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 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:23 -0400 Court Upholds $100,000 Emotional Distress Award for Fired Therapist http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202756294493/Court-Upholds-100000-Emotional-Distress-Award-for-Fired-Therapist?rss=rss_ct Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:23 -0400 Working in a nursing home can be stressful. But the job became even more so for an occupational therapist who reported alleged billing irregularities and was eventually terminated. 1202756294493 Conn. Clam-Poaching Dispute Raises Fourth Amendment Issues http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202756294564/Conn-ClamPoaching-Dispute-Raises-Fourth-Amendment-Issues?rss=rss_ct Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:23 -0400 An odd dispute involving Long Island Sound clams has resulted in a criminal trial and a civil lawsuit challenging the authority of state environmental police officers. 1202756294564 Conn. Bill Pits Domestic Violence Protection Against Second Amendment Rights http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202756227889/Conn-Bill-Pits-Domestic-Violence-Protection-Against-Second-Amendment-Rights?rss=rss_ct Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:19 -0400 The General Assembly took a major step toward approving legislation that would allow the confiscation of firearms from people who are served with temporary restraining orders. 1202756227889 Norm Pattis: Voices of Discontent Dominate Chaotic Presidential Campaign http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202756296325/Norm-Pattis-Voices-of-Discontent-Dominate-Chaotic-Presidential-Campaign?rss=rss_ct Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:35 -0400 Donald Trump walked away from the so-called "Acela primaries" in the Northeast a complete winner, sweeping the Republican contests in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island in convincing fashion. 1202756296325 'Civil Gideon' Task Force Would Be an Important First Step http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202756157250/Civil-Gideon-Task-Force-Would-Be-an-Important-First-Step?rss=rss_ct Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:20 -0400 We have frequently commented on the paucity of affordable legal services for low- and moderate-income individuals facing serious legal problems. 1202756157250 UConn Law Students Offer Hands-On Help To Immigrants Seeking Asylum http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202756157317/UConn-Law-Students-Offer-HandsOn-Help-To-Immigrants-Seeking-Asylum?rss=rss_ct Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:17 -0400 While many students opt to use their spring break to relax from the rigors of class work, more than 10 students from the University of Connecticut School of Law spent their time in Pennsylvania helping detained asylum seekers build compelling cases to eventually present to immigration judges. 1202756157317 Stamford Attorney Resigns From Bar Following Theft Charge http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202756134965/Stamford-Attorney-Resigns-From-Bar-Following-Theft-Charge?rss=rss_ct Wed, 27 Apr 2016 04:07 -0400 A long-time Stamford attorney who is facing charges that he stole thousands of dollars from an estate has resigned from the bar and waived his right to apply for reinstatement. 1202756134965 Conn. Judge Upholds $14.5 Million Verdict Against Fitness Center and Trainer http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202756113422/Conn-Judge-Upholds-145-Million-Verdict-Against-Fitness-Center-and-Trainer?rss=rss_ct Wed, 27 Apr 2016 02:07 -0400 A Superior Court judge has denied post-trial motions which aimed to set aside a $14.5 million verdict awarded to a Greenwich doctor who suffered a massive stroke after his personal trainer pushed him to exercise too hard on a fitness center's exercise machine. 1202756113422 Update: Psychiatric Nurse Held Liable As Patient's Suicide Results in $12 Million Verdict http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202756047920/Update-Psychiatric-Nurse-Held-Liable-As-Patients-Suicide-Results-in-12-Million-Verdict?rss=rss_ct Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:07 -0400 A New Haven jury has returned a $12 million verdict in a case brought by the estate of a man who committed suicide after his medication levels were reduced by Yale-New Haven Hospital and a psychiatric nurse allegedly failed to monitor his health. 1202756047920 Judge's Ruling Sheds Light on Blight Ordinance Enforcement http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202756047743/Judges-Ruling-Sheds-Light-on-Blight-Ordinance-Enforcement?rss=rss_ct Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:09 -0400 Rocky Hill officials have referred to Anthony Straska's farm as "the town disgrace" because of the junked cars and piles of trash on the property. 