The Judicial Branch will have its current fiscal year budget cut by $6 million as Gov. Dannel Malloy seeks to close a projected budget shortfall.
Earlier this summer, Torrington attorney Ira Mayo made headlines when he was hit with an unusual punishment: he could never again represent female clients.
A digital advertising company accused of unlawfully circumventing the privacy settings in Apple Inc.'s Safari web browser has reached a $750,000 settlement with several states, including Connecticut.
A federal building with no American flag in front of it rubbed some federal court security officers the wrong way.
Though I am very unlikely to do any of them, I now understand that to communicate with another you can email, tweet, retweet, subtweet, poke, chat, snap, vine, pin, post, YouTube and a host of other things that seemingly change daily.
Barely 10 miles off the Connecticut coastline, in the cold waters of Long Island Sound, the rocks and dunes of Plum Island serve as the winter home for several hundred harbor and gray seals.
A 79-year-old judge trial referee will not be reappointed after he was accused of racial bias in a civil case.
I've been reading the press reports about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's jury selection in Boston with a growing sense of ambivalence. Tsarnaev, you will recall, is the surviving suspect in the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon.
The Connecticut Law Tribune is seeking lawyer-written articles for several upcoming special practice section.
It's been nearly a decade and the parents of George Smith IV still don't know what happened to their son who disappeared during his honeymoon cruise in 2005.
A national law firm has doubled its Connecticut presence. The 12-office, 200-attorney firm of Goldberg Segalla has added four attorneys to its Hartford office, boosting the headcount to eight lawyers, according to the firm's website.
A Woodbridge attorney was sentenced to six months in federal prison for failing to pay nearly $400,000 in taxes over a six-year period.
The Connecticut Law Tribune is seeking nominations for its annual Litigation Departments of the Year awards.
The state Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal in a prior-restraint case involving a divorcing parent who sought to block publication of an article in the Connecticut Law Tribune.
In the aftermath of a complicated legal dispute over leases, subleases and sub-subleases, the state's highest court has ruled that eight Connecticut service stations have to close shop.
It is just a coincidence that presidents of three local bar associations come from one law firm, Waterbury-based Carmody Torrance Sendak & Hennesey. But the leaders of the Waterbury, New Haven County and Fairfield County bar groups use that coincidence in their favor.
A woman who was rear-ended and injured her neck turned down a $7,000 offer to settle her lawsuit and was rewarded with a jury verdict in Hartford of nearly $139,000.
It goes without saying that the issue of gun rights now plays a role in many elections, ranging from legislative races to congressional campaigns. Now Second Amendment advocates are taking aim at another type of candidate—those nominated for judgeships.
The state Supreme Court will not take up an appeal filed by a divorcing parent who was seeking to block publication of an article in the Connecticut Law Tribune.
The Connecticut Sex Offender Registry has some 5,600 registrants. This boggles the mind. Is there any way to determine which of the people on the registry really is dangerous, or a real threat to the community? The answer is no!
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut has named two prosecutors to leadership posts in its Civil Division.
The fax machine in the doctor's office hummed to life and spit out an invitation to dinner. But when Dr. Jose Martinez, of Physician's Health Source Inc. in Cincinnati looked at the invite, what he saw was something he considered an unsolicited advertisement for treatment of sexual dysfunction in women.
A U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut has awarded a Waterbury-based printing business what plaintiffs lawyers believe is the largest punitive damages award in the state's history.
Power, Moises Naim tells us, is everywhere on the decline: whether in the realm of corporations, the effective military reach of the state, or religion—leaders don't have the unquestioned clout they once enjoyed.
A former New Haven lawyer has been ordered to pay a $431,000 debt he owed to a former client at a rate of $35 per week. At that rate, it would take about 237 years for the debt to be fully paid.
The shock waves from the killings at the Paris office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo continue. After the newspaper sold millions of copies of its first edition after the massacre, riots tore apart cities in francophone North Africa where the remnants of French colonialism continue to be felt.
A federal lawsuit has been filed by a woman who claims that the state Department of Corrections have been using an unlawful physical fitness test to screen out candidates for corrections officer jobs.
