At least one assistant attorney general shall be assigned to the investigation and prosecution of violations arising under ch. 133
and shall carry out the duties imposed on the attorney general by ch. 133
. All apparent violations of ch. 133
which come to the attention of any officer or agency of state government shall be reported to one of such assistant attorneys general. All officers and agencies shall cooperate with and assist the department of justice in the investigation and prosecution of such apparent violations.
The assistant attorney general in charge of antitrust investigations and prosecutions is to cooperate actively with the antitrust division of the U.S. department of justice in everything that concerns monopolistic practices in Wisconsin, and also to cooperate actively with the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection in the work which this agency is carrying on under s. 100.20
of the marketing law with regard to monopolistic practices in the field of agriculture and with the federal trade commission on matters arising in or affecting Wisconsin which pertain to its jurisdiction.
History: 1977 c. 29
s. 1650m (4)
; 1977 c. 260
Assistant attorney general; unemployment insurance law enforcement.
The attorney general shall assign at least 0.5 assistant attorney general position to assist in the investigation and prosecution of noncompliance with ch. 108
History: 2005 a. 86
Power to compromise.
Any civil action prosecuted by the department by direction of any officer, department, board or commission, shall be compromised or discontinued when so directed by such officer, department, board or commission. Except as provided in s. 20.931 (7) (b)
, any civil action prosecuted by the department on the initiative of the attorney general, or at the request of any individual may be compromised or discontinued with the approval of the governor. In any criminal action prosecuted by the attorney general, the department shall have the same powers with reference to such action as are vested in district attorneys.
History: 2007 a. 20
Removal of barriers to trade or movement of dairy products.
The attorney general may take such action as he or she deems necessary in order to contest or oppose existing statutes, ordinances, regulations, orders or other trade barriers which may restrict the sale in other states of milk or other dairy products produced in Wisconsin; study and investigate problems concerning the free movement of milk and other dairy products in interstate commerce and present the results thereof to such legislative and executive agencies of the federal government and the several states, such studies, investigations and presentations to executive and legislative agencies to be made either individually or jointly with others.
History: 1993 a. 482
Duties of department of justice.
The department of justice shall:
(1) Represent state in appeals and on remand.
Except as provided in ss. 5.05 (2m) (a)
and 978.05 (5)
, appear for the state and prosecute or defend all actions and proceedings, civil or criminal, in the court of appeals and the supreme court, in which the state is interested or a party, and attend to and prosecute or defend all civil cases sent or remanded to any circuit court in which the state is a party. Nothing in this subsection deprives or relieves the attorney general or the department of justice of any authority or duty under this chapter.
(1m) Represent state in other matters.
If requested by the governor or either house of the legislature, appear for and represent the state, any state department, agency, official, employee or agent, whether required to appear as a party or witness in any civil or criminal matter, and prosecute or defend in any court or before any officer, any cause or matter, civil or criminal, in which the state or the people of this state may be interested. The public service commission may request under s. 196.497 (7)
that the attorney general intervene in federal proceedings. All expenses of the proceedings shall be paid from the appropriation under s. 20.455 (1) (d)
(2) Prosecute breaches of bonds and contracts.
Prosecute, at the request of the governor, or of the head of any department of the state government any official bond or any contract in which the state is interested, deposited with any of them, upon a breach thereof, and prosecute or defend for the state all actions, civil or criminal, relating to any matter connected with any of their departments except in those cases where other provision is made.
(3) Advise district attorneys.
Consult and advise with the district attorneys when requested by them in all matters pertaining to the duties of their office.
(3m) Review obscenity cases.
Review obscenity cases submitted to the department by district attorneys under s. 944.21 (7)
. The attorney general shall determine whether a prosecution may be commenced.
(3r) Avoid conflict of interest.
Require that attorneys in different organizational subunits in the department prosecute violations of chs. 562
or Indian gaming compacts entered into under s. 14.035
and defend any department, agency, official, employee or agent under subs. (1)
, (4) (a)
(4) Furnish legal services; appropriation. 165.25(4)(a)(a)
The department of justice shall furnish all legal services required by the investment board, the lottery division in the department of revenue, the public service commission, the department of transportation, the department of natural resources, the department of tourism and the department of employee trust funds, together with any other services, including stenographic and investigational, as are necessarily connected with the legal work.
The department of justice shall furnish legal services upon request of the department of commerce under s. 167.35 (7)
The department of justice shall furnish legal services to the department of regulation and licensing in all proceedings under s. 440.21 (3)
, together with any other services, including stenographic and investigational, as are necessarily connected with the legal services.
The department of justice shall furnish all legal services required by the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection relating to the enforcement of ss. 100.171
, and 100.51
, [and] 100.55, and chs. 126
, and 779
, together with any other services as are necessarily connected to the legal services.
