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Edward ‘Jack’ Dunham

Franchise Lawyer Known for Subway Work Passes Away

Christian Nolan | May 8, 2015

Colleagues at Wiggin and Dana say Edward "Jack" Dunham was the top franchise lawyer in the country. His clients included the largest franchisor in the world—Milford-based Subway.

Robert Laney

Restaurant Wins Defense Verdict After Diner's Fall

By Christian Nolan |

Frieda Battipaglia v. Chuck Wagon Restaurant LLC: An elderly woman who fell while entering a popular Litchfield County restaurant and shattered her hip and shoulder was unable to convince a jury that the restaurant should be liable for her injuries.

Lawyer Accused of Stealing $1.8 Million from Client's Estate

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A long-time Woodbury attorney has been arrested and accused of stealing more than $1.8 million from the estate of an Oxford woman who died in 2010.

Carlos Candal

Immigration Attorney Cultivates Successful Wine-making Business

By Karen Ali |

Carlos Candal says that running his wine company can be more difficult than operating his New Haven law practice. At the very least, said the founder of Fat Gaucho Wines, it involves an equally steep learning curve.

Family Law Bar Sees Pros, Cons of Fast-Track Divorce Bill

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Legislation that would make it easier for some married couples in Connecticut to get a divorce quickly and without a court hearing has prompted some concerns among matrimonial lawyers that divorcing spouses won't be getting legal advice they might need.

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Norm Pattis: Ignorance of Law Is Good Reason for CLE

By Norm Pattis |

I've never been a fan of arbitration and mediation. Loosey-goosey fact-finding is dangerous. The rules of evidence matter, and mastery of those rules best equips a lawyer to present reliable information.

Kathy Flaherty

Commentary: Violent Actions of Mentally Ill People Aren't Predictable

By Kathleen Flaherty |

As the associate executive director of the Connecticut Legal Rights Project, which provides legal services to adults with mental health conditions, and a member of the governor's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, I must respond to the May 4 guest commentary "When Rights of the Mentally Ill Affect Public Safety."

George Jepsen

Cellular Companies to Pay Conn. $374,000 in 'Data Cramming' Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

Connecticut and the 49 other states have reached settlements with Verizon Wireless and Sprint worth $158 million over allegations that the mobile giants allowed phony charges on their customers' monthly bills so they could keep a cut of the profit.

Conn. Court Says Insurer Doesn't Have to Pay in IBM Data Breach Case

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld lower court rulings that denied insurance coverage to a company seeking payments to cover the costs of a data breach. But the brief, unsigned opinion may not provide the legal guidance sought by insurance, business and consumer groups that were closely following the case in the wake of other recent breaches involving retailers and health care benefits providers.

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Mark Dubois: Simplifying Divorce Is the Right Idea

By Mark Dubois |

Kudos to Beth Bozzuto, Connecticut's chief administrative judge for family matters, and the Judicial Branch for proposing a streamlined and fairly summary process for folks with limited assets and issues who wish to be divorced.

Ex-Harlem Globetrotter Sued for Child Support in Conn.

The ex-wife of Harlem Globetrotters legend Meadowlark Lemon is suing the basketball star for allegedly skimping on child support payments.

Chase Rogers

'Miranda' Rules Clarified in Case Involving Bloody Suspect

By Christian Nolan |

Police officers can ask criminal suspects about their physical well-being without violating their Miranda rights, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Editorial: Forensic Examiner Scandal Should Prompt Conn. Action

In a shocking admission of scandalous proportions, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently acknowledged that over a two-decade period spanning from the 1980s through the 1990s, an elite group of federal forensic examiners overstated the evidentiary value of microscopic hair analysis.

David Golub

State Worker Layoff Lawsuit Featured a Decade of Twists and Turns

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Now that the legislature has signed off on a $100 million settlement of the 12-year legal battle between state unions and former Gov. John G. Rowland, who really won?

William Koch Jr.

