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September 8, 2017

Foxconn's legal perk would be massive shift in Wis. law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An unprecedented change in Wisconsin law that would send challenges to Foxconn Technology Group's plant straight to the conservative-controlled state Supreme Court would hand the company an advantage nobody else doing business in the state enjoys, legal experts said Wednesday.

Republicans on the Legislature's budget-writing committee added language Tuesday to Gov. Scott Walker's $3 billion incentives package for the plant that would allow parties in lawsuits involving the facility to appeal trial judges' rulings directly to the Supreme Court rather than work through the intermediate appeal court process. The provision also would automatically stay any trial judges' rulings pending the outcome of the appeal.

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