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Josephine Miller

Civil Rights Attorney Sues State Disciplinary Counsel's Office

Michelle Tuccitto Sullo | September 17, 2015

A Danbury civil rights attorney is suing two members of the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel, seeking an injunction to prevent them from pursuing allegations of professional misconduct against her.

Mark Dubois

ABA Is Latest Player in $5 Legal Services Market

By Mark Dubois |

I recently wrote about, the website selling goods and services, including legal writing and advice, in $5 increments. Now there is a new player in the $5 legal services market, the American Bar Association. Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit!

Rachel Baird

Man Convicted of Threatening Conn. Judge Via Email

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A Cromwell man unhappy about his divorce proceedings has been convicted of threatening a judge through statements made in an email.

Conn. Supreme Court Reinforces Protections for Corporate Whistleblowers


Employees who report improper conduct by their company could enjoy greater protection from possible retaliation following a ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Arbitrator Awards $7.8M To Investors Who Alleged Theft By Private Equity Fund


A private arbitrator has awarded $7.8 million to private equity fund investors and their lawyers in a bitter dispute between involving two Stamford-based companies.

Jan Trendowski

In Defense Verdict, Bar Judged Not Liable for Parking Garage Attack

By Christian Nolan |

A Stamford jury has rendered a defense verdict in the case of a man who was assaulted in a parking garage by four men who were served alcohol at a nearby bar. The victim of the attack unsuccessfully tried to hold the bar responsible under the state's dram shop statute.

Joshua Koskoff

Federal Judge Orders Newtown Families' Suit Against Gunmaker Returned to State Court

By Law Tribune Staff |

One matter that attorneys for the Sandy Hook School massacre victims and counsel for the gun industry have agreed upon is that the venue for the wrongful death claim filed against the makers of an assault-style rifle used in the shooting is critical to the fate of the litigation. Now plaintiffs' attorneys are claiming a procedural victory as a federal judge in Connecticut has ordered the lawsuit moved back to state court, where it was originally filed.

James Sullivan

Lawsuits Claim Schools Failed to Respond to Bullying Complaints

By Megan Spicer |

By February 2014, Alexis-Mae Hannigan claims, she had been bullied so much by classmates at Holy Trinity School in Wallingford that she was driven to cut herself with a razor. When she and her mother complained to school administrators and a priest about the alleged mistreatment, they were told Hannigan was "too sensitive" and "a sinner."

Editorial: Conn. Desperately Needs Drone Legislation

We previously have highlighted the importance of drone regulation in Connecticut and urged the General Assembly to act.


Norm Pattis: A Simple Idea to Improve The Jury Selection Process

By Norm Pattis |

It is happening again, and just like the last time it happened, I am powerless to make it stop. We drone on day after day, the monotony of it all challenging me to find a ray of sunshine in the unremitting sameness of it all. After 11 days of jury selection, we have eight jurors. We have days more of jury selection scheduled before we get 12 jurors plus four alternates.

Law Tribune Announces New Leaders of Law Award Winners for 2015

The judges have spoken and the Connecticut Law Tribune is proud to announce its New Leaders of the Law for 2015. For the first time, we recruited members of the legal community to rate our nominees. Our desire was to get a fresh perspective on exactly what traits and achievements enable attorneys who are under 40 years old to rise above their peers.

Judge Orders Ex-Tax Collector to Pay $406K to Resolve Theft Claims

By Christian Nolan |

A former tax collector for the town of Oxford who was convicted of stealing nearly $250,000 from taxpayers through her job has been ordered by a judge to pay nearly $406,000 to resolve a subsequent civil lawsuit.

Robert Mitchell

Former Yale Doctor Files Counterclaim After Being Sued for Sex Harassment

By Megan Spicer |

A former Yale University doctor who was sued for sexual harassment by six employees of a private dialysis company in February has filed a counterclaim, arguing that the sexual harassment charges were invented to force him out of his position.


Mark Dubois: Dodging the Unauthorized Practice of Law Police

By Mark Dubois |

As I write this, I am sitting in my Provincetown pied-a-terre, watching out the window for the unauthorized practice police. I have now fully joined the ranks of lawyers who practice (or are at least available to practice) 24/7 from wherever we are. Unfortunately, the licensing and regulatory regimes reflect a simpler time, and we do so at our peril.

