Connecticut Supreme Court Year In Review 2013
By BRENDEN LEYDON
The Connecticut Supreme Court decided many interesting cases regarding tort issues this year. One recent case just posted in mid-September shed new light on a variety of complex issues. Mirjavadi v. Vakilzadeh arose from the kidnapping of the plaintiff's daughter, Saba, by the plaintiff's ex-husband, who took the 2-year-old child back to Iran.
By DWIGHT H. MERRIAM
Before our annual walkabout among the land-related decisions of the Connecticut Supreme Court, let us highlight what you need to watch out for this coming year.
By DAN KRISCH
The past year was one of transition for the Connecticut Supreme Court: Two new justices with atypical resumes and pioneering personal histories, Andrew McDonald and Carmen Espinosa, joined the Court in early 2013. Meanwhile, Justice Dennis Eveleigh emerged as a thoughtful, frequent dissenter whose judicial philosophy often diverged from the Court's mainstream.
By JOSEPH J. CHERICO
On July 16, 2013, the Connecticut Supreme Court addressed an issue of first impression in J.E. Robert Co. v. Signature Properties LLC, 309 Conn. 307 (2013). Specifically, the Court held that a loan servicer for the owner and holder of a note and mortgage has standing in its own right to bring a foreclosure action against the mortgagor.
By DANIEL J. KLAU
History may describe the Connecticut Supreme Court's 2012-2013 term as the "eye of the hurricane" with respect to First Amendment and freedom of information cases.
By LIVIA BARNDOLLAR
During the past term, the Supreme Court has readdressed how child support awards should be developed when the parents are high income earners.
By ROBERT G. BRODY and ABBY M. WARREN
This Connecticut Supreme Court term was again relatively quiet in the area of labor and employment, with only a few decisions that impact employers, and therefore should impact the advice attorneys give their clients.
By PROLOY DAS
The Connecticut Supreme Court heard 42 criminal law cases during the 2012-2013 term and has released decisions in 27 of those cases. Here are the highlights.
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.