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Wausau and IC Willys get hearing before State Supreme Court


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - The State Supreme Court has taken up the case of the IC Willy's liquor license revocation.

At issue is whether or not an appeal of a license revocation should be handled as an entirely new case and hearing or as a review of revocation already performed by the municipality. The state appeals court ruled last year that circuit courts need to perform their own separate hearings in these cases. Attorney Shane Vander Waal says the appeals court made an error in judgement. "This case has implications for every municipality for every liquor license revocation in the state."

Under previous rulings and state practice, circuit courts would only judge whether or not a municipality's actions were reasonable in a revocation, and usually not overturn the decision unless missteps were made in the hearing and investigation process. Vander Waal says that the Appeals Court ruling undermines the work that municipalities put into the hearing process and renders any decisions they make pointless.

The city and attorneys for IC Willys will now set up oral argument dates with the Supreme Court.