en-us News RSS - Connecticut Law Tribune Connecticut's only weekly newspaper covering the legal community, with the latest in courts, law firms and legislature. http://www.ctlawtribune.com Copyright 2016. ALM Media Properties, LLC. 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 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:44 -0400 Errant Email Leads to Conn. Trade Secrets Suit http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202768698182/Errant-Email-Leads-to-Conn-Trade-Secrets-Suit?rss=rss_ct Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:44 -0400 Oil company Maxum Petroleum says Stamford-based Chemoil Corp. has stolen its "crown jewels" with the hire of a longtime executive. 1202768698182 Media Circuses Deny Due Process and Fair Trials http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202768680095/Media-Circuses-Deny-Due-Process-and-Fair-Trials?rss=rss_ct Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:22 -0400 Jurisprudence in the last few decades has wrestled with balancing lawyers' First Amendment rights, the public's right to know, the need for open courts and the accused's rights to a fair trial. 1202768680095 Convicted Attorney Seeks Reinstatement to Bar http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202768673172/Convicted-Attorney-Seeks-Reinstatement-to-Bar?rss=rss_ct Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:41 -0400 A longtime Danbury attorney who served federal prison time for her role in a real estate scheme is seeking reinstatement to the bar in Connecticut. 1202768673172 A False Use of Attorney-Client Privilege Now Outlawed http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202768587998/A-False-Use-of-AttorneyClient-Privilege-Now-Outlawed?rss=rss_ct Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:33 -0400 The Supreme Court's 'Harrington' decision may curtail the ability of attorneys and clients to claim privilege when there is no underlying legal advice to support it. This is indeed a good thing. 1202768587998 Appeals Court Reinstates Personal Injury Case Over Black Ice http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202768574427/Appeals-Court-Reinstates-Personal-Injury-Case-Over-Black-Ice?rss=rss_ct Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:57 -0400 Summary judgment should not have been granted to the state Department of Transportation on claims it moved too slow to treat black ice on the Gold Star Memorial Bridge over the Thames River, a state appellate court held. 1202768574427 US Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Online Advertisers Can Be Liable for Deceptive Content http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202768451564/US-Appeals-Court-Upholds-Ruling-Online-Advertisers-Can-Be-Liable-for-Deceptive-Content?rss=rss_ct Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:20 -0400 A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court's ruling last year in a case involving ads on phony news websites that an online advertiser can be held liable for deceptive content that it did not produce. 1202768451564 Connecticut Among States Claiming Anti-Opioid Drugmakers Blocked Competition http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202768439915/Connecticut-Among-States-Claiming-AntiOpioid-Drugmakers-Blocked-Competition?rss=rss_ct Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:58 -0400 Attorneys general for 35 states, including Connecticut, recently filed suit against the makers of Suboxone, a drug used to treat opioid addiction, alleging they schemed to stall the entry of a generic form of the drug into the market. 1202768439915 Legal Community Mourns Well-Known Young New Britain Attorney http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202768387488/Legal-Community-Mourns-WellKnown-Young-New-Britain-Attorney?rss=rss_ct Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:31 -0400 The death of well-known New Britain lawyer Joseph McDonald, who appeared to be putting his legal and addiction problems behind him, comes as a shock to those who knew him. 1202768387488 The Use and Misuse of the Rules of Conduct http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202768318430/The-Use-and-Misuse-of-the-Rules-of-Conduct?rss=rss_ct Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:12 -0400 A recent New York City Bar ethics decision on the duties of criminal prosecutors raises interesting questions regarding the interplay of the rules of conduct and standards of lawyer conduct applicable in civil and criminal contexts. 1202768318430 More State Law Libraries Going on Reduced Schedule http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202768277756/More-State-Law-Libraries-Going-on-Reduced-Schedule?rss=rss_ct Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:43 -0400 Staffing shortages and the state's budget situation have prompted officials to reduce the hours of more of the state's law libraries. 1202768277756 Hats Off to the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202767966436/Hats-Off-to-the-Connecticut-Bar-Examining-Committee?rss=rss_ct Thu, 22 Sep 2016 02:52 -0400 The University of Connecticut School of Law has an interesting program for graduates of law schools in other countries. 1202767966436 Pardon Me, But Can We Do Better? http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202767891699/Pardon-Me-But-Can-We-Do-Better?rss=rss_ct Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:20 -0400 Connecticut is in the forefront for implementing restorative justice programs by, among other things, being one of a small number of states that has a pardons process that is available and accessible to people and that grants more than a handful of pardons each year. But it is behind in providing readily available and easily understandable information about these programs. 1202767891699 Connecticut's Political Economy: Destroy the Family, Blame Wal-Mart http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202767981683/Connecticuts-Political-Economy-Destroy-the-Family-Blame-WalMart?rss=rss_ct Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:42 -0400 A century ago Theodore Roosevelt, while regarded as a flaming liberal, nevertheless argued that the first duty of a citizen is to pull his own weight. The collapse of schools, cities, and the state itself is what happens when public policy disagrees. 