Lengthy litigation included dispute over who was driving company van.
Some lawyers are quietly voicing concerns that under Connecticut Practice Book rules they may be engaged in the unauthorized practice of law if they live in Connecticut but are licensed exclusively in New York.
There is a dangerous accumulation of acts and incidents that have the effect of undermining the notion that our nation is one of laws, and not men. We, as a profession, must speak out against this at every turn, every day.
State Judicial Branch leaders are predicting that Gov. Dannel Malloy's latest budget plan would mean an additional 600 layoffs.
A New Haven rabbi has been accused in a federal lawsuit of sexually molesting a male student at a Jewish school hundreds of times over a three-year period beginning in 2002.
Decision marks rare win for defendants in Haiti sex abuse scandal.
The theme of this year's Law Day explored the "procedural protections, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principals is essential to our liberty."
In a global settlement, drug-maker Wyeth will pay $784.6 million to resolve allegations that the company knowingly underpaid rebates to state Medicaid programs for the sales of drugs that treat heartburn and acid reflux.
For years, Robert and Jean DeMauro of North Haven made college tuition payments for their daughter to attend Johnson & Wales University.
Joseph Caputo's American flag cape billowed behind him as he scaled and leaped over the White House fence last Thanksgiving in his attempt to deliver President Barack Obama his rewritten version of the Constitution.
A Norwich woman who developed cancer after years of smoking Salem cigarettes is one step closer to collecting a $28 million judgment against tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds.
Victims of crime in Connecticut are well-represented by the state's attorneys, the Office of the Victim Advocate and the Office of Victim Services, as well as the judiciary.
A former doctor who allegedly murdered another physician is challenging a trial judge's ruling to medicate him by force so that he is competent to stand trial.
Donald Trump walked away from the so-called "Acela primaries" in the Northeast a complete winner, sweeping the Republican contests in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island in convincing fashion.
An odd dispute involving Long Island Sound clams has resulted in a criminal trial and a civil lawsuit challenging the authority of state environmental police officers.
Working in a nursing home can be stressful. But the job became even more so for an occupational therapist who reported alleged billing irregularities and was eventually terminated.
The General Assembly took a major step toward approving legislation that would allow the confiscation of firearms from people who are served with temporary restraining orders.
We have frequently commented on the paucity of affordable legal services for low- and moderate-income individuals facing serious legal problems.
While many students opt to use their spring break to relax from the rigors of class work, more than 10 students from the University of Connecticut School of Law spent their time in Pennsylvania helping detained asylum seekers build compelling cases to eventually present to immigration judges.
A long-time Stamford attorney who is facing charges that he stole thousands of dollars from an estate has resigned from the bar and waived his right to apply for reinstatement.
A Superior Court judge has denied post-trial motions which aimed to set aside a $14.5 million verdict awarded to a Greenwich doctor who suffered a massive stroke after his personal trainer pushed him to exercise too hard on a fitness center's exercise machine.
There has been a lot of publicity about how Gov. Dannel Malloy's Second Chance Society might affect the criminal justice system.
Rocky Hill officials have referred to Anthony Straska's farm as "the town disgrace" because of the junked cars and piles of trash on the property.
A New Haven jury has returned a $12 million verdict in a case brought by the estate of a man who committed suicide after his medication levels were reduced by Yale-New Haven Hospital and a psychiatric nurse allegedly failed to monitor his health.
For several months, we asked bar members to submit nominations for attorneys who have had significant achievements in the law — ranging from litigation success to leadership in law firms and bar groups — since the beginning of 2015.
A New Haven jury has returned a $12 million verdict in a case brought by the estate of a man who committed suicide after his medication levels were reduced by Yale-New Haven Hospital and a psychiatric nurse allegedly failed to monitor his health.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development annually declares April to be Fair Housing Month.
A longtime former New Haven bankruptcy attorney who recently resigned from the bar over allegations of mishandling client funds is now facing a federal criminal charge. Peter Ressler, 68, of Woodbridge, was charged April 25 with embezzlement of debtors' funds, according to the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office.
A woman who developed cancer after years of smoking Salem cigarettes is one step closer to collecting a $28 million judgment against tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds.
Other rulings focus on subject-matter jurisdiction, attorney obligations.
Supreme Court rulings on juvenile punishment prompt scores of sentence reviews.
New Day Pitney partnership designed to ease burden on university GCs.
The backlash against the Muslim and Arab communities following terrorist attacks hit home in Connecticut last fall, when a man fired several gunshots at the Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden.
What might the "justice system" look like if Second Chance 2.0 is approved?
A man who was stabbed in the chest by a neighbor and later sued has been awarded nearly $124,000 by a judge in Bridgeport.
New Haven's Dearington steps down after decades of handling big cases.
Trump talks of loosening our laws to allow for such torture. Heeding him would not be loosening our laws, but a wholesale disregard for them and an abandonment of our enlightened moral stature in the world.
A Bridgeport attorney has been indicted and charged with conspiring with another man to defraud homeowners who were facing foreclosure.
Lawsuit makes multiple claims against management companies.
Every few days, the training instructor would allegedly make statements that Gaul was 'stupid and old.' He would also frequently pull Gaul aside and tell him: 'Go home, old man, you are not going to make it.'
State Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis has scheduled the trial to begin in two years, on April 3, 2018.
