Consumer Protection & Corporate Accountability Category Archive


  • How “Boss” Robin Vos Does Business: Self-Dealing Edition

    An investigative report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel exposes the self dealing ways of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/14/2019
  • Brian Hagedorn Went to Bat to Protect Lead Paint Industry, Is His Campaign Benefitting From Their Support?

    People Who’ve Profited From Lead Paint Have Shown They’ll Spend Big Money to Support People Like Brian Hagedorn.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/28/2019
  • Brian Hagedorn’s Decisions Put Corporate Profits Before Protecting Kids and Seniors

    Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn put corporate profits before protecting seniors from abuse and kids from lead poisoning.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/15/2019
  • Policy Changes To Look For With Wisconsin’s New Democratic Attorney General

    Analiese Eicher of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now hopes Kaul does change how the state deals with the opioid crisis.

    WUWM-FM, 11/26/2018
  • Another Attorney General Not Named Brad Schimel Sues Opioid Manufacturer

    The GOP A.G. of Colorado is suing Purdue Pharma, alleging the drug manufacturer engaged in “fraudulent and deceptive marketing of prescription opioids.”

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/15/2018
  • Brad Schimel’s Latest Excuse

    Brad Schimel’s latest excuse for not suing his campaign donor Purdue Pharmaceuticals is a poor one.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/02/2018
  • Brad Schimel Critics Push for a Federal Lawsuit Against Opioid Makers

    One Wisconsin Now, a Madison-based liberal advocacy group, contend Schimel has been lax with efforts to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable.

    Capital Times, 06/30/2018
  • Brad Schimel and Scott Walker Repeat Mistakes Past; Refuse to Take Legal Action Against Opioid Manufacturers

    Scott Walker has not authorized the DOJ to pursue legal action against the manufacturers behind the opioid crisis. Brad Schimel is opposed to filing a lawsuit.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/04/2018
  • Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’s Payday Loan London Junket Travel Buddy’s Home Raided by FBI

    As the home of Robin Vos traveling companion Cliff Rosenberger is raided by federal authorities, lobbyist reveals payday loan industry business discussed on trip.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/25/2018
  • Brad Schimel Election Ad Blames Families, Not His Pharmaceutical Donors for Opioid Crisis

    In his first campaign tv ad, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel blames families for the current opioid crisis, not pharmaceutical drug manufacturers.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/17/2018
  • Attorney General Brad Schimel Threatens Crackdown on CBD Oil Instead of Holding Opioid Manufacturers Accountable

    Brad Schimel is sitting on his hands in holding manufacturers behind the opioid addiction crisis accountable.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/09/2018
  • ICYMI: Payday Lenders, Other Special Interests Stamp Rep. Robin Vos’ Passport to Corruption

    Robin Vos has subsidized his lifestyle with first class travel on junkets paid for by payday lenders and other special interests.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/04/2018
  • Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Received $57,000 in Travel and Other Perks Since 2014

    "Payday lenders and the others paying for these junkets have stamped Robin Vos' passport to corruption," Browne said in a statement.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/03/2018
  • Scott Walker’s Addiction to Opioid Money

    Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign has released a second campaign television ad this week, the latest focusing on opioid addiction.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/03/2018
  • To Save Lives

    MOM: Tyler was only 80 pounds. I had his funeral planned. TYLER: I was addicted for years. But we stuck together as a family and we fought back. DAD: We are the...

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/03/2018
  • Governor Signs Bill Relaxing Rental Regulations

    Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that protects landlords by limiting local governments’ inspection authority. Under the bill, local governments can inspect rental properties only in blighted areas or in areas...

    Associated Press, 04/16/2018
  • Another Republican Attorney General Not Named Brad Schimel Goes to Court to Hold Opioid Manufacturer Accountable

    The GOP Attorney General of Alabama has filed suit seeking damages from opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharmaceuticals while Brad Schimel refuses to act.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/08/2018
  • Walker Issues 2 Executive Orders to Fight Opioid Abuse

    The governor signed the orders Friday afternoon. One order creates the Governor’s Commission on Substance Abuse Treatment Delivery. The commission will include the co-chairs of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse...

    Associated Press, 01/19/2018
  • Wisconsin Targets Chicago Millennials in $1 Million WEDC Campaign

    Wisconsin likely will experience a hiring spree in the coming years, and a new advertising campaign spurred by the state’s top economic development office puts Chicago-based millennials in the state’s crosshairs to...

    Milwaukee Business Journal, 01/10/2018
  • Bill Favors Rent-to-own Firms

    “This is a sleazy attempt to prioritize a predatory industry over the consumer safety and financial well-being of Wisconsinites,” Scot Ross.

    Associated Press, 11/15/2017
  • GOP Ohio Attorney General Seeks to Hold Opioid Makers Accountable for Addiction Crisis, Wisconsin Attorney Brad Schimel Does Nothing

    You have to wonder what’s up with Brad Schimel when even fellow Republicans are going to court to hold opioid manufacturers accountable.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/02/2017
  • Wisconsin Senate OKs Bills Targeting Opioid Addiction

    Wisconsin would target heroin and opiate addiction by expanding treatment, hiring special agents and establishing a charter school for addicted teens, under legislation approved unanimously by the state Senate on Tuesday. The...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/02/2017
  • Wisconsin Assembly Passes Batch of Bills to Combat Opioid Abuse

    Three months after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called on the Legislature to take swift action to combat the state’s opioid epidemic, the state Assembly nearly unanimously passed nine pieces of legislation Tuesday,...