Immigration Lawyer Suspended After Federal Authorities Detain Two Clients

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A Superior Court judge has imposed a two-year suspension on an immigration attorney whose alleged failure to provide adequate representation resulted in two clients being detained by immigration officials for several months.

Ralph Nader

Nader Opens Tort Law Museum in Connecticut Hometown

By Megan Spicer |

Ralph Nader stood in a refurbished bank building in his small hometown of Winsted, in Connecticut's sparsely populated Northwest Corner. Behind him was the type of car that helped launched his career as a consumer activist—a gleaming red Chevrolet Corvair, the model that Nader famously described in the 1960s as "unsafe at any speed."

Attorney Gets Year in Prison, Offers Apology for Role in Mortgage Scam

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A Waterbury-based attorney who was involved in a mortgage fraud scheme has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison.

Judge Says Lawyers Can Face 'Emotional Distress' Damages in Professional Malpractice Lawsuits

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A judge's recent ruling in a legal malpractice case against a Madison attorney allows a former client's claim of negligent infliction of emotional distress to remain, a decision which some in the legal malpractice defense field call "troubling."

Breaking With Precedent, Conn. Court Allows Children to Make Loss of Consortium Claims


Plaintiffs' lawyers have a new weapon in their arsenal. The state Supreme Court, in a split decision, has ruled that Connecticut children have the right to sue for loss of consortium in personal injury cases. Previously, only spouses were eligible to collect such damages.

From left to right, back row: Gerry D'onofrio, Hayward Smith, Kay Lackey, Simcha Herzog, Marina Kireyeva, Brian Geldert, Jason Lane. Second row, left to right: Will Malpica, Bill Gougherty, Chris Young, Shane Puglisi, Matt White, Bob Van Buren, Todd Warren, Jennifer Lobato-Church, Joseph Thomas, Leo Cha. Third row, left to right: Dan Bicker, Mark Rose, Pam Mitchell, Luanne Giessen, Christine Cargain, James Esposito, Carmel Paulemon, Mary Ann Scott, Cheryl Schacht, Bill Busineau, Nancy Kelley. Front row, left to right: Kellie Ambrogio, Sherine Palmer, Lisa Kennedy, Cara Gately, Catherine Lucas, Rani Karnik, Jonathan Perry, Dina Inchoco.

Royal Bank of Scotland: Global Bank Focuses On Local Nonprofits

By Douglas S. Malan |

When you're working in the legal department of a behemoth global bank, there's no shortage of pressure-filled situations and stress from high expectations. But James M. Esposito, general counsel at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Stamford, has a remedy for his lawyers who work so many hours providing legal services – spend even more hours helping people in a different way.

From left to right, bottom row: Heather Graham, Lisa Polan, Stacey Babson- Smith, Dana Belmont, Darlene Palewitz. From left to right, second row: Bonita Lewis Bell, Melissa Klauder, Patricia David, Marcy Demby, Sandra Rodriguez. From left to right, back row: James Celentano, Alex Sherman, David Barbour, Joshua Dolger, Lauren Neubauer, Eric Cohen.

Terex Corp: Construction Equipment Maker Builds Top Legal Team

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Over the course of two decades, the legal department at Terex Corp. in Westport went from having a small staff and often relying on outside counsel to handling almost all legal matters in-house.

From left to right: Jason Buckley; Cyndra Lewis; Shawn Lisle; Crystal Kyllo; Jeanne Young; Richard Forsberg; Ronald Shepard; Richard Smith (not pictured: Glenn Messemer).

Kaman Corp: Smart Technology Leads to Efficiencies

By Douglas S. Malan |

Less than a year after he joined Kaman Corp. in 2011, Shawn G. Lisle and the rest of the legal department saw two stalwarts retire and take 60 years of combined legal expertise with them. The departure of Chief Legal Officer Candace A. Clark and then-General Counsel Glenn M. Messemer in 2012 started Lisle's ascension to his current role as general counsel, with plenty of challenges ahead.

From left to right, Aaron Melendez, Deborah Harris, Robert Nielson, Janice Favreau, Michael Hecht, Sarah Cameron, Scott Slifka, Robin Smith, Michele Totonis. (Not pictured: Leslie Shanley)

LEGO: Building A Case for Smarter Litigation

By Douglas S. Malan |

When recognizing the legal department that best manages litigation, it's what you don't see in court filings that separates LEGO Systems Inc. of Enfield from others.

