Connecticut Supreme Court Year In Review 2013
by JEFFREY J. WHITE and JAMIE M. LANDRY
Last year, we reported that the most significant business law case decided was Patino v. Birken Manufacturing Company, 304 Conn. 679 (2012), in which Chief Justice Chase Rogers wrote an opinion holding that Connecticut General Statutes § 46a-81c (1) creates a cause of action for hostile work environment claims where employees are subjected to discrimination and harassment based on their sexual orientation.
By CAREY REILLY
In the arena of claims against health care providers, the Supreme Court wrestled with a variety of issues, including whether or not a plaintiff had to prove that the hospital had prior knowledge of its pedophilic doctor's deviant sexual tendencies; whether a third party may bring a claim against a physician for his failure to inform his patient of risks associated with her condition; and whether an expert witness can spout off in court about tort reform and jurors must be forewarned about media coverage.