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UPDATE: State asks for delay in union lawsuit

UPDATED Wednesday, June 26, 2013 --- 4:58 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Justice is asking that consideration of a lawsuit filed by a law enforcement union challenging the constitutionality of the Wisconsin law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public workers be delayed.

The Justice Department made the motion requesting a stay in the case to Dane County Circuit Judge John Markson on Wednesday.

The Justice Department argues that it makes no sense to move forward with this case while the Wisconsin Supreme Court is considering another challenge to the same law filed by two other unions.

The Justice Department argues that differences between the two cases are minor, and a decision by the Supreme Court will likely dictate the legal arguments in the other lawsuit brought by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, April 19, 2013 --- 3:06 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Madison judge has rejected a request to stay a police union's lawsuit challenging Gov. Scott Walker's polarizing collective bargaining law.

The law stripped most public workers of nearly all their union rights. The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association filed suit in November alleging the law violates its members' free speech, association and equal protection rights.

The state Justice Department had asked Judge John Markson to hold off on the case until an appeals court weighs in on another Madison judge's decision to strike down the law as it applies to school and local government workers. DOJ attorneys argue the cases are similar and an appellate ruling would simplify matters.

But Markson disagreed Friday, saying the two cases deal with different parts of the law and have different plaintiffs.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Friday, April 19, 2013 --- 7:50 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Madison judge is expected to rule on a request to stay a police union's lawsuit challenging Gov. Scott Walker's polarizing collective bargaining law.

The law stripped most public workers of nearly all their union rights. The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association filed suit in November alleging the law violates its members' free speech, association and equal protection rights.

The state Justice Department has asked Judge John Markson to stay the proceedings. The agency wants him to hold off until an appeals court weighs in on another Madison judge's decision to strike down the law as it applies to school and local government workers. DOJ attorneys argue the cases are similar and an appellate ruling would simplify matters.

Markson was expected to rule on the request Friday afternoon.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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