A trio of cases arising out of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse mess at Penn State reminds us of the complexities associated with defining client identity when dealing with corporate entities.
New Family Justice Center Puts Prosecutors, Private Lawyers and Counselors Under One Roof to Assist VictimsBy MEGAN SPICER |
The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport is being billed as the first of its kind in the state. In reality, it's part of a national trend, a one-stop shop for women, men and children who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
A Superior Court judge has upheld a private arbitrator's decision to award $7.8 million to private equity fund investors and their lawyers.
A federal judge has ruled that a Connecticut law that charges electronics makers fees in order to cover disposal costs of old products is constitutional, striking down a claim by television set maker Vizio.
The state Supreme Court has upheld a decision to grant workers' compensation benefits to a former FedEx employee who suffered a cardiac episode while delivering packages and claims he developed post-traumatic stress disorder as a result.
"We conclude that the Appellate Court properly determined that the defendant was not entitled to a further inquiry into the basis of his motion to withdraw his guilty plea under the facts of the present case," Justice Dennis Eveleigh wrote for the majority opinion.
Gregory Diskant, a lawyer and member of the national governing board of Common Cause, recently made a novel suggestion for breaking through the gridlock on President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Two Connecticut recycling companies have agreed to settlements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over allegations they violated federal laws regarding their handling of toxic substances.
Employees will have little time to evaluate exemption status.
Employers must either boost salaries or provide overtime compensation.
Companies should consider using external expertise to ensure compliance.
Discovery limited to information relevant to parties' specific claims.
U.S. Department of Labor issues final 'Persuader' rule.
Rulings clarify duty to warn clients of immigration consequences.
For most employers, new rules will mean increased costs.
Employers have legal obligations under USERRA.
Judges and lawyers go back to school to share civics lessons.
Connecticut 'Loom Band' firm says California competitor copied packaging.
Clients continue to maintain firm overcharged them by millions of dollars.
Lawmen are plenty aggressive when it comes to seizing money, and prosecutors are often aggressive in perfecting these claims. By an odd twist of law, one needn't be convicted of a crime to lose assets.
LeClairRyan taps Conn. attorney to run national litigation department
The Connecticut Judicial Branch has announced that it has issued layoff notices to 126 workers in anticipation of dramatic cuts in its annual budget.
The Connecticut Judicial Branch has announced that it has issued layoff notices to 126 workers in anticipation of dramatic cuts in its annual budget.
Lawyers for the victims' families are calling the ruling a "huge victory" in their effort to hold Remington Arms, the maker of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used by Adam Lanza, responsible for the Sandy Hook massacre.
A maintenance worker who sustained severe leg injuries when he was accidentally pinned against a trash compactor on the Mitchell College campus by a pickup truck has settled with the New London school for $735,000.
Twenty years ago, when completing my duties as Hartford County Bar Association president, I ran for the Connecticut Bar Association's House of Delegates from Hartford's District 12.
Connecticut Chief Justice Chase Rogers braced state Judicial Branch workers for layoffs, saying that "the budget cuts we face are simply too large" to avoid workforce reductions in the court system.
Geoffrey Akers has seven college degrees, including a doctorate from the University of Connecticut. But he was denied admission by the UConn School of Law twice, in 2012 and 2013, and was put on the school's wait list in the 1990s.
Federal judge sides with Conn. inmate who made constitutional claim.
With hundreds of millions of dollars of debt looming over them, state lawmakers came up with a brilliant plan: let's make income on university endowments taxable.
More than a dozen taxi and limousine companies have dropped their federal lawsuit accusing ride-hailing company Uber of failing to follow state laws and regulations on taxi services, a lawyer representing the companies said.
A former Hamden lawyer has been charged with stealing $50,000 from a client, money he reportedly procured as a settlement for a car accident lawsuit.
Meat cutter Angel Figueroa claims he was fired barely 24 hours after he called the Westport Health Department to complain about meat being sold in the Westport Whole Foods market.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford has taken its dispute with an insurance company to trial, seeking reimbursement of more than $1 million in payments made to settle sexual misconduct cases involving priests and minors.
The world of professional wrestling seemed like an odd place for a cutting-edge dispute over intellectual property. But for a few days, a federal lawsuit filed in Connecticut by a former WWE wrestler appeared likely to become part of an ongoing debate over the rights of performers of all types to collect royalties from streaming video services.
A federal judge has awarded nearly $77 million to the owners of three decommissioned nuclear power plants in New England, including Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Co. in Haddam Neck, Connecticut, to reimburse the companies for the costs of storing spent nuclear fuel.
The governor's proposal to revamp the state's bail bond system, including the removal of bail for most misdemeanor crimes, would certainly affect people who are arrested and the bail bonds businesses they turn to. But bail reform could also have a wide-ranging impact throughout the legal community
The world of professional wrestling may seem like an odd place for a cutting-edge dispute over intellectual property. But a lawsuit filed by a former WWE wrestler may become part of an ongoing debate over the rights of performers of all types to collect royalties from streaming video services.
Senate Bill No. 428 is the only avenue available to support those organizations that provide legal services to Connecticut's impoverished population.
'Without any specific, individualized findings that [the inmate] presented a risk to safety and security as a pretrial detainee, the restrictions as applied to him were excessive,' the judge wrote.
Wesport attorney Kristan Peters-Hamlin, who previously received a seven-year suspension in New York based on misconduct during a trade secrets case, has been disbarred in Maryland following a related disciplinary proceeding.
