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 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:43 -0500 $100,000 Probate Bills? Bar Wants Lawmakers to Reduce Estate Fees http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749666808/100000-Probate-Bills-Bar-Wants-Lawmakers-to-Reduce-Estate-Fees?rss=rss_ct Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:43 -0500 Lawmakers consider capping estate costs as wealthy threaten to relocate. 1202749666808 Editorial: Bar Should Take Note of Military Justice Reforms http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749667512/Editorial-Bar-Should-Take-Note-of-Military-Justice-Reforms?rss=rss_ct Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:46 -0500 The bar ought to gear up to review and comment on a legislative proposal that would make significant changes in the military justice system. 1202749667512 State Prosecutors Says Budget Cuts Could Mean 50 Layoffs http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749666727/State-Prosecutors-Says-Budget-Cuts-Could-Mean-50-Layoffs?rss=rss_ct Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:43 -0500 Malloy seeks to trim $70 million from planned court system expenditures. 1202749666727 Update: Quarantine Policies Raise Constitutional Issues in Conn., Other States http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749666884/Update-Quarantine-Policies-Raise-Constitutional-Issues-in-Conn-Other-States?rss=rss_ct Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:43 -0500 Connecticut's strict quarantine policy faces legal challenge 1202749666884 Conn. Whistleblower Lawsuit Claims Hedge Fund Squandered $2 Billion http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749559761/Conn-Whistleblower-Lawsuit-Claims-Hedge-Fund-Squandered-2-Billion?rss=rss_ct Thu, 11 Feb 2016 07:17 -0500 On one side is a Norwalk lawyer, whose client claims that a private equity firm mishandled nearly $2 billion in investor money. On the other side is the Washington, D.C.-based Carlyle Group, which emphatically denies the accusations, calling them "baseless and frivolous." 1202749559761 Conn. Law Firms Announce Partner, Counsel Promotions http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749511096/Conn-Law-Firms-Announce-Partner-Counsel-Promotions?rss=rss_ct Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:23 -0500 As usual, the early months of the new year bring about a large number of law firm hirings and promotions. 1202749511096 Norm Pattis: Practicing Law In an Era of Diminished Returns http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749562056/Norm-Pattis-Practicing-Law-In-an-Era-of-Diminished-Returns?rss=rss_ct Thu, 11 Feb 2016 07:31 -0500 There's a reason Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are doing so well in the polls: both men speak to the frustration of a people who know something is broken. 1202749562056 Lawyer Helps Village Address Vulgar T-Shirt Controversy http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749560902/Lawyer-Helps-Village-Address-Vulgar-TShirt-Controversy?rss=rss_ct Thu, 11 Feb 2016 07:28 -0500 Hartford attorney helps keep vulgar apparel out of sight of children. 1202749560902 Former GOP Candidate Sues Town Officials Who Kicked Her Out of Party http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749423431/Former-GOP-Candidate-Sues-Town-Officials-Who-Kicked-Her-Out-of-Party?rss=rss_ct Wed, 10 Feb 2016 04:46 -0500 Brookfield Republicans have booted a former school board member out of the party, prompting a federal lawsuit filed by a former Connecticut Secretary of the State. 1202749423431 Patricia King: How to Break Bad News to Your Clients http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749295652/Patricia-King-How-to-Break-Bad-News-to-Your-Clients?rss=rss_ct Tue, 09 Feb 2016 06:23 -0500 If you are like most lawyers who have been practicing for any length of time, you have had the unfortunate assignment of being the bearer of bad news. 1202749295652 Editorial: Conn. Supreme Court Should Make Quick Decision on Death Penalty http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749442523/Editorial-Conn-Supreme-Court-Should-Make-Quick-Decision-on-Death-Penalty?rss=rss_ct Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:49 -0500 Once again we wait for a death penalty decision from our Supreme Court. Hopefully, we won't have to wait two-and-a-half years as we did in 'State v. Santiago'. 