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Justices Weigh Legal Issues Raised By Avon Mountain Crash

CHRISTIAN NOLAN | April 25, 2014

The highway defect statute has provided personal injury lawyers with an avenue to sue the state when otherwise they would be immune from doing so. So if a highway is in some sort of disrepair that state officials know about and someone gets hurt, that plaintiff is likely to get their day in court.

Domino's Pizza Driver Crash Delivers $1.6 Million Settlement

By Jay Stapleton |

A former Storrs resident has settled for $1.6 million her lawsuit against a Domino's Pizza driver who plowed into the car she was riding in.

Editorial: Religious Expression Becomes Religious Dominance

Analysis of the Hobby Lobby decision has swirled across news and social media since its June 30 release.

Marissa Dungey

Young Trusts and Estates Lawyer Lands ABA Fellowship

By Isaac Avilucea |

An upcoming wedding, prestigious new honor and a soon-to-be-published article. One could say Marissa Dungey's life has hit the proverbial sweet spot.

Edward Haberek

Selectman’s Uninvited Hug Spawns Harassment Complaint and Freedom of Information Case

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Though workplace harassment is a major employment law issue, this legal tale has a bigger element: freedom of information. The question now is, should the woman's report be a public document?

Richard Condon

Conn. Court Clears Man Convicted Of Threatening Attorney

By Jay Stapleton |

For more than 40 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has made it perfectly clear that what it calls "true threats" to harm another person are not protected speech under the First Amendment.

Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: Nation Paying Millions for Lock ‘Em Up Strategy

By Dan Krisch |

The definition of insanity, Einstein supposedly quipped, is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. By that standard, our nation's criminal justice strategy belongs in Bellevue.

Firm Pays $1.3 Million After Dog Leash Malfunctions

By Jay Stapleton |

A building contractor who lost most of his vision in one eye after a retractable dog leash recoiled and struck his face has settled his product liability lawsuit against a Connecticut company.

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Mark Dubois: Law Students Should Be Paid for Legal Work

By Mark Dubois |

If firms could employ law students who would be both paid and supervised, both by the firms and the schools, this might be a good way to fill what has been called the justice gap.

Photographer's Drone Suit Pits Journalists Against Police

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A Connecticut television photographer's federal lawsuit could shed some legal light on how far journalists can go to record police activity and what rights they might have to use drones to gather news.

Attorneys Named to Veterans Affairs Advisory Group

By Law Tribune Staff |

Several attorneys will be part of a new advisory group appointed by Gov. Dannel Malloy to look into ways to improve facilities and programs offered at the state Department of Veteran Affairs' Rocky Hill campus.

Editorial: Confronting Bullying Within the Legal Profession

For well over a decade leaders in the organized bar have focused on the quality of civility and professionalism among lawyers.

Conn. Firm Pays $1.3 Million After Retractable Dog Leash Malfunctions

By Jay Stapleton |

A building contractor who lost the vision in one eye after a retractable dog leash recoiled and struck his face has settled his product liability lawsuit against a Connecticut company for $1.3 million.

Court: Towns Can Be Sued in Fatal Raid

By Associated Press |

A federal appeals court says several Connecticut police departments can be sued over a drug raid that killed an unarmed man and injured another in 2008.

Supreme Court Ruling Puts Juvenile Appeals on Hold

By Christian Nolan |

If a teen wants to appeal a judge's decision transferring his criminal case to adult court from the juvenile court, he's going to be waiting a while.

Editorial: Religious Expression Becomes Religious Dominance

Analysis of the Hobby Lobby decision has swirled across news and social media since its June 30 release.

Linda Morkan

Practitioners Say Appeals Process is Widely Misunderstood

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

According to appellate court judges and practitioners alike, appellate practice in Connecticut requires a specialized form of advocacy that is not understood by all litigants.

Garden of Light Natural Foods Market

Supreme Court Upholds $110,000 Health Food Store Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

"Natural foods" is a term used to describe foods that are minimally processed or do not contain any additives like sweeteners, antibiotics or hormones. In Connecticut, though, natural foods may still include litigation.

Marcy Tench Stovall

CBA Names New Ethics Committee Chair

By Jay Stapleton |

As she begins her new role as Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Standing Committee on Professional Ethics, Marcy Tench Stovall anticipates there will be a continued emphasis on ethics rules regarding technology.

