Clerks and other employees of Connecticut's Probate Court system feel they are poorly treated compared to other state workers, and so the probate staffers are pushing for legislation that would allow them to unionize.
Too many times in recent years, the Connecticut Attorney General's Office has been notified that consumers' personal information may have fallen into the wrong hands. Retailer Target may be the most highly publicized example.
When Steven J. Moore and some other partners in the Stamford office of Kelley Drye & Warren wanted to make a move, Moore called a former classmate from the University of Connecticut School of Law. The classmate, Louis R. Piscatelli, happens to be a Connecticut-based regional senior partner at Withers Bergman, a London-headquartered firm known for its trust and estate planning, tax work and other legal services for high net-worth individuals.
The state Supreme Court has ordered a new civil trial in the case of a man who was killed by a flying log at a state Department of Transportation work site.
In an issue of first impression, the state Supreme Court will decide whether commercial general liability (CGL) insurance covers certain data breaches in the wake of IBM's loss of employment data for 500,000 past and present employees.
There has been much recent uproar over state efforts to enact state Religious Freedom Restoration acts (RFRA).
A New Haven woman has reached a $55,000 settlement in a federal civil rights lawsuit brought against the town of East Haven and eight police officers. The American Civil Liberties Union and East Haven announced the settlement on April 22.
Timothy Fisher, the dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law, owes his reputation as a private practice attorney in about equal measure to his work for the rich and powerful and the poor and forgotten.
The Law Tribune is seeking nominees for its first ever Professional Excellence Awards.
I wasn't under any illusions about what the sentence would be. My client was convicted of shooting a man in a drive-by shooting, killing him almost instantly. There were other charges pending, charges involving other shootings. The maximum sentence for murder was 60 years. We expected the full monty.
A dentist accused of participating in a multimillion-dollar Medicaid fraud scheme has reached a $2.1 million civil settlement with the state of Connecticut.
A former Norwalk City Council president is the lead attorney in the new Connecticut office of a nationwide litigation firm.
A Connecticut city where police officers and dispatchers were accused of negligence and ethnic discrimination in their response to what became a murder-suicide in 2010 has agreed to settle a lawsuit by the victim's family for $3 million.
I had the recent pleasure of doing an in-service training for a state agency. When my daughter learned that I would be speaking on social media, she emailed me (because I don't tweet, snap, vine or text) and asked what I knew about this stuff that qualified me to be giving such a talk.
For more than 30 years, Robert Killian served as the lone judge for all probate matters in Hartford.
A federal judge in Connecticut has given his final approval to a $140 million national settlement in a dispute that has been pending since 2001 between the trustees of five employer-sponsored 401(k) plans and Nationwide Life Insurance.
Former Republican Gov. John G. Rowland's lawyer has outlined an appeal strategy over his client's conviction in a political consulting scheme, arguing that prosecutors failed to disclose information that would have been helpful to the defense.
Kenneth Ireland spent 21 years behind bars for a rape and murder he did not commit. Miguel Roman served 20 years in prison for a murder that DNA evidence now shows was committed by another man who has since been convicted.
Howard Jacobs represented all types: jilted spouses, people accused of violent felonies and routine misdemeanors; rock stars with behavioral issues.
On March 6, the federal Food and Drug Administration licensed the first-ever U.S. biosimilar drug, Sandoz's Zarxio, a version of Amgen's Neupogen (filgrastim). Less than two weeks later, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied Amgen's motion for a preliminary injunction against Sandoz's Zarxio launch, removing the final barrier to consumers being able to obtain the drug.
Disputes between trademark owners and domain registrants often turn on ownership of a distinctive trademark. A recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit decision demonstrates how important federal trademark registrations are in establishing rights in these contests.
Singer-songwriters Robin Thicke, Clifford "T.I." Harris and Pharrell Williams' song "Blurred Lines" was released in 2013 and quickly climbed the charts to become the longest-running No 1 single of 2013. Unfortunately for Thicke and Williams, their success hit a sour note when the estate of legendary rhythm and blues artist Marvin Gaye received a $7.4 million jury verdict for copyright infringement.
