The Seventh Circuit Interprets Wisconsin Exemption Law On College Savings Accounts and Retirement Annuities, but Did It Have Jurisdiction?

The Seventh Circuit Interprets Wisconsin Exemption Law On College Savings Accounts and Retirement Annuities, but Did It Have Jurisdiction?

In re Bronk (Cirilli v. Bronk), No. 13-1123 (7th Cir. Jan. 5, 2015), resolved a couple of “questions of first impression,” slip op. at 1, under Wisconsin’s exemption statute in a case where a bankruptcy trustee sought to upset a debtor’s pre-filing “exemption planning.”

Seventh Circuit Chides Plaintiffs’ Lawyers for Selling Out Class Members, Shedding “Crocodile Tears” in Class Action Settlement

By | Wisconsin Appellate Law | December 17, 2014
Seventh Circuit Chides Plaintiffs’ Lawyers for Selling Out Class Members, Shedding “Crocodile Tears” in Class Action Settlement

In most settlement negotiations, it is taken for granted that the parties’ self-interest will lead them to advocate aggressively for their positions and against their opponents. After all, every dollar that the plaintiff obtains is one more dollar that the defendant must give up.