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Both sides claiming victory in latest Act 10 court ruling

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - All sides are claiming victory, after Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas issued a new ruling on Wisconsin's Act 10 public union bargaining limits. 

It compelled the Walker administration to observe Colas' decision from a year ago, when he struck down Act 10's provisions in a suit filed by the Madison teachers union and a Milwaukee city employee union. 

However, the judge refused a request by the two plaintiffs to prohibit the Walker administration from ordering annual re-certification votes for other local government and school unions in Wisconsin.

Plaintiffs' attorney Lester Pines contends that last year's ruling applied to all groups but state employees -- and he said Tuesday's ruling did not change that, so it's a victory. 

The Colas' decision is now being reviewed by the State Supreme Court.  

Meanwhile, the Walker administration says it still has the authority to enforce the union law. It cites two federal court rulings from this year which upheld Act 10's provisions in lawsuits from different groups. 

Of the 8 lawsuits filed in the matter, Walker spokesman Tom Evenson says six went the governor's way and two remain undecided. Evenson also said the state is confident it will win the remaining cases.