A Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the state Republican Party which sought to prevent Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy from using campaign funds that were initially contributed to Democratic congressional candidates.
Earlier this summer, Torrington attorney Ira Mayo made headlines when he was hit with an unusual punishment: he could never again represent female clients.
A Waterbury judge has determined that an employee at a company that made corporate training products did not steal trade secrets from his former employer, which runs a similar enterprise.
A former Hartford elementary school teacher alleges she was forced to quit her job after school administrators mistreated her when they found out she was married to a woman.
Text messages, the communication method of choice for good friends and close contacts of the "me" generation, may not be the first thing that comes to mind when a law firm looks to catch the attention of potential clients. But one New York firm reportedly used mass-text messages to alert people about a recent court settlement, in hopes of gaining new clients.
The parents of a Milford elementary student are suing Milford school district for discrimination after they say "rumors" propagated by concerned school officials about whether their daughter had Ebola effectively imposed a "disability" on her.
Ken Krayeske has been called a pseudo-journalist, political provocateur, professional rabble-rouser and publicity hound.
Cross-examination, as Winston Churchill said of democracy, is the worst method for getting at the truth, except for all those other methods that have been tried from time to time.
A Russian billionaire who was sued by his ex-wife who claimed that he beat her on numerous occasions was vindicated in a defense verdict rendered by a Waterbury Superior Court jury.
One thing about the three candidates for Connecticut attorney general: No one can call them clones.
A mystery regarding the whereabouts of a wealthy German woman named Petra Baumgartner seems to have been solved.
U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Sandra Sotomayor didn't return to Yale just to reminisce about their law school years, though there was more than a little bit of that.
A long-standing legal rift involving a West Haven family turns on a central question: Did Robert Zuppardi rip off the brand of his sisters' pizzeria? The case is before U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny in New Haven, who recently issued a ruling limiting the scope of the dispute.
In a case that could affect the way future workers' compensation disputes are decided in Connecticut, a former United Parcel Service worker argues that he is entitled to full coverage for his carpal tunnel syndrome and related disabilities even though his condition may have been the result of a nonwork-related preexisting condition.
On a recent day, in a Connecticut courtroom, something unprecedented happened: after a jury returned a guilty verdict in a trial, the judge, from the bench, suspended the defense lawyer for 20 days from the practice of law, for twice violating a court order.
Suspended Torrington attorney Ira Mayo said at a hearing last week he misunderstood a court order banning him from ever again representing female clients. Disciplinary officials said the order was clear. And now they want Mayo disbarred for five years.
Suspended attorney Ira Mayo's disciplinary case possibly won't be decided until next year after a judge listened to a full day of testimony, then ordered attorneys from both sides to file post-hearing briefs.
A Connecticut inmate thinks he should have access to books depicting nudity. State prison officials refuse to allow the books because they violate an administrative directive banning pornography.
Though the Connecticut governor's race has attracted far more attention, 54 district probate judge positions are up for election early next month.
In about half of the high-end divorce cases in Connecticut, lawyers and their clients have enjoyed the benefits of a tax rule that does not require couples to separate child support and alimony.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been known for being reclusive, and for a time he shunned events at his alma mater in New Haven, Yale Law School.
When it comes to trial management, there are aspects of divorce trials that deserve special attention and consideration.
TD Bank has agreed to pay an $850,000 settlement with nine states, including Connecticut, to resolve an investigation into a 2012 data breach that affected thousands of consumers.
One Hartford-based law firm continues to expand its lawyer head count with the addition of five new associates, including four of them in Connecticut offices.
Sandy Klebanoff has announced that she will retire next spring after nearly 20 years as the executive director of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.
Copyright infringement cases involving contentions of fair use always have been among the most difficult to handicap because a multifactor test applies and no two cases are the same. Recent diverging decisions in copyright fair use cases suggest that forum selection may become another factor in how these cases come out.
Until the passage of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act in 2010 (the BPCIA), the legal framework for approval of generic biological drugs did not exist, and until quite recently the legal structures needed for approval of generic biologic drugs had not been implemented. The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recent creation of "The Purple Book" is an important step toward the approval of less expensive biosimilar or biointerchangeable biologics.
