High court issues order on changes to default-judgment rule.


Byline: Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently issued an order adopting a modification to the state's default-judgment rule.

The order, which the court issued Oct. 23, adopts a rule-change proposal the Judicial Council brought in April.

The council, a 21- member body charged with proposing changes to the state's courts procedures, sought to add language to Wis. Stat. 806.02 that would let defendants file for default judgement when an opposing party fails to answer a counterclaim or cross claim. The current rule is silent on what happens in such a situation.

The justices voted in June to take up it at a public hearing. No one submitted written comments either supporting or opposing the proposal. However, the State Bar of Wisconsin's Litigation Section Board recently voted to support the petition, and the bar's Board of Governors took the same step last month.

Following a short public hearing...

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