Appeals court scolds Marinette County’s attorneys

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A state appeals court admonished Marinette County and its attorneys for “attempting to mislead” the judges in a case before the court.

Marinette County and Marinette County Professional Employees Local 1752-A disagreed about the interpretation how a contract extension was handled. An arbitrator ruled in the union’s favor – extending the contract by a year – and the county appealed. The appeals court ruled in the union’s favor.

In the decision issued Tuesday, the appeals court made note to “remind counsel of their professional obligations” to offer “meritorious claims and contentions… And Candor toward the tribunal.” It called the county’s arguments “disingenuous.”

“We find it patently absurd to argue an arbitrator’s award could be overturned for failing to consider arguments or authority that were never presented to the arbitrator.  Not surprisingly, the County cites no authority for this proposition,” the court wrote.

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