Judge Holly Fitzsimmons

U.S. Magistrate Judge Holly Fitzsimmons Will Retire in April

By Isaac Avilucea |

From serving as a federal prosecutor in a murder-for-hire plot to working as a sportswriter, Holly Fitzsimmons' career has been full of adventure.

Judge William Bright

LawyerCorps Connecticut Prepares to Launch Public Service Careers

By Isaac Avilucea |

LawyerCorps Connecticut will partner fellows with the state's legal aid organizations and surround them with infrastructure and mentors. The goal is to provide legal services to those who need them most.

Jennifer Gerarda Brown

Quinnipiac University Opens New Law School Building

By Jay Stapleton |

The new $50 million Quinnipiac University School of Law Center is built around its expansive library.

Ira Mayo

Suspended Lawyer Faces Disbarment for New Allegation

By Isaac Avilucea |

A Torrington attorney's law career hangs in the balance after he was accused of violating a new court order that banned him from ever representing female clients for the remainder of his career.

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CBA President Declares Vote Too Close to Join Amicus

By Jay Stapleton |

Members of the Connecticut Bar Association have voted only slightly in favor of joining a legal defense of Connecticut gun control legislation with all votes in, resulting in the outcome being "called as tied," CBA President Mark Dubois said.

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Norm Pattis: 'Unleashed Attack Dogs' Won't Help in Ferguson

By Norm Pattis |

I couldn't stop thinking about the allegory of the metals in Plato's Republic as I read the op-ed piece in The Washington Post written by Los Angeles Police Officer, Sunil Dutta.

Stratford Attorney Is Charged With Larceny

By Jay Stapleton |

A Stratford attorney has been charged with larceny as a result of a dispute concerning his fee in a workers' compensation case.

Prosecutor: No Criminal Charges in Irene Aid Fraud

By Associated Press |

Connecticut prosecutors say they won't pursue criminal charges against state employees and others who fraudulently obtained emergency food stamp benefits designated for people affected by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

Ralph Nader, during a hearing by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance, titled “Examining Accountability and Corporate Culture in Wake of the GM Recalls.” July 17, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Construction Begins at Ralph Nader's Tort Museum

By Isaac Avilucea |

Construction crews in late July cordoned off the entrances of Winsted Savings Bank with yellow tape to work on the interior of what will become the American Museum of Tort Law.

Editorial: Proper Role of Trustees for Nonprofit Entities

Recently, counsel for a Connecticut independent school prepared a memorandum on the role of trustees. This checklist exemplifies many sound board practices and may be useful guidance to other boards of nonprofit entities.

Judge Approves Receivership for Amistad Schooner

By Associated Press |

A Connecticut judge on Thursday appointed a receiver to take over the operations and finances of the group that runs the state's official flagship, the Amistad schooner.

Editorial: As Lawyers, We Should Expand Our Inner Circles

The practice of law is a people business, centered largely around relationships. Having connections helps get clients, jobs, referrals, interviews, leadership positions and even award nominations.

Business Litigation Firm Hires Two Attorneys From Hinckley Allen

By Isaac Avilucea |

The expansion of a Wethersfield law firm was effectively done years ago over beers at a local bar. That's where Bill O'Sullivan met with his now-new partner Michael McCormack to plot out the future of his firm.

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Mark Dubois: How the Legal Profession Is Like Amazon

By Mark Dubois |

My wife works in book publishing. Whenever I lament the changes overtaking the legal profession, she responds with something like, "You should try my business."

Casino Lawsuit Reveals Gambling Strategies of High-Rollers

By Isaac Avilucea |

A lawsuit brought by three Chinese nationals claims a Connecticut casino illegally withheld more than $1.1 million in their winnings from the baccarat table.

Editorial: It's Time That Time Ran Against the King

When the state is undertaking the construction of a building, like any other owner would in the private sector, there is simply no reason to allow its representatives to escape the consequences of inexcusable delay in exercising the state's rights.

Benjamin Ancona

Couple Wins $309,000 in Dog Attack Lawsuit

By Christian Nolan |

A Newington couple who were attacked by a pair of angry bullmastiff dogs was awarded $309,000 following a bench trial recently.

Law Tribune Seeks Verdict And Settlement Results

If you or your firm has been involved in an interesting lawsuit, we would like to hear about it.

Jay Ruane

Justices Refuse To Allow Sobriety Test Demonstration In Court

By Christian Nolan |

A defendant claims he was denied a fair trial on charges of driving under the influence because he was not allowed to demonstrate in court how his knee injury prevented him from passing field sobriety tests.