Attorney Finds Evidence in Paper Bag, Wins Exoneration for Inmate

By Christian Nolan |

Attorney William Koch Jr. helped an innocent man get out of prison. But his work wasn't done yet. He next convinced the state to give his client, Hubert Thompson, $900,000 for the four-plus years he served behind bars for a carjacking, kidnapping and sexual assault he did not commit.

Standing: Joseph B. Burns, Erin E. Canalia, Proloy K. Das, Thomas A. Plotkin, Robbie T. Gerrick. Seated: Austin J. McGuigan, Anne C. Dranginis

Appellate Practice Makes Perfect

By Christian Nolan |

Last year, the Hartford-based Rome McGuigan had four cases go before the state Supreme Court. Of those, two decisions were clear victories, and a third was sent back for a new trial which resulted in a settlement.

Working Together, With Conviction

By Christian Nolan |

Everyone knows the lawyers in the Appellate Bureau of the Chief State's Attorney's Office handle criminal cases in the state appellate courts. But that's not all they do.

An Alternative Approach

By Douglas S. Malan |

Two retired judges with a combined 42 years of experience on the bench are doing everything in their powers to keep people out of the courtroom. Former Superior Court Judges Robert L. Holzberg and Lynda B. Munro certainly have nothing against their Judicial Branch colleagues. Instead, they are focused on providing resolutions through mediation and arbitration as part of Pullman & Comley's Alternative Dispute Resolution practice group.

Seated: Christopher J. Hug, Jessica A.R. Hamilton, Stephen E. Goldman. Middle row (L to R): Deborah A. Vennos, Sharone G. Kornman, Rhonda J. Tobin, Susan M. Seamans. Back row (L to R): Raymond T. DeMeo, Michael R. Kuehn, Stephen O. Clancy, J. Tyler Butts, Daniel F. Sullivan, Johnathan E. Small, Wystan M. Ackerman, Gregory P. Varga.

Offering Assurance to Insurers

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

When big storms like Superstorm Sandy ravage the coastline and insurance claims come pouring in like floodwaters, teams of Robinson & Cole lawyers work to minimize the insurance companies' losses. The Hartford-based firm has represented the insurance industry in many high-exposure cases, ranging from natural disasters such as Sandy and Hurricane Irene to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Seated:  Thomas P. Parrino, Edward Nusbaum. Standing: Harold W. Haldeman, Laura R. Shattuck, Randi R. Nelson, Tom M. Melfi.

A Happy Marriage of Divorce Lawyers

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

For its compassion and success in handling divorce and custody cases, and its exceptional statewide reputation in the practice area, the Westport firm of Nusbaum & Parrino has been named the Connecticut Law Tribune's Litigation Department of the Year award recipient for the family law category.

From left to right: James A. Budinetz, James G. Green, Jr., David W. Case, Louis R. Pepe, Rory M. Farrell, Cathy Hanrahan Ouellette, Heidi Zabit, C. Ian McLachlan, Bruce Beckius, Thomas G. Librizzi, Alfred A. Turco, James Ross Smart, Steven Lapp, and Peter Zarella.

When Everything Comes Together

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Five years ago, Connecticut's Pepe & Hazard merged with New Jersey-based McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter to create a firm with 300 lawyers and offices in six states. At the time, lawyers on both sides of the deal weren't simply looking at how partners would get compensated, how possible conflicts of interest would be resolved, and how business volume might grow from marrying their firms.

Nina Pirrotti, Joshua Goodbaum, Robert Richardson, Steven Fitzgerald, Joseph Garrison,Ethan Levin-Epstein.

Bringing Change to the Workplace

By Robin DeMerell Provey |

The New Haven employment law firm of Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Richardson, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti largely concentrates on representing employees who allege they were wrongfully terminated or shortchanged financially.