Sept. 16 marked the two-year anniversary of the implementation of the America Invents Act (AIA), which introduced multiple new tools for challenging the validity of issued patents at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued several decisions this year that affect businesses that hold patents and are seeking patent protection on their inventions.
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Nautilus v. Biosig harkens back to Jeffersonian ideals, as a crescendo of ambiguity in patent drafting in recent years no doubt had Jefferson rolling over in his grave.
Trademark owners seeking a remedy in the domain name dispute context have typically relied on the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) as their primary avenue for relief. With the advent of the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) system, many practitioners have been touting this procedure as the new option to consider.
Since their creation in 2011 by the America Invents Act (AIA), inter partes reviews (IPRs) have become a prominent feature in patent litigants' strategic playbooks. Accused infringers often prefer to raise invalidity issues in IPR proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) instead of in district court litigation. An issue that is increasingly being litigated is at one of the intersections between IPRs and district court litigation: motions to stay litigation until the PTO concludes an IPR.
The explosion in the number of patent infringement cases filed over the past decade—from about 3,000 in 2003 to about 6,500 in 2013—and their attendant costs has prompted criticism of the ground rules governing patent litigation.
It was only a matter of time before the state's law regarding medical marijuana crossed paths with state labor law.
Five employees who had their names added to a child abuse registry as a form of discipline by Connecticut's child welfare agency will be taken off the list, union officials told The Associated Press.
I'm not a fan of the Justice Department, so I ought to be rooting for Kurt Siuzdak, a 17-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who has filed suit against Attorney General Eric Holder.
A Hartford jury has awarded nearly $7.3 million to the estate of a state Department of Transportation supervisor who was killed while working on Route 8 near Waterbury in 2012.
The town of Enfield faces yet another lawsuit—this one a wrongful death claim—linked to allegations of excessive force by a town police officer.
A 16-year-old transgender girl being held at a boys' detention center alleged that staff members are repeatedly referring to her by her male birth name and male pronouns, forcing her to wear boys' uniforms and banning her from wearing her wig and makeup.
FBI bosses retaliated against an agent for complaining about personnel decisions, managed by fear and were so dysfunctional that the bureau's director apologized to the Connecticut staff for problems with local leadership, according to a lawsuit filed by an agent.
A convicted murder who fancies himself a Renaissance artist is suing prison officials in Connecticut for not allowing him access to sexually explicit books.
Anyone who has attended a session of the small claims, housing or family court lately is fully aware that great numbers of our citizens come to court every day without lawyers.
Said Kendrick was convicted of criminal possession of a revolver in 2009. The gun was used in a New Jersey homicide by an accomplice.
One of the most controversial legal issues to emerge in the contested race for governor this election season has been whether contributions made to national party accounts can be used to fund state election campaigns.
As the nation as a whole and individual states take aggressive steps to promote cleaner energy sources, the vigorous public policy debate appears to be spilling into courtrooms.
Christopher Simonds was a chain-smoking, charismatic English teacher at Indian Mountain School. He was also a "god," according to one of the former teacher's accusers.
Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, faces no automatic review of his law license in Connecticut following his discharge from the U.S. Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine use, Connecticut legal authorities said.
A Hartford jury has awarded nearly $7.3 million to the estate of a state Department of Transportation supervisor who was killed while working on Route 8 near Waterbury in 2012.
The family of a man who was killed after being struck by a hotel shuttle van is arguing that the Connecticut Supreme Court should overturn a 16-year-old precedent and allow loss of consortium damages for children as well as for spouses in wrongful death cases.
Involuntary outpatient commitment is a complex and controversial issue that has been considered and rejected by the Connecticut General Assembly on at least three occasions since 1996.
It's not every day that red-state Texas is pointed out as a paragon for reform that blue-state Connecticut should emulate.
Some time ago I was cleaning out a desk and found a copy of the old (and now illegal) minimum fee schedule.