NOTE: Par. (ar) is shown as affected by 2 acts of the 2007 Wisconsin legislature and as merged by the legislative reference bureau under s. 13.92 (2) (i). The bracketed "and" is inserted for correct grammar. Corrective legislation is pending.
The department of justice shall furnish legal services to the livestock facility siting review board in defending appeals under s. 93.90 (5) (e)
of decisions of the board.
The department of justice shall furnish bond counsel services to the building commission when the building commission contracts public debt under subch. I of ch. 18
The department of justice shall provide legal services, other than those relating to civil actions or opinions, under ch. 150
to the department of health services.
The department shall at the end of each fiscal year, except for programs financed out of the general fund and except for services required to be provided by statute other than this subsection, render to the respective agencies enumerated in this subsection an itemized statement of the total cost of the legal and other services including travel expenses and legal expenses enumerated in s. 20.455 (1) (d)
Upon receipt of the statement, the respective agency head shall audit the statement and upon finding it to be correct shall certify the amount of the statement to the department of administration to be paid into the general fund out of the agency's proper appropriation.
(5) Prepare forms.
Whenever requested by the head of any department of the state government, the department of justice shall prepare proper drafts of forms for contracts and other writings which may be wanted for the use of the state.
At the request of the head of any department of state government, the attorney general may appear for and defend any state department, or any state officer, employee, or agent of the department in any civil action or other matter brought before a court or an administrative agency which is brought against the state department, or officer, employee, or agent for or on account of any act growing out of or committed in the lawful course of an officer's, employee's, or agent's duties. Witness fees or other expenses determined by the attorney general to be reasonable and necessary to the defense in the action or proceeding shall be paid as provided for in s. 885.07
. The attorney general may compromise and settle the action as the attorney general determines to be in the best interest of the state. Members, officers, and employees of the Wisconsin state agencies building corporation and the Wisconsin state public building corporation are covered by this section. Members of the board of governors created under s. 619.04 (3)
, members of a committee or subcommittee of that board of governors, members of the injured patients and families compensation fund peer review council created under s. 655.275 (2)
, and persons consulting with that council under s. 655.275 (5) (b)
are covered by this section with respect to actions, claims, or other matters arising before, on, or after April 25, 1990. The attorney general may compromise and settle claims asserted before such actions or matters formally are brought or may delegate such authority to the department of administration. This paragraph may not be construed as a consent to sue the state or any department thereof or as a waiver of state sovereign immunity.
Volunteer health care providers who provide services under s. 146.89
or 250.042 (4)
, volunteer behavioral health providers, pupil services providers, and substance abuse prevention providers who provide services under s. 250.042 (4)
, and health care facilities on whose behalf services are provided under s. 250.042 (4)
are, for the provision of those services, covered by this section and shall be considered agents of the department of health services for purposes of determining which agency head may request the attorney general to appear and defend them.
Physicians under s. 251.07
or 252.04 (9) (b)
are covered by this section and shall be considered agents of the department of health services for purposes of determining which agency head may request the attorney general to appear and defend them.
The department of justice may appear for and defend the state or any state department, agency, official or employee in any civil action arising out of or relating to the assessment or collection of costs concerning environmental cleanup or natural resources damages including actions brought under 42 USC 9607
. The action may be compromised and settled in the same manner as provided in par. (a)
. At the request of the department of natural resources, the department of justice may provide legal representation to the state or to the department of natural resources in the same matter in which the department of justice provides defense counsel, if the attorneys representing those interests are assigned from different organizational units within the department of justice. This paragraph may not be construed as a consent to sue the state or any department, agency, official or employee of the state or as a waiver of sovereign immunity.
(6m) Attorney for state witnesses.
At the request of the head of any department or agency of state government, the attorney general may appear for and represent any state official, employee or agent who is required to appear as a witness in any administrative or civil matter.
(7) Keep record of actions.
The department shall keep a record of all actions and demands prosecuted or defended by the department on behalf of the state and all related proceedings. The department may dispose of public records in accordance with s. 16.61
(8) Historical society contracts.
In subs. (1)
, treat any nonprofit corporation operating a museum under a lease agreement with the state historical society as a department of state government and any official, employee or agent of such a corporation as a state official, employee or agent.
(8m) Local emergency planning committees.
In subs. (1)
, treat any local emergency planning committee appointed by a county board under s. 59.54 (8) (a)
as a department of state government and any member of such a committee as a state official, employee or agent.
(9) Perform other duties.
The department of justice shall perform all other duties imposed upon the department by law.
(10) Report on restitution.
Semiannually submit a report to the department of administration and the joint committee on finance regarding money received by the department of justice under a court order or a settlement agreement for providing restitution to victims. The report shall specify the amount of restitution received by the department of justice during the reporting period; the persons to whom the department of justice paid restitution and the amount that the department of justice paid to each recipient during the reporting period; and the department of justice's methodology for selecting recipients and determining the amount paid to each recipient.