Recent media attention has brought the term "patent troll" out of the obscure patent attorney lexicon and into the public realm of discussion. The increased debate surrounding the so-called abusive practices of patent trolls has inspired Congress to twice consider legislative reform.
A case decided in March in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts addresses several important issues concerning the ways in which copyright law and contract law interact on the Internet. The case is Small Justice Ventures v. Xcentric Ventures, Civil Action No. 13-cv-11701 (D. Mass. Mar. 27, 2015).
For several years, there have been rumblings that Congress will be passing patent litigation reform. The proposed reforms have primarily been directed at addressing complaints about so-called "patent trolls" that misuse "bad patents" by bringing resulting vexatious and costly litigation that leave companies with a choice between paying to defend the lawsuit and paying a settlement to end the litigation.
There is a deep and undeniable divide between the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit which has persisted for nearly a decade. The frequency with which the Supreme Court overturns Federal Circuit patent law precedent that seeks to treat patent law as "special" or to erect rigid tests in spite of a patent statute's flexible language has increased exponentially in recent years.
Litigation over a flopped real estate development project in Greenwich has led to a $1.33 million jury verdict in Stamford.
As the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial enters the penalty phase, several interesting issues regarding the government's attempt to impose the death penalty, and Tsarnaev's apparent attempt to avoid it, are presented.
A former Mohegan Sun Casino employee lost her employment discrimination case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit earlier the month.
Michael S. Goldberg spent his days selling medical equipment. But he promised potential investors he had a hookup through a college fraternity brother to purchase foreclosed assets from Chase Manhattan Bank.
We have a national excessive use of force problem in our law enforcement community. The onslaught of examples in the last nine months has moved this issue to the forefront.
Attorney General George Jepsen is warning Connecticut legislative leaders that a bill allowing the state's two federally recognized tribes to open jointly operated casinos could face legal challenges from other gambling entities who claim the legislation is unconstitutional.
That awkwardly worded message in your email inbox warning of an upcoming court date is probably bogus.
The Supreme Court will consider whether a person can be convicted of attempted robbery if they use violence in an attempt to regain their own money or other possessions.
At nearly 170 pages in length and consisting of a majority opinion, one concurrence and two dissents, the Connecticut Supreme Court's recent and momentous 6-2 decision in Lapointe v. Commissioner of Correction will be praised by many for correcting a gross miscarriage of justice that had resulted in the imprisonment of a mentally impaired person for 26 years for a crime he likely did not commit.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut has promoted its longtime staff attorney to the post of legislative and policy director.
A Hartford Superior Court judge has ruled that Hartford may not remove three registrars of voters at the center of Election Day polling place delays last November.
The state Appellate Court has upheld the conviction of a man who tried to bribe a state judge in an effort to influence a grand jury investigation into his wife's disappearance.
When Arnetha Eaddy was hired as a police officer, she received great ratings during her field training.
For as long as there has been more than one law school, students probably have been transferring from the law school where they spent their first year to a school they perceived as more suitable to their needs.
Connecticut's two federally recognized Indian tribes sided Monday with the state in a dispute with an Oklahoma-based tribe and its Internet payday loan companies.
A Superior Court judge has reduced an $800,000 jury award down to $60,000 in a lawsuit brought by the family of an 80-year-old woman who fell outside her apartment house and died of hypothermia because she couldn't get up.
In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all criminal defense attorneys must advise their noncitizen clients that they can be deported if they plead guilty to a crime.
I just saw where another lawyers was discovered never having gone to law school. Seems Kimberly Kitchens of the Pennsylvania bar kind of forgot to go to law school, but managed nevertheless to parlay her decade spent as a paralegal into a job with a Huntingdon firm where she made partner after 10 years of good work on estate and probate matters.
It was eight years ago that Chase Rogers was nominated to be Connecticut's chief justice. Since then, she has worked to increase the transparency of Judicial Branch operations, coped with the skyrocketing number of self-represented litigants and dealt with an increasingly unhappy group of critics of the state's family court system.
Webster's Dictionary defines sarcasm as "a cutting, hostile or contemptuous remark; the use of caustic or ironic language." It was probably no surprise to most, therefore, when a recent study by a University of California law professor identified Justice Antonin Scalia as the most sarcastic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
It all started, more of less, with an old television set. But it quickly escalated into an accusation of theft, and then slander and then a $60,000 civil verdict.