1202749442523 Editorial: The Death Penalty and Stare Decisis http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749442443/Editorial-The-Death-Penalty-and-Stare-Decisis?rss=rss_ct Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:49 -0500 In our view the reason 'Santiago' should be followed is that it was correctly decided, not because of stare decisis. 1202749442443 Hartford Diocese Settles Priest Sex Abuse Lawsuit for $500,000 http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749444965/Hartford-Diocese-Settles-Priest-Sex-Abuse-Lawsuit-for-500000?rss=rss_ct Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:01 -0500 The Archdiocese of Hartford has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle sex abuse allegations against a Connecticut priest. 1202749444965 Plaintiff With Drug History Wins $156,000 Verdict Without Testifying at Trial http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749443043/Plaintiff-With-Drug-History-Wins-156000-Verdict-Without-Testifying-at-Trial?rss=rss_ct Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:50 -0500 Attorneys make unsual decision due to client's drug abuse history, 1202749443043 State Awards $6 Million to Man Wrongly Convicted of Teen's Murder http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749293407/State-Awards-6-Million-to-Man-Wrongly-Convicted-of-Teens-Murder?rss=rss_ct Tue, 09 Feb 2016 06:16 -0500 One of the first men exonerated through the efforts of Connecticut's Innocence Project has been awarded $6 million by the state. 1202749293407 Conn. Law Firm Launches New Team To Focus On Environmental Sustainability Issues http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749293487/Conn-Law-Firm-Launches-New-Team-To-Focus-On-Environmental-Sustainability-Issues?rss=rss_ct Tue, 09 Feb 2016 06:18 -0500 With many of Robinson & Cole's business clients focused on how to be more eco-friendly, the law firm has dedicated a new team to help with any legal matters associated with the quest to go green. 1202749293487 Conn. Officials Face Class Action Over Ebola Quarantines http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749244783/Conn-Officials-Face-Class-Action-Over-Ebola-Quarantines?rss=rss_ct Tue, 09 Feb 2016 02:23 -0500 A Yale University Law School legal clinic has filed a federal class action against Gov. Dannel Malloy on behalf of people who were forced into quarantine after traveling from Africa during the Ebola outbreak. 1202749244783 Lender Reaches Multi-Million Dollar Settlement With Government http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749160749/Lender-Reaches-MultiMillion-Dollar-Settlement-With-Government?rss=rss_ct Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:01 -0500 Banking giant HSBC has reached a $470 million settlement with the federal government and 49 states including Connecticut over mortgage lending and foreclosure abuses that officials say contributed to the country's economic meltdown. 1202749160749 Mark Dubois: Practicing Law in the New 'Gig' Economy http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749156968/Mark-Dubois-Practicing-Law-in-the-New-Gig-Economy?rss=rss_ct Mon, 08 Feb 2016 04:16 -0500 These are crazy times, and some parts of law and lawyering seem to be moving in very different directions. 1202749156968 Belarus Immigrant Comes Long Way to Open Conn. Law Firm http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749157042/Belarus-Immigrant-Comes-Long-Way-to-Open-Conn-Law-Firm?rss=rss_ct Mon, 08 Feb 2016 04:19 -0500 Native of Belarus builds U.S. practice helping immigrants. 1202749157042 Technician's Lawsuit Says Surgeon Hit Him During Operation http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749157122/Technicians-Lawsuit-Says-Surgeon-Hit-Him-During-Operation?rss=rss_ct Mon, 08 Feb 2016 04:16 -0500 The first time Robert Beamon was elbowed by a colleague, he was working in the operating room during the brain surgery of a 7-year-old boy in June 2014. He was certain the head surgeon had hit him by accident. 1202749157122 Conn. Judge's Novel Mixes Lethal Combat With Legal Intrigue http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749045542/Conn-Judges-Novel-Mixes-Lethal-Combat-With-Legal-Intrigue?rss=rss_ct Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:42 -0500 Former Supreme Court Justice Schaller turns focus to fiction writing. 1202749045542 Updated: Tempers Flare at Grievance Hearing in Multimillion Dollar Fee Dispute http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749049156/Updated-Tempers-Flare-at-Grievance-Hearing-in-Multimillion-Dollar-Fee-Dispute?rss=rss_ct Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:10 -0500 Grievance panel hears arguments involving multimillion-dollar dispute. 