Treating mentally ill the same as people accused of crimes has had a catastrophic effect on our justice system: prison overcrowding is, in part, caused by the warehousing of the mentally ill.
Pedro Martinez of Bridgeport has the misfortune of having the same name as a wanted man out of Texas, a coincidence which allegedly led Bridgeport police to detain him three times.
The disbarment marks the second time Craig Larsen, formerly of Craig Larsen Law Offices, has been disciplined for embezzling funds from a client.
The decision overturns a Connecticut Superior Court order that found the man was entitled to workers' compensation benefits.
The case focused on whether the woman was trespassing when she stopped her car to investigate a chair the dogs' owner left by the side of the road.
Verbal testimony in personal injury and criminal cases can convey to a judge or jury the pain and suffering a plaintiff or victim has endured. But evidence that re-creates the person's subjective experience, in as much sensory richness as possible, seems to be much more dramatic and effective, claims Quinnipiac University School of Law associate dean and professor Neal Feigenson.
The suit claims a supervisor repeatedly made disparaging remarks about older employees' ages, including call them a "bunch of old men."
Vietnam veteran John J. Simon Jr. told his victims he could hire an attorney to increase their Social Security or veteran benefits.
These options grant some certainty to the lingering question: When the majority of the court speaks, are they speaking for the court?
Domestic violence protective order proceedings and summary process eviction proceedings are but two examples of cases involving essential human needs in which the majority of low-income parties are unable to afford legal representation. An attorney who has taken a CLE program in either or both of those areas of practice would be in a position to provide pro bono representation to needy litigants on these essential matters.
As any divorce practitioner will tell you, a well-crafted divorce settlement should specifically address all retirement assets owned by either party to a divorce and, in particular, should contain detailed provisions regarding any QDROs that need to be prepared and submitted to the court for approval.
A Connecticut woman claims the insurance company has increased the cost of two $500,000 policies to the point that they are worthless.
A case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court on the narrow question of whether tribal employees share a tribe’s well-established immunity from suit. The answer to this question is unclear, but the responsibilities of lawyers are not. Those whose clients interact with tribal nations have no excuse for ignoring tribal courts.
The Day Pitney partner said the experience clerking for a U.S. Supreme Court justice showed him which arguments work and which fail.
It's safe to say that doctors view medical malpractice attorneys with a certain amount of skepticism. A good med mal lawyer can eviscerate a physician's reputation and decimate his or her assets. Attorney Jeffrey Wisner, the first person to graduate from the University of Connecticut with a dual medical and law degree, is well aware of the suspicion from the medical field.
The woman's attorney said the case was complicated because she had a pre-existing back injury and was also involved in a motorcycle accident after the car crash.
Now that we all have to take 12 hours of CLE anyway, my understanding is that disciplinary counsel are no longer interested in imposing any CLE as part of a plea bargain. For all practical purposes, that means the choices are to dismiss the case or impose a reprimand.
The ruling agreed that the employer was willing to make accommodations, including limiting exposure to X-ray radiation and working around her morning sickness.
With the amendment of the statute, our law allows all parties who take advantage of those valuable nonadversarial and collaborative professional resources to move forward with the final resolution of their cases without the additional outmoded impediment of an artificial “waiting period.”
A discrimination lawsuit says the former Rocky Hill officer was harassed and discriminated against by the chief, a lieutenant, the town manager and a neighbor.
Attorney Anthony V. Zeolla was suspended for five years and ordered to pay restitution for failing to represent three people in foreclosure proceedings.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, the President-elect’s pick to lead the U.S. Justice Department, will face a host of questions Tuesday—at the start of his confirmation hearing&—about immigration policy, civil rights and voting laws. The Alabama Republican's positions on many of those issues are clear. What's less easily discernible is his record—and his plan—on white-collar enforcement.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a Communications Decency Act challenge to the operators of the Backpage.com online advertising site, but the company's owner and operators continue to face criminal allegations in California and increased political scrutiny in Washington.
The appellate arbitral panel applies a standard of review more expansive than that allowed by existing federal and state statutes to vacate an award.
David Quatrella, formerly of Quatrella & Rizio, faces five years in prison and has agreed to forfeit $272,000.
A new year brings with it the opportunity to review the preceding 12 months and improve upon them. It is the time for personal and professional housecleaning and resolutions.
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled there's no evidence the attorney failed to provide Michael Skakel with an adequate defense in the murder of Martha Moxley, a decision that means Skakel could end up back in prison.
In between reading cases and studying for exams, law students found time in 2016 to take on volunteer legal work — a lot of it.