1202756047743 Law Tribune Announces Lawyer of the Year Finalists http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202756003883/Law-Tribune-Announces-Lawyer-of-the-Year-Finalists?rss=rss_ct Tue, 26 Apr 2016 02:08 -0400 For several months, we asked bar members to submit nominations for attorneys who have had significant achievements in the law — ranging from litigation success to leadership in law firms and bar groups — since the beginning of 2015. 1202756003883 Proposed Layoffs Could Devastate Justice System http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202756047676/Proposed-Layoffs-Could-Devastate-Justice-System?rss=rss_ct Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:10 -0400 There has been a lot of publicity about how Gov. Dannel Malloy's Second Chance Society might affect the criminal justice system. 1202756047676 Feds Charge Former Conn. Bankruptcy Attorney With Embezzlement http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755927593/Feds-Charge-Former-Conn-Bankruptcy-Attorney-With-Embezzlement?rss=rss_ct Mon, 25 Apr 2016 04:35 -0400 A longtime former New Haven bankruptcy attorney who recently resigned from the bar over allegations of mishandling client funds is now facing a federal criminal charge. Peter Ressler, 68, of Woodbridge, was charged April 25 with embezzlement of debtors' funds, according to the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office. 1202755927593 Jury Says Hospital, Nurse Must Pay $12 Million to Estate of Suicide Victim http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755988378/Jury-Says-Hospital-Nurse-Must-Pay-12-Million-to-Estate-of-Suicide-Victim?rss=rss_ct Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:01 -0400 A New Haven jury has returned a $12 million verdict in a case brought by the estate of a man who committed suicide after his medication levels were reduced by Yale-New Haven Hospital and a psychiatric nurse allegedly failed to monitor his health. 1202755988378 Divided U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Petition to Hear Conn. Land Use Case http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755950728/Divided-US-Supreme-Court-Rejects-Petition-to-Hear-Conn-Land-Use-Case?rss=rss_ct Mon, 25 Apr 2016 06:50 -0400 1202755950728 Conn. Court Says State Law Doesn't Bar Smokers' Lawsuits Against Tobacco Companies http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755911315/Conn-Court-Says-State-Law-Doesnt-Bar-Smokers-Lawsuits-Against-Tobacco-Companies?rss=rss_ct Mon, 25 Apr 2016 03:06 -0400 A woman who developed cancer after years of smoking Salem cigarettes is one step closer to collecting a $28 million judgment against tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds. 1202755911315 Lawyers Should Be On Lookout for Fair Housing Issues http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755950661/Lawyers-Should-Be-On-Lookout-for-Fair-Housing-Issues?rss=rss_ct Mon, 25 Apr 2016 06:51 -0400 The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development annually declares April to be Fair Housing Month. 1202755950661 Second Circuit Had a Busy First Quarter of 2016 http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755777510/Second-Circuit-Had-a-Busy-First-Quarter-of-2016?rss=rss_ct Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:45 -0400 Other rulings focus on subject-matter jurisdiction, attorney obligations. 1202755777510 State Launches New Type of Parole Hearings for Former Juvenile Offenders http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755777585/State-Launches-New-Type-of-Parole-Hearings-for-Former-Juvenile-Offenders?rss=rss_ct Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:44 -0400 Supreme Court rulings on juvenile punishment prompt scores of sentence reviews. 1202755777585 Law Firms Find New Niche Conducting Sex Assault Investigations for Colleges http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755777656/Law-Firms-Find-New-Niche-Conducting-Sex-Assault-Investigations-for-Colleges?rss=rss_ct Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:42 -0400 New Day Pitney partnership designed to ease burden on university GCs. 1202755777656 Conn. U.S. Attorney Launches Panel To Address Backlash Against Muslims, Arabs http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755752705/Conn-US-Attorney-Launches-Panel-To-Address-Backlash-Against-Muslims-Arabs?rss=rss_ct Fri, 22 Apr 2016 03:22 -0400 The backlash against the Muslim and Arab communities following terrorist attacks hit home in Connecticut last fall, when a man fired several gunshots at the Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden. 1202755752705 State's Attorney Retires After More Than 40 Years as Prosecutor http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755636728/States-Attorney-Retires-After-More-Than-40-Years-as-Prosecutor?rss=rss_ct Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:08 -0400 New Haven's Dearington steps down after decades of handling big cases. 