The legislature's Appropriations Committee has voted to allocate $561.2 million for the Judicial Branch for the fiscal year 2016-17, which starts July 1. Though lawmakers and court officials disgree on exactly how much lower that is than the current year's allocation, Judicial Branch officials said the figure would mean eliminating positions and closing courthouses.
Journalist Zhao Zhizhen had argued that American free speech principles should protect him. He argued that his reporting on the Falun Gong was similar to that aired on '60 Minutes' and other U.S. programs.
A Google computer program just beat one of the world masters at the game of Go. There's a lesson in that for us.
A federal lawsuit has been filed against Wallingford-based Edible Arrangements, accusing the fancy fruit franchiser of violating the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unwanted text messages to consumers over the course of four years.
"He was murdered." So reads a snippet of a 31-page federal lawsuit filed by the family of Gugsa Abraham Dabela which claims police ignored substantial evidence that pointed to foul play and hastily classified the black Redding attorney's death as a suicide.
The ability to recognize a problem client can allow you to make an informed decision whether to decline the representation, or to undertake the representation with an understanding that it is going to take some extra work to manage the client along with his case.
The recent Stamford School District sex scandal is going to cost the city and its school system more than just their reputations. The city has agreed to pay the student who had a sexual relationship with his teacher $750,000 to resolve any potential civil lawsuit.
A New Haven bankruptcy attorney with more than four decades in the field has resigned from the bar amid allegations of mishandling several thousand dollars in client funds.
A Florida-based security company has defeated an insurance company's attempt to recover a $42 million loss stemming from a prescription drug heist from a Connecticut warehouse.
A New Haven bankruptcy attorney with more than four decades in the field has resigned from the bar amid allegations of mishandling several thousand dollars in client's funds.
While it sounds good in theory to say that no litigant should be kept from court on economic grounds, in practice, providing free, court-appointed counsel to all litigants is the equivalent of giving alcoholics carte blanche access to a gin mill.
When José Soriano Jimenez, who had been injured in a car crash, went to give a deposition in his lawsuit against the other driver, he didn't expect to be asked questions about his immigration status.
Connecticut's middle school principal of the year in 2014 has been awarded nearly $500,000 by a Waterbury jury after a botched gynecological procedure caused her to nearly bleed to death.
Cherelle Baldwin walked free March 31 after being found not guilty of murder. She had crushed her ex-boyfriend against a wall with a car, claiming that she was acting in self-defense against a man who had abused her time and again.
We as members of the bar have an obligation to make sure that the next generation of lawyers is adequately trained, has had appropriate work experience, and will serve the public good responsibly.
A Stratford law firm will be moving to a new, larger space in Shelton this spring to accommodate its growing practice.
A New Haven judge has awarded $1.2 million to an angry investor who filed a civil claim against an unlicensed investment adviser who ripped off close friends and family members.
A federal judge has dismissed the petition of two deported Italian immigrants who sought to enter the country and testify before the Connecticut legislature. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant, concluding the court lacks jurisdiction, refused to overrule the decision by immigration officials to bar the deportees' re-entry.
Judges say business registration doesn't constitute 'consent' to state jurisdiction.
Plot puts black leaders in the South after the Civil War.
Legislative task force proposed to study representation issue.
A widow who discovered her husband's dead body at work is attempting to sue his employer for bystander emotional distress even though she has already received benefits through the workers' compensation system.
A clash over chocolate-filled cookies has culminated in Trader Joe's settling a lawsuit filed by Pepperidge Farm.
Who holds prosecutors accountable when they err? The answer, surprisingly, is no one. That's one conclusion a recent study on prosecutorial misconduct nationwide reached.
It has been more than a decade since a Middlefield-based company first tried to get the necessary approval from Durham's town land use boards to develop a 10-acre parcel it owns.
The Law Tribune is proud to announce the winners of its second annual Professional Excellence Awards.
Connecticut's shock therapy statutes raise serious due process concerns and need to be amended, especially because the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for people with psychiatric diagnoses is once again increasing in Connecticut.
Connecticut and all 49 other states have reached a nearly $76 million settlement with two nationwide cancer charities and the man responsible for their operation.
The Connecticut Supreme Court will soon decide whether a state employee who was getting high on the job should have been fired.
If nothing is done, an already meager and woefully understaffed attempt at providing legal services to those who need it most and can afford it least will be further pared down. At some point, it will be so small and ineffectual that some will wonder why we even pretend to care.
A Vincent van Gogh painting will continue to hang on the walls of the Yale University Art Gallery after the U.S. Supreme Court decided to not hear an appeal from a man who claims his ancestor was the rightful owner of the masterpiece titled "Night Cafe."
The state Supreme Court has upheld a six-month suspension of a civil rights attorney who has previously alleged racial bias by the courts and the attorney disciplinary system.
A Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of a Connecticut health care provider in a case where both a dentist and his former employer accused each other of breach of contract.
An ongoing push by federal officials to make Connecticut hotels accessible to guests with disabilities has resulted in another hotel agreeing to make changes and facility upgrades.
A federal court jury in Connecticut has awarded nearly $3.4 million to two men who claim they were subjected to racial discrimination and slurs on the job.
Advocates from across the country are rallying behind a Bridgeport mother and domestic violence victim who is on trial for killing the man who allegedly abused her during their relationship.
