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Mike May's personal emails

Madison City Attorney Mike May thinks it's no big whoop that the state Supreme Court recently ordered records custodians to prune out the personal content of emails sent and received by government employees on their work computers. While the case was pending, his office filed an amicus brief supporting this result. >More
 UW changes tune on Primate Center tour invite

The statements seemed clear enough. At a Dane County committee hearing on July 8, Deb Hartley of the UW-Madison's National Primate Research Center proclaimed the facility open to all: "It doesn't take a resolution or a citizen's act to get into the facility," Hartley assured the committee. "[A]nybody can come in...and we'll show you what we have." All that was required was to be 18 or older, get a TB test, and complete some paperwork. >More
 Dean Health Plan pays to settle lawsuit

Dean Health Plan, a Madison-based HMO, has settled a lawsuit alleging wrongful denial of an insurance claim. Andrew Erlandson, a local attorney who filed the suit on behalf of Joe "Kay," says the insurer agreed to pay $3,250, several times more than the $646 it initially refused to pay. >More
 Nudes at the Wisconsin Capitol. Oh the humanity!

To read the police reports, you'd think the citizens of Madison had witnessed zombies cracking open skulls and feasting on the gooey mess inside. "It was disgusting," complainant Barbara B. told Madison police office Rene Gonzalez, according to his report. "I wanted to vomit." She was at the Farmers' Market with her 4-year-old granddaughter when participants in the World Naked Bike Ride rode past. One man fell off his bike to reveal...full frontal nudity. >More
 Madison gun laws pre-slain

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week against local gun control laws does not put any city of Madison ordinances at risk. That's because its ordinances were shot down 15 years ago by the state Legislature. >More
 Dean Health Plan sued over coverage denial

A Madison law firm has filed a small-claims lawsuit against Dean Health Plan over its partial denial of a customer's medical bills, as detailed in an Isthmus article last year. >More
 Go ahead, hit a bicyclist

A couple years back, Isthmus wrote about how Madison resident Linda Willsey was ticketed by police after getting "doored" by a car in downtown Madison. That story helped prompt passage of a new state law requiring drivers to look before thrusting open their doors. >More
 Unexpected windfalls for Dane County residents

In last Thursday's Wisconsin State Journal, the state Treasurer's Office ran a huge list of Dane County residents who have unclaimed property valued at $50 or more. (An affiliated website gives additional info on the identity of the "holder," but only the rightful owner can learn what exactly is being held.) >More
 Adjudicate this! Wacky lawyer stories

The Dane County Bar Association recently asked its members to nominate "strange-but-true stories" to share at its annual Bench Bar Brawl, held April 22 at the Elk's Club. To spur recollections, it listed some possible topics, like "Most innovative legal argument." >More
 Pilot questions Warner Park goose-kill rationale

Jens Luebow has a unique perspective on the Madison Park Commission's decision to approve the killing of dozens of geese at Warner Park. He's a veterinarian and a self-described "animal conservationist." He's also a private pilot who's flown "thousands" of times from the Dane County Regional Airport over the last quarter century. >More
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