Brian Wood and Brandon Meshbesher Successfully Opposed a Petition for Review to the Wisconsin Supreme Court

May 19, 2022

Brian Wood and Brandon Meshbesher successfully opposed a Petition for Review to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The case involved an individual who was accused of posting Plaintiffs’ photographs, along with sexually suggestive and degrading captions about them, on a members-only fetish website. It was a consolidated appeal from two separate lawsuits brought by eight individual Plaintiffs. We represented the Defendant’s homeowners insurer and intervened in the lawsuits to contest coverage. The insured asserted his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination in response to discovery requests served on behalf of the insurer. In a published decision, Wisconsin Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in favor of the insurer in both cases, holding that the Defendant violated policy provisions requiring the insured to cooperate in the investigation and truthfully represent all material facts. Link v. Link, 972 N.W.2d 630 (Wis. Ct. App. 2022). The Defendant filed a Petition for Review with the Wisconsin Supreme Court and that petition was denied on May 18, 2022. Link v. Link is an important decision that further defines the rights and obligations of insurers and their insureds in the state of Wisconsin. Link v Link_Published