From left to right, standing: Reneé Fox, Lew Schwartz, Kellie Gordon, Ray Bernstein, Kate Timbers. From left to right, seated: Celeste Weekes, Clare Kretzman.

Gartner Inc: Diversity Drives Success In IT Field

By Douglas S. Malan |

Many people think of information technology as a vast collection of infrastructure, software and programming that has no real face or personality. But at Stamford-based Gartner Inc., a global leader in IT research and advisory services, it's actually the face and personality the staffers puts on IT that defines the company.

Sheldon Cammaker

EMCOR Group: The Art of Closing the Deal

By Douglas S. Malan |

If you're looking for an insider's take on the growth at Norwalk-based EMCOR Group Inc., since the 1980s, Sheldon I. Cammaker is your man.

Jay Ruane

New Defense Bar President Announces Investigation of Forensics Lab

By Christian Nolan |

Like father, like son. Longtime criminal defense attorney James J. "Jim" Ruane served as president of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association a little over a decade ago, heading the bar group from 2003 to 2004.

Autism Group Files ADA Lawsuit After Town Rejects Program Proposal

By Megan Spicer |

A nonprofit organization that provides programs for autistic adults has filed a lawsuit against a town's planning and zoning commission, alleging that officials violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying the organization use of an empty building.

Lawyer Hired As New Head of Conn. Anti-Defamation League

By Megan Spicer |

Steven Ginsburg, a lawyer who helped rebuild the judicial system in Bosnia after the 1990s war in the Balkans, was recently hired to be the new executive director of the Connecticut chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.

National Intellectual Property Firm Expands Conn. Office

By Law Tribune Staff |

A national intellectual property law firm is expanding its Connecticut presence by adding two attorneys to its Westport office.

Gary Mastronardi

Botched SWAT-Team Raid Results in $1.25M Settlement With Homeowner


The survivor of a botched 2008 police raid in Easton has settled his lawsuit with five towns and 16 police officers for $1.25 million.

Conn. Court Rejects State Regulation of Debt Negotiation Law Firms

By Christian Nolan |

The state banking commissioner's authority to oversee law firms that hold themselves out as debt negotiators was short-lived.

Editorial: States Shouldn't Criminalize Whistleblowing and Undercover Investigations

Legislators tend to lash out at whistleblowers, activists and investigators when favored businesses — or entire industries — are caught doing something bad. A recent decision from the U.S. District Court in Idaho should be instructive to Connecticut legislators when the temptation to penalize, or criminalize, protected speech may arise.

Lawyer Faces Possible Discipline for Drafting Rowland Consulting Contract

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A grievance panel has found probable cause that Branford attorney Christian Shelton knowingly participated in preparing a "sham or bogus" contract intended to deceive the public regarding the involvement of former Gov. John Rowland in a recent congressional campaign.

Proloy Das

Top Conn. Appellate Litigator Switches Firms

By Law Tribune Staff |

One of the state's top appellate attorneys is switching firms, with Proloy Das moving from Rome McGuigan to 130-lawyer Murtha Cullina.


Norm Pattis: Judge, Lawyer Both Look Bad in Race-Based Controversy

By Norm Pattis |

It is difficult for me to understand why U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey Meyer thought it necessary to refer attorney Josephine Miller for professional discipline.

Governor Asks Court System to Cut Millions of Dollars From Budget

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The state Judicial Branch has been asked to reduce spending in the current fiscal year budget by $3.1 million, though court officials say they don't yet know what cuts they will be making. Gov. Dannel Malloy's office announced cuts across state government in an effort to avoid a projected budget shortfall.

Gregory Kirschner

Insurers Accused of Discriminating Against Low-Income Tenants Settle Lawsuit for $475,000

By Christian Nolan |

Landlords who sued an insurance company for allegedly terminating their property insurance policies because they rented to tenants paying with Section 8 housing vouchers have settled their federal lawsuit for $475,000.

Conn. Tech Company Accuses Facebook of Patent Infringement

By Megan Spicer |

A small technology company in Simsbury is taking on one of the largest technology companies in the world.

Conn. Insurer Sued for Not Covering 'Magnetic' Depression Treatment

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A Tennessee man who suffers from depression has filed a federal lawsuit against the Aetna insurance company, alleging that the Hartford-based insurer refuses to cover a magnetic therapy treatment for his condition.