It appeared to be a slam-dunk case. The alleged drunk driver had a blood-alcohol content of 0.23, nearly three times the legal limit. On top of that, there was an apparent signed confession.
Albert Dabrowski might have had a very different career had he not gotten off to an especially early start one morning in 1973.
A man paralyzed in a crash on Interstate 95 is challenging a defense verdict on grounds that jurors' decisions to the various counts in the lawsuit were inconsistent and the judge should have granted a new trial.
In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Rupert Murdoch posted the following message on Twitter: "Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible."
Greenwich officials have rejected an $11,000 proposed settlement of a lawsuit with a former U.S. Senate candidate who claims the use of Town Hall for a bar mitzvah and a pro-Israel event violated the Constitution by promoting a religion.
Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp. has won an appeal of claims it overcharged the federal government for Pratt & Whitney jet engines.
I disagree with the Connecticut Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Richard LaPointe's 1992 murder conviction, but my principal disagreement has to do with the manner in which the result was reached, as well as the tone.
A few years ago, the American Bar Association ethics solons convened something called Ethics 20/20, which followed Ethics 2000 as an attempt to examine the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and determine whether circumstances might dictate the need for changes to the existing lawyer ethics regime or new rules to respond to new technologies or business methods.
The plaintiff says he can't do anything that could be construed as worshipping anything man-made, such as an American flag, so he also declines to take part in flag-raising ceremonies at the fire station.
A man who was rear-ended while stopped in a traffic jam on Interstate 95 was recently awarded $1 million by a Hartford jury.
Thomas Ventura v. Town of East Haven: A Superior Court judge has cut in half a $12.2 million verdict against the town of East Haven in the case of a pedestrian who was badly injured after he was hit by an alleged drunken driver who had earlier been detained—and then released—by town police.
When vegetarians and other diet-conscious eaters go to the supermarket in search of healthy alternatives to meat, the optimal word is healthy. For more than a decade, a British company with U.S. headquarters in Connecticut has tried to tap into that market with meatless dinner entrees.
Defense lawyers have long maintained the innocence of Richard Lapointe, a mentally ill man convicted in 1992 of raping and killing his wife's grandmother. In numerous appeals, they claimed that overzealous police officers took advantage of the mental illness and coerced him into confessing.
After the 2008 financial meltdown, federal securities regulators took heat for their failure to discover or halt Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. One of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's responses was to get tough on insider trading.
A Vietnam veteran who claims he has been stuck "in limbo" for years while awaiting an appeal on his benefits through the Veterans Affairs Department has filed a lawsuit that could affect thousands of other veterans.
Barcelona is a city in Spain. But it's also the name of a popular chain of upscale restaurants in Connecticut. And it's the name of one restaurant in New York state as well. And that posed a problem.
An ambulance company volunteer cannot sue for workplace discrimination without showing she received some sort of remuneration, the Connecticut Appellate Court ruled on an issue of first impression.
Norwalk is challenging a roughly $1.4 million verdict awarded to the owner of a parking lot that was taken by eminent domain when the city built its new police headquarters a decade ago.
Kathleen "Kathy" Flaherty is a Harvard-educated lawyer who has spent her career helping Connecticut's low-income residents. Most recently she was appointed executive director of the Connecticut Legal Rights Project.
Gov. Dannel Malloy recently announced a "Second Chance" initiative for criminal offenders. However, at first glance, it seems Malloy's goal is not really to reform criminals.
Several retirements and resignations have led to staff changes in Connecticut's attorney general's office.
In Connecticut, the average Joe is an at-will worker who can be fired for a good reason, a bad reason or no reason at all, as long as it's not for an illegal reason, such as age or race.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a brain-damaged man sentenced to life in prison for the 1987 killing of his wife's 88-year-old grandmother — a conviction protested by high-profile supporters including writers Arthur Miller and William Styron.
The Connecticut Bar Association has been working to improve diversity among its ranks, perhaps most notably with the recent election of biracial lawyer Karen DeMeola to serve as vice president.
'Most times, we see this [disciplinary action] for mortgage fraud or something like that,' said an assistant disciplinary counsel. 'It's an odd case where you have a lawyer convicted of a violent crime.'