Emergency personnel and vehicles work an accident in Avon, Conn., that occurred Friday, July 29, 2005. At least five people were killed and several others injured in the multiple vehicle accident.

Court Bars Lawsuits Against State in Deadly Crash

By Christian Nolan |

Plaintiffs lawyers hoped the state's defective road statute would provide an avenue for lawsuits against the state in the aftermath of the 2005 fiery crash at the bottom of Avon Mountain that killed four people and injured 19 others.

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Editorial: Embrace Voluntary Panel Voir Dire

We encourage attorneys to embrace panel voir dire jury selection in Connecticut state civil trial courts.

Online Voting Underway on CBA Gun Control Amicus Issue

By Jay Stapleton |

Connecticut Bar Association members have until midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 19, to vote on whether the organization should join in a legal defense of Connecticut gun control legislation passed in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.

Appellate Court Overturns 60-Year Murder Sentence

By Christian Nolan |

A man charged with shooting and killing a man outside a New Haven nightclub in 2008 could be headed to his third trial after a recent state Appellate Court decision.

Probate Staff Attorney Accused of Misconduct

By Isaac Avilucea |

A three-judge panel will decide later this month whether Debra Cohen should be fired from her post as a staff attorney in the Office of the Probate Court Administrator.

Norm Pattis: The Vanishing Trial Puts Justice in Peril

By Norm Pattis |

"If you gaze long enough into the abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you." I think about this line of Friedrich Nietszche's more often than I care to admit.

XDM 3.8 Compact, 9mm pistol.

Letter: CBA Members Should Have A Social Conscience

I feel that it is unfortunate that certain members of the Connecticut Bar Association are now seeking to override the House of Delegates vote to take a position on Shew v. Malloy via referendum.

Martin Zeldis

Top Conn. Appellate Public Defender Steps Down

By Isaac Avilucea |

What made Martin Zeldis's career fruitful was not the low-hanging fruit.

Online Voting Underway in CBA Gun Control Amicus Referendum

By Jay Stapleton |

Connecticut Bar Association members have until midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 19, to vote on whether the organization should join in a legal defense of state gun control legislation passed in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.

Editorial: State Makes Bad Decision with Gender-Based Attorney Sanction

It was recently announced that a Connecticut attorney has been suspended from practice for four months and prohibited from representing women for the rest of his legal career.

Lisa Steele

Court OKs Crime Victim's Online Research

By Christian Nolan |

Connecticut's highest court has upheld the conviction of a man involved in a shooting in a case that raised questions about eyewitness identifications in the digital age.

Julia B. Morris and Susan L. Miller

Growing Conn. Firm Absorbs Four-Lawyer Insurance Defense Practice

By Jay Stapleton |

A firm that has been expanding its footprint in recent years just took another step forward by absorbing a smaller four-lawyer firm.

Chase Rogers

Appellate Bar Would Like Speedier Conn. Supreme Court Decisions

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

It may be the most comment lament of litigants when they appeal their cases: "When will the court decide my case?"

Zenas Zelotes

Court Upholds Suspension of Lawyer Who Had 'Intimate' Relationship with Client

By Jay Stapleton |

The state Appellate Court has affirmed the five-month suspension of a Connecticut bankruptcy lawyer who was disciplined for having an intimate relationship with a client.

Conn. Supreme Court Bars Lawsuits in Avon Mountain Crash

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has dismissed two lawsuits that were brought against the state by victims of the 2005 fiery crash at the bottom of Avon Mountain that killed four people and injured 19 others.

Mark Carta

Federal Court Awards Ex-IBM Employee $3.71 Million

By Christian Nolan |

A federal magistrate judge in Connecticut has awarded $3.71 million to a former IBM executive who claims he was wrongly terminated because of his age, with the total including nearly $1 million in attorney fees.

Zenas Zelotes

Court Upholds Suspension of Attorney Who Had 'Intimate' Relationship with Client

By Jay Stapleton |

The state Appellate Court has affirmed the five-month suspension of a Connecticut bankruptcy lawyer who was disciplined for having an intimate relationship with a client.

George Jepsen

AGs Target Greenwich Law Firm in Mortgage Scam Suit

By Law Tribune Staff |

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and Florida's attorney general have filed suit against a Greenwich law firm accused of masterminding a scam aimed at mortgage holders.