1202749049156 Parental Rights of Mentally Ill at Stake in Conn. ADA Case http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749045118/Parental-Rights-of-Mentally-Ill-at-Stake-in-Conn-ADA-Case?rss=rss_ct Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:39 -0500 On one side is the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, whose mission is to protect the welfare of children. On the other are a handful of advocacy groups who object to DCF's handling of a long-running case involving two parents with mental health issues. 1202749045118 Governor Proposes $70 Million Cut in State Court System's Budget http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202749042641/Governor-Proposes-70-Million-Cut-in-State-Court-Systems-Budget?rss=rss_ct Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:27 -0500 In the aftermath of Gov. Dannel Malloy's call for across-the-board budget reductions, Judicial Branch officials are still mulling over what impact spending cuts will have on the state court system. 1202749042641 Attorneys Encounter Ethical Issues As They Sift Through Social Media Posts http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202748896442/Attorneys-Encounter-Ethical-Issues-As-They-Sift-Through-Social-Media-Posts?rss=rss_ct Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:35 -0500 Bar groups reach different conclusion on exactly what's acceptable. 1202748896442 Conn. Judge Says Blight Ordinances Can Cover Messy Farms http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202748895466/Conn-Judge-Says-Blight-Ordinances-Can-Cover-Messy-Farms?rss=rss_ct Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:29 -0500 Anthony Straska's Rocky Hill farm is a mess and he must clean it up. That's the decision of a Superior Court judge who ruled that the town's municipal blight ordinance applies to agricultural settings as well as residential property. 1202748895466 Prep School Sex Abuse Suit Ends With $500,000 Settlement http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202748862052/Prep-School-Sex-Abuse-Suit-Ends-With-500000-Settlement?rss=rss_ct Thu, 04 Feb 2016 03:05 -0500 A man who claims he was repeatedly sexually abused by a faculty member of a Western Massachusetts prep school has settled a federal lawsuit in Connecticut for $500,000. 1202748862052 Hundreds of Conn. Homeowners Could Join in Class Action Involving Crumbling Concrete Foundations http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202748895540/Hundreds-of-Conn-Homeowners-Could-Join-in-Class-Action-Involving-Crumbling-Concrete-Foundations?rss=rss_ct Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:30 -0500 Potential class action says insurers won't cover damages. 1202748895540 Is Ted Cruz a 'Natural Born' Citizen? Founding Fathers Wouldn't Think So http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202748773860/Is-Ted-Cruz-a-Natural-Born-Citizen-Founding-Fathers-Wouldnt-Think-So?rss=rss_ct Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:59 -0500 In 2016, there is no compelling reason why a person born of American parents should not satisfy the 'natural born' requirement of Article II, Section I, but that is decidedly not how the framers of the Constitution understood that qualification. 1202748773860 Town's Mayor Steps Down After LEGO Legal Department Promotion http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202748794614/Towns-Mayor-Steps-Down-After-LEGO-Legal-Department-Promotion?rss=rss_ct Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:18 -0500 Scott Slifka has been a busy man. He's simultaneously worked in LEGO System's legal department in Enfield and served as West Hartford's mayor. But with a recent promotion within the global toy company, Slifka had to make a tough decision. 1202748794614 Judge Says Common-Law Doctrine Allows Tribal Business to Miss Filing Deadline http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202748775945/Judge-Says-CommonLaw-Doctrine-Allows-Tribal-Business-to-Miss-Filing-Deadline?rss=rss_ct Wed, 03 Feb 2016 06:15 -0500 Nearly four years after the state Supreme Court invoked nullum tempus to Connecticut's benefit in a law library case, a tribal court is ruling that the same doctrine applies to the much smaller Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. 1202748775945 Woman's Fall on Sidewalk Leads to $416,000 Verdict http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202748753277/Womans-Fall-on-Sidewalk-Leads-to-416000-Verdict?rss=rss_ct Wed, 03 Feb 2016 04:02 -0500 A woman who fell and broke her arm on a Bridgeport sidewalk has been awarded more than $416,000 by a Superior Court jury. 1202748753277