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Conn. Man Sues Police After Three Mistaken Identity Arrests

MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO | May 12, 2016

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.

Gregory W. Nye, left, and David Lawton

Preparing Associates for the Courtroom

By GREGORY W. NYE and DAVID L. LAWTON |

Any successful courtroom advocate understands that far and away the most important key to success is credibility. Establish your credibility early and maintain it impeccably throughout your case—and throughout your career.

Drunken Driving Victim Reaches $6.5M Settlement

By Miriam Rozen |

In a rare instance of a dram shop litigation netting more than $250,000, the victim of a drunken driving accident has reached a nearly $6.5 million settlement.

Muhammad Ali

Reflections on Muhammad Ali's Conscientious Objector Status

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

Perhaps in the end, the matter of Clay v. United States serves as merely one example of the need for a degree of intellectual honesty and integrity among all of the members of our highest court sufficient to probe beyond temporal, superficial political expediency to arrive at decisions consistent with established law and precedent.

Peter Kruzynski

Shelton Attorney Faces Sexual Assault Charges

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

A Shelton-based attorney was arrested on Aug. 30 and accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile for years.

George Jepsen

Pediatric Dentist to Pay $1.3 Million to Resolve Violations

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A Connecticut dentist has agreed to pay over $1.3 million to resolve claims that he violated the federal and state false claims acts.

Andrew McDonald

Supreme Court Rules Emails Between Lawyers, State Agency Not Privileged

By Mark Hamblett |

Connecticut's Freedom of Information Commission applied the wrong standard in refusing to order the release of emails between a state authority and two lawyers who are also registered lobbyists, the state's highest court has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny of Connecticut

Conn. Snack Food Company Sues Rival Over 'Seedy' Label

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Kathie's Kitchen, which registered the mark SUPERSEEDZ, says a new line of Super Seed crackers is siphoning its goodwill in the health food sector.

Day Pitney partner James J. Tancredi

Law Firm Partner Named Bankruptcy Judge

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

A longtime partner at Day Pitney with over 30 years of experience has been named to be a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge for Connecticut to fill a vacancy created by a judge's retirement and move to private practice.

Mark Dubois

Offensive Personality

By MARK DUBOIS |

Something about summer in California brings out the crazy. Developments in the law of lawyer conduct are not immune.

Biased Advice and Undisclosed Conflicts No More

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

Wouldn't you have thought that your financial adviser is obligated to act in your best interest when advising you where to put your retirement money? Well, sadly, you would have been wrong if you did.

Tips From the Top: How to Succeed in Law School Because It Will Be Trying

As thousands of would-be lawyers arrive on campus this month, we asked some big-name attorneys for their best advice for law students.

Ron Etemi

College Student Struck by Car to Receive $2M Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

A 19-year-old college student struck by a car while crossing a neighborhood road in North Haven has settled her lawsuit against the vehicle's driver for $2 million.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny of Connecticut

Vacancy in Federal Court as Judge to Take Senior Status

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The U.S. District Court for Connecticut will have a judicial vacancy soon, as Judge Robert Chatigny has decided to take senior status as of Jan. 1.

Gadsden flag

PC vs. Free Speech—Again

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

The battle between political correctness and free speech continues apace. Recently, it has taken a dangerous turn. The political correctness police have now taken on the Gadsden "Don't Tread on Me" flag, decreeing it an unwelcome racist symbol.

Why Google Can’t Shake This Search Results Suit

Google Inc. and other search engine sites have long argued—with success—that the First Amendment protects decisions about how websites appear in search results.

In Quoting Profanity, Some Judges Give a F#%&. Others Don’t

In 2001, a panel of appeals judges in Philadelphia considered if a lawyer who told her opponent, “Go fuck yourself,” should face sanctions.

