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All rights reserved. http://www.alm.com/about/terms-use News RSS - Connecticut Law Tribune http://www.ctlawtribune.com/img/static/mastheads/CTLawTrib.png http://www.ctlawtribune.com Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:04 -0500 Family Law http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743477728/Family-Law?rss=rss_ct Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:04 -0500 Articles in this Connecticut Law Tribune special report look at early mediation, confidentiality, college savings and alimony, among other topics. 1202743477728 Early Mediation Can Facilitate Divorce Cases http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743354176/Early-Mediation-Can-Facilitate-Divorce-Cases?rss=rss_ct Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:08 -0500 Family lawyers should embrace early mediation as a creative tool that makes them more attractive to clients and helps them cast a net for a wider client base. 1202743354176 Confidentiality Agreements Can Keep Cases Moving http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743353701/Confidentiality-Agreements-Can-Keep-Cases-Moving?rss=rss_ct Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:08 -0500 Family cases almost always involve private matters that at least one party would prefer not to make public. 1202743353701 Alimony Ruling Reflects Changing Attitudes http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743354336/Alimony-Ruling-Reflects-Changing-Attitudes?rss=rss_ct Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:08 -0500 In this past year, the state Supreme Court family law decision that most departed from its predecessors was Dan v. Dan, 315 Conn. 1 (2014), a postjudgment alimony modification case. 1202743354336 In Our Minds, In Our Hearts, Implicit Bias Exists http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743354020/In-Our-Minds-In-Our-Hearts-Implicit-Bias-Exists?rss=rss_ct Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:09 -0500 Think about Ferguson, Missouri, think about George Zimmerman, and then think about stereotyping. One would hope this is not an issue in the family courts. 1202743354020 Tax Code Provisions Assist Divorcing Parties http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743353857/Tax-Code-Provisions-Assist-Divorcing-Parties?rss=rss_ct Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:08 -0500 Understandably, there are occasions in a marriage when one spouse is unaware of certain income earned by the other spouse, or situations when moneys provided by one spouse to pay taxes are misappropriated by the other spouse. It is for these legitimate situations that the "innocent spouse" regulations of the IRC were implemented through three forms of relief: innocent spouse relief, separation of liability and equitable relief. 1202743353857 College Savings Plans Can Complicate Negotiations http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743353779/College-Savings-Plans-Can-Complicate-Negotiations?rss=rss_ct Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:08 -0500 1202743353779 Lawyer Lobbies for Bill to Stop Killers From Inheriting From Victims http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743460421/Lawyer-Lobbies-for-Bill-to-Stop-Killers-From-Inheriting-From-Victims?rss=rss_ct Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:57 -0500 There's a loophole in Connecticut law that rankles attorney John Klar. 1202743460421 New Movie Leads Conn. Lawyers To Reflect on Priest Sex Abuse Cases http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743458497/New-Movie-Leads-Conn-Lawyers-To-Reflect-on-Priest-Sex-Abuse-Cases?rss=rss_ct Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:32 -0500 The movie "Spotlight" tells the story of the Boston Globe's investigation into sexual abuse of children by priests. Its release has refocused the general public on a scandal that, by some measures, reached its peak nearly a decade ago. 1202743458497 Conn. Hospital Settles Patient Data Breach Case http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743443995/Conn-Hospital-Settles-Patient-Data-Breach-Case?rss=rss_ct Wed, 25 Nov 2015 03:33 -0500 Connecticut has reached a $90,000 settlement with Hartford Hospital and a contractor over allegations that private patient information was compromised three years ago, leaving nearly 9,000 residents to worry if that data had gotten into the wrong hands. 1202743443995 Commentary: Statistics Show There's No Need for Mandatory CLE in Conn. http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743342612/Commentary-Statistics-Show-Theres-No-Need-for-Mandatory-CLE-in-Conn?rss=rss_ct Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:44 -0500 There is absolutely no need for mandatory continuing legal education in Connecticut. For many years, the state has had one of the most educated bars in the United States. 