Je suis Charlie—but too much of the world, I fear, is not. In the aftermath of the murders at the French weekly Charlie Hebdo, grief has given way to controversy over its two covers since the attack.
The inspiration for the theatrical and Hollywood productions of "Arsenic and Old Lace" is former Windsor nursing home proprietor Amy Archer Gilligan, believed to be Connecticut's most notorious female serial killer.
As always, the new year has brought changes to partership ranks in Connecticut law firms as well as national firms that have offices in the state.
The term alimony was first introduced to Connecticut statutes in 1877. Until its revision in 1973, the statute only authorized a husband to pay alimony to a wife. In 1973, the alimony statute was revised to become gender neutral.
Dan v. Dan, decided on Dec. 16, by a unanimous Connecticut Supreme Court, has generated an unusual degree of controversy and resulted in numerous heated discussions among family lawyers.
The Connecticut Supreme Court's decision in Dan v. Dan, 315 Conn. 1 (2014), places landmark restrictions on the rights of alimony payees. The court has changed the terms of existing alimony agreements and orders, and bypassed the Connecticut Legislature in limiting the equitable authority granted to trial judges by statute.
Breaking up. Splitting up. Dissolving the marriage. Each phrase exudes destruction, the death of a marriage. Perhaps a change in perception can change the course of the divorce for a couple who does not wish to spiral into the chaos of litigation.
I spent a substantial part of the first 25 years of my law career representing the interests of children whose families were in crisis. I probably have appeared in family court, juvenile court or probate court for more than 150 children, either as attorney for minor children (AMC) or as guardian ad litem (GAL).
This year marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215. The American Bar Association and Law Library of Congress are celebrating this anniversary with a traveling exhibit that will educate lawyers and nonlawyers alike about the history of the development of the "rule of law."
As the top legal officers in their Connecticut communities, corporation counsel need to have a broad range of skills.
Jeffrey Dressler had no prior acting experience, unless you count the Hartford attorney's courtroom theatrics over the course of a 36-year career.
A contractor who accidentally caused a fire at a Stamford home that killed three girls and two of their grandparents on Christmas 2011 has agreed to settle part of a wrongful-death lawsuit.
A former patient has filed a lawsuit against St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport after claiming to have been sexually assaulted by a former nursing assistant.
A religious monastery in Ashford is challenging a $278,000 damages award levided against it, arguing that it did not misrepresent itself as affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church when a couple gave a $200,000 donation for a new chapel.
Three clients of a civil rights attorney who was sanctioned last summer for bringing a false discrimination claim against the Bridgeport Board of Education have filed a complaint with the Department of Justice and Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.
A settlement has taken the steam out of an intellectual property dispute between two breweries. No money will change hands, but a Hartford craft beer maker has prevailed in the sense that it won't have to change the name of its product.
Those of us walking on the wild side of the law are bemused that large firms are turning to flat-fee billing in order to keep legal fees down. Small firms have survived with flat-fee billing for a long time. Few clients can afford to pay hourly fees. But can law firms afford to survive on flat fees?
A contractor who accidentally caused a fire at a Stamford home that killed three girls and two of their grandparents on Christmas 2011 has agreed to settle part of a wrongful-death lawsuit by paying the children's father $5 million.
As everyone over the age of 10 knows, pro wrestling events are staged and scripted. The winner is pre-determined. And the violence isn't real.
A transgender police officer who was fired from her job with the Middletown Police Department has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city.
A contractor blamed for starting a fire at a Connecticut home that killed three girls and two of their grandparents on Christmas morning in 2011 has agreed to settle a lawsuit by paying the children's father $5 million.
Recently, LegalZoom, the online popular purveyor of legal services, emboldened by its success in thus far avoiding conviction for practicing law without a license, announced it would begin offering its products through Sam's Club, Wal-Mart's big box discount store.
The parents of Jesse Lewis and Noah Pozner, who were among the children fatally shot Dec. 14, 2012, have served town officials with the 66-page wrongful death lawsuit. The families are seeking unspecified damages in the lawsuit, which is expected to be filed in Superior Court in Danbury in the coming weeks.