Editorial: Good Lawyering Killed the Death Penalty in Conn.

By Editorial Board |

For almost 40 years, ever since the U.S. Supreme Court gave its constitutional blessing for the states to promulgate death penalty legislation that would not in theory and practice be arbitrary and capricious, the criminal defense bar in Connecticut, consisting of a public defender/private criminal defense partnership, has doggedly and unflinchingly attacked the death penalty machinery.

John Cordani

Swindler's Conviction Upheld, As Conn. Court OKs Warrantless Recording of Phone Calls

By Christian Nolan |

The state Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a woman who swindled thousands of dollars from an elderly woman and later argued that her constitutional rights were violated when police recorded several of her telephone conversations with the elderly victim.

City Employee's Lawsuit Claims He Was Falsely Blamed for Sending Lewd Photo

By Megan Spicer |

A New Haven public works employee has filed a federal lawsuit against the city after a supervisor allegedly spread word that a vulgar photo she received on her phone came from the employee. That allegation proved to be untrue.


Conn. Justice Center Founder Educates Lawyers, Offers Lifeline to Battered Immigrants

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Nasheba Barzey's decision to go to law school came at a low moment in her life, when she was living in a shelter with her two young children after her husband had abandoned them. An immigrant, she was in constant fear of being deported.

Mark Sommaruga

Commentary: Why the Judge Didn't Buy NFL's 'Deflategate' Investigation

By Mark J. Sommaruga |

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman recently vacated the four-game suspension of New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady for his alleged role in the (frankly overblown) "Deflategate" saga. In a June article in the Law Tribune, I noted that Brady had a good chance of winning his federal court challenge.

Robert Post

Yale Says New Islamic Law Center Will Embrace 'Controversy'

By Megan Spicer |

Former Yale Law School Dean Anthony Kronman acknowledges that some people will question the university's decision to accept a $10 million gift to launch an Islamic law center.

Colleen Murphy

Court Says ‘Arsenic’ Killer’s Psychiatric Records Can’t Be Released

By Christian Nolan |

The public may never find out exactly what went on in the mind of Amy Archer Gilligan.

Donald Papcsy

Newtown Victim's Family Objects to Town's Litigation Tactics

By Associated Press |

Newtown and its schools are putting up a stiff fight against a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of two children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, questioning whether the lawsuit was filed on time and objecting to information requests by the parents' attorney.

James Sullivan

Updated: UConn Hockey Hazing Lawsuit Part of National Trend

By Megan Spicer |

When a former University of Connecticut women's hockey player sued her former coach earlier this month, she became one of a growing number of college athletes to bring claims over alleged hazing incidents.

Sikorsky Vows to Fight Lawsuit Seeking Sign Language Interpreters for Deaf Workers

By Megan Spicer |

"The fact that Sikorsky flatly refused to meet Mr. Cadoret's communication needs and left him to fend for himself, shocks the conscience," Rozynsky said in a prepared statement. "Mr. Cadoret through his hard work and dedication, worked his way through the ranks of Sikorsky only to have it taken away from him all because of his insistence on having the equal access to communication that he was entitled to under the law. This case is not just about issues of accommodation; it's about having the right to be treated fairly and equally in society."

James Sullivan

Updated: UConn Hockey Hazing Lawsuit Part of National Trend

By Megan Spicer |

According to the lawsuit, coach Christopher MacKenzie was well aware of the "culture of drinking" on the team.

Inmate Charged in Assault Wants Court to Allow 'Necessity' Defense

By Christian Nolan |

An inmate claims his life was threatened by gang members but prison officials refused to protect him. So he assaulted a deputy warden in order to get transferred to another prison. Now his lawyer is challenging the assault conviction, which added two years to his prison term, by claiming he committed the offense out of necessity.

Editorial: In Urban America, All Lives Matter

By Editorial Board |

After the shooting in Ferguson and the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, there has been an understandable call for more police accountability. However, it is important to keep in mind that there is a dispute as to whether there is an "epidemic" of unjustified police shootings or just an increase in reporting.

Josephine Miller

Civil Rights Attorney Sues State Disciplinary Counsel's Office

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A Danbury civil rights attorney is suing two members of the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel, seeking an injunction to prevent them from pursuing allegations of professional misconduct against her.

Sara Eagan

Juvenile Justice Groups Upset by DCF Videos of Forcefully Restrained Teens

By Associated Press |

Videos taken inside the state's two juvenile detention centers show staff members forcefully taking children down, subduing them and placing them alone in padded rooms.