(11) False claims.
Diligently investigate possible violations of s. 20.931
, and, if the department determines that a person has committed an act that is punishable under s. 20.931
, may bring a civil action against that person.
History: 1971 c. 125
s. 522 (1)
; 1971 c. 215
; 1973 c. 333
; 1975 c. 81
; 1977 c. 29
s. 1656 (27)
; 1977 c. 187
; 1981 c. 20
; 1983 a. 27
; 1983 a. 36
s. 96 (2)
, (3), (4); 1983 a. 192
; 1985 a. 29
; 1987 a. 416
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 25
; 1993 a. 27
; 1995 a. 27
, 9126 (19)
; 1995 a. 201
; 1997 a. 27
; 2001 a. 16
; 2003 a. 111
; 2005 a. 96
; 2007 a. 1
; 2007 a. 20
, 9121 (6) (a)
; 2007 a. 76
; s. 13.92 (2) (i).
The powers of the attorney general in Wisconsin. Van Alstyne, Roberts, 1974 WLR 721.
Representation in sexually violent person commitment proceedings.
The department of justice may, at the request of an agency under s. 980.02 (1)
, represent the state in sexually violent person commitment proceedings under ch. 980
History: 1993 a. 479
Department of justice may have cases printed.
In all state cases to be argued in the supreme court by the department of justice, the department may require the printing by the state printer, when necessary, of the briefs and appendices of the department; and the account therefor shall be paid out of the state treasury and charged to the appropriation in s. 20.455 (1) (d)
History: 1971 c. 125
s. 522 (1)
; 1977 c. 29
s. 1656 (27)
; 1977 c. 187
; Stats. 1977 s. 165.26.
Collection of delinquent obligations. 165.30(1)(b)
"Obligation" includes any amount payable to the state, including accounts, charges, claims, debts, fees, fines, forfeitures, interest, judgments, loans, penalties and taxes.
(2) Bankruptcy cases.
The department of justice shall monitor bankruptcy cases filed in bankruptcy courts in this state and other states, notify departments that may be affected by those bankruptcy cases, and represent the interests of the state in bankruptcy cases and related adversary proceedings.
All obligations collected by the department of justice under this section shall be paid to the secretary of administration and deposited in the appropriate fund.
From the amount of obligations collected by the department of justice under this section, the secretary of administration shall credit an amount equal to the reasonable and necessary expenses incurred by the department of justice related to collecting those obligations to the appropriation account under s. 20.455 (1) (gs)
History: 1995 a. 27
; 2003 a. 33
Acquisition of hospitals. 165.40(1)(a)
"Acquisition" means the long-term leasing of a hospital or a system of hospitals, or the acquiring by a person of an ownership or controlling interest in a hospital or a system of hospitals that results in one of the following:
Possession by the person of at least 50% ownership or control.
"Department" means the department of health services.
"Local agency" means an agency of a county, city, village or town.
"Office" means the office of the commissioner of insurance.
"Person" means an individual, sole proprietorship, partnership, association, limited liability company, corporation or joint stock company, lessee, trustee or receiver.
"State agency" has the meaning given in s. 16.004 (12) (a)
, except that it includes the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority.
(2) Prohibition; approval required. 165.40(2)(a)(a)
Except as provided in sub. (5)
, no person may engage in the acquisition of a hospital or a system of hospitals owned by any of the following unless the person has first received review and approval of an application concerning the acquisition under this section from the attorney general, the office and the department:
The University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority.
If the proposed acquisition under this subsection is for a system of hospitals, the person who proposes to engage in the acquisition shall provide notice of the impending acquisition to the attorney general, to the office and to the department at least 30 days before the offer to purchase or lease is made. The attorney general shall, within 5 days after receipt of the notice, determine and notify the person as to whether a single application for the system or an application for each hospital within the system shall be submitted for review. If the attorney general determines that an application for each hospital within the system shall be submitted, no submitted application is complete until all complete applications for the hospitals within the system are submitted to the attorney general, to the office and to the department.
(3) Application review by the attorney general, the office and the department; procedures. 165.40(3)(a)(a)
An application for review by the attorney general, the office and the department that is required under sub. (2)
shall, at the time the offer to purchase or lease is made, be submitted to the attorney general, to the office and to the department on a form that is provided by the attorney general. The application shall include all of the following:
The name of the purchaser or lessee and, if applicable, other parties to the acquisition.
A financial and economic analysis and report by an independent expert or consultant of the effect of the acquisition under the standards specified in sub. (4)
An application and all documents related to the application, as specified in par. (a)
, are public records for the purposes of subch. II of ch. 19
Within 5 working days after receipt of a completed application under par. (a)
, the attorney general shall do all of the following:
Have notice of the application published as a class 2 notice, under ch. 985
, in a newspaper having general circulation in the community or communities in which the hospital or system of hospitals to be sold or leased is located.