Since adopting the notion that the practice of law is a profession, as opposed to a business, American lawyers have been struggling with the tension between theory and reality which came with the choice.
A Connecticut Boy Scout who claimed he was sexually abused by his troop leader in the mid-1970s was awarded $12 million after a trial in late 2014.
The Law Tribune is seeking nominees for its second annual Connecticut Lawyer of the Year award.
Dr. Deborah Fabian says the Hospital of Central Connecticut was prepared to hire her as an orthopedic surgeon, but at the last minute withdrew its offer. Though the hospital said it had some legitimate concerns about whether Fabian was a good fit for the position, the surgeon claims in a federal lawsuit that the hospital backed out of the deal after finding out she was transgender.
Legal services programs in Connecticut are once again facing the possibility of decreased funding and thus diminished resources for their clients.
For years, legal battles have been waged over whether religious displays on public property are protected under the First Amendment or barred by it.
After Wilfredo Texidor Jr. got shot in front of a relative's home, he became upset. Not just because of his neck injury, but because of how long it took police officers to arrive.
The Supreme Court will decide whether the use of a drug-sniffing dog in the common area hallway of an apartment building violated the Fourth Amendment rights of a tenant who was later charged with growing marijuana.
Justice Antonin Scalia's untimely death has renewed speculation about how the Supreme Court may decide the fate of university affirmative action in Fisher v. University of Texas.
It's only been two months since the international law firm of Holland & Knight announced the opening of its Connecticut office.
It was three decades ago that Derek Oatis was busted at a New York airport with South American cocaine he intended to sell to his prep school classmates, a scandal that led to the arrest and expulsion of more than a dozen students at a prestigious Connecticut boarding school.
A Waterbury judge has rendered a defense verdict in a lawsuit filed by a mother whose young son was injured while playing on a trampoline.
A Rocky Hill-based construction company has agreed to pay $580,000 to settle allegations that it overbilled the federal government on a bridge reconstruction project in Niantic.
A defense lawyer argued that the driver of a state-owned vehicle shouldn't be held liable for an accident because mosquitos invaded the cab of his truck and caused him to lose control.
Probate court cases are often emotionally charged, with family members arguing about such topics as the terms of a will or how to best handle an elderly parent's care.
A Danbury attorney who recently died from injuries in a bicycling accident is being remembered by his colleagues and friends for his skills as a lawyer, his ethics, his cycling achievements and his desire to help animals.
Two former nail salon employees were awarded double damages after a judge concluded that the company's owner continued to pay below minimum wage and falsify time cards, even after a state Department of Labor investigation revealed the illegal practices.
John Fritz told a judge recently that his former attorney's theft of his money left him severely depressed, nervous, angry and distrustful of lawyers, the courts and people in general.
Connecticut-based Shipman & Goodwin is launching its second out-of-state office, with the firm opening a new location in New York City. At the same time, the 180-lawyer firm has announced that it is adding two veteran attorneys from the national firm of LeClairRyan.
In the Supreme Court nomination battle, the stakes are enormous for both political parties and for the nation. When the stakes are that significant, we should expect nothing less than a battle royale.
Court Hearing Scheduled as Feds Block Subpoenaed Immigrants From Testifying Before Conn. LegislatureBy MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |
Federal court hearing set as state lawmakers seek to enforce subpoena.
Federal jurisdictions across country flooded with 'incoherent' filings.
Panna Krom was only 16 when she got pregnant. Fearing her strict immigrant parents would disown her if they found out, she hid her pregnancy from them. Her boyfriend turned his back on her, and she felt alone: a child forced to face a very adult situation.
Parents held liable for failing to supervise daughter's friends.
The state court system is taking another budget hit. Gov. Dannel Malloy has asked state agencies to cut spending by $78.8 million between now and the June 30 end of the fiscal year, with the Judicial Branch being asked to reduce planned expenditures by $9.4 million.
Lawsuits call residency requirement for petition circulators unconstitutional.
Civil suit targets Milford district and family of teenage killer.
A Tolland psychiatrist who allegedly submitted fraudulent Medicaid claims has agreed to a settlement with the state for just over $400,000.
With the advancement of technology and the explosive use of social media and cellphones with video capabilities, the right to privacy has come under attack.
Maren Sanchez had warned employeess at her Milford high school that Christopher Plaskon was dangerous and had threatened to hurt himself and others, according to a just-filed lawsuit. But, says Sanchez's family, officials at Jonathan Law High School took no action and Plaskon stabbed Sanchez to death in April 2014.
Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and a former U.S. Justice Department lawyer who led the investigation of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, was nominated Wednesday to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Will improved statutory or constitutional protections of state lands or giveaways of public lands win the day?
Malpractice lawsuit centered on insurance settlement for damaged house.
A Waterbury judge has awarded damages of $1 million and $200,000 in separate civil sex abuse lawsuits in which the adult perpetrators were close acquaintances of the young female victims.
Principal Erik Brown, an African American, was accused of bullying faculty members and was demoted. He sued the school district, claiming that white principals weren't punished in the same manner. Recently, a U.S. District Court judge found enough merit in Brown's accusations to allow several complaints about the school board and superintendent to proceed to trial.
The Law Tribune is seeking nominees for its second annual Professional Excellence Awards.