1202755636728 Court Awards Stabbing Victim $124,000 for Pain and PTSD http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755636799/Court-Awards-Stabbing-Victim-124000-for-Pain-and-PTSD?rss=rss_ct Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:10 -0400 A man who was stabbed in the chest by a neighbor and later sued has been awarded nearly $124,000 by a judge in Bridgeport. 1202755636799 Michelle Cruz: Second Chance 2.0 Based on Myths and Falsehoods http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755637246/Michelle-Cruz-Second-Chance-20-Based-on-Myths-and-Falsehoods?rss=rss_ct Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:11 -0400 What might the "justice system" look like if Second Chance 2.0 is approved? 1202755637246 Editorial: Trump's Views Show Disregard for Rule of Law http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755612467/Editorial-Trumps-Views-Show-Disregard-for-Rule-of-Law?rss=rss_ct Thu, 21 Apr 2016 04:27 -0400 Trump talks of loosening our laws to allow for such torture. Heeding him would not be loosening our laws, but a wholesale disregard for them and an abandonment of our enlightened moral stature in the world. 1202755612467 Feds Indict Conn. Lawyer Who Allegedy Defrauded Homeowners http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755594620/Feds-Indict-Conn-Lawyer-Who-Allegedy-Defrauded-Homeowners?rss=rss_ct Thu, 21 Apr 2016 02:59 -0400 A Bridgeport attorney has been indicted and charged with conspiring with another man to defraud homeowners who were facing foreclosure. 1202755594620 Norm Pattis: Retiring Prosecutor An Adversary Worthy of Admiration http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755523622/Norm-Pattis-Retiring-Prosecutor-An-Adversary-Worthy-of-Admiration?rss=rss_ct Wed, 20 Apr 2016 06:30 -0400 1202755523622 Rejected Police Recruit, 51, Wins $65,000 in Age Discrimination Case http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755523391/Rejected-Police-Recruit-51-Wins-65000-in-Age-Discrimination-Case?rss=rss_ct Wed, 20 Apr 2016 06:28 -0400 Every few days, the training instructor would allegedly make statements that Gaul was 'stupid and old.' He would also frequently pull Gaul aside and tell him: 'Go home, old man, you are not going to make it.' 1202755523391 Trial Date Set for 2018 in Newtown Families' Lawsuit Against Gun Maker http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755479025/Trial-Date-Set-for-2018-in-Newtown-Families-Lawsuit-Against-Gun-Maker?rss=rss_ct Wed, 20 Apr 2016 03:16 -0400 State Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis has scheduled the trial to begin in two years, on April 3, 2018. 1202755479025 City's Lawsuit Kicks Back at Soccer Stadium Developers http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755523523/Citys-Lawsuit-Kicks-Back-at-Soccer-Stadium-Developers?rss=rss_ct Wed, 20 Apr 2016 06:29 -0400 Lawsuit makes multiple claims against management companies. 1202755523523 Mark Dubois: Who Is the Client? Uncertainty Can Cause Ethical Issues http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755373430/Mark-Dubois-Who-Is-the-Client-Uncertainty-Can-Cause-Ethical-Issues?rss=rss_ct Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:04 -0400 A trio of cases arising out of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse mess at Penn State reminds us of the complexities associated with defining client identity when dealing with corporate entities. 1202755373430 New Family Justice Center Puts Prosecutors, Private Lawyers and Counselors Under One Roof to Assist Victims http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755372986/New-Family-Justice-Center-Puts-Prosecutors-Private-Lawyers-and-Counselors-Under-One-Roof-to-Assist-Victims?rss=rss_ct Tue, 19 Apr 2016 05:59 -0400 The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport is being billed as the first of its kind in the state. In reality, it's part of a national trend, a one-stop shop for women, men and children who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. 1202755372986 Judge Tosses Out Vizio's Challenge to State's Recycling Fee Law http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755360622/Judge-Tosses-Out-Vizios-Challenge-to-States-Recycling-Fee-Law?rss=rss_ct Tue, 19 Apr 2016 04:34 -0400 A federal judge has ruled that a Connecticut law that charges electronics makers fees in order to cover disposal costs of old products is constitutional, striking down a claim by television set maker Vizio. 1202755360622 Court Upholds Arbitrator's Ruling, Orders Equity Fund Manager to Pay $7.8 Million http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202755372456/Court-Upholds-Arbitrators-Ruling-Orders-Equity-Fund-Manager-to-Pay-78-Million?rss=rss_ct Tue, 19 Apr 2016 05:55 -0400 A Superior Court judge has upheld a private arbitrator's decision to award $7.8 million to private equity fund investors and their lawyers. 1202755372456