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June 21, 2018

Databases and Catalog now available

Access to databases, such as HeinOnline, and our online catalog is now working following this morning's system work. Thank you for your patience!

Please call us at 608-267-9696 if you have any issues using our databases or library catalog

Databases Are Unavailable

Users outside of our libraries are unable to access databases, such as HeinOnline or Index to Legal Periodicals. We are working on fixing this issue and will post again when access to these databases is working again.

If you need help accessing information from these databases, please call our reference desk at 608-267-9696.

Circuit court fee waivers

We're often asked how much it costs to file a circuit court case, and whether there are any options to waive filing fees. Most cases require a filing fee, but there is a procedure to request the court waive filing fees and costs. The court will review the request and approve, deny, or order partial payment of fees and costs. (See the WI Circuit Court fee, forfeiture, fine and surcharge tables for more information about standard fees and costs.)
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Forms

The Wisconsin Court System has created a form to request that a civil court action begin without prepayment of filing fees or costs: Petition for Waiver of Fees and Costs - Affidavit of Indigency, CV-410A, and the accompanying Order on Petition for Waiver of Fees and Costs, CV-410B. (For prisoners' use, see: CV-438 and CV-440.)

For eFiling litigants, a fee waiver can also be requested and the court has created instructions for eFiling and waiving court fees and costs

A fee waiver request does not include other related fees, such as service of process fees from a private process server or Sheriff's Department. Check with your local county court for information on fee waiver requests for other programs, like this Outagamie County request for waiver of family court mediation fees. Some types of cases don't require filing fees, such as most temporary restraining order petitions alleging domestic abuse or stalking. Check the WI Circuit Court fee, forfeiture, fine and surcharge tables for more information on filing fees and costs for particular types of cases. Finally, check with your local county court for more information on procedures and fees.

June 20, 2018

Catalog and databases temporarily unavailable

Due to scheduled system maintenance, our catalog and access to online databases will be unavailable on Thursday morning beginning at 6 a.m. We anticipate full access to these resources will be restored by mid-morning.

Please ask a librarian if you need help accessing the library's collection during this time. Call us at 608-267-9696.

June 14, 2018

Observing Flag Day

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress authorized the creation of a new flag to symbolize the United States of America. 
"Resolved, That the flag of the ∥thirteen∥ United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation"
June 14, 1777, page 466, in Journals of the Continental Congress. A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

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You can read about the history of Flag Day and a little bit of history about the American flag in the Library of Congress' "Today in History" entry for June 14

Our Etiquette and Protocol page links to guides and several statutes about the proper use and display of flags. 

June 13, 2018

LGBTQ Start Here guide

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) and we've put together a short resource guide to help users who are researching legal issues for LGBTQ individuals. Our guide features books from our collection, recent law review articles and journals, and a short list of useful websites.


Find our LGBTQ research guide and other Start Here guides on our website.

June 4, 2018

WSLL @ Your Service: June 2018

The June issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Carol Hassler.

In this issue:

Criminal Law Research Guides

The annual Wisconsin Court System Criminal Law & Sentencing Institute took place in early May. Librarians created several research guides for attendees. Read more

Bar Association Meeting Programs

We’re ready to speak at your next bar association meeting! Julie Tessmer, State Law Librarian, will present information about the library’s services and the materials which we provide for practicing attorneys. Read more

New Books

Our featured new resources this month are 2017 Tax Legislation: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and Renters’ Rights. Check our new book list for more new titles. Read more

Tech Tip

All drivers are aware of texting while driving laws. One way to avoid the temptation of using your phone while driving is to install an app that handles incoming calls and texts. Read more

Library News

Get information about Law Day in Dane County, staff news, and Fourth of July library closures. Read more

June Snapshot

Our new microfiche scanner is ready to use! Use it to scan, then email or save copies from microfiche or microfilm. Read more

May 29, 2018

Fastcase at the Library

One question we're frequently asked is where to find Wisconsin Jury Instructions online. As of this blog post, they're available through Fastcase.

Anyone can use Fastcase at our three libraries to access current and some prior Wisconsin Jury Instructions online. Jury instructions are keyword searchable and browsable. If you haven't used Fastcase to access a treatise-like collection before, a librarian can help get you started.