I’d like to work with those who disagree with me on things to find common ground and seek solutions to hard problems we all agree need attention. But making up stuff is not the way to do it.
For this board, and for all of us, his legacy is also in the archives of the Law Tribune and the hearts and minds and thoughts of the countless people who read his editorials without ever knowing he wrote them.
Professors and students by the thousands are pushing back against what they view as the senator from Alabama's hostility to constitutional rights and minority groups.
A lawsuit filed in federal court claims the state Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services retaliated against the employee for her work with the union, and discriminated against her for being black.
The percentage of minority lawyers in U.S. law firms crept up in 2016, but that progress was not across the board.
The 21st Century Cures Act, which provides $1 billion of funding for opioid addiction prevention and treatment programs over the next two years and calls for a “policy laboratory” for mental health and substance abuse to advocate for better treatment, is a step in the right direction.
A criminal justice system with more than a quarter-million estimated possible criminal violations, many of which do not require knowledge or intent, is flawed. It needs repair.
According to federal prosecutors, John O'Brien stole $824,000 from four clients.
The suit accuses the company of overstating the strength of Soliris, one of the most expensive drugs in the world.
Both the common law and the Code of Professional Conduct frown upon lying in the context of the negotiation of a settlement of a dispute. However, not every "lie" is actionable. Some lies are OK. If the misstatement is mere "puffing" by the party or counsel, the law will look the other way.
A recent mixed decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a lower court's ruling in favor of a plaintiff who alleged he was the victim of a bait and switch.
The Atlanta libel attorney representing the surviving brother of slain beauty pageant princess JonBenet Ramsey in a $750 million defamation suit against CBS says the network's retrospective on JonBenet's still-unsolved slaying has earned it a new reputation—as a generator of fake news.
A four-hour retrospective on the unsolved slaying of the 6-year-old beauty princess is the basis of a $750 million defamation suit filed Wednesday.
A decision Tuesday by the Tenth Circuit declaring that the way the SEC appoints Administrative Law Judges violates the Constitution sets up a clean split among the circuits and may implicate the validity of administrative proceedings in other areas of government.
President-elect Donald Trump is expected to replace Deirdre Daly as U.S. attorney in 2017 but lawyers say veteran prosecutor left her stamp on the office.
From the worst of times will come the best of times, and being a lawyer will continue to be an honorable calling.
The United States accounts for 5 percent of the world's population and 25 percent of the world's inmates.
The WWE also asks a federal judge to reprimand the attorney behind the lawsuit for cribbing a concussion lawsuit involving the NFL.
Closing past-due accounts can be a pain. Here's how some law firms clean up their books heading into the new year.
Here are five legal cases to watch for during the new year.
Our public school system is producing results that are the very best on average in the United States, and among the very worst for our poor students.
Here's a look at five of the top cases resolved in Connecticut during the past year.
'Bozelko' provides an important procedural safeguard for Connecticut attorneys facing legal malpractice claims.
The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November came, catching so many of the stakeholders in this dispute off-guard. While substantial uncertainty exists about what the Trump administration agenda will bring forth, many believe the landscape and status of mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses would change yet again, perhaps dramatically, in several ways.
We need to rebuild trust between police and the public. We can only do that when government agencies share the information they have. Connecticut’s Legislature has chosen the right balance in favor of disclosure. Law enforcement must now comply.
A New Britain couple severely injured when their car was struck from behind by a distracted driver have agreed to a $1.3 million settlement, though the parties remain in dispute as to how significantly one driver's cellphone figured in the crash.
A Chinese national and permanent U.S. resident pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to two counts of stealing sensitive military documents from United Technologies and transporting them to China.
The Horton, Shields & Knox partner says appellate work takes a thick skin and history remembers lawyers and judges who forge new paths.
Given the varying nature of cyber risks, any number of different policies may respond to provide coverage for a cyber-related claim in some way, shape or form. Oddly enough, this now includes the commercial general liability policy.
The burning of fossil fuels produces CO2 and other so-called greenhouse gases (GHGs) that scientists have linked to global warming and other changes in the Earth's climate.
If the Night's Watch had been able to purchase a cheap camera-equipped drone, Jon Snow might have noticed the Night's King and his army of White Walkers before they surprised and overran the Wildings' camp in Season 5 of HBO's "Game of Thrones."
Plaintiffs' efforts to transcend traditional norms of agency or vicarious liability in claims against hospitals have met with mixed results in Connecticut.
Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act: A New Frontier in Prohibiting Discrimination in Health Care ProgramsBy Andrew Zwerling and Marianne Monroy |
Section 1557 is the first federal civil rights law to proscribe discrimination on the basis of sex in all federally funded health care programs and is designed to enhance and amplify existing and long-standing anti-discrimination laws.
The retirement health care and residence company will pay $120,000 to Margaret Mansfield for injuries sustained while riding in a Masonicare transport vehicle.
A long-shot effort to force U.S. Senate action on the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland failed Monday at the hands of Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. Roberts, who, without comment, denied a New Mexico lawyer's emergency application for an injunction in Michel v. McConnell.
The state has agreed to pay $950,000 to the family of an emotionally distraught Salem man who was killed by police after burning his house down in 2013.
One salvation many of us are not aware of, and which the ABA opinion ignores, is that many malpractice policies provide coverage for defending subpoenas and other demands. Yes, the first call should be to the client, but the second one might be to your insurance agent.
Attorney General George Jepsen is leading a 20-state coalition that accuses generic drug makers of colluding to inflate the prices of antibiotic and diabetes medications.
In January, the newly elected Connecticut legislature will have to consider whether to reduce the amount of each annual payment due into the state’s pension fund from 2017 through 2032.
Robert Kuss of Creative Marketing Group abused a bulk mail permit by sending more than 3 million pieces of mail without paying, according to federal prosecutors.
A New London-based manufacturing company has entered into a "deferred prosecution" agreement with federal officials and has agreed to pay $1 million for years of discharging industrial wastewater from its plant into a public sewage system without a permit in violation of the Clean Water Act.
A new trend is spreading across the nation. Legislators and employee rights advocates call it “predictive” scheduling. Employers often refer to it as “restrictive” scheduling. For employers, whatever you call these new scheduling laws, the question is whether the legal trend of mandating how employers schedule employees will spread across the country.
People from all areas of Diane "Cookie" Polan's life turned out in New Haven recently for her memorial service, recalling not only what a tenacious civil rights lawyer she was, but also that she was a loyal friend, as well as a "connector" responsible for many friendships.
Ryan Randolph sued a high school classmate for punching him "without warning or provocation."
U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden in Bridgeport sentenced Joseph McAndrew to 30 days in jail and six months of home confinement.
The goal of Connecticut's CSEC program is to encourage and facilitate charitable giving by state employees. But the state is not constitutionally required to subsidize discriminatory charities such asthe AFA by making it easier for them to solicit state employees through participation in the CSEC.
There aren't a great deal of parallels between Stanley Peck's law practice and his antique lighting business, and Peck likes it that way.
The Podorowsky Thompson & Baron partner traded in Big Law aspirations for a diverse practice at a three-lawyer firm and blogs about the ups and downs.
A federal appeals court affirmed a Connecticut judge's decision that dismissed claims of discrimination and retaliation against the bank.
Club Getaway in Kent, Connecticut, is an escape for stressed-out New Yorkers and others looking for a relaxing and fun-filled retreat in the picturesque Berkshire Mountains. One resident of the tri-state area who traveled there found her experience anything but relaxing, and is suing the resort for injuries she suffered while zip-lining.
Two employees of a preschool classroom located at Eastern Connecticut State University have filed a lawsuit against the university claiming they were "ostracized" and retaliated against for contacting the Department of Children and Families after a 4-year-old girl was allegedly verbally and physically abused.
J. Christopher Giancarlo, a contender to head the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, on Friday presented his vision for a "forward-looking" agenda at the agency, including greater U.S. regulatory promotion of financial technology.
Legal experts say federal laws labeling marijuana as a controlled substance have repeatedly trumped state medicinal marijuana laws.
Visitors come to the Courthouse Bar and Grille on Main Street in Putnam not only for the food, but also for the witty, court-themed menu.
The firm has spent nearly 400 hours, or $125,000, in pro bono work helping the Namibian government look for ways to strengthen its environmental laws.
And why the small office is known for stability even when political winds shift.
The Restatement (Second) of Torts § 402A, cmt. c has been the law in Connecticut for half a century. It is supported by sound public policy and should continue to persist for the benefit and safety of the consuming public.
The chief executives of AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. defended their proposed $85.4 billion merger in the face of skeptical U.S. lawmakers Wednesday, telling an antitrust panel that the deal would bring added competition to the media industry and widely benefit consumers.
The rapper, actor and businessman known as 50 Cent claimed that his former lawyers from Garvey Schubert Barer had failed to adequately represent him in an arbitration with a company that was set to market a line of headphones.
