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 Wed, 25 May 2016 05:21 -0400 Norm Pattis: Reassessment Needed in Freddie Gray Prosecutions http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758648623/Norm-Pattis-Reassessment-Needed-in-Freddie-Gray-Prosecutions?rss=rss_ct Wed, 25 May 2016 05:21 -0400 Two criminal trials now completed, one to a jury, the other to a lone judge, and still no conviction. Will no one be held accountable for the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore? 1202758648623 Judge Allows Excessive-Force Suit to Move Forward http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758653628/Judge-Allows-ExcessiveForce-Suit-to-Move-Forward?rss=rss_ct Wed, 25 May 2016 05:56 -0400 Two Middletown police officers cannot claim qualified immunity in an excessive-force case filed against them over a 2012 incident involving a homeless woman, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled. 1202758653628 Disabled Woman Wins $5M Verdict Over Sex Abuse http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758611773/Disabled-Woman-Wins-5M-Verdict-Over-Sex-Abuse?rss=rss_ct Wed, 25 May 2016 01:29 -0400 A judge in Putnam has awarded over $5.6 million to the estate of a severely mentally handicapped woman who was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a worker at a group home in Danielson. 1202758611773 Proposal Means Showdown on Who Can Practice Law http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758539912/Proposal-Means-Showdown-on-Who-Can-Practice-Law?rss=rss_ct Tue, 24 May 2016 05:21 -0400 A few days ago a proposed change to the pro hac vice rule was forwarded to the full judges' meeting by the Rules Committee. If passed this June, it may set the stage for a showdown between the branches of government that has been brewing for some time. Maybe that's a good thing. 1202758539912 Grocery Chain Reaches $5M Settlement in Pay Dispute http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758511628/Grocery-Chain-Reaches-5M-Settlement-in-Pay-Dispute?rss=rss_ct Tue, 24 May 2016 02:00 -0400 Pending approval from a federal court judge, The Fresh Market grocery chain has struck a $5 million settlement with department managers who say they were shortchanged on overtime pay. 1202758511628 Former Ruby Tuesday Managers Sue in Wage Dispute http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758532893/Former-Ruby-Tuesday-Managers-Sue-in-Wage-Dispute?rss=rss_ct Tue, 24 May 2016 04:26 -0400 Two former Ruby Tuesday employees who claim the restaurant chain denied them overtime pay when they worked many 50-hour or more weeks are seeking class action status in their litigation against their former employer. 1202758532893 Worker Wins $2.9M Verdict After Truck Crushes Foot http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758099503/Worker-Wins-29M-Verdict-After-Truck-Crushes-Foot?rss=rss_ct Thu, 19 May 2016 02:41 -0400 A worker who had his foot run over by an 8,000-pound trailer attached to a pickup truck has been awarded just under $2.9 million by a New Britain jury. 1202758099503 Former Cook Awarded Back Pay in Discrimination Claim http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202757899529/Former-Cook-Awarded-Back-Pay-in-Discrimination-Claim?rss=rss_ct Tue, 17 May 2016 04:37 -0400 'The credible testimony of the complainant demonstrates that respondent's discriminatory actions profoundly distressed the complainant, prompted him to seek psychiatric counseling immediately, and interfered with his ability to work,' the CHRO found. 1202757899529 Jury Rejects Man's Claim of Police Sexual Assault http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202757973177/Jury-Rejects-Mans-Claim-of-Police-Sexual-Assault?rss=rss_ct Wed, 18 May 2016 12:54 -0400 A federal court jury in Bridgeport has rendered a defense verdict in the case of a man who sued Meriden police for sexual assault after they allegedly found four grams of crack cocaine in his buttocks. 1202757973177 Stemming the Rising Tide of Immunities http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758440017/Stemming-the-Rising-Tide-of-Immunities?rss=rss_ct Mon, 23 May 2016 04:50 -0400 We need to stop increasing the number and scope of immunities that protect scores of industries, products, institutions and people from exposure to civil liability. 1202758440017 Appellate Court Overturns Cellphone Ticket http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758397497/Appellate-Court-Overturns-Cellphone-Ticket?rss=rss_ct Mon, 23 May 2016 01:20 -0400 The state Appellate Court has overturned the conviction of a man who was allegedly caught by police using his cellphone while driving. 1202758397497 New Top Prosecutor Picked for Windham District http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758441120/New-Top-Prosecutor-Picked-for-Windham-District?rss=rss_ct Mon, 23 May 2016 04:53 -0400 A long-time Hartford-based prosecutor, Anne Mahoney, is taking over as the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Windham starting this summer. 1202758441120 Marshals Claim Parking Exemption While On Duty http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758267742/Marshals-Claim-Parking-Exemption-While-On-Duty?rss=rss_ct Fri, 20 May 2016 04:26 -0400 State marshals have seen an increase in parking tickets left on their cars while on duty in Hartford, and it's now an issue being dealt with in the state court. 1202758267742 Universities Under Pressure to Revoke Degrees http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758272445/Universities-Under-Pressure-to-Revoke-Degrees?rss=rss_ct Fri, 20 May 2016 04:59 -0400 For centuries, prestigious Yale University has been awarding honorary degrees as a way of recognizing a distinguished visitor's contributions to a specific field or to society in general. 