The federal government has reached a $32,000 settlement agreement with Quinnipiac University to resolve allegations that the school violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when placing a student who had been diagnosed with depression on a mandatory medical leave of absence without first considering other options.
Families of at least two of the 20 children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre are suing the town of Newtown and its school board.
In her 20 years on the bench, former Superior Court Judge Lynda Munro saw plenty of changes in Family Court.
Thousands of unaccompanied minors are crossing the border into the U.S. to flee the violence in their Central American countries because of gangs and civil wars.
Michael Bower, the Statewide Bar Counsel, has many duties. One of them is keeping charge of attorney registrations.
The question of whether a person under the age of 18 should have the right to make decisions about their own medical treatment under a concept called the "mature minor doctrine" will have to wait for another day in Connecticut.
Twelve people were killed last week in Paris for expressing ideas with which others disagreed. Those who disagreed had guns.
When Michael Jones was first hired as a social worker by the Department of Children and Families, he seemed to be well liked by his supervisors. Early on during his training and probationary period, he was described as interactive, insightful, engaging and professional. But just a few months later, he was not at all in good standing.
The Hartford Fire Insurance Co. is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a $34 million verdict against the insurer for allegedly scheming to fix rates it paid for auto body repairs.
A Windsor Locks teen who was taken from her mother's custody and forced to undergo chemotherapy for her cancer will not be permitted to refuse further medical treatments.
Even though Gandhi-Bot beer has been on the market since 2010, it made headlines—and legal news—last week amidst criticism of its name, which some felt was insensitive to Indians and Indian-Americans.
To say that our system of laws that regulates conduct between members of society is a complex entity is an understatement. While the principles underlying the passage of laws that prohibit criminal behavior and the description of behavior as criminal itself are fairly straightforward, there is almost nothing else beyond that which can be so classified.
The General Assembly's Judiciary Committee will again focus on the state's domestic violence laws during the legislative session that started Jan. 7, with new initiatives possible aimed at disarming abusers earlier in the legal process.
When Ned Gannon was an associate attorney practicing corporate law, a substantial part of his job was devoted to contract review. The process was time-consuming, tedious and, he said, inefficient.
A woman who injured her neck in a rear-end collision during a snow storm was recently awarded $75,000 by a Derby jury.
I've never really thought of Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States, as a prophet. The former general, politician and university president seemed more of a technocrat, a dry-as-dust sort of fellow fit for the 1950s, but not much more. He was Ozzie and Harriet's president; not mine.
The heavy metal band Lamb of God is no stranger to legal trouble. The Richmond, Va.-based band is back in the news as part of a lawsuit that was origially filed in Connecticut state court but will apparently be moved to federal court.
Top lawyers in two of Connecticut's most respected firms are being charged in a 16-count civil suit of illegally taking $4.3 million in unearned fees and using elaborate tactics to escape detection by the probate court system.
The family of an Enfield man who was killed after a truck turned left in front of his motorcycle has settled their wrongful death lawsuit for $2.25 million.
It was the rare sexy case in land use legal circles. A big-time construction company owner from New York City bought a waterfront estate in a ritzy community in Old Saybrook and placed a pair of 5-foot-tall granite pillars at the driveway entrance. The town said the posts violated rules designed to protect the aesthetics of the historic neighborhood.
Connecticut is no stranger to landmark eminent domain disputes, with the U.S. Supreme Court having ruled in 2005 that the city of New London could shift from one private owner to another in order to further economic development.
The law regarding child support, now codified in General Statutes §46b-84, has been around a long time. That statute, like many other legislative enactments in the area of family law, assumes that our courts will exercise discretion when making child support determinations.
A federal judge has delayed the sentencing of former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland in a campaign fraud case because of defense lawyers' concerns about some evidence.
Across the country, more than 80 percent of litigants in civil court appear without the help of an attorney. As such, an unconventional idea is drawing international attention: the use of a video game to teach laypeople how to prepare themselves for their day in court.
After working in the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel for half a dozen years, Patricia King took the top spot in 2011 when Mark Dubois left for private practice. Now King is stepping down from the top job and will once again work with Dubois, at the New London firm of Geraghty & Bonnano.