An anesthesiologist with 30 years of experience has sued Stamford Hospital, saying she was retaliated against and then fired after complaining of sexual discrimination.
Gov. Dannel Malloy has appointed a legislative lawyer as the state's next claims commissioner. Christy Scott, of West Hartford, has been appointed to fill the position vacated by J. Paul Vance Jr., whose resignation took effect earlier this month.
Francis and Barbara Coughlin purchased a long-term care insurance policy in 1992. Two decades later, they needed it. Francis was suffering from multiple ailments and Barbara had Alzheimer's disease. In April 2012, they moved into an assisted living facility in Darien, but their insurance company refused to pay for their care.
Injured motorists thwarted in claim against Mohegan limo driver.
Darnell Crosland is focusing on two cases involving the controversial deaths of young black men. As a litigator, he's representing the estate of a black man who died after police shot him with a stun gun. As an NAACP official, he's leading the investigation into the controversial circumstances surrounding the death of a young black lawyer in Redding.
Stratford case leads to skirmish between defense bar and ex-prosecutor.
A grave or at least serious injury to the legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia is being done by those (media, colleagues, legislators and scholars) who ignore his original constitutional position about rights of women
A bankruptcy court official has urged a federal judge in Connecticut to order an independent review of rapper 50 Cent's assets, after questions were raised about his financial reporting and photos of him with piles of cash were posted online.
A proposed Practice Book amendment would allow licensed attorneys married to active military members to practice law without sitting for the state bar exam.
A Connecticut FBI agent who sustained injuries in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be allowed to proceed with a federal lawsuit in which he claims he was discriminated against at work and then subject to retaliation when he complained about it.
If state Rep. Diane Urban's bill is approved, abused animals in the state will have access to some unlikely allies: Connecticut law students.
A Connecticut FBI agent who sustained injuries in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be allowed to proceed with a federal lawsuit in which he claims that he was discriminated against at work and then subject to retaliation when he complained about it.
Several events recently brought home the fact that, in the words of one wag, "this ain't our fathers' bar anymore."
A former Central Connecticut State University student expelled after equipping a drone with a gun has filed a lawsuit seeking reinstatement to the school.
Kenneth Jamison is serving a 32-year prison sentence for allegedly making a homemade bomb. The key witness against him was his ex-girlfriend who he says lied in order to prevent charges against her. But the state Supreme Court has ruled that Jamison got a fair shake at his first trial.
Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that calls for more severe penalties for anyone convicted of threatening a judge.
Last week's column on plea bargaining had more than a few heads shaking. One wag had this to say: Deprive judges of the fantasy of a bargain, and plea offers will go up. Leave well enough alone, I was advised. I was playing with fire. Really? Let's juggle the torches some, and see what happens.
A man who went to an animal shelter looking to adopt a dog, but ended up being bitten by one, has settled his lawsuit against Stamford and the animal control shelter manager for nearly $300,000.
The Blue Buffalo pet food company is locking horns with another industry giant. Already entangled in litigation with industry leader Purina, the Wilton-based business has filed an intellectual property lawsuit against Kmart and its parent company, the Sears Corp.
A woman who claimed that spoiled turkey wings she purchased at a Price Rite supermarket made her sick has lost her lawsuit, as a judge concluded that she failed to provide evidence that her illness was due to food poisoning.
A proposal to build a third casino in Connecticut continues to attract lawsuits.
The state Appellate Court has greatly reduced the damages in a breach of contract dispute between two lawyers who had planned to start a new law firm together until one of them backed out at the last minute.
In upholding an attorney's money laundering conviction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said federal judges have broad discretion to decide if criminal defendants can share defense counsel duties with another lawyer, an arrangement known as hybrid representation.
Teen suffers eye damage from projectile in darkened school corridor.
Lawsuit leaves town worried about fate of old factory site.
The skills competency provision requires law schools to certify that their new graduates have demonstrated basic competence in outcomes that the schools themselves have identified as essential to ensuring that the graduates are "practice-ready and prepared to meet the myriad—and emerging—demands of the legal profession in the 21st century."
In what plaintiffs lawyers are describing as the worst workplace asbestos exposure case in Connecticut's recent history, more than 40 workers involved in a Sikorsky Aircraft renovation project have filed a class action lawsuit after being exposed to the cancer-causing substance in 2010.
A group of investors from Connecticut's legal and expert witness community has established a new for-profit business that vets potential experts.
It is not often that a business — or anything else — can be classified as "urban" and "rural" at the same time. But one Connecticut hospital has managed to achieve the seemingly contradictory designations, fighting back a legal challenge from federal authorities.
When we think about our courts, many of us want to believe that the jury system is the purest form of democracy.
The already competitive Connecticut employment law market just gained another major player, as Atlanta-based Ford Harrison has acquired a five-attorney, Hartford-based practice.
There are some judges in Connecticut who genuinely appear to believe that there is no such thing as the trial tax.
Federal lawsuit says high-ranking officials downplayed complaints.
Often, it's patients who leave a dental office feeling a bit distressed. But dentists in one Berlin-based practice said that a real estate company that allegedly allowed sewage to get into their office inflicted emotional distress on them.
In the past few years, there have been a number of lawsuits filed against Connecticut private schools alleging that faculty members molested students back in the 1970s and 1980s. Now a similar accusation is being made against a public school district.
Convicted killer wanted state to pay for defense lawyer at retrial.
