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The law firms of Gingras, Cates & Luebke and Richie, Wickstrom & Wachs have merged to form Gingras, Cates & Wachs (GCW). The merger is effective immediately and brings together all of the attorneys from two prominent plaintiff firms with offices now in Eau Claire, Madison and Waukesha, WI. In addition to the formation of…

NBC 15 interviewed GCW Attorney Heath Straka about a new bi-partisan law that will work to discourage the dangers of distracted diving in the state. Straka and the Wisconsin Association for Justice worked with Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, and Reps. Dana Wachs, D-Eau Claire, Ron Tusler, R-Harrison, and Shannon Zimmerman, R-River Falls. They say they want to…

The bill announced today by Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, and Reps. Dana Wachs, D-Eau Claire, Ron Tusler, R-Harrison, and Shannon Zimmerman, R-River Falls, would prohibit drivers from using an electronic device to “enter, transmit or access data” while driving. Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ) President Benjamin S. Wagner, and incoming WAJ President, Heath Straka joined the…

In a landmark opinion, the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appellate court in the country to extend the protections on the basis of sexual orientation. Until April 4, 2017, it was lawful under federal law for an employer to discriminate against its employees on the basis of sexual orientation.  (It was already unlawful under…