Joel Faxon

Stratton Faxon Gets New Name As Founding Partner Resigns

One of Connecticut's most high-powered plaintiffs firms is changing names and losing a key partner.

Mark Dubois

Mark Dubois: Bar Groups Nationwide Wrestle with Political Issues

By Mark Dubois |

I went to a meeting of the National Council of Bar Presidents the other day. The plenary session was on the issue of whether bar associations should embrace or run from controversial social issues. It was time well spent.

Victoria Veltri

High-Profile Cases Highlight Role of State Advocates

By Jay Stapletlon |

In her first career, Victoria Veltri worked as a legal aid lawyer in Hartford. Recently, Veltri's advocacy took on a national focus.

Victoria Veltri

High-Profile Cases Highlight Role of State Advocates

By Jay Stapleton |

In her first career, Victoria Veltri worked as a legal aid lawyer in Hartford.

Sandra Staub

Ruling Focuses on Rights of Suspects' Companions

By Christian Nolan |

For Jeremy Kelly, it was wrong place, wrong time. He was walking in Hartford one evening with a man police mistakenly thought was the subject of an arrest warrant. So when police stopped his friend, Rafael Burgos, they also detained him.

Judith Sheindlin

Judge Judy, Hartford Lawyer Settle Dispute Over Ad

By The Associated Press |

Television's Judge Judy and a Hartford personal injury lawyer she sued for allegedly using her image in ads without her permission have settled the case, the TV personality said. Terms weren't disclosed.

Let Law Students Earn While They Learn

Is paying a law student for the services he or she renders in an externship so fundamentally inconsistent with the educational objectives of such a program that academic credit should not be awarded to the student?

David Golas

Exiled Computer Company President Wins $1 Million Verdict

Robert Majewicz and Gene Kasica started a business together more than 20 years ago.

XDM 3.8 Compact, 9mm pistol.

Full CBA Membership To Vote On Gun Control Amicus

By Christian Nolan |

The full membership of the Connecticut Bar Association will now get to vote on whether the bar group will have a role in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Connecticut gun control measures passed in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.

Dan Krisch

No Easy Answer to CBA Gun Law Amicus Question

By Dan Krisch |

I am still in vacation mode. After a week happily spent consuming equal measures of blueberry pancakes, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Rummikub, returning to work has left me with a severe case of the mental bends. And while my brain adjusts to the pain of no longer quiescing in Maine, all I can muster up are a few Random Thoughts™:

Ira Mayo

Attorney's Suspension Includes Lifetime Ban Representing Women

By Isaac Avilucea |

A Torrington attorney's license is being suspended for four months for violating a judge's order that he not represent women in family law or domestic violence cases. The suspension is the second for Ira Mayo, who is also banned from having female clients for the rest of his legal career.

Max Simmons

Sex Offender Stuck on Registry

By Christian Nolan |

Dwight Dickerson attended Yale University, earning his degree the same time he was working full time at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. He supported two children in the process.

Lawyer Disbarred After Claiming Accountant Was Secret Agent

By Paul Sussman |

A Simsbury lawyer who had several legal skirmishes with former Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and who recently sued Simsbury police for defamation has been disbarred by state attorney disciplinary officials.

Justices Criticize Conn. Prosecutor's Murder Trial Statements

By Christian Nolan |

Though it upheld a murder conviction, four members of the Connecticut Supreme Court had plenty of criticism for the courtroom language of a trial prosecutor, who accused the defendant of "executing" the victim and compared the defense strategy to an ink-shooting octopus.

Prosecutor's Comments Leave Justices Divided

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Sex Offender Stuck on Registry

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |
Ira Mayo

Attorney's Suspension Includes Lifetime Ban on Representing Women

By Isaac Avilucea |

A Torrington attorney is being suspended for four months for violating a judge's order that he not represent women in family law or domestic violence cases. The suspension is the second for Ira Mayo, who is also banned from having female clients for the rest of his legal career.

Gideon: Conn. Court Makes Misguided Ruling in Name of Officer Safety

By Gideon |

In 1979, the U.S. Supreme Court in Ybarra v. Illinois held that "a person's mere propinquity to others independently suspected of criminal activity does not, without more, give rise to probable cause to search that person."

Cassie Jameson

'Inadequate' Brief Scuttles Bank's Appeal of Verdict

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

When an appeal of a six-figure verdict against Bank of America reached the Connecticut Supreme Court earlier this year, it appeared the case might have widespread implications for the state's robust financial services sector.