We recently added a new book on using Fastcase to our collection. Fastcase: the definitive guide includes tips and step by step instructions for getting the most out of the database with every search.

Contents include:
  • The nuts and bolts of searching
  • Case research
  • Bad law bot : is that case still good law?
  • Statutes and other legislative resources
  • Regulations and administrative law
  • Treatises, law reviews, and other secondary resources


Check out Fastcase: the definitive guide today!

May 22, 2018

Libraries Closed on Memorial Day

The David T. Prosser Jr. Library, and Dane and Milwaukee County Law Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day. We will respond to questions and requests on Tuesday, May 29th.

To ask a question while we are closed, call us at 608-267-9696 or Ask a Librarian online.

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May 21, 2018

New in HeinOnline: Prestatehood Legal Materials

Researchers trying to locate primary law materials from US colonies all the way to statehood can turn to a single source: HeinOnline's Prestatehood legal materials.

It's easy to use! From the main page of the collection, use the map to navigate to the geographical area (state) you're researching. You'll get an overview of the history and dates pertinent to your research, along with suggested sources for constitutional, judicial, legislative, and executive materials.

Sign into this database with your library card. HeinOnline is available to most cardholders outside of the library, and all visitors to our three libraries can use HeinOnline from a law library computer or wireless network.
Information has been adapted from the book, Prestatehood legal materials: a fifty state research guide, including New York City and the District of Columbia. The print edition is also available digitally from HeinOnline's prestatehood collection.

The author of Wisconsin's entry, Duane Strojny, notes in the conclusion, "A quick phone call to the Wisconsin State Law Library will confirm actual content and the existence or appropriate referral to obtain a copy of documents." Yes! Please call or email us with questions. We're happy to help.

May 17, 2018

Downtown Madison road closures on May 19

Potentially affecting our after hours users, there are a few street closures in downtown Madison on Saturday, May 19. 

The Judge Doyle Square Project will require a closure of E. Doty St. between MLK Jr. Blvd. and S. Pinckney St. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018.



May 11, 2018

CBD oil in the news

CBD oil and industrial hemp have been in the news for the past couple of weeks. On May 10, the Wisconsin Department of Justice released an updated statement on Wisconsin's industrial hemp pilot program and CBD oil.
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This was prompted by discussion over a recent guidance statement from the Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center. (link updated 5/23/18)

This statement was briefly hosted on the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection's (DATCP) industrial hemp research pilot program website, where they linked to the document and included a brief statement. (Archived version of the DATCP page from May 3, 2018)

Here's an overview of sources and laws relating to these topics:

Wisconsin sources

The WI Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection has information on the industrial hemp program on their website Wisconsin DATCP Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program. This page includes FAQs and other information. 

Wisconsin statute 961.38 discusses cannabidiol. Read an overview of 2017 Wisconsin Act 4 which affected possession and distribution of CBD and of 2017 Wisconsin Act 100 which relates to industrial hemp.

Wisconsin statute index listings for "hemp" and "cannabidiol":

The Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board administers sections of chapter 961 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

Other sources

The US Department of Agriculture has a page on industrial hemp, which discusses section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill. Information on the pending 2018 Farm Bill, H.R. 2 can be found online.

US Drug Enforcement Administration final rule: Dec. 2016 Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract

Court rules CBD is Schedule 1 controlled substance, cannabidiol sales only where pot legal, Statesman Journal (May 4, 2018)

The National Conference of State Legislatures has an overview of other state industrial hemp statutes on their website.

May 8, 2018

Research guides for Criminal Law & Sentencing Institute

The annual Wisconsin Court System Criminal Law & Sentencing Institute is this week. Jennifer Waite, librarian at the Milwaukee County Law Library, will be available to share information about our three libraries to judges in attendance. 


For those who won't be at the conference, or can't stop by the table, here's a sampling of some of the information you can walk away with, in addition to our brochure and bookmark.

Legislative History Research in Wisconsin
Get an overview of legislative history research in a clear diagram. Links and coverage for online and print resources are included. 

Our Start Here research guides are short two page lists of books and articles which feature essential or newer sources on a topic. 