Jury Instruction Omission Prompts Supreme Court to Order New Trial

By Christian Nolan |

A Connecticut trial judge forgot to instruct the jury that a defendant's refusal to testify cannot be held against him, which prompted the state Supreme Court Thursday to order a new trial for a man convicted of burglary and larceny.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

High Praise for Missouri Public Defender Who Appointed Governor to Represent Criminal Defendant

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

Rebuffed time and again by the Missouri legislature and Gov. Jay Nixon, who refused to substantially increase the budget for indigent criminal defense, the chief public defender, Michael Barrett, had enough. He recently took an unusual and desperate step. He appointed Nixon, a licensed Missouri attorney, to represent an indigent client accused in an assault case. We applaud this bold action.

Mark Dubois

A Buyer's Market for Hiring Lawyers

Our firm is looking for some help, an associate with 2-5 years of experience. We and everyone else. The 2-5 year cohort is hot right now as is the 3-6 group. Maybe someone should invent a law school that graduates folks after 5-9 years of combined academic and clinical work. There would be a great demand.

Niyear, 12-year-old in the care of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, has written a letter in his quest for a kidney donation.

Child in DCF Care Needs Kidney Transplant

By JOETTE KATZ |

A wonderful young boy in the care of DCF is in need of a kidney donation. Maybe you or someone you know could be his match.

James “Tim” Shearin

Lawsuit Challenges State Liquor Laws

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A national liquor retailer with four Connecticut locations has filed a lawsuit against state officials in U.S. District Court challenging the state's laws governing liquor pricing.

Suit Says Low-Income Students Pushed Into Underperforming Schools

By Christian Nolan |

A group of parents have filed a lawsuit against state officials alleging that Connecticut's restrictions on charter and magnet schools are unconstitutional because they force low-income and minority students to attend underperforming schools.

At Litchfield, Notebooks, Instead of Casebooks

American legal publishing was in its infancy when lawyer Tapping Reeve opened the Litchfield Law School in Connecticut in 1784.

The Most Important Law School You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

The sign out front says it’s America’s first law school, but one could easily mistake the one-room structure on a quiet street in Litchfield, Connecticut, for a well-maintained storage shed.

Alinor Sterling, of Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Appeals Court Overturns $12M Med Mal Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Appellate Court has overturned a $12 million medical malpractice verdict against Danbury Hospital in the case of a patient who nearly died following a routine hernia operation.

Left to right - Attorney Joshua Koskoff, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, and Connecticut U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, at an event last week at the American Museum of Tort Law in Winsted, Conn. on the role of tort law in addressing the shooting of unarmed people.

Event Spotlights Limits on Gun Torts in Mass Shootings

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

How Did State's Top Court Discover Judicial Restraint?

By CHRIS POWELL |

Congratulations to Connecticut's Supreme Court for proclaiming the futility of public administration, ruling that a University of Connecticut employee who smoked marijuana while operating a university truck cannot be fired. The court's legal rationale was plausible but there was little consistency to it.

An MGM Grand employee polishes slot machines at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Ex-Paralegal Caught Gambling; Gets Two More Months in Prison

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A former paralegal who embezzled $1.7 million from a South Windsor law firm has been sentenced to two more months in prison after she failed to pay restitution and was caught gambling while on probation.

Chase Rogers

State Supreme Court Sides With Arbitration in Case of Man Fired for Smoking Pot at Work

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court found a state employee should not have been fired for smoking marijuana while on the job, in a ruling legal experts say reinforces arbitration decisions in attempting to prevent public policy challenges.

Chaos in Trial Scheduling

The new court year begins soon, and, as in virtually every year I can recall as a practicing lawyer, there is pushing and pulling between state and federal courts regarding scheduling of trials. Is it too much to ask state and federal judges to work together on scheduling issues?

Former Connecticut Supreme Court Justice David Borden

Justice David Borden: A Man for All Seasons

When asked by a Connecticut Bar Association group how he wanted to be remembered, he answered "as someone who was intellectually honest."

Dale Faulkner of Faulkner & Graves

Judge Awards $1.4 Million in Dog-Bite Case

By Christian Nolan |

A teen who was attacked by a dog at his friend's house and needed numerous surgeries has been awarded more than $1.4 million by a judge in New London. Owen Carbray, who is now 16, was bitten by a large black Labrador retriever named "Bubba" on Nov. 8, 2013. Carbray was visiting a friend at the rented home of Mariusz and Nicole Krys in Windham.