It may come as a surprise, but a handful of Connecticut attorneys who have been suspended from the practice of law and even incarcerated for financial crimes have continued to advise clients from behind the scenes.
Criminal defense lawyers are lone wolves. We represent individual clients, one at a time, in sometime ferocious struggles over their lives and liberty. That requires the ability to go it alone, both in the courtroom, and, more generally, in life.
A lawsuit filed against Pure Foods Management, which operates 37 Popeye's restaurants throughout the Northeast, claims workers were systematically deprived of overtime.
A Connecticut boarding school has been hit with its second lawsuit in a little more than a week accusing a former faculty member of sexually assaulting students in the 1980s.
An online ticket sales company has dropped a defamation lawsuit against a Hartford theater and its president just before the case went to trial, with the two sides agreeing to work together to benefit ticket buyers.
Retired vice president and counsel Dennis Mayer devoted most of his legal career to making sure that Otis Elevator has had more ups than downs. You can read about his accomplishments – and those of in-house lawyers at Connecticut companies such as United Technologies, Hubbell Corp. and Pitney Bowes – in articles highlighting winners of the Law Tribune’s Legal Departments of the Year awards.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard argument in two appeals, Heinen v. North Carolina and Holt v. Hobbs, in which the court wrestled with the limits of its own authority.
A veteran lawyer in the area of estate planning and complex tax issues will head up a new philanthropy practice group at Wiggin and Dana.
A Connecticut construction company on the hook for a nearly $16 million verdict in Pennsylvania is planning to appeal, according to a company spokeswoman.
For its wide-ranging volunteer efforts, United Healthcare has been named winner of the Connecticut Law Tribune Legal Departments of the Year Pro Bono Award.
Yale brass turned to university general counsel Dorothy Robinson to successfully quarterback its response to the massive probe. Years later, as Robinson nears retirement from a post she's held for 29 years, she reflected on the investigation and Yale's coordinated response. "It was a serious situation that called for a very serious and capable response," said Robinson, whose legal acumen on behalf of Yale over the past three decades has earned her a Connecticut Law Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award.
Riding an elevator was never something that Dennis Mayer took for granted. Without them, vertical ascent in many tall buildings would be either impossible or painstakingly slow. The development of the world's largest cities depended on the invention of the elevator.
When Hubbell Inc. brought in An-Ping Hsieh as vice president and general counsel of the company two years ago, it did so with the expectation of making significant changes. Now just two years later, Hubbell's legal department has nearly doubled in staff size and has started branching out from its Shelton headquarters by placing two attorneys in South Carolina. When Hsieh took the job, Hubbell had five lawyers. Now it has nine and has trimmed a lot of the work that used to go to outside counsel at the various law firms Hubbell work with. Because of its success managing this growth, Hubbell's legal department is being recognized with a Legal Department of the Year Award for 2014 in the category of management of in-house counsel by the Connecticut Law Tribune.
For being ahead of the curve, and staying there, the Connecticut Law Tribune is honoring Pitney Bowes with a Legal Departments of the Year Award for diversity. Pitney Bowes employs 26 lawyers, with 19 of those located in Connecticut.
For developing a successful approach that's served as a model for other companies, UTC's legal department is being recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune as a Legal Department of the Year for 2014 in the category of outside firm management.
The ambitious outreach effort has earned the legal services department for the 43,000-member association a Legal Department of the Year Award from the Connecticut Law Tribune.
An online ticket sales company that settled deceptive business practice allegations by government regulators for $750,000 in July is headed to trial in its defamation lawsuit against a Hartford theater and its president.
A man who suffered 10 cracked ribs and a concussion, and also aggravated preexisting neck and back injuries, was recently awarded nearly $252,500 by a judge trial referee.
New Haven criminal defense attorney John Williams faces a 20-day suspension for "willfully" violating a judge's order during a criminal trial that ended in his client's conviction.
Here in Connecticut, convicted Cheshire home invasion murderer Steven Hayes recently made headlines when he sued the state for access to kosher food because, he claims, he is now an Orthodox Jew.