There is a crack in the dam holding back the countless night and weekend hours expended by bleary-eyed associates who really just want to start "practicing law" and stop sorting documents.
A man who claims he was beaten by Hartford police officers more than a decade ago has been awarded more than $450,000 by a federal court jury.
A New Milford attorney who stole about $113,000 from a couple who hired him when their home was going into foreclosure has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Ben Barnes, the governor's budget director, recently described Connecticut government as being in a state of permanent fiscal crisis.
Once 'elephantine' caseload now reduced to manageable number.
Newtown-based attorney hopes to attract clients from eastern U.S.
In a Second Amendment challenge, the state Appellate Court has upheld the confiscation of a West Hartford lawyer's guns after police determined that he was at risk of harming himself or others.
Framing the dispute between Apple Inc. and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as the need to balance security and liberty tilts the debate in favor of the government. A more candid framing destroys the government's assertions: the conflict pits slavery against freedom. Who favors slavery?
A legally blind Hartford man had been receiving benefits through a rental assistance program for years when state officials kicked him out because he's on the state's sex offender registry.
Former inmate was a writer and activist before coming to Yale.
Property valuation techniques are at heart of Supreme Court case.
A man injured in a pit bull attack at a condominium complex has been awarded more than $76,000 by a judge in Waterbury.
Judge denies injunction in case focused on organization's bylaws.
Connecticut should do better for its homeowners and small businesses. Economic development is desirable, but so is security in the ownership of private property.
In his new role as managing partner of Robinson & Cole, Stephen E. Goldman says he plans to continue building the Hartford-based firm's culture of "collaboration and loyalty. It is a key reason why Robinson & Cole has continued to exist for 170 years."
While many of our colleagues joke about the stress of being a lawyer, often followed by some reference to drinking, a recent study should cause us all to stop and take these so-called witticisms seriously. As Shakespeare said, "Jesters do often prove prophets."
It was Michael Skakel's request for a new trial that was on the line during a state Supreme Court hearing. But for much of the time it felt like two other people were on trial: defense attorney Mickey Sherman and Skakel's brother, Thomas.
A Stamford jury has returned a $14.5 million verdict in a civil case brought by a Greenwich doctor who suffered a massive stroke after his personal trainer reportedly pushed him too hard on an exercise machine.
A former Newington attorney charged with stealing about $48,000 from a disabled client while acting as the man's conservator has entered a no contest plea to a larceny charge.
A misdiagnosed tumor that allegedly caused a woman to have surgery that could have otherwise been avoided has resulted in a $1.2 million verdict in a medical malpractice case on the Waterbury complex litigation docket.
In the past year, Bayer Healthcare has come under increasing fire for the marketing and distribution of Essure, a birth control implant which has allegedly caused more than 300 fetal deaths and has been the subject of more than 16,000 complaints since it entered the market over a decade ago
A Connecticut judge has ruled that three police recordings were not given to lawyers for convicted killer Joshua Komisarjevsky before his trial, bolstering his pending appeal before the state Supreme Court.
For more than a year, the parties in a lawsuit against the maker of a military-style weapon used in the Newtown school massacre have skirmished in the press and in court briefs. On Feb. 22, the opposing counsel had their first opportunity to make their case to a judge.
What is an active agreement? What is an unambiguous agreement? What is an informed agreement?
Attorney J. Paul Vance Jr. has resigned as the state's claims commissioner amidst criticism from some lawmakers and state officials of his decision to award $16.8 million to four men who were exonerated after serving 16 years in prison for a gang-related shooting.
Two of Connecticut's most successful trial lawyers, Michael Koskoff and Kathleen Nastri, have been charged with new ethical misconduct allegations arising from a dispute over $4.6 million in legal fees from a medical-malpractice case.
A Stamford-based attorney is facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from an estate trust. Morris Glucksman, 68, has been charged with first-degree larceny and second-degree forgery.
Attorneys say ruling signals change in 'practical confiscation' zoning cases.
Debate over safety concerns heads to state Supreme Court.
Justices to decide whether defense lawyer's conduct was inappropriate.
Conn. Court Officials Predict Hundreds of Layoffs, A Half-Dozen Courthouse Closings Under Governor's Budget PlanBy MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |
Proposed budget cuts would require slashing hundreds of state Judicial Branch jobs and closing at least six courthouses and a juvenile detention center, according to Chief Court Administrator Judge Patrick Carroll III.
A parting gift from Jonathan Lippman, New York's recently retired chief judge of the Court of Appeals, was the adoption of Model Rule 5.5, which allows New York lawyers to engage in cross-border practice.
Former state lawmaker accused of 'looting' father's estate.
'When a religious entity seeks to construct a single building with multiple uses, the inquiry as to whether the construction of the building constitutes religious exercise becomes complicated,' wrote U.S. District Judge Janet Hall.
The state's small public affairs television network, CT-N, has plans to dramatically increases coverage of all three branches of state government, a proposal that includes video coverage of all cases argued before the Supreme and Appellate courts.
Just five days after Justice Antonin Scalia's death, Justice Stephen Breyer was the first justice to make a public appearance. He spoke at the 2016 Brennan Center Jorde Symposium about his new book "The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities."
Antonin Scalia's death should, I suppose, have come as no surprise. All men are, after all, mortal, and Scalia, well, he was a man. But his death surprises me nonetheless. It's as though a dark star suddenly imploded.
