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OPINION: In construction, be careful what you contract for

Brian Zimmerman

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently reaffirmed the application of the economic-loss doctrine as a bar to negligence claims caused by certain defects in construction. Kmart Corporation v. Herzog Roofing, Inc., No. 2017AP1041, (Wis. App. 3rd Dist., Oct. 30, 2018). The decision clarified the broad application of the economic-loss doctrine to bar economic damages that are foreseeable under a contract, incorporating contract terms in its analysis.

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OP-ED: Marijuana and workplace safety

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As Wisconsin lawmakers consider Gov. Tony Evers' proposal to decriminalize the use of small amounts of marijuana, their counterparts in Oregon are struggling with their state's decision to legalize the drug in 2015 means for workplace safety.

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NOT MEASURING C&D WASTE? Then you might be losing money

Travis Blomberg is executive director of WasteCap Resource Solutions.

When contractors need to move mounds of waste during a demolition project, it is easy to say waste management is top of mind. But a significant amount of waste — about 54 million tons according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — is generated in new construction and renovations. When waste management isn’t a priority, these materials are often sent to the landfill. Some might consider this the easiest route, but it’s also the most expensive and environmentally detrimental.

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