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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 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 03:58 -0400 Appeals Court Overturns $12M Med Mal Verdict http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765788884/Appeals-Court-Overturns-12M-Med-Mal-Verdict?rss=rss_ct Tue, 23 Aug 2016 03:58 -0400 The Connecticut Appellate Court has overturned a $12 million medical malpractice verdict against Danbury Hospital in the case of a patient who nearly died following a routine hernia operation. 1202765788884 Lawsuit Challenges State Liquor Laws http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765887226/Lawsuit-Challenges-State-Liquor-Laws?rss=rss_ct Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:23 -0400 A national liquor retailer with four Connecticut locations has filed a lawsuit against state officials in U.S. District Court challenging the state's laws governing liquor pricing. 1202765887226 Suit Says Low-Income Students Pushed Into Underperforming Schools http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765881914/Suit-Says-LowIncome-Students-Pushed-Into-Underperforming-Schools?rss=rss_ct Wed, 24 Aug 2016 03:53 -0400 A group of parents have filed a lawsuit against state officials alleging that Connecticut's restrictions on charter and magnet schools are unconstitutional because they force low-income and minority students to attend underperforming schools. 1202765881914 How Did State's Top Court Discover Judicial Restraint? http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765870999/How-Did-States-Top-Court-Discover-Judicial-Restraint?rss=rss_ct Tue, 23 Aug 2016 02:28 -0400 Congratulations to Connecticut's Supreme Court for proclaiming the futility of public administration, ruling that a University of Connecticut employee who smoked marijuana while operating a university truck cannot be fired. The court's legal rationale was plausible but there was little consistency to it. 1202765870999 PC vs. Free Speech—Again http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765864986/PC-vs-Free-SpeechmdashAgain?rss=rss_ct Tue, 23 Aug 2016 01:52 -0400 The battle between political correctness and free speech continues apace. Recently, it has taken a dangerous turn. The political correctness police have now taken on the Gadsden "Don't Tread on Me" flag, decreeing it an unwelcome racist symbol. 1202765864986 The Watchdog Agencies Must Remain Independent http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765195396/The-Watchdog-Agencies-Must-Remain-Independent?rss=rss_ct Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:32 -0400 The 2004 law reflects the General Assembly's appreciation of the importance of the watchdog agencies and the need to protect their status as independent agencies. 1202765195396 Event Spotlights Limits on Gun Torts in Mass Shootings http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765780921/Event-Spotlights-Limits-on-Gun-Torts-in-Mass-Shootings?rss=rss_ct Tue, 23 Aug 2016 03:01 -0400 1202765780921 Justice David Borden: A Man for All Seasons http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765700218/Justice-David-Borden-A-Man-for-All-Seasons?rss=rss_ct Mon, 22 Aug 2016 02:38 -0400 When asked by a Connecticut Bar Association group how he wanted to be remembered, he answered "as someone who was intellectually honest." 1202765700218 Chaos in Trial Scheduling http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765701516/Chaos-in-Trial-Scheduling?rss=rss_ct Mon, 22 Aug 2016 02:40 -0400 The new court year begins soon, and, as in virtually every year I can recall as a practicing lawyer, there is pushing and pulling between state and federal courts regarding scheduling of trials. Is it too much to ask state and federal judges to work together on scheduling issues? 1202765701516 Ex-Paralegal Caught Gambling; Gets Two More Months in Prison http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765720098/ExParalegal-Caught-Gambling-Gets-Two-More-Months-in-Prison?rss=rss_ct Mon, 22 Aug 2016 05:19 -0400 A former paralegal who embezzled $1.7 million from a South Windsor law firm has been sentenced to two more months in prison after she failed to pay restitution and was caught gambling while on probation. 1202765720098 State Supreme Court Sides With Arbitration in Case of Man Fired for Smoking Pot at Work http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765707667/State-Supreme-Court-Sides-With-Arbitration-in-Case-of-Man-Fired-for-Smoking-Pot-at-Work?rss=rss_ct Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:28 -0400 The Connecticut Supreme Court found a state employee should not have been fired for smoking marijuana while on the job, in a ruling legal experts say reinforces arbitration decisions in attempting to prevent public policy challenges. 