    WITI-TV, 04/04/2017
  • Critics Say Scott Walker’s Plan to Fight Opiate Abuse in Wisconsin Falls Short

    A call from Gov. Scott Walker for the Wisconsin Legislature to heighten its focus on fighting heroin and opiate abuse drew widespread praise this week, but some say the proposals still fall...

    Capital Times, 01/06/2017
  • Gov. Scott Walker Takes Actions on Heroin Addiction

    Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday called for a special legislative session to fight heroin addiction and ordered state agencies to ramp up their response to a drug that kills hundreds in Wisconsin...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/05/2017
  • Wisconsin Board Adopts Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids

    Wisconsin doctors should prescribe opioids sparingly, tell patients they could become addicted and avoid the drugs as the first option to treat pain, according to new guidelines the state Medical Examining Board...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/31/2016
  • Despite Efforts, Stubborn Barriers Remain to Opioid, Heroin Addiction Treatment

    Since 2014, Wisconsin legislators have adopted, and Gov. Scott Walker has signed, 17 bills to curb the state’s opioid abuse epidemic, which includes addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers such as oxycodone...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 07/03/2016
  • Walker Signs Bill Letting Libraries Use Collection Agencies to Recoup Fines

    Another bill signed into law permits libraries to report borrowers who owe late fees to collections agencies, or in some cases, to law enforcement. It allows a library to report delinquent accounts...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/01/2016
  • Scott Walker’s Record on Justice System Issues

    For Gov. Scott Walker, the justice system is not about ensuring all are equal before the law, but rather how can he manipulate the system for his benefit.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/08/2015
  • Signed Bill That Put Liability Limits in Tort Actions Above Protecting Health of Wisconsinites, Particularly Veterans

    Signed a bill that set limits on liability in tort actions and failed to protect veterans who become sick as a result of asbestos exposure during military service and for a bill...

    2013 AB 19, Senate Vote, 01/01/2013
  • Walker’s 2013-15 Budget Weakened Consumer Protection

    The 2013-15 budget bill contained measures weakening consumer protection in Wisconsin, including: retroactively throwing out lawsuits from individuals poisoned by lead paint; easing regulations of predatory payday lending operations; allowing cable companies...

    2013 Assembly Bill 40, 01/01/2013
  • Walker Capped Attorney Fees

    Walker signed into law a bill which would limit attorneys’ fees to three times the amount of compensatory damages. (2011 September Special Session SB 12, introduced 10/11/11; Senate Roll Call; Assembly Roll...

    2011 WI Act 92, 12/07/2011
  • Walker Allowed Landlords to Discriminate Against Renting to Individuals

    Walker signed into law a bill that allows landlords to discriminate against renting to individuals based on their conviction record or income. The Senate passed the bill June 14, 2011, 18-14, on...

    2011 WI Act 108, 11/07/2011
  • Committee Considers Litigation Reform Bills

    Opponents of a pair of Republican-backed litigation reform bills argued before a state Assembly committee Friday that the proposals will gut consumer protection laws and effectively stop the filing of lawsuits against...

    Associated Press, 10/21/2011
  • Move to Create a “One-stop-shop” Criticized by Consumer Protection Advocates

    A proposed change in rule-making power criticized as an attack on consumer protection has been abandoned by the governor’s office. Defended by Gov. Scott Walker’s office because “it makes more sense” and...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/31/2011
  • Deregulates Telecom Industry

    Walker signed into law a bill that eliminates many regulations on telecommunications utilities and alternative telecommunications utilities. It also lowers the rates that telephone companies charge for use of each other’s lines...

    2011 WI Act 95, 05/24/2011
  • Walker Signs Landline Phone Bill Backed by Telecom Industry

    Many long-standing regulations on traditional landline telephones will be dropped under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Scott Walker that is the first big rewrite of the state’s telecommunications laws since 1994....

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/24/2011
  • Walker Falsely Claimed Tort Reform Was Employers’ Top Issue

    In trying to tie the lawsuit reforms to job creation, Walker asserted the issue is “one of the most important factors” when businesses are deciding to expand or invest in Wisconsin. That’s...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/02/2011
  • Walker Weakened Victims’ Ability to Recover Damages in Lawsuits

    Walker signed into law a bill that limited the amount of damages victims can receive in lawsuits, including: Limit non-economic damages – payments for loss of companionship, mental distress and pain and...

    2011 WI Act 2, 01/27/2011
  • ALEC Commends Gov. Walker

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) signed into law today Special Session Senate Bill 1, legislation aimed at reforming the state’s civil justice system. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) commended newly-elected Gov....

    ALEC, 01/27/2011
  • Walker Sponsored Bill to Protect Manufacturers From Liability for Defective Products

    The bill “establishes the criteria to determine if a product manufacturer, distributor or seller is liable to a person injured by the manufactured product” and “specifies when a manufactured product is defective.”

    1999 AB 884, 01/01/1999
  • Walker Voted for Caps on Medical Malpractice Awards

    The bill established maximum amounts, “that a claimant may recover for noneconomic damages caused by the negligence of a health care provider or health care provider employee.

    1995 AB 36, 02/02/1995
  • Walker Sponsored Bill Prohibiting Civil Suits Against Employers for Violations of Family Medical Leave

    The bill proposed several changes to the state family leave law including eliminating, “civil actions for violations of the family and medical leave law.”

    1995 AB 200, 01/01/1995
  • Walker Sponsored Legislation to Limit Plaintiffs Ability to Be Compensated For Damages

    The new law revised standards and procedures for awarding punitive damages in certain civil cases.

    1995 WI Act 17, 01/01/1995