Feds crack down on Medicare billing for spinal procedure.
Christopher J. Andrews had been a lawyer for more than 20 years and operated his own small law firm in Manhattan. Beyond that, few details are available about the life and career of Andrews, the Fairfield resident who was shot and killed by town police after allegedly attacking his wife and three children in their home.
As Deborah Gwiazdowski tells it, she could see what was happening at the library at Fairfield University right up until the day she was fired.
Suggestions that President Barack Obama should not fill the vacancy left by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death and that the Senate should not confirm anyone should be rejected.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a veterinarian facing possible disciplinary action for giving smaller vaccine doses to small pets, a practice the veterinarian asserts reduces the chances of an adverse reaction.
A woman whose leg was crushed and later amputated after a forklift accident at work has recovered $5.27 million in a products liability lawsuit from a U.S. District Court jury in Bridgeport.
U.S Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is dead at 79. His death triggers immediate questions for the high court and the nation on the outcome of significant challenges this term -- including on immigration, affirmative action and access to abortion clinics. Battle lines are being drawn over whether President Barack Obama or the next president should name his replacement. In addressing the nation, the president said he would make a pick to replace Scalia.
U.S Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the intellectual leader of the court's conservative wing, is dead at age 79. According to official reports from Texas, he died overnight at a ranch in west Texas where he had gone quail hunting. Scalia's death sets up a major battle over his successor.
The bar ought to gear up to review and comment on a legislative proposal that would make significant changes in the military justice system.
Lawmakers consider capping estate costs as wealthy threaten to relocate.
Connecticut's strict quarantine policy faces legal challenge
Malloy seeks to trim $70 million from planned court system expenditures.
There's a reason Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are doing so well in the polls: both men speak to the frustration of a people who know something is broken.
Hartford attorney helps keep vulgar apparel out of sight of children.
On one side is a Norwalk lawyer, whose client claims that a private equity firm mishandled nearly $2 billion in investor money. On the other side is the Washington, D.C.-based Carlyle Group, which emphatically denies the accusations, calling them "baseless and frivolous."
As usual, the early months of the new year bring about a large number of law firm hirings and promotions.
The Archdiocese of Hartford has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle sex abuse allegations against a Connecticut priest.
Attorneys make unsual decision due to client's drug abuse history,
Once again we wait for a death penalty decision from our Supreme Court. Hopefully, we won't have to wait two-and-a-half years as we did in 'State v. Santiago'.
In our view the reason 'Santiago' should be followed is that it was correctly decided, not because of stare decisis.
Brookfield Republicans have booted a former school board member out of the party, prompting a federal lawsuit filed by a former Connecticut Secretary of the State.
If you are like most lawyers who have been practicing for any length of time, you have had the unfortunate assignment of being the bearer of bad news.
With many of Robinson & Cole's business clients focused on how to be more eco-friendly, the law firm has dedicated a new team to help with any legal matters associated with the quest to go green.
One of the first men exonerated through the efforts of Connecticut's Innocence Project has been awarded $6 million by the state.
A Yale University Law School legal clinic has filed a federal class action against Gov. Dannel Malloy on behalf of people who were forced into quarantine after traveling from Africa during the Ebola outbreak.
Benjamin Brafman writes: I accompanied Martin Shkreli to a congressional hearing on pharmaceutical pricing that he was compelled to attend, despite advance knowledge that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege. Indeed, in my judgment, the only reason for the committee to force Shkreli to appear in person was to try to publicly humiliate him.
Banking giant HSBC has reached a $470 million settlement with the federal government and 49 states including Connecticut over mortgage lending and foreclosure abuses that officials say contributed to the country's economic meltdown.
Native of Belarus builds U.S. practice helping immigrants.
These are crazy times, and some parts of law and lawyering seem to be moving in very different directions.
The first time Robert Beamon was elbowed by a colleague, he was working in the operating room during the brain surgery of a 7-year-old boy in June 2014. He was certain the head surgeon had hit him by accident.
Grievance panel hears arguments involving multimillion-dollar dispute.
Former Supreme Court Justice Schaller turns focus to fiction writing.
On one side is the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, whose mission is to protect the welfare of children. On the other are a handful of advocacy groups who object to DCF's handling of a long-running case involving two parents with mental health issues.
In the aftermath of Gov. Dannel Malloy's call for across-the-board budget reductions, Judicial Branch officials are still mulling over what impact spending cuts will have on the state court system.
Bar groups reach different conclusion on exactly what's acceptable.
Potential class action says insurers won't cover damages.
Anthony Straska's Rocky Hill farm is a mess and he must clean it up. That's the decision of a Superior Court judge who ruled that the town's municipal blight ordinance applies to agricultural settings as well as residential property.
A man who claims he was repeatedly sexually abused by a faculty member of a Western Massachusetts prep school has settled a federal lawsuit in Connecticut for $500,000.
Scott Slifka has been a busy man. He's simultaneously worked in LEGO System's legal department in Enfield and served as West Hartford's mayor. But with a recent promotion within the global toy company, Slifka had to make a tough decision.
Nearly four years after the state Supreme Court invoked nullum tempus to Connecticut's benefit in a law library case, a tribal court is ruling that the same doctrine applies to the much smaller Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.