Nonlawyer Investment Lawsuit Focus Shifts to Conn.

By Jay Stapleton |

In 2011, the national personal injury firm Jacoby & Meyers sparked debate by filing lawsuits in three states that challenged bans to nonattorney investment and ownership in law firms. The idea was to infuse new financial blood into what some saw as an outdated business model.

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Leading Private Equity Lawyer Moves to Stamford Firm

By Paul Sussman |

A leading attorney in the mergers and acquisitions and the private equity field has moved his practice from a 300-plus attorney international law firm to a Stamford firm with 11 lawyers.

Letter: CBA Should Take New Vote on Gun Bill Amicus

I write to give voice to the discontent and frustration that I know many of us share. I write to express my dissent over the recent decision of the Connecticut Bar Association's House of Delegates authorizing the CBA to join an amicus brief in the Shew v. Malloy appeal over the clear opposition of a large percentage of the CBA's membership

Employee Speech Suit Raises State Constitutional Issues

By Jay Stapleton |

A lawsuit filed by a manager who lost his job at the Hartford office of Swiss financial services giant UBS AG has turned into a pivotal case that could affect how Connecticut workers are protected by the state's whistleblower law.

Craig Yankwitt

Brain Cancer Prompts Lawsuit By Ex-Partner Against Firm

By Christian Nolan |

A former partner of a high-powered plaintiff's firm in Stamford is suing his former colleagues, claiming he was fired while he was on disability leave and being treated for brain cancer.

UConn to Pay $1.3 Million to Settle Sex Assault Claims

By Associated Press |

The University of Connecticut will pay nearly $1.3 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by five women who claimed the school responded to their sexual assault complaints with indifference.

Norm Pattis: Could Closing Arguments Be Eliminated?

By Norm Pattis |

Trial judges rightly have broad discretion in how they handle the cases before them. That is because we recognize that justice isn't a matter of geometric form or algebraic equation.

Ticket Reseller Settles Government Claims for $1.4 Million

By Christian Nolan |

The state alleges that TicketNetwork falsely created the impression that its websites were "officially" authorized to sell tickets for concerts and sporting events at face value.

Josephine Smalls Miller

Civil Rights Lawyer Sanctioned for Making 'False' Bias Claim

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A federal judge has sanctioned a civil rights attorney for alleging in a discrimination lawsuit that the Bridgeport Board of Education will not hire any private practice African-American attorneys to handle its cases, including her.

Jose Offerman

Bridgeport Baseball Brawl Leads to $940,000 Verdict for Injured Catcher

By Christian Nolan |

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.

Amy Goodusky: Hunting for Bear (Droppings) on The Internet

By Amy Goodusky |

I moved to the country recently, where I would rather curl up with a good book and some chocolate, in closer proximity to a horse than a car

Josephine Smalls Miller

Attorney Hit With Financial Penalty After Making Bias Claim

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A federal judge has sanctioned a civil rights attorney for alleging that the Bridgeport Board of Education will not hire any private practice African-American attorneys to handle its cases, including her.

Employment Law: Interoffice Communication Can Lead to Employee Defamation

By Michael D. Colonese and Cassie N. Jameson |

Defamation may not automatically come to mind when we think of employment litigation.

Editorial: State Should Restore Media Access to Police Records

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.

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Board Lists Ways To Make Conn. Courts More Handicapped Accessible

By Jay Stapleton |

A Connecticut Judicial Branch advisory board has released a report with 16 ideas for improving access to court buildings for people with disabilities.

Gregory Kirschner

Housing Advocates’ Suit Claims Discrimination by Insurers

By Law Tribune Staff |

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.

Michael Miklave

Employment Law: Workplace Claims Inevitable Under Medical Marijuana Act

By Matthew T. Miklave |

Connecticut employers inevitably will face litigation as medical marijuana use collides with substance abuse and employment policies.

Mark Dubois

Dubois: CBA's Gun Law Debate Offers Sense of Deja Vu

By Mark Dubois |

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.

Lawsuit: Worker Says Overtime Refusal Led to Beating

By Christian Nolan |

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.

New Rule Emphasizes Long Disbarments for Lawyer Theft

By Jay Stapleton |

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

Gun Law Stand Reveals Split In CBA

By Jay Stapleton |

Some Connecticut Bar Association members are growing uncomfortable with the organization taking stands on social or political issues.