1202743342612 New Conn. Firm to Focus on College Campus-Related Cases http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743342719/New-Conn-Firm-to-Focus-on-College-CampusRelated-Cases?rss=rss_ct Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:42 -0500 Felice Duffy didn't know it at the time, but her law career was set on course when she was 18 years old. 1202743342719 Highway Service Plaza Project Marred by Pay Disputes http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743316548/Highway-Service-Plaza-Project-Marred-by-Pay-Disputes?rss=rss_ct Tue, 24 Nov 2015 04:05 -0500 Not long ago, the 23 service plazas along Connecticut's highways were shabby and out-of-date. Kevin Nursick, a state Department of Transportation spokesman, said they were "dilapidated hellholes. They were dungeons. They were disgusting." 1202743316548 Brain-Injured Plaintiff Loses $3 Million Lawsuit Against Town http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743341984/BrainInjured-Plaintiff-Loses-3-Million-Lawsuit-Against-Town?rss=rss_ct Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:37 -0500 The retaining wall was constructed as a part of a federally funded Streetscape Project, which was designed to promote pedestrian safety and make easier to walk to businesses in the Redding section of Georgetown. 1202743341984 Cybersecurity Attorney's Book Details His Pursuit of International Software Pirate http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743233262/Cybersecurity-Attorneys-Book-Details-His-Pursuit-of-International-Software-Pirate?rss=rss_ct Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:30 -0500 David L. Hall, co-chairman of Wiggin and Dana's cybersecurity group, was an assistant U.S. attorney who helped bring a Chinese software pirate to justice. 1202743233262 New Leaders in the Law http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743068596/New-Leaders-in-the-Law?rss=rss_ct Fri, 20 Nov 2015 04:41 -0500 The judges have spoken. And the Connecticut Law Tribune is proud to announce its New Leaders in the Law for 2015. 1202743068596 Connecticut AG Alleges $17 Million Scam by International Tech Support Company http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743193686/Connecticut-AG-Alleges-17-Million-Scam-by-International-Tech-Support-Company?rss=rss_ct Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:48 -0500 For frustrated computer users, Click4Support seemed like a godsend. 1202743193686 Conn. Election Lawyers Sanction Voter Who Cast Two Ballots in One Referendum http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743227476/Conn-Election-Lawyers-Sanction-Voter-Who-Cast-Two-Ballots-in-One-Referendum?rss=rss_ct Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:04 -0500 1202743227476 Editorial: Implicit Racial Bias Stands in Way of Truly Diverse Bar http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743228480/Editorial-Implicit-Racial-Bias-Stands-in-Way-of-Truly-Diverse-Bar?rss=rss_ct Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:06 -0500 A Washington Post article published earlier this year, written by a Stanford law professor and supported by Bureau of Labor statistics, announced that "law is the least diverse profession in the nation." 1202743228480 Court System Puts Guardian Ad Litem Training Sessions on Hold http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743088535/Court-System-Puts-Guardian-Ad-Litem-Training-Sessions-on-Hold?rss=rss_ct Fri, 20 Nov 2015 06:03 -0500 Any attorneys who would like to add guardian ad litem work to their practice need to undergo training first, but the state hasn't offered it in two years and no new trainings are scheduled. 1202743088535 Updated: Attorneys Say Proposed Courthouse Closings Could Be Costly to Towns, Law Firms http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743089878/Updated-Attorneys-Say-Proposed-Courthouse-Closings-Could-Be-Costly-to-Towns-Law-Firms?rss=rss_ct Fri, 20 Nov 2015 06:24 -0500 The state's latest budget reduction proposals would include the closing of court facilities in Meriden and Bristol. 1202743089878 Updated: Former Conn. Scoutmaster Named in Lawsuit Allegedly Molested Some Boys Hundreds of Times http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743085984/Updated-Former-Conn-Scoutmaster-Named-in-Lawsuit-Allegedly-Molested-Some-Boys-Hundreds-of-Times?rss=rss_ct Fri, 20 Nov 2015 05:42 -0500 As a scoutmaster in Ridgefield in the 1960s and 1970s, Donald Dennis went on frequent camping trips with young boys. And, according to a Stamford attorney, he molested them time and time again. One young scout was allegedly assaulted more than 1,000 times. 1202743085984 Conn. Attorney General Unhappy With Handling of Lawsuits Against State http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202743070346/Conn-Attorney-General-Unhappy-With-Handling-of-Lawsuits-Against-State?rss=rss_ct Fri, 20 Nov 2015 04:28 -0500 Calls for reform sounded as claims commissioner misses dozens of deadlines. 1202743070346 National Firm Names Asian Pacific Bar Leader To Head Conn. Office http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202742914815/National-Firm-Names-Asian-Pacific-Bar-Leader-To-Head-Conn-Office?rss=rss_ct Thu, 19 Nov 2015 02:51 -0500 Tanya Bovée has been named the new managing shareholder in the Hartford office of Jackson Lewis, a national firm whose 800 attorneys represent management in employment matters. 