A successful Danbury oral surgeon who sued his former partner in Superior Court won a $3.15 million jury verdict in a case the surgeon described in his complaint as being about his former partner's "insatiable greed and hunger for power."
Mark Pagani was previously suspended from practicing law following his 2000 conviction for concealing criminal activity.
The public finance lawyer says her mentors have served as a "personal board of directors" and now she's giving back.
Following a well-worn path of law firms shortening their names, Danbury-based Ventura, Ribeiro and Smith will now go by Ventura Law, the firm announced Monday.
The Connecticut Law Tribune is seeking outside contributed pieces for its fast-approaching special section, Product Liability & Toxic Torts.
Edward Evanko claims he was never notified about his termination or revocation of his medical leave.
The parents of TaLea Turnage, 8, are suing busing company First Student Management for misrepresenting the expertise of their drivers and dispatchers.
Parties who choose to use the Probate Court Mediation Program have the benefit of a mediator who has expertise in probate law, experience as a judge, and special training in mediating disputes.
The state's health commissioner said he will add chronic pain to the list of health conditions that are eligible for prescribed medical marijuana under New York's law that took effect in January 2016.
Judge Allows Insurer for Manager, Security Company to Settle Claims in Mall Carjacking Where Lawyer DiedBy Michael Booth |
The insurance carrier representing the general manager and security company of The Mall at Short Hills can satisfy its obligations under their policies for $2 million, a Superior Court judge has ruled, in wrongful death lawsuit for the murder of lawyer Dustin Friedland in 2013.
U.S. District Judge Warren Eginton is the latest to weigh in on a murky area of federal anti-discrimination law, siding with those who say sexual orientation is implicitly covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
Judge Margaret "Meg" Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces doesn't match the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's combative questioning and bluster during oral argument.
Connecticut's Polish American Bar Association only recently got off the ground, but valuable networking connections have already been made between the lawyers, said organizing member Agnes Romanowska.
The state Supreme Court's decision means the appeal of a lower court's dismissal will bypass the Appellate Court.
I hear a lot of grousing about the new MCLE regime and the time and effort it's going to take to comply. The complainers get no comfort from me.
This article addresses a particularly common form of legislative intervention in construction contracting: state statutes that invalidate the parties' negotiated forum selection clauses and require them to litigate in the state where the project is located.
ADR professionals working primarily as neutrals may be in an especially good position to advise businesses about developing PEDR systems as they normally would have fewer qualms about losing business.
The Connecticut Appellate Court ruled a lower court failed to use its discretion when determining whether to award attorney fees when a request was filed five days late.
The vexing problem of defining "public policy" in labor arbitration cases is becoming less vexing.
The money will cover the postal worker's pain and suffering, and reimburse lost wages covered by workers' compensation.
Lawsuits filed by three patients who accused an Avon doctor of sexual assault are in possible jeopardy after a judge dismissed all 14 criminal charges.
President-elect Donald Trump moved quickly in naming his picks for two key legal posts, selecting a conservative politician in Sen. Jeff Sessions to run the U.S. Department of Justice and a loyal adviser in Jones Day partner Donald McGahn II to serve as White House counsel.
A salesman's alleged parting shot at his former employer included remotely wiping a company iPhone to delete years of contracts, confidential documents and customer information, according to a lawsuit alleging violations of the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Longtime Quinnipiac University law professor David King, who one faculty member said contributed more to the law school than anyone else, died recently after a battle with cancer.
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled there was no built-in bias just because the Southbury police officer reported to a trooper in a criminal case investigated by other troopers.
The chief has refused to fill out or sign federal paperwork that would give the family of deceased officer Marcia Stella federal survivor benefits.
Healey, an attorney with Rome McGuigan, discusses changes he's seen to the legal profession and his work with the Pettit Family Foundation.
The idea that disputes need to be adjudicated in a room in a courthouse with two litigants standing before a judge, each accompanied by a lawyer, when internet-based services such as Modria adjudicate tens of millions of disputes every year for eBay and other online sales platforms, is about as absurd as requiring litigants to ride horses to court wearing morning suits and top hats.
The jury found the family's now-decreased attorney would have won a medical malpractice suit if he did not let the statute of limitations expire.
Given the varying nature of cyber risks, any number of different policies may respond to provide coverage for a cyber-related claim in some way, shape or form. Oddly enough, this now includes the commercial general liability policy.
The Statewide Grievance Panel has issued a reprimand against an attorney from Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, of Bridgeport, in a case filed against her by a family she represented in one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Connecticut.