I had the opportunity to hear Chief U.S. District Judge Janet Hall give her annual "state of the district" report to the Connecticut Bar Association's Federal Practice Section the other day.
A Democratic state representative from Bridgeport has been nominated for a Superior Court judgeship.
The estate of a man who was killed by a flying log near a work site is challenging the state Appellate Court's decision to overturn a judge's $1.3 million negligence verdict against the state.
A federal judge has rejected a motion to dismiss former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland's convictions for election fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
The executive director of the Connecticut Democrats is being tapped to run the state's Department of Consumer Protection.
Marilyn Ford grew up less than 10 minutes from Ferguson, Mo. Born in Arkansas, she was educated in St. Louis. When civic unrest over the death of Michael Brown began to fulminate, Ford decided to take action.
In May 2011, a Waterbury jury awarded a Norwalk couple $58.6 million—the largest medical malpractice award in Connecticut history—after a birth mishap at Stamford Hospital caused their son to be permanently disabled.
Connecticut's legal aid community breathed a collective sigh of relief when lawmakers in 2014 approved a plan to continue using increased court filing fees to fund their legal services programs for the poor.
Under current Fourth Amendment law, police are forgiven the use of such force if it was objectively reasonable for them to believe that they faced an imminent risk of harm. The trouble with most deadly force cases is that dead men can't talk.
A man who fell out of a friend's tree while attempting to cut branches has settled his lawsuit against his pal for $450,000.
Every time client information leaks, we now have to self-report to the Connecticut attorney general and will be expected to take remedial measures, such as credit monitoring, for years to come.
Mobile telephone provider T-Mobile has entered into a $90 million settlement with all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, over allegations that they billed customers for cellphone text services that they didn't order.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy has named Karen Buffkin of Lebanon to serve as General Counsel in the Office of the Governor when his second term in office begins on January 7.
When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, the drafters were not thinking about the exclusion of people with disabilities occurring on the World Wide Web but by the brick-and-mortar constructions and policies.
One survey conducted by American University journalism students revealed that eight of 10 young (18- to 29-year-old) veterans said that transitioning to civilian life was difficult for them. But the difficulty is not attributable only to physical and mental injuries or disabilities.
Issues in the criminal justice realm continue to evolve as a reflection of the country's complex and often conflicting legal, social and economic policies. Mass incarceration has been a disturbing trend in the United States, and while recent budgetary constraints and new alternatives to incarceration programs have helped reduce the prison population, the U.S. still incarcerates more people per capita than any other.
As the Judicial Branch turns to 2015, it will continue to devote considerable time and energy to restructuring how the courts handle family matters, with the goal of making the family court process more efficient, cost-effective and easier for families to navigate.
Connecticut must determine how it will build new electric plants to add to its generation fleet while simultaneously dealing with a constrained natural gas market. This electricity need vs. gas infrastructure debate has become the new "chicken-and-egg" riddle for the region's energy industry.
On Sept. 16, 2012, new procedures became available under the AIA for third parties to challenge the validity of someone else's patent at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This article focuses on two of these new post-grant proceedings: inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR).
First, I thank the people of Connecticut for their vote of confidence in electing me to a second term as attorney general. I am excited to continue the important work of protecting the public interest of Connecticut and its citizens.
Encryption of cell phones and other electronic devices, "cratering" hacking events and scams directed at law firms will dominate legal technology in the upcoming year.
The year 2014 saw innovation by the state Legislature with its passage of the Model Entity Transactions Act (META) and the Social Benefit Corporation Act (SBCA). The Business Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association was instrumental in shepherding these acts through the legislative process.
Last spring, I was sworn in as the 51st U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this historic office. By a number of measures, the office has had a productive and impressive year.
As more and more talented former judges leave the bench to offer reasonably priced alternatives to the creaky process of court-based jurisprudence, civil courts are going to increasingly be the place where the problems of the unrepresented are resolved.
Here come the newcomers to Connecticut. In recent months, Philadelphia's Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, the international firm of Locke Lord Edwards and Maine's Verrill & Dana have invaded the state.
The Connecticut lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and our wonderful allies have a lot about which we can be proud. Working together for more than 40 years, we have gotten our state to enact comprehensive legal protections against discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.