1202765707667 Judge Awards $1.4 Million in Dog-Bite Case http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765599644/Judge-Awards-14-Million-in-DogBite-Case?rss=rss_ct Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:42 -0400 A teen who was attacked by a dog at his friend's house and needed numerous surgeries has been awarded more than $1.4 million by a judge in New London. Owen Carbray, who is now 16, was bitten by a large black Labrador retriever named "Bubba" on Nov. 8, 2013. Carbray was visiting a friend at the rented home of Mariusz and Nicole Krys in Windham. 1202765599644 Dentist Ordered to Pay $717K in Illegal Billing Case http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765592704/Dentist-Ordered-to-Pay-717K-in-Illegal-Billing-Case?rss=rss_ct Fri, 19 Aug 2016 03:32 -0400 A judge has ordered a retired Winsted dentist to pay $717,046 after concluding that he violated state law by improperly billing the state Medicaid program for dental cleanings and fluoride treatments. 1202765592704 Should the Organized Bar Consider Opposing a Trump Presidency? http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765592780/Should-the-Organized-Bar-Consider-Opposing-a-Trump-Presidency?rss=rss_ct Fri, 19 Aug 2016 03:35 -0400 Many lawyers, speaking as individuals, have voiced the strongest of objections to a Donald Trump presidency. Yet the organized bar has been silent. We think it is time for the bar to have an open discussion about whether it should actively oppose Mr. Trump. 1202765592780 Meriden Lawyer's Suicide Puts Spotlight on Mental Health Awareness http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765474881/Meriden-Lawyers-Suicide-Puts-Spotlight-on-Mental-Health-Awareness?rss=rss_ct Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:32 -0400 Following a Meriden lawyer's self-inflicted death last week, some attorneys in the state say there's still work to be done to increase awareness of mental health problems in the legal community. 1202765474881 The Abyss Claims Another Lawyer http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765488139/The-Abyss-Claims-Another-Lawyer?rss=rss_ct Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:52 -0400 I am deflated suddenly, staring out the window wondering about the point of it all. News is just now breaking that another lawyer has committed suicide. The body of Meriden's John Ivers Jr., 50, reported missing this month, has been recovered. A self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the police say. Did it have to come to this? 1202765488139 Attorney Joins Cummings & Lockwood as Principal http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765350083/Attorney-Joins-Cummings-amp-Lockwood-as-Principal?rss=rss_ct Wed, 17 Aug 2016 02:49 -0400 The law firm of Cummings & Lockwood announced recently that Kelley Galica Peck has joined the firm as a principal in its private clients group. 1202765350083 Legal Departments of the Year Nomination Form http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202759181320/Legal-Departments-of-the-Year-Nomination-Form?rss=rss_ct Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:10 -0400 The Connecticut Law Tribune will honor the best legal departments in Connecticut and is seeking help in determining the deserving companies. 1202759181320 Litigation Departments of the Year Nomination Form http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202759180286/Litigation-Departments-of-the-Year-Nomination-Form?rss=rss_ct Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:59 -0400 The Connecticut Law Tribune's Litigation Departments of the Year contest is open to any litigation law firm with a Connecticut presence. 1202759180286 2016 New Leaders in Law Nomination Form http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202764379116/2016-New-Leaders-in-Law-Nomination-Form?rss=rss_ct Thu, 18 Aug 2016 03:50 -0400 The Connecticut Law Tribune is looking to spotlight lawyers who are under the age of 40. 1202764379116 Gov. Malloy's 'Second Chance 2.0' Fails http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765246974/Gov-Malloys-Second-Chance-20-Fails?rss=rss_ct Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:21 -0400 Last November, Gov. Malloy made a speech outlining his plans for justice reform that included two important proposals: 1) eliminating the cash bail system and 2) moving individuals aged 18-20 into the juvenile system and exploring additional reforms for those up to 25 years old. These proposed reforms were seen as transformational and part of an overall system refocus aimed toward fighting recidivism and thus lowering crime. Neither proposal became law. This is a missed opportunity. 1202765246974 Minors Appealing Lengthy Sentences to Receive Parole Hearings http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765130708/Minors-Appealing-Lengthy-Sentences-to-Receive-Parole-Hearings?rss=rss_ct Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:29 -0400 In light of high court precedent and legislation governing the severe sentencing of minors, the Connecticut Appellate Court has decided to use parole hearings rather than resentencing hearings in handling appeals from convicted juveniles. 