May 1, 2018

WSLL @ Your Service May 2018

The May issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Carol Hassler.

In this issue:

Congratulations to New Graduates

The Wisconsin State Law Library congratulates May graduates of Wisconsin's law schools and invites new attorneys to sign up for library cards. Read more




New Flyer for Public Service Desks

The Library is making it easier to refer people to our services with our public service desk handout. Read more




New Books

Our featured new resources this month are Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, Renters' Rights, and Gun Regulation and Legislation in America. Check our new book list for more new titles. Read more



Tech Tip

Learn how to jump to the top of the Wisconsin Legislature's website, and get general tips for skipping to the top of just about any website. Read more




Library News

Get information about a free legal clinic in the Dane County Law Library on Law Day, our new microfiche scanner, spring classes, and last month's National Library Week displays. Read more




May Snapshot

Lady Justice contemplates the National Library Week theme, The Art of Law. Read more


April 30, 2018

Congratulations new graduates!

The Wisconsin State Law Library congratulates May graduates of Wisconsin's law schools. In the legal profession access to information can mean the difference between success and failure. Our library card will help you to access information which will prove invaluable as you begin your new careers. All Wisconsin licensed attorneys are eligible for a free library card.

Cardholders can borrow books from the David T. Prosser Jr. State Law Library in Madison and our two other locations: the Dane County Law Library in the Dane County Courthouse and the Milwaukee County Law Library in the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Most items can be checked out for a one week loan. For card holders who are not able to visit us because they are practicing in other parts of the state, we offer a Borrow by Mail service to ship books to your office.

Cardholders are also able to access a number of online databases by logging in with their card number: HeinOnline (with some restrictions), Index to Legal Periodicals, and several others.

Visit our website and, if you are in Madison or Milwaukee, stop in and see what we have to offer. Call our reference line at (608) 267-9696 for help finding information - there is a good chance we have answered a similar question. We are the library for Wisconsin's legal professionals. Join us by applying for your free library card.

April 25, 2018

The Coogan Act

The following information on The Coogan Act was included as part of our library displays during National Library Week as we celebrated "The Art of Law."

Jackie Coogan did not have a typical childhood. Discovered by Charlie Chaplin in 1921, he co-starred with Chaplin in one of the film legend’s best known features, “The Kid.”

The role launched a film career that made him, arguably, the first truly marketable child film star. Appearing in about 35 silent features, he earned an estimated $2 million to $4 million. Decades later, he was incredulous when asked if his childhood had differed from that of a normal boy. “Normal boy?” he exclaimed. “How would I know what a normal boy would do?....Other boys went to see Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth came to see me.”
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When he turned 21, Coogan was informed that he had no right to the fortune he had amassed as a child – California law provided that “the services and earnings of [a] child” were the property of his parents. Coogan sued.

His lawsuit was marginally successful. He won a settlement against his parents, but the money seemed to have disappeared. His efforts, by his own account, netted $35,000.

Coogan’s movie career stalled. He believed his stepfather Arthur Bernstein, who was related to a number of film executives, had engineered a studio blackball against him.

He joined the Army during World War II, serving with distinction as a glider pilot. Coogan resumed his acting career after the war, primarily on stage and television, appearing in numerous productions and many different TV series. He is probably best remembered today for his role as Uncle Fester in the 1960s comedy series, The Addams Family. Coogan retired from acting in 1975, and died in 1984.

Public indignation over Coogan’s plight led to legislation in the State of California to protect child actors and other minors who may sign lucrative employment contracts.

Known as the Coogan Act, Chapter 637, Laws of 1939 required any court approving the contract of a minor child to include a provision setting up a trust fund for the child, to include “such portion of the net earnings of the minor, not exceeding one-half thereof, as the court may deem just and proper.”

The act gave the superior court jurisdiction over the trust, with the power of termination or amendment. A number of other states have enacted similar laws to protect child actors; such laws are generally known as “Coogan Acts.”

April 24, 2018

Law Day in Dane County

Celebrate Law Day with the Dane County Bar Association (DCBA) and the Dane County Law Library on Tuesday, May 1st. The theme for this year is “Separation of powers: framework for freedom.”

