Walker Expands DNR’s Green Tier Regulatory Flexibility ProgramMay 25, 2012
Gov. Walker has signed Executive Order 69, which directs the DNR to expand its existing Green Tier program to meet both environmental and economic development goals. Green Tier is a voluntary program that recognizes and rewards businesses for environmental performance that exceeds legal requirements by granting them some regulatory flexibility.
GLLF Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of WMC & MWFPA in Lake Koshkonong CaseMay 24, 2012
The Great Lakes Legal Foundation has filed a friend of the court brief in support of the petitioners in the Rock-Koshkonong Lake Dist. et al. v. DNR (2008AP1523) case on behalf of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and the Midwest Food Processors Association.
Vote Cook for Environmental Law Section BoardMay 24, 2012
The Foundation’s own Andrew Cook is running for the public interest position on the board of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Environmental Law Section.
Andrew Cook is an attorney with the Great Lakes Legal Foundation, a non-profit public interest law firm. Mr. Cook is also a consultant with the Hamilton Consulting Group, LLC. He received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago (cum laude). He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, and previously was a member of the Washington State Bar Association. In 2003, Mr. Cook began practicing environmental and land use law in Seattle, WA before moving to Madison, where he continues to practice in that area of the law. His favorite activity away from work is spending time with this wife and two kids (ages two and five) at the family’s cottage in northern Wisconsin, where they enjoy hiking and kayaking.
Ballots were mailed to members of the Environmental Law Section and must be returned to the State Bar by June 4, 2012.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Plaintiffs Entitled to Receive “Phantom Damages”May 24, 2012
The Spring 2012 edition of the Federalist Society’s State Court Docket Watch features an article authored by GLLF Director of Legal Services Andrew Cook. The article, Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Plaintiffs Entitled to Receive “Phantom Damages,” provides an in-depth analysis of the high court’s unanimous decision in Orlowski v. State Farm Mutual Auto. Ins. Co.
Part I of the article begins with a discussion of previous Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions applying the collateral source rule in personal injury cases where the plaintiff’s medical expenses were written off by the medical provider. Part II concludes by discussing the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s latest decision in Orlowski, which extends the collateral source rule to underinsured motorist claims.
GLLF Granted Amicus Status in Lake Koshkonong CaseMay 14, 2012
Great Lakes Legal Foundation staff are currently working on a friend of the court brief in support of the petitioners in the Rock-Koshkonong Lake Dist. et al. v. DNR (2008AP1523) case on behalf of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and the Midwest Food Processors Association.
“If I Wanted America to Fail” Video Highlights Energy & Environmental Policy ConcernsMay 14, 2012
A popular internet video modeled after Paul Harvey's classic essay, "If I Were the Devil," asks “What would you do if you wanted America to fail?” The answer, according to the video’s creators, is continue on America’s current energy and environmental policy path.
EPA Administrator Who Compared Enforcement Strategy to Crucifixion ResignsMay 11, 2012
Al Armendariz, the EPA’s Regional Administrator for Region 6, has resigned amidst Congressional outcry over remarks that Armendariz made at a 2010 town hall comparing his enforcement strategy to the Roman practice of crucifixion.
DNR Enforcement Actions Draw AttentionMay 10, 2012
Recent news articles focusing on the DNR’s enforcement numbers and policies have drawn attention to the agency’s enforcement practices and brought it into the political storm of the recall elections.
Obama to Highlight Climate Change and Environmental Issues in Reelection CampaignMay 9, 2012
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, President Obama highlighted his intention to make climate change and environmental issues a centerpiece of his 2012 reelection campaign.