In 2016, there is no compelling reason why a person born of American parents should not satisfy the 'natural born' requirement of Article II, Section I, but that is decidedly not how the framers of the Constitution understood that qualification.
A woman who fell and broke her arm on a Bridgeport sidewalk has been awarded more than $416,000 by a Superior Court jury.
When George Holler looked to add new employees to keep his Milford-based real estate law firm running smoothly, he found a funding source not every small law firm leader would consider: the government.
Lawyers sell their services on an open market. Lawyers also have a duty to be zealous advocates for their clients. That means that lawyers should be free to say "no" when a potential client poses a conflict.
A disbarred Glastonbury attorney faces up to two years in prison for embezzling over $200,000 from his employer, a nutritional supplement company.
A fight between neighbors resulted in a fractured skull, a lawsuit and most recently, a $140,000 verdict in New London Superior Court.
The deadline to submit your new partners' profiles for inclusion in our "New Partners Yearbook 2016" is Wednesday, Feb. 3.
I read the other day about a tiff between Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas state bar president Allan DuBois over whether a class offered by St. Mary's University School of Law should get state continuing legal education credit. Much as it pains me to criticize a guy with such a proud name, I have to say that DuBois is wrong.
In December 2014, a solo attorney representing two parents and a handicapped child made a shocking accusation: one of Connecticut's most successful plaintiffs firms had collected $4.3 million more in legal fees than it was entitled to following the settlement of a high-profile medical-malpractice case.
Connecticut's large cluster of private equity funds has attracted the global law firm of Holland & Knight, which has opened a Stamford office which will initially be staffed by a group of Connecticut-based lawyers who had been working at Dickstein Shapiro.
It's no secret that the use of DNA evidence and testing has become invaluable in solving crimes. But how far can authorities go in obtaining DNA samples from a known criminal? The Connecticut Supreme Court has been asked to answer that question.
A discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Connecticut Health Center by a former employee with a back injury has been dismissed. The latest ruling in the case came from the state Appellate Court, which upheld a workers' compensation commissioner's decision to toss the case.
Notes are affixed to the scarves letting people know that the garments are meant for those who need extra warmth during the winter months. Often the scarves are draped over fence posts, or placed on park benches, or even wrapped around the necks of statues.
It's a complicated problem: how can the state help stop inner-city youths from getting ensnared in a cycle of violence, which can lead to incarceration or even death?
A New Haven student who received a permanent facial injury when he was 11 years old was awarded more than $40,000 after a Superior Court judge found one of the city's magnet schools was negligent.
As we see more and more innocent people being killed by police officers, we hear a recurrent question: should less intrusive means in use-of-force cases be required by law?
Mandatory continuing legal education is a step closer to becoming a requirement in Connecticut. At its meeting in January, the Rules Committee of the Superior Court approved submitting to a public hearing a proposal which would require 12 hours of CLE annually.
Attorneys and staff at Murtha Cullina are mourning the deaths of two longtime partners, Michael McDonough and Donald P. Richter, who were both well-known for their contributions to the legal profession.
The state Appellate Court has upheld the conviction of a woman who called jurors on the telephone during her criminal trial and, using a man's voice with the help of computer "spoofing" technology, urged a not-guilty verdict.
A woman who injured her neck in a car accident has been awarded $206,000 by a jury in Rockville. A key issue in the case was whether a fracture discovered in the plaintiff's neck was preexisting or was caused by the crash. Even her doctor was unsure.
As the new year dawned on us Gov. Dannel Malloy took to podiums to remind us of the tremendous strides Connecticut has made in the criminal justice arena, firmly putting us in the midst of a "smart-on-crime" era.
A federal judge has issued an injunction allowing the Libertarian Party to use people who aren't Connecticut residents to collect signatures necessary to get party candidates on this year's state election ballots.
The American Bar Association is going to be considering an amendment to Rule 8.4 making it an ethical violation to discriminate. How can anyone argue with that? On the other hand, how far down that slippery slope are we ready to go?
I have a confession to make: Try as I might to start and to complete a reading of Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me," I cannot. Like Peter, I've thrice betrayed the lord, apparently. I thought I was alone in my sin.
Exotic dancers who perform at the Keepers Gentlemen's Club in Milford claim they haven't been paid fairly. They say they haven't received minimum wage and aren't even allowed to keep all the tips customers give them.
A town attorney who sent a letter to a school board candidate admonishing her not to rummage through an elementary school dumpster did not violate election laws, according to the State Elections Enforcement Commission.
The state Supreme Court will hear arguments this week on whether prison officials can use reasonable force to take DNA samples from convicted felons who refuse to provide them.
Exotic dancers who perform at the Keepers Gentlemen's Club in Milford claim they haven't been paid fairly – they say they haven't received minimum wage and aren't even allowed to keep all of the tips customers give them.
The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), a bill sponsored in the House by U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and in the Senate by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is another dangerous effort by GOP lawmakers and social conservative groups to deal with the supposed threat to their religious liberty posed by the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in 'Obergefell v. Hodges'.
A former manager of a major Anheuser-Busch distributor in Connecticut has filed a federal lawsuit, saying he was fired for investigating whether the boss' son sold beer that had passed its expiration date.
An appeals court has upheld a National Labor Relations Board's ruling that a Connecticut ambulance company violated federal law by abruptly changing company policies without speaking to a local union leader, and then firing the union steward for arguing against the changes.