No. 2006AP1566.

751 N.W.2d 805 (2008)

2008 WI 78

ESTATE OF Dale OTTO, by Personal Representative Shelley Otto, Shelley Otto, Ashley Otto and Amanda Otto, Plaintiffs-Respondents, v. PHYSICIANS INSURANCE COMPANY OF WISCONSIN, INC., Defendant-Appellant-Petitioner, Charles L. Folkestad, M.D., Terrance J. Witt, M.D., Red Cedar Clinic-Mayo Health System and Wisconsin Patients Compensation Fund, Defendants, Valley Health Plan, Inc. and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska, Subrogated Defendants.

Supreme Court of Wisconsin.

Decided July 3, 2008.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

For the defendant-appellant-petitioner there were briefs by Michael B. Van Sicklen, Bree Grossi Wilde, and Foley & Lardner LLP, Madison, and oral argument by Michael B. Van Sicklen.

For the plaintiffs-respondents there was a brief filed by John L. Cates, Michael J. Luebke, Eric J. Haag, Heath P. Straka, and Gingras, Cates & Luebke, S.C., Madison, and oral argument by Heath P. Straka.

An amicus curiae brief was filed by James A. Friedman, Katherine Stadler, and Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., Madison, on behalf of the Wisconsin Insurance Alliance and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

An amicus curiae brief was filed by Linda V. Meagher and Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C., Waukesha, on behalf of the Wisconsin Association for Justice.

¶ 1 SHIRLEY S. ABRAHAMSON, Chief Justice.

The defendant, Physicians Insurance Company of Wisconsin, Inc. (PIC), seeks review of a published decision of the court of appeals. For purposes of this review, the court of appeals affirmed a judgment by default rendered by the Circuit Court for Dunn County, Rod W. Smeltzer, Judge,1 against PIC for damages suffered by plaintiffs Shelley Otto, Ashley Otto, Amanda Otto, and the Estate of Dale...

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