Remember that the Rules of Professional Conduct only establish an absolute minimum for lawyer behavior. In this case, conduct more than the minimum might be appropriate.
A lawsuit filed by Edward Spires, 91, claims he was discharged in 1948 solely for being gay.
Earlier in her career, Jennifer Kleiner worked as a resident manager at a program for homeless girls under the age of 18. Twenty-five years later, Kleiner is now a lawyer and counsel at Verrill Dana in Westport. Along with Verrill Dana partner Cheryl Johnson, they helped the program for which Kleiner used to work as a support staff member survive a crisis brought on by funding cuts by Connecticut's Department of Children & Families.
The Connecticut Bar Association said the Alabama senator opposes efforts to reduce incarceration, such as state's "Second Chance Society."
A Connecticut judge ruled American Medical Response of Connecticut is not protected by the Good Samaritan Act after a paramedic botched inserting an IV line into a patient.
Attorney James Aspell of West Hartford said his client, who suffered a heart attack in 2011, is "overjoyed."
Photographer Kristen Pierson says photos of the bands "Lotus Land" and "Soft Parade" were used without authorization.
Are you a law firm executive? Do you feel underutilized by the partnership you serve? You’re not alone.
Kevin O’Connor, the former U.S. attorney for Connecticut and general counsel of investment firm Point72 Asset Management, is out as the head of the Justice Department transition for the Trump administration.
A prospective class action suit is seeking millions of dollars from Fairway for allegedly violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by repeatedly texting advertisements to customers' phones.
Federal investigators accused two men of stealing proprietary information used for unmanned underwater vehicles.
Attorneys representing several victims said the state Supreme Court needs to better address negligent entrustment under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.
The attorneys representing families of the victims in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have appealed their case to the Connecticut Supreme Court, claiming the gun manufacturers "chose to sell a weapon of war and aggressively market its assaultive capabilities."
Attorneys say any appointee will likely continue to focus on white-collar crime and drugs while addressing illegal immigration.
Veterans clinics at law schools across the country are banding together to share notes and strategies in hopes of improving legal representation for former military personnel.
On Jan. 20, 2017, a newly sworn-in President Donald Trump will parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. A federal appeals court will hear a case next week that could determine how close Trump must get to his detractors during the inauguration festivities.
Change is coming to the regulatory environment and to the nation’s courts that will reverberate across the legal industry. We have the forward-looking analysis you need to advise clients, manage your business and respond to the new political forces.
Sullivan, a partner at Howard, Kohn, Sprague & FitzGerald, discusses LegalZoom's impact, school bullying and the state's disciplinary system for attorneys.
The WWE had asked for the attorney to be sanctioned for cribbing a lawsuit involving former NFL players.
Computer gurus have become the new experts in divorce cases and "do-it-yourself" sleuths are becoming more and more common. Divorce lawyers throughout the state are noticing less of a need to hire a private investigator, and more and more reliance on social media evidence.
Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer’s ongoing tie-up talks have finally been consummated, as the two firms announced Thursday morning their plans to combine on Jan. 1, 2017, into Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer.
The hospital's attorney said the jury's decision came down to whether they believed testimony from the expectant mother or hospital staff.
In the midst of increasing rate pressures from clients, law firms are rethinking how they staff client matters, rewriting job descriptions and ultimately reshaping law firm staffing models.
Prosecutors said the attorney held a trust account used to hide illicit profits and avoid paying taxes.
For the 52 nominees to the federal courts waiting for action by the U.S. Senate—some for nearly two years—last night's Republican sweep of the White House and Congress spells the end for their hopes of making it onto the bench.
As Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton emerged Tuesday night, stock futures fell sharply. But, in some respect, Trump’s victory could be a gift to banks that loathed a continuation of the Obama administration’s regulatory and enforcement policies. In a speech in August, Trump said he would call for a moratorium on new financial regulations.
Waterbury attorney Karl Shehu threatened to file a grievance against a California attorney if he didn't pay $70,000 for defamation.
This year's winner in the mid-sized firm category, Wiggin and Dana, scored a huge win for their client when they got a $35 million judgment thrown out by the Connecticut Supreme Court. At nearly 70 litigators firmwide, Wiggin and Dana handles a variety of matters in Connecticut and beyond.
Here are this year's best and brightest among Connecticut's young lawyers.
Whitman Breed may be a small firm, but the matters its litigation department handles certainly aren't. The firms represensts a wide range of local, regional and international clients in commercial litigation matters.