Should the Organized Bar Consider Opposing a Trump Presidency?

Many lawyers, speaking as individuals, have voiced the strongest of objections to a Donald Trump presidency. Yet the organized bar has been silent. We think it is time for the bar to have an open discussion about whether it should actively oppose Mr. Trump.

George Jepsen

Dentist Ordered to Pay $717K in Illegal Billing Case

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A judge has ordered a retired Winsted dentist to pay $717,046 after concluding that he violated state law by improperly billing the state Medicaid program for dental cleanings and fluoride treatments.

The Abyss Claims Another Lawyer

By NORMAN PATTIS |

I am deflated suddenly, staring out the window wondering about the point of it all. News is just now breaking that another lawyer has committed suicide. The body of Meriden's John Ivers Jr., 50, reported missing this month, has been recovered. A self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the police say. Did it have to come to this?

Legal Departments of the Year Nomination Form

The Connecticut Law Tribune will honor the best legal departments in Connecticut and is seeking help in determining the deserving companies.

Litigation Departments of the Year Nomination Form

The Connecticut Law Tribune's Litigation Departments of the Year contest is open to any litigation law firm with a Connecticut presence.

Karen Caffrey

Meriden Lawyer's Suicide Puts Spotlight on Mental Health Awareness

By Christian Nolan |

Following a Meriden lawyer's self-inflicted death last week, some attorneys in the state say there's still work to be done to increase awareness of mental health problems in the legal community.

2016 New Leaders in Law Nomination Form

The Connecticut Law Tribune is looking to spotlight lawyers who are under the age of 40.

Attorney Resigns From Bar Following Disciplinary Probe

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A Darien-based attorney who was the subject of a disciplinary investigation because of an overdraft in his IOLTA account has resigned from the bar and waived the privilege of reapplying.

Attorney Joins Cummings & Lockwood as Principal

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

The law firm of Cummings & Lockwood announced recently that Kelley Galica Peck has joined the firm as a principal in its private clients group.

Murtha Cullina Hires New Associate

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

Jodie L. Driscoll has joined the law firm of Murtha Cullina, where she is now an associate in the firm's Business and Finance Department.

Richard Emanuel

Seeking Redress for 19 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

By Megan Spicer |

Prosecutors kept fighting Scott Lewis' release even after an FBI report long ago cast doubt on his conviction. Now he wants New Haven to pay.

Judge Arrested for Domestic Violence Claims He Was Actually the Victim

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Details have emerged in last week's domestic violence arrest of New Milford Probate Court Judge Martin Landgrebe, in which police charged him with third-degree strangulation and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident at his home.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy speaks Nov. 6 at a Connecticut Law Review symposium at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford.

Gov. Malloy's 'Second Chance 2.0' Fails

Last November, Gov. Malloy made a speech outlining his plans for justice reform that included two important proposals: 1) eliminating the cash bail system and 2) moving individuals aged 18-20 into the juvenile system and exploring additional reforms for those up to 25 years old. These proposed reforms were seen as transformational and part of an overall system refocus aimed toward fighting recidivism and thus lowering crime. Neither proposal became law. This is a missed opportunity.

Thomas P. O’Connor, left, and Wyatt R. Jansen of Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan

Strategic Removal and the Voluntary-Involuntary Rule

By Thomas P. O'Connor and Wyatt R. Jansen |

The choice between federal and state court is one of the most strategically significant decisions made in the course of litigation. It can dramatically favor one party over another, affecting everything from the pace and expense of litigation to the governing procedural (and, in some instances, substantive) law.

Mark Dubois

Training the Next Generation of Lawyers

In the struggle of a fledgling Texas law school to obtain ABA accreditation is a message for others on the issue of what schools should be doing to educate and train the next generation of lawyers.