Joseph Barnes

Workers Affected by Conn. Explosion Ask Supreme Court for Lost Wages

By Associated Press |

More than 40 workers who weren't injured but lost their jobs after a deadly power plant explosion in Middletown are hoping the state Supreme Court allows them to sue several contractors for hundreds of thousands of dollars in missed wages.

Federal Lawsuit Accuses Sikorsky of Refusing to Accommodate Deaf Workers

By Law Tribune Staff |

A 30-year employee of the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. who describes himself as deaf has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the helicopter manufacturer violated the Americans Disabilities Act by refusing to make requested workplace accommodations.

Joel Faxon

Former UConn Profs Collect $1 Million for Building Fire Injuries

By Christian Nolan |

Two former University of Connecticut professors have received $1 million in a settlement for injuries sustained in an apartment building fire after they claimed the building's owners failed to comply with fire codes.

J. Dormer Stephen and Joseph Williams

Major Hartford-Based Firm Expands into New Haven

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Hartford-based Shipman & Goodwin has opened an office in New Haven, with leaders of one of the state's biggest law firms say there are doing so in order to be near existing clients in southern Connecticut and also to take advantage of the region's healthy business environment.

NLRB Cites Hartford Symphony for Failing to Negotiate Cutbacks

By Megan Spicer |

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that the Hartford Symphony Orchestra violated federal labor laws by significantly reducing rehearsal and performance schedules without telling the musicians' union.


Norm Pattis: Lawyers Shouldn't Be Barred From College Hearings

By Norm Pattis |

Yale is concerned that students facing sexual misconduct charges might not fully understand the manner in which such complaints are handled. So the university is creating a list of advisers who can assist both complainants and respondents, according to a recent article in the Yale Daily News.

Robert Post

Yale Launches Islamic Law Center With $10 Million Gift From Saudi Businessman

By Megan Spicer |

After receiving a $10 million donation from a Saudi businessman, the Yale University Law School will launch a new Islamic law center.

State Awards $4 Million to Army Vet Exonerated After 12 Years in Prison

By Christian Nolan |

A Connecticut man who spent more than 12 years in prison for a crime to which another man later confessed has been awarded just over $4 million by the state. Lawrence Miller Jr., who now lives in Branford, received the funds under a Connecticut law that allows compensation for those who file claims of wrongful incarceration and can validate their cases.


Mark Dubois: Court Says Banking Officials Can't Regulate Debt Negotiation Law Firms

By Mark Dubois |

The Connecticut Supreme Court just released an opinion in a case called Persels that goes a great ways towards filling the lacunae in definition of the practice of law jurisprudence. And, to boot, they pinned back the ears of the state Banking Commissioner in his efforts to regulate lawyers. Fun stuff. Here's the background.

Robert Serafinowicz

Court Upholds Suspension of Lawyer Who Accused Judge of Bias

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The Appellate Court has upheld a four-month suspension imposed on a Middlebury attorney who called a Superior Court judge a "disgrace to the bench" during an interview with media outlets.

Robert Farr

Panel to Make Revisions to Sex Offender Registry

By Christian Nolan |

In the last legislative session, lawmakers considered a bill that would have banned registered sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a Connecticut school. The measure prompted enough opposition from civil rights advocates that legislators decided to take a step back and look at the state's 16-year-old sex offender registry.


Business Law: Administrative Procedures Are Focus of Insurance Case

By Jeffrey White and Kate Dion |

In the 2014-15 court year, the Supreme Court interpreted three statutory regimes that all impact the business community. As discussed below, the court rendered noteworthy decisions with respect to the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, the Uniform Partnership Act and the Fair Employment Practices Act.

Dan Klau

First Amendment: Public Denied Access to Teacher Arbitration Hearings

By Daniel J. Klau |

From a First Amendment and freedom-of-information perspective, the Supreme Court's 2014-15 term was fairly benign, although but for a mootness issue discussed below it could have produced a major decision on the law of prior restraints on speech and the press.

Dyan Kozaczka

Family Law: Alimony Decisions Could Face Future Tests

By Dyan M. Kozaczka |

Although the list of significant family law cases decided by the Connecticut Supreme Court in the past year is not extensive, a few key cases had great impact and more appear to be on the horizon.