Tour the Supreme Court in the morning and then attend CLE programs at the Dane County Courthouse. (CLE programs are free to the public and DCBA members.)

Free legal consultations for self-represented individuals are offered in the Dane County Law Library from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Assistance will be provided in English and Spanish.


April 20, 2018

U.S. v. Paramount

The following information on U.S. v Paramount was included as part of our library displays during National Library Week as we celebrated "The Art of Law." 

The Sherman Anti-Trust Act was one of the most notable federal laws of the 19th Century: "Every contract, combination in the form of a trust or otherwise, or conspiracy in restraint of trade or commerce among the several states, or with foreign nations, in hereby declared to be illegal." This law resulted in a fundamental restructuring of motion pictures.

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The motion picture industry had avoided anti-trust actions for decades. From 1915, it had been the subject of periodic attention from the Unites States Justice Department.

Major studios flirted with "vertical monopoly," a control of the commercial process from beginning to end. Studios cultivated a web of contract practices and ownership combinations that placed a strangle-hold on the motion picture exhibition business.

In 1938, the Roosevelt Administration brought charges. The studios successfully negotiated a consent decree that suspended litigation in 1940. The Justice Department renewed the charges in 1944. In 1946, a federal court under Judge Augustus Hand ruled for the government, ordering the institution of a competitive bidding process for the right to exhibit major studio productions. The government appealed, seeking an order of divestment. In 1948, the Supreme Court, in a 7-1 decision written by Justice William O. Douglas, threw out the bidding scheme as involving the judiciary too intimately in business management and remanded the case to the district court to find another remedy. With its bidding scheme rejected, the district court began the process of seeking the best way to compel divestment.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) resolved the case. The FCC adopted a policy that applicants for television broadcasting licenses must be free from any taint of monopolistic tendencies. Several of the major studio defendants in the Paramount case were eager to enter television broadcasting. In order to present "clean hands" with their applications for TV licensing, these defendants dropped all opposition to Justice Department demands and quickly divested themselves of their movie theater holdings. 

Deprived of a certain market for their films, studios cut back substantially on the number of features they produced; at the same time, television cut in to the average American's movie attendance. 

There is still some debate over whether or not the case of U.S. v. Paramount was a success as an anti-trust action, but it resulted in changes in the motion picture industry.

Timeline

1938: The Roosevelt Administration brought charges

1940: A consent decree suspended litigation

1944: The Justice Department renewed the charges

1946: Judge Augustus Hand ruled for the government, ordering the creation of a competitive bidding process for the right to exhibit major studio productions. The government appealed, seeking an order of divestment

1948: The Supreme Court threw out the bidding scheme and remanded the case to the district court

An All Star Cast

WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS Wrote the majority opinion for the US Supreme Court. Longest serving justice in the history of the Supreme Court.

AUGUSTUS HAND Presiding judge at the district level; cousin to the famed judge/philosopher Learned Hand.

TOM C. CLARK Attorney General, argued the case for the United States. Later justice of the US Supreme Court. Father of Ramsey Clark, Attorney General in the Johnson Administration.

JAMES F. BYRNES Counsel for 20th Century Fox. Former US Senator from South Carolina; former Supreme Court Justice; former Director of the Office of War Mobilization; Secretary of State in the Truman Administration.

JOHN W. DAVIS Counsel for Loews, Inc. (MGM), argued the case for the defendants. Democratic nominee for President of the US, 1924.

WILLIAM J. “WILD BILL” DONOVAN Counsel for Radio-Keith-Orpheum Corp. (RKO) Director of wartime Office of Strategic Services, considered the "father of the CIA."

April 12, 2018

Doty Street Closure April 18-22

Doty St. is scheduled to be closed from April 18-22 for construction work between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Pinckney St. Doty St. will remain open with two way access from Martin Luther King Jr Blvd to the entrance of the Block 89 parking garage.

Keep up with construction updates on the City of Madison Judge Doyle Garage construction page.


