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Golf pros vs. city civil trial begins

The civil case against the City of Madison brought by four city golf pros that were fired from their jobs in 2012 has begun.

July 2018

Former bathhouse owner fined

Charles Prindiville of Madison, owner of the Rising Sun bathhouse from 2003–2010, accepted a plea deal and was ordered to pay a $4,000 fine plus court costs for running a house of prostitution at the business on West Main Street in downtown Madison.

July 2018

Sinovel fined $1.5M in trade secret case

Beijing, China-based Sinovel Wind Group was ordered to pay the maximum allowable fine, $1.5 million, for stealing trade secrets from AMSC (fka American Superconductor) that led to a $1.1 billion loss in AMSC’s total revenues in 2011.

July 2018

Ex-nursing exec steals from association

Jessica Kitscha, the former president and treasurer of the Wisconsin Student Nurses Association, was charged with stealing $84,475 from the organization between June 2015 and June 2017.

July 2018

Tariffs forcing Harley’s hand

The tariff war between the U.S. and the rest of the world has forced the hand of Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Corp., which says it will move some production of its motorcycles to Europe.

June 2018

Online shoppers to pay sales tax

On a 5–4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court closed a loophole that has existed since 1992 regarding state sales taxes collected from online sales.

June 2018

Adams loses billboard lawsuit against city

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled against Adams Outdoor Advertising and in favor of the city of Madison in a legal battle over billboard sight lines brewing since the city erected a bicycle bridge over the Beltline in 2013.

June 2018

Alleged extortion attempt muddies case against Monona auto repair shop owner accused of rape, kidnapping

Earlier this spring, Mathew E. Levin, 50, of Verona, owner of Integrity Auto at 935 Femrite Drive in Monona, was arrested for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 25-year-old woman, who later showed up partially clothed at a nearby gas station, according to multiple media reports at the time.

June 2018

Farley family vs. Trek bikes

Make Him Smile, an organization founded by Chris Farley’s family to protect the late comedian’s publicity and property rights, filed a lawsuit against Waterloo-based Trek Bicycles, claiming Trek used the late comedian’s name on a line of “Farley” fat-tire bikes it produces.

June 2018

Judge Doyle Square developer sues city

Work on the Judge Doyle Square site continues in downtown Madison despite a federal lawsuit the developer, Beitler Real Estate Services, filed against the city earlier this week.

June 2018
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