Emilee Mooney Scott

Environmental Law: Rulings Put Limits on State Regulators and Intervenors

By Emilee Mooney Scott |

While this had overall been a quiet year for environmental matters at the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate courts, two cases released this summer significantly clarify the scope of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's authority and the scope of intervention under Connecticut General Statutes §22a-19.

Joseph Cherico

Mortgage and Foreclosure Law: Decision on Standing Has Widespread Implications

By Joseph J. Cherico |

On July 14, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a decision in Handsome v. Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Monroe, 317 Conn. 515 (2015), that broadly relates to the issue of standing and, more specifically, emphasizes the absolute nature of the conveyance of title to real property after the passing of the law day pursuant to a judgment of strict foreclosure.

Carey Reilly

Medical Malpractice: Bystander Distress Ruling Long Overdue

By Carey Reilly |

Under the rubric of medical malpractice, this past year included a handful of decisions from the Connecticut Supreme court, some of which will certainly have broader application.


Employment Law: Termination Cases Focus on Discrimination, Public Policy

By Robert G. Brody and Abby M. Warren |

This Connecticut Supreme Court term was relatively quiet in the area of labor and employment, with only a few decisions that impact employers and the labor, employment and benefits law advice practitioners give their clients.

Proloy Das

Criminal Law: Death Penalty, Habeas Reversal and Expert Witnesses

By Proloy K. Das |

The Connecticut Supreme Court heard 43 criminal law cases during the 2014-15 term (the same number as last year) and has released decisions in 31 of them. Below are some of the highlights. But, first, two blockbuster decisions that were carryovers from prior terms.

Wesley Horton

Overview: Harsh Exchanges Affect Collegiality of Court

By Wesley W. Horton |

The explosive relationship between Justice Carmen Espinosa and a majority of the other justices has dominated the headlines this year, although there are a number of other general themes in 2015 that also demand our attention.

Dwight Merriam

Land Use: Nibbling Around the Edges of Perennial Issues

By Dwight Merriam |

Connecticut has always been a good place for land use lawyers, because it has more than its fair share of land use cases. Connecticut, along with Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Florida and California, is a leader not only in the amount of litigation, but in the influence through its cases and occasional policy reaction on the development of the law.

Appeals Court Considers Accountant's Claim That Agents Unlawfully Seized Computer Data

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A federal appeals court hearing a Connecticut white-collar case will tackle key questions for criminal probes in the computer age: Can investigators armed with a narrow warrant seize all information on a computer? And how long can they hold onto it without violating a suspect's Fourth Amendment rights?

Deceased Inmate's Family Takes Funeral Expenses Claim to State Supreme Court

By Christian Nolan |

The family of an inmate killed in prison by a fellow inmate is asking the state Supreme Court to reinstate their appeal seeking state reimbursement for his funeral expenses.

Editorial: The Next Big Step in LGBT Legal Protection

In July, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reversed years of contrary decisions in a case where the complainant alleged he was not promoted because he was gay.

Elliot Spector

Truck Thief Shot By Police Officer Collects $2 Million Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

Curtis Cunningham v. Thomas Northup and the City of New London: An unarmed man shot several times by a New London police officer and who later filed an excessive-force lawsuit has recovered $2 million in a settlement agreed to by city officials.

Dan Blinn

Customers Win Judgments Against Used Car Dealer in Unusual CUTPA Cases

By Christian Nolan |

In separate decisions, a Superior Court judge and an arbitrator recently ruled that a Naugatuck used car dealership violated state and federal laws, including forcing customers to purchase additional services in exchange for financing.


Norm Pattis: Judges' Restitution Orders Are Often Unreasonable

By Norm Pattis |

I am sure that in the rarefied atmosphere federal judges call home, gargantuan restitution orders look fair, just and reasonable. After all, what can be more just than requiring a defendant to pay back what he has stolen? The problem is the law's unreasoning way of calculating loss amounts.

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

Nader's National Tort Law Museum Readies for Conn. Opening

By Megan Spicer |

Litchfield County had the nation's first law school, which opened two years before the United State gained independence in 1776. Now, 240 years later, the largely rural county is going to have another legal first: the nation's first law museum is opening in the small town of Winsted, about 20 miles north of the historic school.