Morgan Lewis' selection as the winner in the general litigation category for large law firms should come as no surprise. The firm, known for its litigation strength, deepened its bench when it combined in late 2014 with Bingham McCutcheon -- and the Bingham McCutcheon lawyers had taken home the Law Tribune's litigation department of the year honors in 2013 and 2014.
Pullman & Comley's appellate group -- which scored a big win in the Connecticut Supreme Court last year -- handles significant matters in both state and federal courts, including both written and oral advocacy before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
When Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider was founded nearly 20 years ago, the firm had a simple, but ambitious goal: create a smaller firm of litigators that could go up against the biggest firms in the world while maintaining the responsiveness, attention and value of a boutique firms. Or as the firm likes to say: "We want to go head-to-head with Wall Street firms, but we don't aspire to become them."
2016 Legal Departments of the Year, General Counsel Impact Award: Harriet Munrett Wolfe, Webster Bank
Harriet Munrett Wolfe has been Webster Bank's chief legal officer since 1999. During that time, she has played an integral role in leading the company as it grew from a federal savings bank to a commercial bank to a national bank. In addition to managing the legal department and the bank's outside legal spend, she has to help advise on regulatory and risk issues, as well as oversee litigation issues. She gave us her perspective on her role as a GC and the importance of mentoring.
2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Management of In-House Counsel Award: World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
In addition to being one of the most recognizable brands in the world and one of Connecticut's most high profile companies, World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., also boasts an active and versatile in-house legal team.
Synchrony Financial's legal department successfully resolved over 800 litigation matters in 2015, including a number of high-stakes class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. But litigation was only the tip of the iceberg for the in-house team.
Nestlé Waters North America's legal department is heavily committed to charitable and pro bono efforts, including a "corporate citizenship goal," seeking to deepen its involvement in community affairs at the local level. The department pursues that goal via volunteering and contribution. Through August, the department had contributed more than 700 hours for 2016, and is pushing to increase volunteer hours.
With a company as large and significant as Cigna, it's probably not surprising that it would take a comprehensive approach to its legal department in a number of ways. Although not surprising, it is impressive how thorough Cigna's in-house department is when it comes to managing outside counsel and its pro bono work.
2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Regulatory and Compliance Management Award: Sam Caligiuri, ConnectiCare
As general counsel of statewide health insurer ConnectiCare, navigating a difficult regulatory landscape while competing with multinational insurance conglomerates is a fact of life for Sam Caligiuri.
One of the best things about conducting contests like Litigation Departments of the Year, and Legal Departments of the Year, and New Leaders in the Law is that it gives you a real sense of the breadth and depth of the state's legal talent. And by that standard, the Connecticut legal community has much to be proud of.
The FBI's eight-day review of 650,000 emails is longer than most data sets of similar size would take.
The Connecticut Supreme Court, in a 6-1 determination, found one of the defendants made inconsistent statements between deposition testimony and interrogatory responses.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division deployed more than 500 staffers to polling places in 28 states—including Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey—on Tuesday to ensure compliance with federal voting rights laws.
Despite the drop in joint session usage, the discussion about the pros and cons continues to be pretty hot and heavy. As with so many of these issues, it seems clear that one size does not fit all and that there is no universal best practice.
A federal judge in Newark has denied a motion to find the Republican National Committee in contempt of court for cooperating with Donald Trump’s election day poll-monitoring plans.
An Avon attorney who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 from his former employer was sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge Friday to two years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.
The 2016 presidential election is still a day away, but Charles Franklin crossed his election marathon finish line last Wednesday when the Marquette Law School Poll released its final predictions of the protracted campaign season.
Three religious-affiliated, nonprofit health care systems are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step into a multimillion-dollar battle with two plaintiffs firms that claim the pension plans of the medical networks are not exempt from federal law.
The legal academy is responding with outrage and disgust that a white professor at the University of Oregon School of Law wore blackface to an off-campus Halloween party attended by some fellow law faculty and students.
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center had claimed its "church plan" was exempt from federal regulations.
Murtha Cullina has joined the blogging business. While the lawyer-turned-blogger trend has been going on for a while, the firm just started two firmwide blogs earlier this year.
Monike Hayden was stranded in the water for nearly an hour after suffering a fractured arm in a collision with a boat.
Former Connecticut Supreme Court Associate Justice Peter T. Zarella is stepping down from the bench and back into the law firm world.
It’s no secret that trial lawyers and their firms are active political donors, and they’ve drawn much heat over the years for their influence in local and national elections. This week a Boston plaintiffs firm is facing particular scrutiny after a report suggested that the firm may have served as a vehicle for illegal straw donations.
Location, location, location—is (at least for now) the answer for the enforceability of these types of provisions for employers.
