Inside Law & Policy

Digging Deeper: Adoption in Wisconsin
A Wisconsin lawmaker wants to make the in-state adoption process a lot easier on the birth-mother. Read more.

A Travel Ban’s Foe: A Young Firebrand and Her Pro Bono Brigade
The founder of the International Refugee Assistance Project works in her socks, curses like a sailor, and loves a good lawsuit. Read more.

What’s Inside A ‘Derby Pie’? Maybe A Lawsuit Waiting To Happen
Don’t serve “Derby-Pie” unless you are ready to fight a trademark infringement lawsuit brought by a determined family. Read more. 

How this mom turned $775 into a $65 million company in only 5 years
The Cambridge Satchel Company startup kit: an intuitive woman, her mom, a free online course, a couple of cereal boxes, and a whole lot of grit. Read more. 

Robots on wheels may soon deliver takeout to Madison humans
The passage of the “R2-D2 bill” could legalize and regulate the use of personal delivery drivers, or PDDs. You may have to yield to robots the next time you’re in Madison. Read more.

Irish butter dispute takes new turn with Kerrygold lawsuit
Is Irishgold’s butter substantially similar to Kerrygold’s butter? You decide–before the U.S.District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin does. Read more.

In Wisconsin, selling cookies can land you in jail
Home bakers can’t legally sell their treats in just two states, including Wisconsin. They lobbied and are now challenging the half-baked law in court. (It’s worth a read just for the recipes, Lavender Lemon Sunshine Shortbreads and Winter Squash Spice Muffins.) Read more.

Women’s rights country by country – interactive
Interactive diagram breaking down laws affecting women’s rights (including domestic violence, property, and harassment) by country. Read more.

Chadbourne Litigator Suing Firm is Expelled
Female partner sues firm in gender discrimination class action for $100 million. Spoiler alert–she’s not working at the firm any longer. Read more.

Madison Chocolatier CocoVaa is sued by Mars for trademark infringement
Are CocoVaa chocolates confusingly similar to CocoVia supplements? A Virginia federal court will decide. Read more.

The Rapist’s Loophole: Marriage
Multiple countries condone husbands’ violent acts against their wives with laws making marital rape expressly legal (10 countries) or by giving rapists an easy out (31 countries). Read more.

Drink Wisconsinbly pub co-owners allege they’ve been frozen out
Local partners duel over control of the bar and access to records. Read more.

Sexual Harassment Claims Against a ‘SHE-E.O.’
Employee of Thinx, a company that makes period underwear, sued claiming her boss’s boundary-breaking workplace motto went to far (e.g., boss allegedly conducted meetings via video conference from her bed, naked). Read more. 

Consumer Review Fairness Act Taking Effect
Go ahead, post a negative review online. The form terms of service can’t stop you. Read more.

Pilot project to test proposed business court
Starting in July, Wisconsin will test a dedicated business court in Waukesha, Door, Outagamie, and Brown counties (among others) in the hopes to expedite large claim business cases and commercial disputes. Read more.

Federal Judge goes out on a ‘lonely limb’ and blocks Colorado town’s ban on topless women
Toplessness is now legal for all in Fort Collins. Read more.