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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 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:06 -0400 <![CDATA[ Employment Law: Interoffice Communication Can Lead to Employee Defamation ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202665249720/Employment-Law-Interoffice-Communication-Can-Lead-to-Employee-Defamation?rss=rss_ct Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:06 -0400 Defamation may not automatically come to mind when we think of employment litigation. 1202665249720 <![CDATA[ Editorial: State Should Restore Media Access to Police Records ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202665250023/Editorial-State-Should-Restore-Media-Access-to-Police-Records?rss=rss_ct Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:05 -0400 In any community in America, police incident reports are at the center of the media's hard news coverage, providing an ongoing record of where criminal events are flaring up, and who's involved. 1202665250023 <![CDATA[ Board Lists Ways To Make Conn. Courts More Handicapped Accessible ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202665249802/Board-Lists-Ways-To-Make-Conn-Courts-More-Handicapped-Accessible?rss=rss_ct Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:08 -0400 A Connecticut Judicial Branch advisory board has released a report with 16 ideas for improving access to court buildings for people with disabilities. 1202665249802 <![CDATA[ Bridgeport Baseball Brawl Leads to $940,000 Verdict for Injured Catcher ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202665257385/Bridgeport-Baseball-Brawl-Leads-to-940000-Verdict-for-Injured-Catcher?rss=rss_ct Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:28 -0400 A federal jury in Bridgeport has awarded $940,000 to a former minor league catcher who claimed he was struck in the head with a baseball bat by former Major League all-star Jose Offerman. 1202665257385 <![CDATA[ Housing Advocates’ Suit Claims Discrimination by Insurers ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664294494/Housing-Advocates-Suit-Claims-Discrimination-by-Insurers?rss=rss_ct Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:09 -0400 The Connecticut Fair Housing Center says at least two insurance companies are violating state laws by discriminating against landlords who rent properties to low-income tenants. 1202664294494 <![CDATA[ Employment Law: Workplace Claims Inevitable Under Medical Marijuana Act ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202665091784/Employment-Law-Workplace-Claims-Inevitable-Under-Medical-Marijuana-Act?rss=rss_ct Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:01 -0400 Connecticut employers inevitably will face litigation as medical marijuana use collides with substance abuse and employment policies. 1202665091784 <![CDATA[ Dubois: CBA's Gun Law Debate Offers Sense of Deja Vu ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202665087414/Dubois-CBAs-Gun-Law-Debate-Offers-Sense-of-Deja-Vu?rss=rss_ct Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:47 -0400 As I have noted here before, in addition to my usual bag of tricks, I am presently serving as president of the Connecticut Bar Association. The job comes with a requirement of infinite patience and a thick skin. 1202665087414 <![CDATA[ Lawsuit: Worker Says Overtime Refusal Led to Beating ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202665087290/Lawsuit-Worker-Says-Overtime-Refusal-Led-to-Beating?rss=rss_ct Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:46 -0400 In a federal lawsuit filed in Connecticut last week, a man claims his boss assaulted him when he refused to work overtime at an auto shop that paints and finishes cars and motorcycles. 1202665087290 <![CDATA[ Conn. Housing Lawsuit Charges Insurers with Discrimination ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202665087472/Conn-Housing-Lawsuit-Charges-Insurers-with-Discrimination?rss=rss_ct Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:46 -0400 1202665087472 <![CDATA[ New Rule Emphasizes Long Disbarments for Lawyer Theft ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664434768/New-Rule-Emphasizes-Long-Disbarments-for-Lawyer-Theft?rss=rss_ct Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:52 -0400 The next time a lawyer knowingly misappropriates client funds, it should be very clear that the punishment will include a minimum 12-year suspension from the practice of law 1202664434768 <![CDATA[ Gun Law Stand Reveals Split In CBA ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664653923/Gun-Law-Stand-Reveals-Split-In-CBA-?rss=rss_ct Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:53 -0400 Some Connecticut Bar Association members are growing uncomfortable with the organization taking stands on social or political issues. 1202664653923 <![CDATA[ Injured Harley-Davidson Rider To Collect $1.3 Million ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664650890/Injured-HarleyDavidson-Rider-To-Collect-13-Million?rss=rss_ct Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:43 -0400 A Plainfield man who went out for a motorcycle ride on an unusually warm December day and then crashed into a backhoe that turned in front of him has collected $1.3 million in a settlement. 1202664650890 <![CDATA[ Religious Groups Turn To Federal Law In Land Use Cases ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664867094/Religious-Groups-Turn-To-Federal-Law-In-Land-Use-Cases?rss=rss_ct Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:46 -0400 Religious organizations of all denominations have long argued they should be permitted to build new places of worship free from discrimination. 1202664867094 <![CDATA[ Wage Disputes Lead To More Class Actions ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664867028/Wage-Disputes-Lead-To-More-Class-Actions-?rss=rss_ct Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:45 -0400 The large amount of information online about unpaid overtime claims have encouraged other potential employees to come forward with new class actions. 1202664867028 <![CDATA[ Injured Harley-Davidson Rider To Collect $1.3 Million ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664867156/Injured-HarleyDavidson-Rider-To-Collect-13-Million?rss=rss_ct Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:47 -0400 1202664867156 <![CDATA[ Court Rules On How Fees May Be Pursued in Divorce Cases ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664650632/Court-Rules-On-How-Fees-May-Be-Pursued-in-Divorce-Cases?rss=rss_ct Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:42 -0400 A Connecticut Supreme Court decision is being heralded as a victory for those who favor limiting the legal fees paid to attorneys who represent children in contested divorce and custody cases. 