The Connecticut Hospital Association claims the state is violating federal law by running an "illegal reimbursement scheme."
Litigator incivility multiplies the already high cost of justice to an unacceptable degree.
Former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan agreed to settle his case against Gawker Media for $31 million, according to bankruptcy court documents filed Wednesday.
Forced medication of criminal defendants should be used when it is constitutionally appropriate to ensure that crimes are prosecuted so that the state, the victims and their families receive the justice they seek.
Appellate courts have wrestled for more than 20 years over where to draw the line between a copyrightable design and a useful article’s function.
The judge wrote a jury can decide whether Verizon fired the employee because of his back injury or due to his poor job performance.
It seems that enrollment in some graduate programs has suffered the same fate as law schools lately; liberal arts dropping significantly with STEM subjects holding steady or growing.
President Barack Obama’s appointees to the federal appeals courts have started to leave their mark on the business world, to the chagrin of corporate executives.
An article calling Donald Trump a “libel bully” and a “libel loser” will run in an American Bar Association publication after all, over the concerns of ABA officials who worried about running afoul of the group’s nonpartisan stance and inviting a lawsuit from Trump.
A Connecticut attorney said the injury left the child with a shortened, weakened and disfigured right arm.
With rent for prime commercial real estate rising and revenue growth declining, law firms across the country are downsizing their office space.
The city's attorney said the lawsuit against four families living in one home had grown too costly to continue.
For some Connecticut firms, open compensation systems are the key to ensuring gender pay equity.
Robert Rubenstein, the former general counsel of the embattled Las Vegas Sands Corp.'s China operations, is taking a gamble on a new casino job.
Ryan Millsap says that, when he and his partner decided to name their new Atlanta business venture Valhalla Studios Atlanta, they had no idea they were treading on the trademark of the Los Angeles motion picture company that produces hit TV show “The Walking Dead.”
Jennifer Collins, the founder and managing member of Collins & Associates in Danbury, has joined Cramer & Anderson as a partner.
Prosecutors said some people ultimately lost their homes to foreclosure as a result of the scheme.
The anticipation of meeting a U.S. Supreme Court justice for the first time turned to shock and distress for a young Truman Foundation scholar in 1999 when, she says, Justice Clarence Thomas grabbed and squeezed her on the buttocks several times at a dinner party.
Lawyers must also now step up to the plate and recognize their role in the democratic society in encouraging an informed election of our next presidential candidate.
In its second opinion this month involving refugees from Syria, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit agreed that the U.S. government didn’t have to disclose the names of certain terrorist organizations that have come up in vetting asylum applicants.
A federal judge rejected an order that would have forced two domain registry companies to help a private equity firm recover its web domain.
For national elections affecting all of us, one wonders why there is not a uniform set of eligibility requirements concerning felony convictions.
Connecticut firearms permit holders should be welcome to carry their firearms concealed but not on open display in public.
The former general counsel of Connecticut-based commodities trader Gerald Metals sued the company Tuesday for gender and age discrimination, saying she was denied pay increases on par with male attorneys and forced to tolerate a "good ol' boy" work environment.
J. Michael Farren was convicted of attempted murder for bludgeoning his ex-wife after she filed for divorce.
The Connecticut-based investment group allegedly violated the Securities Exchange Act when it sold 700,000 shares of a pharmaceutical company within three months.
It has been nearly 20 years since the Paycheck Fairness Act, meant to remedy pay inequality between men and women in the workplace, was first introduced in Congress. Since then, this legislation has been reintroduced and failed to pass over and over.
The first actions that a president takes after entering office say a lot about what the leader's goals will be going forward. And so it was with President Barack Obama, who on Jan. 29, 2009, signed his first bill into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which lengthened the statute of limitations for plaintiffs to file lawsuits alleging pay discrimination.
I just can't see returning to the days of extreme exclusionary immigration policies, especially when it condemns many victims of our feckless foreign policy to certain death.
Wage and hour class actions have been an important tool for enforcing minimum wage and overtime laws in this country for decades.
Barry Richard bristles at comparisons between Donald Trump’s refusal this week to commit to accepting the results of the November election and Bush v. Gore in 2000.
A man who threatened to murder a judge and his wife and “kill and eat” their children lost his appeal this week in the Georgia Court of Appeals.
The settlement includes a $350,000 award for attorneys fees in the class action suit filed against Performance Lacrosse Group.
Longtime criminal defense lawyer Diane "Cookie" Polan of New Haven, known by her colleagues and the rest of the bar as fierce yet kind, passed away Friday morning.