Top (L-R): John F. Droney, Jared Cohane, Luke R. Conrad, David A. DeBassio, Peter J. Martin, Thomas J. Farrell, Jeffrey J. Mirman. Bottom (L-R): Amy E. Markim, Nick R. Valenta, Timothy T. Corey, Alexa T. Millinger.

Building on Success

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Winning a $5.3 million arbitration award against an architect involved in a high-end condominium complex was just one of the successes in 2014 for the construction law practice group at the Hartford office of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder.

Standing (L to R): Anthony M. Fitzgerald, Brian T. Henebry, James K. Robertson, Jr., Maureen Danehy Cox, Damian K. Gunningsmith, Fatima Lahnin, David T. Grudberg, Jennifer R. Peschell (paralegal), Rick L. Street, Thomas J. Sansone, Stuart C. Johnson. Sitting (L to R): Amanda C. Nugent, Sarah S. Healey, David S. Hardy, Anne D. Peterson, Marc J. Kurzman.

Putting an Imprint on Big Verdicts

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The cost of litigation may drive more marginal cases into dead ends. But when cases involve significant sums, weighty legal issues and complicated facts, they still go to trial. Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey is the type of firm that gets hired for that sort of significant litigation.

Left: John Tanski, Thomas Rohback, and Francis Morrison III. Right: members of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider’s intellectual property team: Jeremy Lowe, Ted Mathias, Chad Landmon, Stacie Ropka, Matthew Becker.

Lean, Mean and Patently Successful

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The number of civil jury trials has dropped precipitously in the United States, but don't tell that to the 59 litigators at Hartford-based Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider. Every single lawyer at the firm is a litigator, and all of the firm's revenues derive from litigation—or at least the possibility of it.

Renee Bauer

Improving an Imperfect Process

By Robin DeMerell Provey |

Practicing law sounds simple when Renee Bauer puts it in her own terms—it's about helping others. And when Bauer talks about divorce law, it's clear that supporting people through one of life's most difficult challenges is what she's best-suited for.

Seated: Eric W. Wiechmann, David A. Reif, Paula Cruz Cedillo. Standing:  James E. Regan, Thomas J. Finn, Brittany A. Killian, Shawn Smith, Thomas J. Rechen.

Writing the Book on Business Law

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The attorneys in the Connecticut offices of McCarter & English had big successes last year—such as bringing lengthy litigation over the University of Connecticut law library building to a conclusion and getting a favorable award in a high-stakes securities arbitration case.

Left, members of Wiggin and Dana’s product liability litigation team. Front row, left to right: Kevin Smith, Armel Jacobs, James Craven. Second row, left to right: Alan Schwartz, Carolina Venture, Jeffrey Babbin. Right, members of Wiggin and Dana’s white collar/government compliance litigation team. Front row, left to right: Tahlia Townsend, Robert Hoff, Jenny Chou, James Bicks, James Glasser. Back row, left to right: Richard Levan, Joseph Martini, David Ring.

Flying High

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

It's not many firms that have the breadth of expertise to both defend a man facing a lengthy prison term for a multimillion-dollar investment fraud scheme and defend an aviation company facing litigation following a helicopter crash. But Wiggin and Dana pulled off both feats in 2014.

Legislators OK Bill Extending Statute of Limitations for Minors to File Lawsuits

By Associated Press |

Connecticut is moving closer toward providing minors who have been injured with additional time to file lawsuits.

Second Circuit Upholds Reversal of New Haven Double Murder Conviction

By Mark Hamblett |

The corrupt coaching of a key witness by a police detective, and the failure of prosecutors to turn over information that the witness knew nothing about the crime, has led a federal appeals court to uphold the release of a man convicted of a double murder in New Haven 20 years ago.

The 113-member Quinnipiac University School of Law class of 2015 may find job opportunities
in intellectual property law, government compliance work and insurance
litigation, according to law firm deans and other experts.

Employment Picture Improving for Conn. Law School Grads

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

New law school graduates and those who just passed the bar exam are expected to encounter a better job market than in recent years in Connecticut, though they will still face competition from underemployed, but more experienced attorneys.