It's been hard to turn on the television recently without hearing about Robert Durst, the estranged member of the wealthy New York real estate family that runs 1 World Trade Center in Manhattan.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been interpreted to ensure a right to counsel in appropriate civil cases in which basic human rights are at stake.
A mechanic who was badly injured in a car wreck and won't be able to fix motorcycles again has settled his lawsuit for $1.75 million.
Looking for a realistic portrayal of the practice of law in a small firm? Then you had better call Saul, as in Saul Goodman, the fictional creation of Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, creators of the new AMC series "Better Call Saul."
It's difficult to watch television for any length of time without seeing a commercial with Rob Lowe and "creepy Rob Lowe" urging viewers to sign up with satellite television provider DirecTV.
The term "family" can conjure up Norman Rockwell-like images of a father, mother and two children living under one roof. But not everyone wants to live like that anymore.
I have previously written about the independent contractor trap in the context of lawyers employing associates as independent contractors instead of employees and the problems they have when these folks leave and file for unemployment benefits.
Four Connecticut state troopers have filed a federal lawsuit against the Connecticut State Police Union (CSPU) and the state for allegedly violating their rights and refusing to follow federal reporting requirements.
On March 24, the Connecticut General Assembly's Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee voted 14-3 to forward to the full Senate Committee Bill Number 636, "An Act Concerning Affirmative Consent."
In the mid-1800s, Chinese immigrants didn't simply encounter bigotry. State and federal laws severely restricted their rights and barred them from becoming U.S. citizens.
Xerox Corp. became a household name for selling photocopiers and printers. But the Fortune 500 company has been transitioning its business model from simply just supplying office machinery to providing actual services for corporations' back offices.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a column outlining many instances of prosecutorial misconduct occurring over the previous few months, all of which seemingly went unpunished. I didn't propose any ideas to eliminate the problem but stated that it was the start of a discussion on a subject that is otherwise taboo in the legal profession.
Doris Feliciano is a black female who practices the Rastafarian religion. She claims her former employer, AutoZone, had a problem with that and discriminated against her. She also claims an ex-boss sexually harassed her at work.
The judicial system works best when attorneys show professional courtesy and respect for everyone in the courtroom, including adversaries. Rules of Professional Conduct demand that lawyers act in a way that upholds the "dignity" of the judicial process.
A veteran federal public defender has been named Connecticut's newest federal magistrate judge.
American Indian tribes enjoy certain legal rights, including sovereign immunity from lawsuits brought by government agencies.
A Hartford area hospital and the federal government have settled a dispute after a hearing-impaired patient reported that the hospital wasn't providing the necessary services to ensure adequate communication between the patient and staff.
A Massachusetts woman who claims she was sexually abused by a priest in Norwich over the course of her entire childhood has settled her lawsuit against the diocese for $1.1 million.
What if just about everything we think we know about the war on drugs is wrong?
A Bridgeport lawyer who has been the target of nearly 20 grievances since 2001 has had his license suspended for three years.
A man convicted of murder is asking the state's highest court for a new trial on grounds that his confession was coerced by police and should not have been allowed as evidence against him at trial.
Former Republican congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley was sentenced Tuesday to five months in prison for a scheme to hide the role played in her campaign by former Gov. John Rowland, a man regarded as talented politically but tainted by a federal corruption conviction.
Back in my days of trying cases and teaching others how to do it, we had a requirement that if we could not articulate the entire case in a single sentence that our non-lawyer spouses would understand, we were not ready to go to trial.
A woman who broke her hip and wrist while working with a personal trainer at Planet Fitness has settled her lawsuit for $750,000.
A Massachusetts woman who claims she was sexually abused by a priest in Norwich has settled her lawsuit against the Diocese of Norwich for $1.1 million.
What kind of a message does this send to parolees, let alone law-abiding citizens? That government corruption is alive and well in the state of Corrupticut!
During testimony before the legislature last year, it seemed like the loudest voices in the debate over family court reform were those of divorcing parents angry at a legal system they believed had failed them.
To the casual observer of local headlines, it may have sounded like just another crazy woman who killed the father of her child.