State Supreme Court Rules On Golf Pro Lawsuit

6/23/17 – The State Supreme Court is letting four club pros at city-owned golf courses in Madison proceed with a lawsuit alleging they were fired unfairly. On a 5-2 vote Thursday, the court reversed an appellate court ruling which threw out legal claims from former club pros Tom Benson, Mark Rechlicz, Bill Scheer, and Rob Muranyi. The city decided to replace them in 2012 with a single club pro, some assistants and concession workers. Justice Annette Ziegler says the city cannot claim government immunity in this case, so the golf pros can pursue allegations of unfair business practices. But Madison City Attorney Michael May tells the Wisconsin State Journal that it’s the first time any court applied a law which was meant only for private business dealings. He says the ruling will affect every local government in the state.