1202767981683 High Court Sides With Insurer Suing Third Parties in Workers' Comp Case http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202767974415/High-Court-Sides-With-Insurer-Suing-Third-Parties-in-Workers-Comp-Case?rss=rss_ct Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:55 -0400 Workers' compensation insurers paying out benefits to employees on an employer's behalf may sue the third party responsible for the injuries in order to recover the loss, according to a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling. 1202767974415 Winners of New Leaders in the Law Contest Announced http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202767971357/Winners-of-New-Leaders-in-the-Law-Contest-Announced?rss=rss_ct Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:27 -0400 The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce the winners for the 2016 New Leaders in the Law contest. Applicants were judged in four categories, including development of the law, advocacy/community contributions, service to the bar, and peer/public recognition. 1202767971357 High Court Will Review Controversial Education Funding Ruling http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202767901065/High-Court-Will-Review-Controversial-Education-Funding-Ruling?rss=rss_ct Tue, 20 Sep 2016 05:29 -0400 The Connecticut Supreme Court has agreed to review the recent landmark ruling that called Connecticut's education funding system unconstitutional. 1202767901065 Jury Awards $2.5M in Retaliation Suit Against Police Department http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202767761607/Jury-Awards-25M-in-Retaliation-Suit-Against-Police-Department?rss=rss_ct Tue, 20 Sep 2016 05:22 -0400 A Stratford narcotics detective who claims the department retaliated against him after he badmouthed the current police chief has been awarded $2.5 million by a jury in federal court in New Haven. 1202767761607 Is Bitcoin Acceptable Payment for Legal Services? http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202767879255/Is-Bitcoin-Acceptable-Payment-for-Legal-Services?rss=rss_ct Tue, 20 Sep 2016 03:24 -0400 Bitcoin lives in a dark world outside the law, unregulated, murky, indeed, even suspicious. It is the very sort of medium of exchange one would most expect the IRS to be interested in. 1202767879255 Quinnipiac Students Get Insight Into Court System in Nicaragua http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202767874892/Quinnipiac-Students-Get-Insight-Into-Court-System-in-Nicaragua?rss=rss_ct Tue, 20 Sep 2016 02:59 -0400 Quinnipiac University Law School students who went on a humanitarian trip to Nicaragua learned ways their legal system was different, but overall, students said they saw more similarities than differences. 1202767874892 Supreme Court Year in Review http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202767839689/Supreme-Court-Year-in-Review?rss=rss_ct Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:34 -0400 In the Law Tribune’s Supreme Court Year in Review special section, articles focus on environmental protection, property and land use and other topics. 1202767839689 The Future of Legal Services http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202767494086/The-Future-of-Legal-Services?rss=rss_ct Mon, 19 Sep 2016 03:20 -0400 Most people living in poverty, and the majority of moderate-income individuals, do not receive the legal help they need. 1202767494086 Labor and Employment Law Decisions in 2015-16 From the Connecticut Supreme Court http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202767531641/Labor-and-Employment-Law-Decisions-in-201516-From-the-Connecticut-Supreme-Court?rss=rss_ct Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:07 -0400 The Connecticut Supreme Court term was again relatively quiet in the area of labor and employment, with only a few decisions that impact employers. 1202767531641 Environmental Year in Review: Decisions Reinforce DEEP's Authority http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202767473797/Environmental-Year-in-Review-Decisions-Reinforce-DEEPs-Authority?rss=rss_ct Mon, 19 Sep 2016 01:16 -0400 In sharp contrast to last summer's Tilcon Connecticut case, which placed significant checks on the ability of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to request extensive information from permit applicants, this year's cases dramatically reinforce DEEP's authority. 1202767473797 A Busy Year in Real Property and Land Use http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202767504351/A-Busy-Year-in-Real-Property-and-Land-Use?rss=rss_ct Mon, 19 Sep 2016 04:06 -0400 A flood of important decisions has flowed out of the courts. We should enjoy them while we can, because with judicial branch cutbacks typical real property and land use cases now find themselves in a position of lowest priority, far behind criminal prosecutions and family law matters. 1202767504351 Design Defects at the Connecticut Supreme Court: A Doctrine in Flux http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202767525898/Design-Defects-at-the-Connecticut-Supreme-Court-A-Doctrine-in-Flux?rss=rss_ct Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:01 -0400 The big product-liability news at the Connecticut Supreme Court in 2016 was undoubtedly Izzarelli v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, 321 Conn. 172 (2016), an important decision that refined Connecticut's standards for design-defect product-liability claims. 1202767525898 Court Sets Standard for Application of Attorney-Client Privilege to Mixed-Purpose Communications http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202767318765/Court-Sets-Standard-for-Application-of-AttorneyClient-Privilege-to-MixedPurpose-Communications?rss=rss_ct Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:22 -0400 Lawyers and clients often confront the question of when communications relating to both nonlegal and legal advice may be covered by the attorney-client privilege. Court decisions in this area have not always provided consistent guidance. A dispute concerning a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request directed to the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority (CRRA) (now the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority) provided the Supreme Court with the opportunity to directly address the proper standard for determining when the privilege covers mixed-purpose communications. 1202767318765 Feds Lodge Child Porn Charge Against Shelton Attorney http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202767732782/Feds-Lodge-Child-Porn-Charge-Against-Shelton-Attorney?rss=rss_ct Mon, 19 Sep 2016 02:16 -0400 A Shelton-based attorney already facing charges in state court for allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile now faces federal charges that he produced child pornography. 1202767732782