1202765130708 Murtha Cullina Hires New Associate http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765326439/Murtha-Cullina-Hires-New-Associate?rss=rss_ct Wed, 17 Aug 2016 01:30 -0400 Jodie L. Driscoll has joined the law firm of Murtha Cullina, where she is now an associate in the firm's Business and Finance Department. 1202765326439 Training the Next Generation of Lawyers http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765199624/Training-the-Next-Generation-of-Lawyers?rss=rss_ct Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:52 -0400 In the struggle of a fledgling Texas law school to obtain ABA accreditation is a message for others on the issue of what schools should be doing to educate and train the next generation of lawyers. 1202765199624 Seeking Redress for 19 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765268866/Seeking-Redress-for-19-Years-of-Wrongful-Imprisonment?rss=rss_ct Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:00 -0400 Prosecutors kept fighting Scott Lewis' release even after an FBI report long ago cast doubt on his conviction. Now he wants New Haven to pay. 1202765268866 Attorney Resigns From Bar Following Disciplinary Probe http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765359312/Attorney-Resigns-From-Bar-Following-Disciplinary-Probe?rss=rss_ct Wed, 17 Aug 2016 04:08 -0400 A Darien-based attorney who was the subject of a disciplinary investigation because of an overdraft in his IOLTA account has resigned from the bar and waived the privilege of reapplying. 1202765359312 Strategic Removal and the Voluntary-Involuntary Rule http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765246211/Strategic-Removal-and-the-VoluntaryInvoluntary-Rule?rss=rss_ct Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:20 -0400 The choice between federal and state court is one of the most strategically significant decisions made in the course of litigation. It can dramatically favor one party over another, affecting everything from the pace and expense of litigation to the governing procedural (and, in some instances, substantive) law. 1202765246211 Judge Arrested for Domestic Violence Claims He Was Actually the Victim http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765246866/Judge-Arrested-for-Domestic-Violence-Claims-He-Was-Actually-the-Victim?rss=rss_ct Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:25 -0400 Details have emerged in last week's domestic violence arrest of New Milford Probate Court Judge Martin Landgrebe, in which police charged him with third-degree strangulation and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident at his home. 1202765246866 4 to 4 in the Supreme Court http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765124438/4-to-4-in-the-Supreme-Court?rss=rss_ct Mon, 15 Aug 2016 04:55 -0400 We have already condemned the Republicans in the Senate for refusing to give Chief Judge Garland a hearing on his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. We stand on that condemnation. But since we appear to be stuck with an eight-justice court until next year, we have some observations on the subject to while away the time. 1202765124438 The White Whale of DRS Tax Clearance Certificates http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765124368/The-White-Whale-of-DRS-Tax-Clearance-Certificates?rss=rss_ct Mon, 15 Aug 2016 04:52 -0400 Herman Melville once wrote: "All my means are sane, my motive and my object mad." The object of my obsession, and that of many practitioners who deal with the purchase and sale of small businesses in Connecticut, is having a smooth, seamless, efficient and timely closing of the sale. What can often seem to be the "great white whale" in this process: appropriately addressing successor liability with the Department of Revenue Services. 1202765124368 Kinda Lonely http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765122669/Kinda-Lonely?rss=rss_ct Mon, 15 Aug 2016 04:48 -0400 Sometimes, being a lawyer can be a lonely place to be. Unlike some other professions, we have a set of ethics rules that can make it really hard to do our jobs, keep our licenses and look at ourselves in the mirror every morning. Three recent cases brought this home to me. 1202765122669 Conn. Suit Filed in Train Derailment http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202765126330/Conn-Suit-Filed-in-Train-Derailment?rss=rss_ct Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:05 -0400 As Amtrak starts to settle suits brought in the wake of the 2015 derailment that killed eight people, suits continue to be filed, including one in the District of Connecticut. 1202765126330