Patricia King

Patricia King: Mentors Can Help New Lawyers Avoid Ethical Lapses

By Patricia King |

The results of the February bar exam were just released, and another wave of young lawyers will be sworn in very soon. Unfortunately, the job market and student loan debt will force many of them into solo practice if they cannot find other employment.

Sean McElligott

Tired Doctor Blamed for Errant Injection Leading to $4.25 Million Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A mother who suffered a permanent spinal cord injury after an anesthesiologist botched a painkilling epidural injection during childbirth has been awarded $4.25 million.

Editorial: Law School Grads Should Remember to Be Civil, Reasonable and Thorough

As 3Ls graduate and prepare to engage in the practice of law, we want to leave them with a few practice tips. While some of these may appear to be common sense, our experience with attorneys who have done all of the below indicate that it may prove helpful to spell these out.

Cocaine Blues? Conn. A National Leader in Federal Drug Prosecutions

By Isaac Avilucea |

Former Newtown Police Sgt. Steven Santucci was arrested in early May by federal authorities who say he was running an international drug-trafficking ring from his office desk. He allegedly used the proceeds to take numerous lavish trips abroad, including African safaris.

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Norm Pattis: When Big Trials Turn Into Public Spectacles

By Norm Pattis |

I'm always amazed when I read press accounts of cases I have either tried, or am in the midst of trying: the reporter's gloss rarely reflects the complexity of the proceeding.

School Parking Lot Death Results in $1.1 Million Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

The family of a teacher who was fatally injured in a school parking lot will collect $1.1 million in a settlement.

Conn. House Approves Expedited Divorce Process

By Associated Press |

Some married couples in Connecticut may soon be able to part ways more quickly. The House of Representatives voted 135-12 on May 12 to create a new expedited process.

Lawmakers Debate Extending Statute of Limitations in Personal Injury Cases

By Christian Nolan |

In most instances, Connecticut parents have just two years after a mishap to bring personal injury claims in court on behalf of their children.

Physicians Reach $11.5 Million Settlement With Insurer

By Christian Nolan |

A lawsuit filed by physicians and the Connecticut State Medical Society against United Healthcare that has been pending for nearly 15 years has finally settled for $11.5 million.

Editorial: CBA's Diversity Efforts Warrant Cautious Optimism

Just over a year ago, we expressed our serious concerns about the Connecticut Bar Association's struggles with diversity. The CBA has made progress in addressing these concerns.

Alice Bruno

Four Attorneys Nominated for Superior Court Judgeships

By Law Tribune Staff |

One attorney who is a former executive director of the Connecticut Bar Association and another who is a leading appellate attorney at one of Connecticut's largest law firms have been nominated for Superior Court posts. Also nominated for judgeships are a Meriden solo practitioner with a criminal defense practice and a litigator from a Greenwich firm.

Conn. Releases Results of Latest Bar Exam

The following list contains the names of everyone who passed the February 2015 Connecticut bar examination. However, not everyone on this list has been recommended for admission to the bar.

Attorney Sentenced to Year in Prison in Mortgage Scam

By Christian Nolan |

A West Hartford lawyer who took part in a $3.5 million mortgage fraud scheme has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, according to federal prosecutors.

Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Kevin O’Connor, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, for the position of associate attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice. January 22, 2008. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/LEGAL TIMES.

Former Conn. U.S. Attorney Hired by Previously Sanctioned Investment Firm

By Law Tribune Staff |

Former Connecticut U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor has accepted a new position for a multibillion-dollar, Stamford-based investment firm that has previously been sanctioned by the federal government.

JAMES E. BOWERS and  RICHARD D. HARRIS

Cybersecurity Compliance Poses Challenge for Providers

By James E. Bowers And Richard D. Harris |

Data breaches affecting the health care industry have reached epidemic proportions. Over the past 12 months, three massive data breaches have occurred involving Anthem (affecting 80 million individuals), Premera (11 million), and Community Health Systems (4.5 million).

