Gretchen L. Geisser Petersen

Gretchen L. Geisser Petersen

Associate

Civil Litigation • Landlord-Tenant Law • Personal Injury • Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights

Gretchen L. Geisser Petersen
Jun. 19, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Court’s Inherent Power to Sanction Limited to Compensatory Damages

Federal courts have the inherent authority to sanction bad-faith conduct by ordering a litigant to pay the other side’s legal fees.  The United States Supreme Court, however, recently reaffirmed a limitation of the courts’ inherent sanction powers to compensatory damages only, excluding any opportunity for punitive sanctions.  Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger, et […]

Gretchen L. Geisser Petersen
Apr. 19, 2016

Noisy Neighbor? The Law Knows No Duty

Who is it?  Which neighbor is “that neighbor” – the loud, unruly one who just seems to attract trouble?  Unfortunately, too many neighborhoods have “that neighbor,” hosting late night parties, parking their cars or RVs wherever they please, blasting their television or music, or maybe just being ornery and difficult to get along with.  Now, […]

Gretchen L. Geisser Petersen
Mar. 20, 2014

The Great Thaw and the Law: 5 Legal Issues to Watch Out for this Spring

The winter of 2013 to 2014 reared its ugly head with talk of snow, ice and, of course, the polar vortex.  While most of us can say we emerged from winter relatively unscathed, I fear the same cannot be said for our roadways, now potholed and cracked through and through.  The snow and ice have […]