1202664650632 <![CDATA[ Letter: Gun Bill Support Puts CBA on Path To Political Activism ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664650804/Letter-Gun-Bill-Support-Puts-CBA-on-Path-To-Political-Activism?rss=rss_ct Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:40 -0400 Recently, the Connecticut Bar Association's House of Delegates (HOD) met and approved (by a 34-14 vote) a motion made by the chair of the CBA's Human Rights and Responsibilities Section to support and sign onto an amicus brief supporting the constitutionality of "An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety" that was enacted by the Connecticut Legislature last year. 1202664650804 <![CDATA[ Employment Law: Top 10 Considerations for Multi-State Employers ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664434698/Employment-Law-Top-10-Considerations-for-MultiState-Employers?rss=rss_ct Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:52 -0400 A company growing and expanding is good news, but conducting business across state lines poses unique employment law challenges that should not be ignored 1202664434698 <![CDATA[ Judge Scolds Securities Trader During Fraud Case Sentencing ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664434564/Judge-Scolds-Securities-Trader-During-Fraud-Case-Sentencing?rss=rss_ct Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:52 -0400 A Connecticut federal judge has sentenced a former Wall Street trader to two years in prison for securities fraud, saying he took advantage of a government bailout program. 1202664434564 <![CDATA[ Norm Pattis: An Aging Trial Lawyer Welcomes Battle Against Mortality ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664434853/Norm-Pattis-An-Aging-Trial-Lawyer-Welcomes-Battle-Against-Mortality?rss=rss_ct Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:51 -0400 I don't why I thought great trial lawyers would be immune from time's always fatal hammer. Perhaps I was hoping great arguments would yield immortality. 1202664434853 <![CDATA[ Hair Stylist's Job Switch Triggers Flurry of Lawsuits ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664434939/Hair-Stylists-Job-Switch-Triggers-Flurry-of-Lawsuits?rss=rss_ct Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:51 -0400 An in-demand hairstylist is at the center of a court battle involving injunctions and countersuits. 1202664434939 <![CDATA[ Major Conn. Firm Announces Six New Hires ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202663984231/Major-Conn-Firm-Announces-Six-New-Hires?rss=rss_ct Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:04 -0400 One of Connecticut's largest law firms is adding five new associates and one new counsel, with nearly all of the new hires taking positions in Connecticut. 1202663984231 <![CDATA[ Dan Krisch: Fault Lines as Troublesome in US as They Are in UK ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664294374/Dan-Krisch-Fault-Lines-as-Troublesome-in-US-as-They-Are-in-UK?rss=rss_ct Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:08 -0400 I am voting "nae." On Sept. 19, Scotland will hold a binding referendum on whether to dissolve its union with England and Wales, and become an independent country. 1202664294374 <![CDATA[ Skakel Attempts to Suppress Evidence in Murder Retrial ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664295123/Skakel-Attempts-to-Suppress-Evidence-in-Murder-Retrial?rss=rss_ct Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:10 -0400 The Connecticut Fair Housing Center says at least two insurance companies are violating state laws by discriminating against landlords who rent properties to low-income tenants. 1202664295123 <![CDATA[ Editorial: Efforts to Boost Professionalism Must Include Due Process ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664294252/Editorial-Efforts-to-Boost-Professionalism-Must-Include-Due-Process?rss=rss_ct Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:09 -0400 The American Civil Trial Bar Roundtable recently issued a thoughtful, comprehensive and insightful white paper on increasing the professionalism of American lawyers. 1202664294252 <![CDATA[ Lawyers Note Rise in Pregnancy-Related Discrimination Cases ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664294432/Lawyers-Note-Rise-in-PregnancyRelated-Discrimination-Cases?rss=rss_ct Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:10 -0400 1202664294432 <![CDATA[ CBA House of Delegates Votes to Join Gun Law Amicus ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664130550/CBA-House-of-Delegates-Votes-to-Join-Gun-Law-Amicus?rss=rss_ct Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:06 -0400 The Connecticut Bar Association's House of Delegates has decided that the organization should join an amicus brief in defense of state gun control laws. 1202664130550 <![CDATA[ Mark Dubois: The DIY Approach is Transforming Legal Services ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664130921/Mark-Dubois-The-DIY-Approach-is-Transforming-Legal-Services?rss=rss_ct Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:08 -0400 Walking down the main drag in Provincetown the other day, I found a pile of books in front of an apartment that had been cleaned out. 1202664130921 <![CDATA[ Ruling Endorses Novel Use of Loss-of-Consortium Claim ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664130676/Ruling-Endorses-Novel-Use-of-LossofConsortium-Claim?rss=rss_ct Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:10 -0400 When all is said and done it could very well go down as the most influential loss-of-consortium case Connecticut has ever seen. 1202664130676 <![CDATA[ State Supreme Court Decision Could Change Pawn Industry ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202664130608/State-Supreme-Court-Decision-Could-Change-Pawn-Industry?rss=rss_ct Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:07 -0400 The Connecticut Supreme Court has been asked to answer a fairly straight-forward question: How much should pawnbrokers be able to charge for their services? 1202664130608 <![CDATA[ Children's Law Center Announces Eastern Conn. Expansion ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202663982205/Childrens-Law-Center-Announces-Eastern-Conn-Expansion?rss=rss_ct Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:47 -0400 An expansion is underway at the Children's Law Center of Connecticut, a non-profit legal aid agency that serves indigent children whose parents are embroiled in high conflict family law cases. 1202663982205 <![CDATA[ New CTLA President Focuses on Birth Injuries ]]> http://www.ctlawtribune.com/id=1202663986533/New-CTLA-President-Focuses-on-Birth-Injuries?rss=rss_ct Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:13 -0400 The new president of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association said he frequently get calls from prospective clients who have discovered that their child suffered an injury during birth. 1202663986533