KATHERINE L. KRASCHEL and WILLIAM J. ROBERTS

Achieving Diversity in Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials

By Katherine L. Kraschel And William J. Roberts |

Research has shown that differences in biology and genetics may influence the efficacy of pharmaceutical treatments. If a potential compound's performance is evaluated in a homogenous trial population, such results may not apply to a heterogeneous patient population.

Jeffrey Babbin

Bystander Emotional Distress Claims Permitted in Med-Mal Suits

By Jeffrey R. Babbin |

Medical malpractice claims are often accompanied by emotional distress claims asserted by the patient's family members. In Maloney v. Conroy, 208 Conn. 392 (1988), the Connecticut Supreme Court held that "bystanders" to medical malpractice may not recover for their own emotional distress.

JAMES O. CRAVEN and  KEVIN M. SMITH

Mitigating the Risks of Medical Technology Security

By James O. Craven And Kevin M. Smith |

For years, the military has promoted keeping "left of boom." The idea is that on a time line from left to right, soldiers should anticipate and avoid—that is, stay left of—harmful and hazardous events, or the "boom."

PAUL E. KNAG and TARUNA GARG

Navigating Health Department Disciplinary Proceedings

By Paul E. Knag and Taruna Garg |

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is charged with regulatory oversight of health service providers. In addition to issuing licenses and certifications to providers, the DPH has the authority to investigate and take disciplinary action against providers who are in violation of the law or otherwise pose a risk to public health and safety.

State Poised to Expand Telemedicine Options

By Paul D. Squire And Barry B. Cepelewicz |

With advances in digital technology and widespread use of the Internet in everyday life, "telemedicine" would appear to be the next IT phenomenon and has already generated a great deal of media interest.

REBECCA MATTHEWS and  DIANE COOPER

Practical Considerations for Unifying Medical Staffs

By Rebecca Matthews And Diane Cooper |

On May 12, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a long-awaited final rule, officially permitting medical staffs from hospitals within a multi-hospital system to unify.

KIM E. RINEHART and  MAUREEN WEAVER

Ruling Restricts Ability to Challenge Medicaid Rates

By Kim E. Rinehart and Maureen Weaver |

On March 31, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, holding that providers cannot sue under the Supremacy Clause to invalidate Medicaid rates that conflict with the Medicaid Act's requirements that rates be sufficient to support quality care and enlist enough providers to ensure equal service access to Medicaid recipients.

Meaghan Mary Cooper

New Model for Accountable Care Organizations

By Meaghan Mary Cooper |

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, recently released a request for applications seeking accountable care organizations (ACOs) to engage in a higher risk, higher reward arrangement than is currently available to ACOs participating in other CMS initiatives.

Barbara Spiegel

Attorney Retires After 20 Year of Helping Abused Women Navigate Court System

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

When the opportunity arose to take the helm of the Susan B. Anthony Project, Barbara Spiegel left a small general practice law firm, but her experience as a full-time lawyer proved to be valuable in helping victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence navigate the court system over the next two decades.

Priest Who Ran Methamphetamine Ring Gets 65 Months in Prsion

By Associated Press |

A suspended Roman Catholic priest dubbed Monsignor Meth apologized Thursday for running a methamphetamine distribution ring and letting down scores of friends and parishioners.

Edward ‘Jack’ Dunham

Franchise Lawyer Known for Subway Work Passes Away

By Christian Nolan |

Colleagues at Wiggin and Dana say Edward "Jack" Dunham was the top franchise lawyer in the country. His clients included the largest franchisor in the world—Milford-based Subway.

Law Tribune Seeks Nominees for Professional Excellence Awards

The Law Tribune is seeking nominees for its first ever Professional Excellence Awards.