Two state agencies are battling in court over whether a Derby man should be allowed to get his gun permit back.
With a super-tight race for governor, dozens of legislative and local contests on the ballot and less than a month to go before Election Day, lawyers who advise candidates and political causes say their practices are heating up.
Some Connecticut attorneys who have been suspended from the practice of law have continued to practice from behind the scenes - and even from behind bars.
U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly announced restructuring of the state's U.S. Attorney's office Friday. The promotions of Michael Gustafson and William Nardini are two of several new appointments.
Connecticut oil dealers are suing over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's drive to expand the use of natural gas, demanding environmental reviews.
A woman who injured her neck, back and leg in a car accident in Bridgeport was recently awarded $115,000 by a Bridgeport jury.
A string of lawsuits against Jehovah's Witnesses shows sex abuse problems may be nondenominational.
A federal lawsuit has reopened a decades-old sex abuse scandal at the exclusive Indian Mountain School in Connecticut.
A Pennsylvania-based pharmaceutical company accused of improperly marketing drugs, including the popular attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication Adderall, has agreed to pay the federal government and states nationwide a total of $56.5 million.
A former judge who had to step down for personal reasons, a prosecutor, an assistant public defender and a Pullman & Comley partner have been nominated for Superior Court judgeships by Gov. Dannel Malloy.
Sri Srinivasan, who many believe could rise to the level of Supreme Court justice, gave the keynote speech at the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Cohn Birnbaum & Shea has only 13 attorneys. But it's doing something no other law firm in Connecticut has attempted.
When the legislature approved a bill that created new standards for guardians ad litem and counsels for minor children earlier this year, the intent was to ease disputes in the family court system.
A high-profile animal abuse case has taken another odd twist.
There is an untenable conflict between the law on mandated reporting of suspected child abuse and the constitutional right to zealous, conflict-free representation of children and adults accused of crimes.
The other night, I awoke feeling out of sorts. After tossing and turning for a few minutes, I got up to get a glass of water. Feeling worse, I debated waking my wife. Then I checked online for the warning signs of a heart attack.
A supervisory attorney in the state's Office of the Probate Court Administrator is out of a job after a three-judge panel agreed with a recommendation to fire her for alleged financial improprieties.
A hotel ownership group was not damaged when a competitor prevented it from opening a high-end Hilton Hotel in Stamford, according to the state Appellate Court.
Fairfield attorney Fred Ury, the Eveready Rabbit of the law who many wish would just go away, is at it again, circulating an intriguing paper from the Ontario Law Society about alternative business structures for law firms.
Two business lawyers who have worked together at two large law firms over the years decided to combine their expertise and experience by starting their own corporate law practice.
The following list contains the names of everyone who passed the July 2014 Connecticut bar examination.
A mysterious and wealthy German woman named Petra Baumgartner came to Connecticut to cash in on the real estate market about a decade ago. She purchased properties in Bridgeport, Fairfield and Columbia in Connecticut, as well as some land in Virginia.
Gothic-styled structures at the University of Connecticut School of Law and Yale University Law School were named among the 50 most noteworthy law school buildings in the world by Best Choice Schools website.
An attorney with a spotless ethical track record could be in trouble with state disciplinary officials for representing his daughter in a divorce case.
A federal judge in Connecticut has awarded $10.6 million to Wells Fargo after the financial institution proved that a prominent developer shifted corporate assets to shell companies in an attempt to dodge a nearly $23 million verdict.
For horror novelist Stephen King, lawsuits filed by amateur authors can be real nightmares.
Editorial: Should U.S. Adopt the Right to Be Forgotten? Electronic Data Collection Raises Privacy Issues
The U.S. has long resisted a comprehensive policy on data privacy or on individual privacy in general.
For individuals who have been arrested, the Internet can be a devastating place. Regardless of how their cases were resolved, an online arrest record can permanently haunt a person.
The University of New Haven has announced the launch of a think tank of sorts that will study issues such as juvenile recidivism rates, sentencing laws and alternatives to incarceration.