1202742914815 Ex-UConn Prof Now Helps Decide Compensation For Holocaust Survivors http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202742967484/ExUConn-Prof-Now-Helps-Decide-Compensation-For-Holocaust-Survivors?rss=rss_ct Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:42 -0500 Leonard Orland taught at the University of Connecticut School of Law for more than 30 years. He recently came back to his old stomping grounds to reveal what he has been up to in his retirement years. 1202742967484 Crash Victim Collects Surprising $1.4M in 'Conservative' Judicial District http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202742966012/Crash-Victim-Collects-Surprising-14M-in-Conservative-Judicial-District?rss=rss_ct Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:40 -0500 A woman who was involved in a head-on car crash and sustained multiple injuries, including a severely fractured wrist and several herniated discs, has been awarded $1.4 million by a jury in Litchfield County. 1202742966012 Editorial: New Ideas Needed to Fix Police-Community Relations http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202742967010/Editorial-New-Ideas-Needed-to-Fix-PoliceCommunity-Relations?rss=rss_ct Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:43 -0500 When, during public comments last month, FBI Director James Comey linked increased scrutiny of police conduct to an increase in violent crime, the White House almost immediately fired back that there was no evidence to back up his assertion. 1202742967010 Norm Pattis: Grisham Misses Mark in Portrayal of 'Working-Stiff Lawyer' http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202742841169/Norm-Pattis-Grisham-Misses-Mark-in-Portrayal-of-WorkingStiff-Lawyer?rss=rss_ct Wed, 18 Nov 2015 06:29 -0500 I imagine John Grisham, the best-selling author of plot-driven legal thrillers, channel surfing late one night on his 100-plus-acre farm in Oxford, Mississippi, and settling on an episode of "Better Call Saul." 1202742841169 Puerto Rican Manager Sues Conn. Supermarket, Claims Discrimination in Firing http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202742840418/Puerto-Rican-Manager-Sues-Conn-Supermarket-Claims-Discrimination-in-Firing?rss=rss_ct Wed, 18 Nov 2015 06:21 -0500 A Connecticut federal judge's ruling will allow the discrimination lawsuit of a supermarket manager to move forward. 1202742840418 Court Says Workers Left Jobless by Power Plant Explosion Can't Sue for Lost Wages http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202742840340/Court-Says-Workers-Left-Jobless-by-Power-Plant-Explosion-Cant-Sue-for-Lost-Wages?rss=rss_ct Wed, 18 Nov 2015 06:23 -0500 About 50 workers who were not physically injured in the 2010 explosion at Middletown's Kleen Energy power plant, but who lost their jobs in the aftermath of the blast, will not be allowed to sue for lost wages, according to a unanimous state Supreme Court ruling. 1202742840340 Conn. Judge Disbars Lawyer Who Has Never Been Licensed in State http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202742823466/Conn-Judge-Disbars-Lawyer-Who-Has-Never-Been-Licensed-in-State?rss=rss_ct Wed, 18 Nov 2015 04:56 -0500 Stephen Krawitz has never been licensed to practice in Connecticut. Nevertheless, he's been disbarred by a state judge. 1202742823466 Stamford Personal Injury Firm Sues Ganim Brothers Over Fee Dispute http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202742709462/Stamford-Personal-Injury-Firm-Sues-Ganim-Brothers-Over-Fee-Dispute?rss=rss_ct Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:25 -0500 A Stamford law firm is suing two lawyers from Bridgeport's Ganim family, claiming it deserves a bigger share of the $2.55 million in attorney fees from personal injury litigation that ultimately settled for $10.65 million. 1202742709462 Medical Malpractice http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202742711193/Medical-Malpractice?rss=rss_ct Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:38 -0500 In the Law Tribune’s Medical-Malpractice special section, articles focus on bringing wrongful death cases against nursing homes, the idea of removing med-mal cases from the regular court system, overcoming “damage-reduction defenses” put up by defendant doctors and cracking down on false testimony by expert witnesses. 1202742711193 Dan Krisch: It's Up to Court, Not Prosecutors, To Say What Death Penalty Law Is http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202742710759/Dan-Krisch-Its-Up-to-Court-Not-Prosecutors-To-Say-What-Death-Penalty-Law-Is?rss=rss_ct Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:28 -0500 I am staging an intervention. 1202742710759 Court Rules That Police Officer Who Kicked In Door Can't Sue Homeowner http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202742710837/Court-Rules-That-Police-Officer-Who-Kicked-In-Door-Cant-Sue-Homeowner?rss=rss_ct Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:26 -0500 Should police officers and firefighters be permitted to sue people they encounter in the line of duty for negligent acts? 1202742710837 Lawsuit Claims 17 Former Conn. Boy Scouts Were Molested by Troop Leader http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202742691258/Lawsuit-Claims-17-Former-Conn-Boy-Scouts-Were-Molested-by-Troop-Leader?rss=rss_ct Tue, 17 Nov 2015 04:37 -0500 Seventeen former Boy Scouts have filed a lawsuit on claiming they were sexually assaulted by a Ridgefield troop master in the 1960s and 1970s. 1202742691258