Restorative justice programs that guide young people to take responsibility for their actions, make amends to the community and address the root causes of their behavior have proved successful in many states across the country.
Higher education is using some creative solutions to address the lack of available H-1B visas for graduates who want to remain in the United States as entrepreneurs.
With the heavily publicized and controversial presidential election just around the corner, many employees and employers are curious about their rights and obligations with respect to political speech and politically motivated conduct in the workplace.
A class action filed Thursday in federal court for the District of Connecticut accuses the owner of a dilapidated New Haven apartment complex of "demolition by neglect."
Department of Homeland Security published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding an "International Entrepreneur Rule." If finalized, it would permit the use of special entry for "entrepreneurs of start-up entities whose entry into the United States would provide a significant public benefit through the substantial and demonstrated potential for rapid business growth and job creation."
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently filed an amicus brief supporting the National Labor Relations Board's new, loosened joint employer standard in Browning-Ferris Industries' appeal of last year's momentous NLRB decision. This is a worrisome development for employers as it suggests the government is working in concert to propagate this pro-labor standard.
The power of the internet is being harnessed to make it easier for low-income Connecticut residents to access legal advice, and to make it easier for pro bono attorneys to volunteer to help people who can't afford to pay for attorneys.
Connecticut has joined in a $28 million state and federal settlement with a pharmaceutical company over alleged false claims related to the drug Depakote.
Donald Trump's continuing refusal to commit to accepting the results of the upcoming election disqualifies him from holding the high office that he seeks. It is really that simple.
The former employee has accused Natchaug Hospital of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act for firing her after respiratory health issues kept her out of the office.
Rolling Stone magazine has posted transcripts of the direct and cross-examinations of Jimmy Page, the guitarist for Led Zeppelin, in the copyright infringement lawsuit against the group and its music publishing company by two members of the band Spirit who wrote and performed the song "Taurus" back in the '60s.
Major U.S. corporations are reviewing their U.K. investments due to concerns about the country’s continued access to the European single market, the Financial Times reports.
Melania Trump’s defamation suit against a Maryland journalist is getting SLAPPed.
The Bridgegate trial in federal district court in Newark has shed important light on how business has been conducted at the top of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
An event is planned for next month to help attorneys learn more about what is required of them under the new state rule for mandatory continuing legal education, or MCLE, which goes into effect in 2017.
The legal equivalent of folding chairs and ladders are flying in World Wrestling Entertainment’s concussion litigation involving some 50 former wrestlers.
David McCraw is used to working behind the scenes at the country’s largest metropolitan newspaper. Last week, he became part of the news.
Natalie Vernon has spent the past year drawing attention to gender inequality in all corners of the legal profession as president of the Harvard Law Women’s Law Association.
A recent draft Virginia ethics opinion wrestles with the issue of whether and when lawyers have a duty to alert ethics folks that a fellow lawyer has become disabled or is showing signs of impairment.
A jury in Bridgeport considering a medical malpractice claim has awarded almost $25 million to a young Ansonia woman who lost her left leg below the knee because of a clot.
A Connecticut woman is accusing her insurance provider of using co-payments to overcharge for low-cost, generic prescriptions.
Attorney Mitch Jackson is a little freaked out by creepy clowns. It’s not because he’s encountered one of the snarling bozos scaring the bejeezus out of people around the globe. Or because he’s read Stephen King’s novel “It,” which some say is the origin of the phenomenon.
Nearly two years after Rolling Stone published the since-retracted article, “A Rape on Campus,” a federal jury is set to decide if the magazine defamed a college administrator who says she was falsely depicted as indifferent to an alleged rape victim.
A Connecticut judge on Friday wiped out a lawsuit filed by the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims that targeted several gun makers, finding the case fit “squarely” within liability protections Congress created for the firearms industry.
A Connecticut judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Newtown families against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, saying federal law shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.
The case, settled for an undisclosed amount, involved allegations that a priest sexually abused a 13-year-old in his own home.
Animal cruelty laws are being toughened throughout the country. In Connecticut, abused animals will be getting advocates to represent them in animal cruelty cases. And "pet custody" is becoming more and more of an issue among divorcing couples.
“Save the Whales” isn’t just a slogan to attorney Natalie Barefoot. It’s her job description.
The average compensation for male law partners is about 44 percent higher than that of female partners, a new survey released Thursday by Major, Lindsey & Africa found.
Rail safety, which was long taken for granted, is increasingly in doubt. Public authorities need to step up to the plate and solve this problem now.