April 9, 2018

Celebrate National Library Week at our Open House

Join us at our open house on April 10th. Enjoy refreshments, get a personalized READ bookmark, and take a tour of historical art in our library at 1 and 2 p.m. We're looking forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, April 10 from 1 - 3 p.m.
Art tours at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Reading Room
David T. Prosser Jr. Library
120 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd



Free CLE classes this week

Don't miss our two free classes this week: 

Wisconsin Court System Website
Tuesday, April 10, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser Jr. Library training room
Navigate the Court System's website and find the information you need. Learn how to access Circuit Court records, find mandatory forms, search Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions, and check appellate case status. Explore additional resources such as the Self Help Center and court administrative office pages.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form
Introduction to Lexis Advance
Wednesday, April 11, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser Jr. Library training room
Get to Know the Lexis Advance platform; formulate search queries; find primary and secondary sources; Shepardize; review delivery options and more.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

April 2, 2018

WSLL @ Your Service April 2018

The April issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Carol Hassler.

ALTTEXT Lexis Advance at the David T. Prosser Jr. Library

This year we added access Lexis Advance to computers at the David T. Prosser Jr. Library. Read more

ALTTEXT Celebrate National Library Week

The Wisconsin State Law Library invites you to celebrate National Library Week with us from April 9-13. Read more

ALTTEXT Start Here: Arts & Entertainment Law

Entertainers and artists enrich our lives but must also grapple with an array of legal issues. Gain insight into the varied facets of art and entertainment law with the featured titles in our latest Start Here guide. Read more

ALTTEXT New Books

Stay informed about the latest additions to our collection by following our monthly New Book list. Read more

ALTTEXT Tech Tip

There's an easy way to display two screens at the same time within your browser. Read more

ALTTEXT Library News

We ask for donations of Annual Town Lawyers Conference materials, give updates about presentations and classes, and tell our readers about our improved wireless internet. Read more

ALTTEXT April Snapshot

It's a hardship, but somebody has to taste test this recipe before our National Library Week open house on April 10. Read more

March 26, 2018

National Library Week 2018

The Wisconsin State Law Library invites you to celebrate National Library Week with us from April 9-13.


Open House

Join us at our open house on April 10th. Enjoy refreshments, get a personalized READ bookmark, and take a tour of historical art in our library at 1 and 2 p.m. We're looking forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, April 10 from 1 - 3 p.m.
Art tours at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Reading Room
David T. Prosser Jr. Library

Art Tours

Tours are offered Tuesday, April 10 through Thursday, April 12 at 1 p.m. Each tour will stop at several pieces of art and photography throughout the library and discuss the historical significance of the pieces. 

CLE Classes

Two free CLE-credit classes are offered during the week. Register ahead of time to reserve your spot. 

Wisconsin Court System Website
Tuesday, April 10, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser Jr. Library training room
Navigate the Court System's website and find the information you need. Learn how to access Circuit Court records, find mandatory forms, search Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions, and check appellate case status. Explore additional resources such as the Self Help Center and court administrative office pages.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form
Introduction to Lexis Advance
Wednesday, April 11, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser Jr. Library training room
Get to Know the Lexis Advance platform; formulate search queries; find primary and secondary sources; Shepardize; review delivery options and more.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

March 19, 2018

New Building Procedures Affect State Law Library Users

Beginning today, the Risser Justice Center has a new procedure which will affect users who need to travel to the second floor using the elevator.

Visitors to the David T. Prosser Jr. State Law Library who wish to use the elevator will ask at the security guard's desk in the downstairs lobby to be escorted up to the second floor. Users who need to travel back to the first floor can ask at the Library's Circulation Desk for the elevator to be called.

Visitors can use the stairway leading up to the main library entrance without an escort.

Please let us know if you have questions or comments about this procedure.

