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What Do You Mean Wisconsin Doesn’t Admit Business Records into Evidence?

We represented a bank who, after being advised of the Wisconsin Appellate Court decision in Palisades, was concerned as to whether or not there was a clear path in Wisconsin to admitting a bank's business records into evidence such that judgment could be entered. We worked with the bank to prepare an affidavit that complied with Wisconsin law and did not run contrary to the Palisades decision. The trial court agreed and entered judgment in favor of our client. The Borrower appealed the decision, relying on Palisades.

The Wisconsin Appellate Court found that our client's affidavit complied with Wisconsin law and did not run afoul of the limitations on evidence found in Palisades. The Court also chose to publish its decision so that it would create a legal precedent in Wisconsin so that other financial institutions would have a template from which to properly admit their business records into evidence and obtain judgment.