State Supreme Court Rejects Emergency Bid in Multi-Million-Dollar Legal Fee Dispute

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

A Bethel couple and their severely disabled son have failed in an emergency bid to obtain a security lien against two of Connecticut's most prominent law firms.

Commentary: False FBI Testimony Could Be Turning Point in Death Penalty Debate

By Duane Lueders |

On April 18, the Washington Post published an article headlined "FBI Admits Flaws in Hair Analysis over Decades."

John Houlihan Jr.

Hospital Settles for $3 Million After Baby Has Stroke

By Christian Nolan |

A mother and Connecticut have reached a $3 million settlement in a medical malpractice case after her baby's delivery resulted in permanent injuries.

Police Raid Suit Moves Forward After Supreme Court Denies Cert

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Civil litigation over a 2008 drug raid in Easton that left one man dead and another claiming injuries is headed to trial, following the U.S. Supreme Court's recent refusal to consider an appeal by law enforcement and town officials involved.

Updated: Court Upholds $2 Million Verdict in Bizarre Spy Cameras Case

By Christian Nolan |

The state Appellate Court has upheld a $2 million jury award against a heart surgeon who secretly placed video cameras in his former lover's home, a decision that the plaintiff's lawyer said could have implications for future invasion of privacy cases in the state.

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Mark Dubois: Attorneys Must Find New Ways to Monetize Services

By Mark Dubois |

I recently heard an interesting interview with Andrew Julien, editor of the Hartford Courant, and his colleague, digital editor Christine Taylor. The issue was how the reshaping of the media world was affecting the Courant, the nation's oldest continuously operating newspaper.

Ex-Navy Officer Gets 33 Months in Hedge Fund Prosecution

By Associated Press |

A man who fought drug trafficking in the Caribbean as a U.S. Navy officer before beginning a finance career in Connecticut was sentenced Tuesday to two years and nine months in prison for misleading investors about accounts in the Cayman Islands.

Jury Awards Mother $4.25 Million for Anesthesia Needle Injury

By Law Tribune Staff |

A Superior Court jury has awarded a Bridgeport woman $4.25 million because of permanent spinal cord injuries suffered in 2009 when, according to the plaintiff's lawyers, an anesthesiologist "negligently utilized an anesthesia needle" when attempting to give an epidural during childbirth.

Dentist Says Criminal Prosecution Would Constitute Double Jeopardy

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A Torrington dentist has had his license suspended because he delegated the sedation of patients to dental assistants. Rashmi Patel also is facing criminal charges that his negligence in not monitoring the sedation of a high-risk patient resulted in her death last year.

Trial Over Alleged Judge Threat Moves Toward Finish

By Associated Press |

The last witnesses have been called in the trial of a central Connecticut man accused of threatening a family court judge.

Conn. ACLU Turns to Vermont for New Legal Director

By Paul Sussman |

In another move toward reshaping the leadership of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, the civil rights organization has named a new legal director. Dan Barrett comes to the organization from the ACLU of Vermont, where he was the staff attorney.

Court Upholds $2 Million Verdict in Bizarre Spy Cameras Case

By Christian Nolan |

The state Appellate Court has upheld a $2 million jury award against a heart surgeon who secretly placed video cameras in his former lover's home, a decision that the plaintiff's lawyer said could have implications for future invasion of privacy cases in the state.

Conn. U.S. Attorney Chosen for National Role

By Law Tribune Staff |

Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly has been named to a national committee that will offer advice to new U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Convenience Store Murder Leads to Unusual Negligence Claim

By Christian Nolan |

It was a particularly heinous crime. A husband and father who ran an East Hartford convenience store was shot to death during a robbery. The man arrested for the killing, Kezlyn Mendez, was sentenced to 55 years behind bars.

Drew Friedman

Bad Moon Rising? Nightclubs Face Lawsuits Over Cover Bands

By Karen Ali |

There may be a "Bad Moon Rising" for Connecticut nightclubs and bars that host rock bands.