March 8, 2018

Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Consumer agency websites are great places to start when you're trying to defend yourself against theft, or you need to learn more about steps to take once your identity has been stolen. Here are some essential resources:
Identity Theft.gov
The Federal Trade Commission's one stop website for reporting and recovering from identity theft. This website creates recovery checklists and also provides form letters which may be used to communicate with businesses.
Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection
Works with Wisconsin residents to educate and help recover from identity theft. This agency operates a consumer hotline which can be reached at DATCPHotline@Wisconsin.gov or 800-422-7128. Several resources for businesses and consumers can be downloaded from this website.
Consumer Protection Law in a Nutshell
This nutshell guide covers credit card fraud and identity theft, as well as other consumer issues that you or a client may face. Check this book out.
Effectively Represent Your Client Before the IRS
In recent years the IRS has rejected or suspended millions of dollars worth of tax returns that were suspected to be fraudulent. Learn more about working with the IRS with this book's chapter on resolving identity theft. Check this book out.
Identity Theft Legal Topic
Our Identity Theft legal topic page links to these resources and more and helps you to locate relevant agencies and guides, as well as laws which protect victims of identity theft.
Identity theft isn't something you plan to happen to you, but there is a lot you can do to prevent or minimize your risk. Whether you're setting up preventative measures or recovering from identity theft, it's always a good idea to brush up on the basic threats and strategies to overcome them.

March 7, 2018

Landlord Tenant Law

We frequently get questions about landlord / tenant law. The main resources on our website are legal topics pages on Landlord/Tenant law and Small Claims. Our legal topics pages provide links to resources and forms that may help answer basic questions about the law.

Here are some common types of questions and the websites we often use to answer them.

Eviction

Many people have questions about eviction procedures, or understanding the different types of notices.

An eviction notice chart from the Milwaukee Justice Center provides a clean and easy-to-read format for understanding what type of notice must be given for each type of lease, and violation.

We also often refer users to the Tenant Resource Center's eviction page. It can be a bit difficult to read because of the way it color codes its guide based off of recent law changes. However, it discusses some aspects of eviction in detail and links to the Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Code in each section. Information about the different types of notices begins about a quarter of the way down the page under "Types of Notices." This page also discusses how the landlord may deliver notices and how tenants may respond to the notice. 

Forms

We resell residential lease and eviction notice forms that are created by the Wisconsin Legal Blank company. Users can purchase copies from us (see: Forms for sale) but these forms can also be bought online from Wisconsin Legal Blank. Sometimes forms like residential leases or eviction notice forms can also be bought from your local office supply store. 

Milwaukee County has 5, 14, and 28 day eviction notices for their residents on their website. 

Complaints

Different agencies may be involved depending on the type of complaint. For general consumer complaints, contact the WI Bureau of Consumer Protection to file a Landlord/Tenant Complaint

Fair Housing (housing discrimination) complaints are handled by the WI Equal Rights Division, or by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on the federal level. See HUD's page on fair housing for more information on their complaint procedure.


March 6, 2018

National Consumer Law Center Digital Library

The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) digital library includes twenty consumer law treatises which analyze the law and provide sample pleadings on a variety of consumer topics. This consumer law collection focuses on four major areas: debtor rights, credit and banking, consumer litigation, and deception and warranties. The Library subscribes to the entire collection digitally and visitors can search all twenty titles easily from a library computer.

Browsing the library is a quick way to get into the books. Choose the "My Treatises" link near the top to see a list of all the books in our subscription. Select the title of a book to get into the contents of the book. Browse chapters, keyword search the book, or scan the index to jump to the section you need. Email or print sections to reference later using the buttons at the top of the page.


Indexes are Time Savers

Every book has an index which is very useful for jumping straight to the section you need. There's also an index for the entire collection, under a link near the top called "Quick Reference." The Quick Reference is an index to all the topics analyzed in the entire NCLC treatise collection. Jump down to the section you need and get a direct link to the chapter and section which discusses it.

Specialized Searches

Like most power searchers, I love having a lot of search tools at my disposal. The NCLC Digital Library includes the usual search modifiers. Use quotes around words to search for a phrase. Keywords without quotes search for both terms appearing within subsections.

Use a minus symbol before a word to exclude it from search results and "or" between words to search for either term.

Finally, NCLC allows you to use term proximity searching, which I like to describe as creating your own relevancy searches. Like HeinOnline's proximity search, put two words in quotes and use ~ plus the number of words apart you want those terms to be. For example, "verbal warranty" ~10 searches for the words "verbal" and "warranty" within 10 words of each other. Proximity searching is a great way to narrow down search results to sections that are likely to discuss your issue.


Learn more about this collection in our March newsletter article: National Consumer Law Center's Searchable Library.

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