1202758272445 New Regulations Increase Oversight of Conn. Dams http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758268693/New-Regulations-Increase-Oversight-of-Conn-Dams?rss=rss_ct Fri, 20 May 2016 04:27 -0400 Connecticut's dam owners face additional inspection and reporting obligations under revised safety regulations implemented in February. 1202758268693 Court Officials Cut More Workers Amid Budget Woes http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758267835/Court-Officials-Cut-More-Workers-Amid-Budget-Woes?rss=rss_ct Fri, 20 May 2016 04:25 -0400 The state Judicial Branch announced another batch of layoffs on Friday, bringing the total jobs eliminated to 300, as court administrators seek to bring spending within the budget approved by lawmakers. 1202758267835 Judicial Branch Announces 61 More Layoffs http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758213280/Judicial-Branch-Announces-61-More-Layoffs?rss=rss_ct Fri, 20 May 2016 10:59 -0400 The state Judicial Branch announced another 61 layoffs on Friday, bringing the total jobs eliminated to 300, as court administrators seek to bring spending within the budget approved by lawmakers. 1202758213280 Banking Services Needed for Low-Income Families http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758089669/Banking-Services-Needed-for-LowIncome-Families?rss=rss_ct Thu, 19 May 2016 01:37 -0400 While the Federal Postal Court is best left closed, another, more recent federal postal institution, the U.S. Postal Savings System, may be due for reopening. 1202758089669 New Chief Public Defender Named in New London http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758142596/New-Chief-Public-Defender-Named-in-New-London?rss=rss_ct Thu, 19 May 2016 06:17 -0400 Kevin Barrs did not want to finish law school and was ready to be done with it, that is, until he interned at the New London Public Defender's Office one summer. After that, he was hooked. 1202758142596 New Law Targets Social Media Accounts of Dead http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758007767/New-Law-Targets-Social-Media-Accounts-of-Dead?rss=rss_ct Wed, 18 May 2016 04:55 -0400 'Most of us have had a friend die, only to get reminded by Facebook that they are celebrating a birthday," said Suzanne Brown Walsh. 1202758007767 Hinckley Allen Adds Attorney and Engineer as New Partner http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202757885000/Hinckley-Allen-Adds-Attorney-and-Engineer-as-New-Partner?rss=rss_ct Tue, 17 May 2016 03:41 -0400 The law firm of Hinckley Allen has hired Antonino M. Leone as a new partner in its Hartford office, to strengthen its construction and public contracts practice group. 1202757885000 The Waiting Is the Hardest Part http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202758002424/The-Waiting-Is-the-Hardest-Part?rss=rss_ct Wed, 18 May 2016 04:13 -0400 In law school, no one gives students much pertinent information about the practical vagaries of life as a lawyer. In particular, no one mentions that the lawyer will spend approximately 74.46621 percent of his or her time in suspended animation. 1202758002424 Physical Office Requirement Is a 19th-Century Relic http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202757887407/Physical-Office-Requirement-Is-a-19thCentury-Relic?rss=rss_ct Tue, 17 May 2016 03:52 -0400 A fascinating case in New York reached an unexpected (though perhaps not final) point the other day when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a law that requires New York-licensed lawyers who have a primary office elsewhere to have actual, physical offices in New York if they want to practice there. 1202757887407 Ex-Oxford Cop Sues Town Over Alleged Discrimination http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202757797012/ExOxford-Cop-Sues-Town-Over-Alleged-Discrimination?rss=rss_ct Mon, 16 May 2016 07:21 -0400 A former Oxford police officer has filed a lawsuit against the town over his termination, claiming he was discriminated against by fellow officers because of his age and a disability he developed while serving in the military. 1202757797012 Second Circuit Says Conn. Judge Erred in Excluding Defendant From In Camera Conversation http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202757754807/Second-Circuit-Says-Conn-Judge-Erred-in-Excluding-Defendant-From-In-Camera-Conversation?rss=rss_ct Mon, 16 May 2016 01:54 -0400 By failing to include a defendant in conversations about his sentencing, a Connecticut district court judge violated his Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit found. 1202757754807 Norm Pattis: Senior Citizen Fugitive Shouldn't Be Returned to Prison http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202757797583/Norm-Pattis-Senior-Citizen-Fugitive-Shouldnt-Be-Returned-to-Prison?rss=rss_ct Mon, 16 May 2016 07:36 -0400 Gov. Dannel Malloy will soon be given an opportunity to demonstrate his commitment to the Second Chance Society which he unveiled more than one year ago. 1202757797583 Second Circuit Says Psychiatrists Can't Sue Insurers on Behalf of Patients With Mental Illness http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202757797140/Second-Circuit-Says-Psychiatrists-Cant-Sue-Insurers-on-Behalf-of-Patients-With-Mental-Illness?rss=rss_ct Mon, 16 May 2016 07:25 -0400 A federal appeals court has ruled against psychiatrists who claimed that reimbursement practices by health insurance companies discriminated against patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders. 1202757797140