An MGM Grand employee polishes slot machines at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Former Pequot Official Sues Tribe Over Benefits

By Associated Press |

A former Mashantucket Pequot official who earned as much as $500,000 annually during the prime of its Foxwoods Resort Casino is suing the tribe over unpaid benefits, accusing it of punishing her for a vote to remove a tribal leader.

Samuel Schoonmaker III

Influential Conn. Family Law Pioneer Passes Away

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Samuel V. Schoonmaker III will probably be best remembered in Connecticut legal circles as a pioneering advocate of no-fault divorce. But those who knew him well say he was much more.

Clarence Jones

Former Conn. Judge's Novel Examines Juvenile Justice System

By Patrick R. Linsey |

In his more than two decades as a Superior Court judge, Clarence Jones was most affected by the juvenile cases he presided over—claims of child abuse and neglect, mental illness and breakdowns in the state's system of social services.

Monique Ferraro

Commentary: State Must Fix Flawed Process for Analyzing Digital Evidence

Every month or so we hear something about a crime lab or forensic examiner who compromised a case by lying, stealing, misrepresenting credentials or worse. And then there are cases when these experts just get it wrong.

Michael Passero

Ruling Limits Appeals of Employee Arbitration Cases

By Christian Nolan |

Lawyers say it happens more often than one would think—a binding arbitration ruling is challenged in hopes that a trial judge overturns it.

Editorial: Medical Marijuana Producers Shouldn't Have to Fear Feds

Since 1970, marijuana has been listed as a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, together with such highly addictive and potentially fatal drugs as heroin and ecstasy.

State Sued After Park Workers Peep At Women in Showers

By Associated Press |

An East Hartford family that was spied on while showering at Hammonasset Beach State Park in 2011 by two former park employees has been granted permission to sue Connecticut for negligence.

David Rosen

Second Conn. Class Action Filed in Anthem Data Breach

By Christian Nolan |

Tax Day 2015 was not a good day in the ongoing saga of the Anthem data breach.

Brian C. Roche and Gerald C. Pia Jr.

Conn. IP Lawyers Predict Problems With New 'Dot.Sucks' Domain Name

By Brian C. Roche and Gerald C. Pia Jr. |

The expansion of generic top level domains (gTLDs) continues at a frantic pace. With the release of new gTLDs, trademark owners must continuously assess their brand protection strategies vis-à-vis the acquisition of new domain names.

State Could Owe Tens of Millions in Settlement With Laid Off Workers

By Associated Press |

State employee union leaders and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen say they have reached a settlement in a long-running lawsuit filed after former Gov. John G. Rowland laid off thousands of workers during a 2003 labor contract dispute.

Conn. Court Expands Bystander Emotional Distress Claims to Med-Mal Cases

By Christian Nolan |

After much debate, the state Supreme Court has ruled that family members may bring claims for emotional distress in medical malpractice cases after witnessing a loved one die or be severely injured. So why then are plaintiffs lawyers unhappy?

Clare Hannant

Artist Gets $185,000 Arbitration Award After Interstate Accident

By Christian Nolan |

A man who already had back problems and then hurt his neck in a rear-end collision on busy Interstate 95 was recently awarded nearly $185,000 by an arbitrator.

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Norm Pattis: Jenner Interview Does Little to Advance Transgender Rights

By Norm Pattis |

I missed Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer the other night, and, try as I might, I just can't seem to muster the will to go back and watch it. That the former Olympian regards himself as a woman is, no doubt, a highly significant struggle for him. But I am tone-deaf to its social significance.

Standing (left to right): Vincent Trantolo, Keith Trantolo. Sitting (left to right): Christopher Cramer, Ron Etemi.

Motorcyclist Settles for $3.5 Million After Crash on Rough Roadway

By Christian Nolan |

A man who suffered a permanent brain injury following a motorcycle accident has recovered $3.5 million in a settlement with a company contracted to repair the Berlin Turnpike.