Former Assistant Attorney General Bolsters Conn. Environmental Group's Legal Staff

By Law Tribune Staff |

A Connecticut environmental advocacy group is welcoming two lawyers to its legal staff, including a veteran of the state Attorney General's Office. Additionally, officials with the Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE) and its sister organization, Save the Sound, say they will be able to step up their legal initiatives thanks to a sizable donation.

Appellate Court Turns Deaf Ear to Christmas Caroling Defendant

By Megan Spicer |

Aaron Wood may jingle all the way back to his jail cell after the Appellate Court found that his disagreements with his public defender, his decision to croon Christmas carols in court and other odd behavior didn't taint a hearing on his parole status.

New Jury Orientation Video Warns Against Social Media Use

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

For two decades, potential jurors in Connecticut's state courthouses have been watching an orientation video made long before the proliferation of texting, social media and iPhones. Now, the state Judicial Branch has introduced a new video that takes the advancement of technology and its potential impact on the trial process into account.

Editorial: Courts Should Not Issue 'Unpublished' Decisions

The issue of "unpublished" decisions received national attention earlier this year when the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari taken from an unpublished opinion.

Kevin Kane

Chief State's Attorney Asks Conn. Supreme Court to Reconsider Death Penalty Ruling

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The state's top prosecutor wants the Connecticut Supreme Court to reconsider its recent landmark decision to completely eliminate the death penalty in the state.


Three Lawsuits by Restaurant Workers Put Focus on Wage-Theft Issue

By Megan Spicer |

Edgar Sandoval spent almost two years working at 116 Crown, a restaurant in New Haven. The dishwasher says he regularly worked more than 40 hours a week, and on some occasions topped 80 hours. Yet, he claims he never once received overtime pay.

James Sullivan

Lawsuit Accuses UConn Coach of Bullying and Allowing Hazing

By Megan Spicer |

A former University of Connecticut women's hockey player has sued her former coach, alleging that he allowed the student to be hazed by the older players and created a hostile environment that caused her to become depressed.


Mark Dubois: Courts Would Do Well to Offer Definition of 'Legal Work'

By Mark Dubois |

In what may be the hollowest victory since King Pyrrhus defeated the Romans at Heraclea and Asculum during the Pyrrhic War, David Lola's case against Skadden Arps was recently given judicial CPR by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He will live to fight another day, though I suspect, as did King Pyrrhus, he will lose in the end.

Cynthia Swienton

Church Choir Director Accused of Sexual Misconduct Hit With $400,000 Civil Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A member of a church youth choir who was sexually abused by the choir's director has been awarded $400,000 in damages by a judge.

Kenneth Rosenthal, Bobby Johnson and Darcy McGraw

Unusual Conn. Exoneration Centers on Coerced Confession, Not DNA Evidence

By Christian Nolan |

It's nearly impossible to get an exoneration for a client who has confessed to the crime. But that didn't stop New Haven attorney Kenneth Rosenthal from undertaking what turned out to be a successful effort to free Bobby Johnson, who is almost 25 and was convicted in 2006 for the murder of 70-year-old Herbert Fields in New Haven's rough Newhallville neighborhood.

Mishandled Drug Evidence Could Affect Dozens of Prosecutions in Conn.

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Alleged improprieties involving seized drugs held in the New London Police Department's evidence room are affecting dozens of cases in southeastern Connecticut. Several New London-area defense attorneys report having received letters from the state indicating evidence in a particular defendant's case may have been compromised. They have been told to direct questions to the New London State's Attorney's office.

Conn. Supreme Court Takes Fourth Crack at Shoreline Land Use Case

By Christian Nolan |

The state Supreme Court will review a long-standing dispute between Branford neighbors who live near the shoreline and are arguing over whether property can be used as a public park rather than just a walkway to the beach.

Editorial: Conn. Supreme Court Overreaches With Use of Supervisory Authority

How often has the Connecticut Supreme Court stated that "supervisory authority is an extraordinary remedy that should be used sparingly. … Although appellate courts possess an inherent supervisory authority over the administration of justice … [that] authority … is not a form of free-floating justice, untethered to legal principle. … Our supervisory powers are not a last bastion of hope for every untenable appeal. [Rather] they are an extraordinary remedy. … Constitutional, statutory and procedural limitations are generally adequate to protect the rights of the defendant and the integrity of the judicial system. … Thus, we are more likely to invoke our supervisory powers when there is a pervasive and significant problem … or when the conduct or violation at issue is offensive to the sound administration of justice." Well, look again.