017 | Categories: Publications | Topics:Tags: , ,

The Amendments Will Have a Significant Impact on Creditors, Including Secured Creditors   Overview   In this bulletin, we provide a brief summary of the many amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (“FRBP”) that took effect on December 1, 2017.  These amended rules will have a significant impact on the rights of creditors […]

Recent Publications by KMK Attorneys

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

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 […]

Dot Your I’s and Don’t Forget the T’s: Lender Loses Its Secured Status for Missing ‘T’ in Borrower’s Middle Name

October 6, 2017 | Categories: Publications | Topics:Tags: , ,

A recent bankruptcy case dramatically illustrates how critical it is for a lender to strictly comply with the requirements for creating a legally effective UCC financing statement, and the hard lessons that follow if a lender fails to do so.   In Mainsource Bank v. LEAF Capital Funding, LLC (In re Nay), 563 B.R. 535 […]

‘Professional Way’ Carries Gegios to Success

July 10, 2017 | Categories: Firm News, Publications | Topics:Tags:

‘Professional Way’ Carries Gegios to Success By: Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com February 16, 2017 6:00 pm   As a law student, Robert Gegios was pretty sure he wasn’t going to be litigator.   “I was a relatively shy fellow at the time. I got over that along the way,” he said. “And I probably listened to […]

Good News for Lenders: Wisconsin Supreme Court Strengthens Lenders’ Remedies Against Guarantors

April 4, 2017 | Categories: Publications | Topics:Tags: ,

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently issued a decision that clarifies an important part of foreclosure law. The decision is advantageous for lenders that seek not only to foreclose on real estate collateral, but also preserve their right to collect from guarantors.   Wisconsin law allows a lender to shorten the redemption period on a foreclosure […]



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