Conn. Firms Announce New Partners, Other Promotions

By Law Tribune Staff |

Two former partners at small firms have joined larger practices. Francis Lieto was founding partner of Fairfield's Lieto & Greenberg, whose practice will be absorbed by Goldman Gruder & Woods. And former state Rep. David J. Wenc has given up his solo practice to join Bloomfield's Baram, Tapper & Gans.

Judge Dismisses Retribution Lawsuit Filed by Little League Dad

By Associated Press |

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Connecticut father who said a baseball Little League demoted his 9-year-old son to a lower-level team because of the father's plans to build affordable housing next to a former league official's home.

Editorial: Connecticut Needs a Law on Tips

Federal law allows a restaurant to force its servers to relinquish their tips, including to management itself. The restaurant just has to pay its servers the full minimum wage, rather than the lower service wage.

Conn. Case Part of National Debate Over Openness of Juvenile Proceedings

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

When Superior Court Judge Stephen Frazzini decided last November to bar publication of a Law Tribune article about a child custody case, he wrote that the privacy rights of children in juvenile court were "a governmental interest of the highest order."

Custody Case Offers Rare View of Usually Secret Proceedings

By Isaac Avilucea |

On March 20, 2014, state child welfare officials took three young children from the Simsbury home of two attorneys who were in the midst of a bitter divorce.

Longtime Federal Prosecutor Named Conn. Bankruptcy Judge

By Law Tribune Staff |

A veteran federal prosecutor in Connecticut has been named the state's newest federal bankruptcy judge. Ann Nevins, who also spent time as a private practice bankruptcy attorney, succeeds Albert Dabrowski, who retired after 22 years on the bench.

Adam Mocciolo

Comparisons at Heart of Pregnancy Discrimination Case

By Adam Mocciolo |

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that when a plaintiff makes a claim under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act that an employer has failed to provide an accommodation for a pregnant employee that the employer provides for employees needing similar accommodation for non-pregnancy-related reasons, the burden shifts to the employer to show that it has a "legitimate, nondiscriminatory" reason for distinguishing between the two situations.

Nina T. Pirrotti and Joshua R. Goodbaum

Handling Supsected Workplace Theft

By Nina T. Pirrotti and Joshua R. Goodbaum |

Employers that have "the goods" on employees who have committed workplace theft may think they are in the driver's seat. That may very well be, but we would admonish them not to drive that car too fast.

Collin O'Connor Udell

Parsing ERISA's Equitable Remedies Provision

By Collin O'Connor Udell |

Those interested in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, take note: On March 30, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Montanile v. Board of Trustees, which presents an important question that has deeply divided the circuits.

Margaret M. Sheahan and Jessica Slipen

Wage Claims: To Settle or Not to Settle?

By Margaret M. Sheahan and Jessica A. Slippen |

The best way for lawyers to help their employer clients to avoid these problems is to familiarize them with the widely misunderstood and unknown obligations of the wage payment laws and help them structure a compliant compensation system.

Peter Lefeber, John Zandy and Caroline Park

The NRLB Is Policing Social Media Policies

By Peter Rydel and Agnes Romanowska |

Over the past several years, the National Labor Relations Board has been aggressively enforcing the National Labor Relations Act as it applies to employers' social media policies as cyberspace has emerged as a forum for employees to discuss workplace conditions.

Rebecca Goldberg

Beware the Liabilities of Interns and Volunteers

By Rebecca Goldberg |

Summer is fast approaching, and that means interns and volunteers will proliferate in the workplace. While many employers have the best of intentions when using interns and volunteers, liability abounds.

Peter Lefeber, John Zandy and Caroline Park

The NLRB's New Work Rules Guidance

By Peter Lefeber, John Zandy and Caroline Park |

On March 18, the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel, Richard F. Griffin Jr., issued Memorandum GC 15-04, seeking to clarify what types of employer policies and rules are considered lawful and which are likely to interfere unlawfully with employees' rights under the National Labor Relations Act.