The Watchdog Agencies Must Remain Independent

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

The 2004 law reflects the General Assembly's appreciation of the importance of the watchdog agencies and the need to protect their status as independent agencies.

Minors Appealing Lengthy Sentences to Receive Parole Hearings

By Christian Nolan |

In light of high court precedent and legislation governing the severe sentencing of minors, the Connecticut Appellate Court has decided to use parole hearings rather than resentencing hearings in handling appeals from convicted juveniles.

FILE- In this May 13, 2015 file photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a night derailment in Philadelphia of an Amtrak train headed to New York. Amtrak has started settling lawsuits with victims of last year’s deadly derailment in Philadelphia, and lawyers involved in the process say a strict confidentiality provision prevents them from talking about how they’re doing or how much money they've received. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Conn. Suit Filed in Train Derailment

By MEGAN SPICER |

As Amtrak starts to settle suits brought in the wake of the 2015 derailment that killed eight people, suits continue to be filed, including one in the District of Connecticut.

Merrick Garland.

4 to 4 in the Supreme Court

We have already condemned the Republicans in the Senate for refusing to give Chief Judge Garland a hearing on his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. We stand on that condemnation. But since we appear to be stuck with an eight-justice court until next year, we have some observations on the subject to while away the time.

Nicholas Paindiris, left, and Cody N. Guarnieri Brown of Paindiris & Scott

The White Whale of DRS Tax Clearance Certificates

By NICK PAINDIRIS and CODY GUARNIERI |

Herman Melville once wrote: "All my means are sane, my motive and my object mad." The object of my obsession, and that of many practitioners who deal with the purchase and sale of small businesses in Connecticut, is having a smooth, seamless, efficient and timely closing of the sale. What can often seem to be the "great white whale" in this process: appropriately addressing successor liability with the Department of Revenue Services.

Mark Dubois

Kinda Lonely

Sometimes, being a lawyer can be a lonely place to be. Unlike some other professions, we have a set of ethics rules that can make it really hard to do our jobs, keep our licenses and look at ourselves in the mirror every morning. Three recent cases brought this home to me.

Former Connecticut Supreme Court Justice David Borden

Justice David Borden, Architect of State Penal Code, Dies at 79

By MEGAN SPICER |

The retired member of the Connecticut Supreme Court, who died on Aug. 7, is seen as having a lasting impact on the state's legal landscape.

John Elwood

Appeals Court Reverses $64.7M Verdict in Major Conn. IP Case

By Christian Nolan |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reversed a $64.7 million verdict in a long-running battle between Waterbury's MacDermid Printing Solutions and the now-defunct Cortron Corp. over thermal flexographic printing technology.

SCOTUS Shouldn't Require 'Specialists'

Ordinary criminal defense lawyers not well-equipped to appear before the Supreme Court? If so, that sheds more light on what the court has become than it does on the defense bar.

Missing Attorney Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

By Christian Nolan |

The body of a Meriden attorney reported missing Aug. 9 was discovered Wednesday near a local pond.

Matt Striker and Harry Smith strike corresponding blows during the WWE RAW Summerslam event at the Acer Arena, Homebush Stadium in Sydney, Australia on August 4, 2006. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

Ex-Wrestler Sues WWE Over Royalties From Streaming

By MEGAN SPICER |

A former wrestler filed a class-action lawsuit claiming World Wrestling Entertainment has refused to pay royalty fees after the entertainment company bought a rival wrestling company for which he worked.

Glenn Falk

Supreme Court Nixes New Trial Over Juror's Language Issues

By Christian Nolan |

The state Supreme Court has denied a defendant's attempt to get a new trial after a juror was removed from the jury pool because the judge and prosecutor believed he didn't have a good grasp of the English language.

Yale Law School

Suit Alleges Yale Employees Cheated in Retirement Funds

By MEGAN SPICER |

Six Yale University employees filed a federal class-action suit against the university for choosing high-cost and poorly performing investment options for employees, reducing the employees' abilities to save more for retirement. Similar suits were filed against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University.

Fairfield Lawyer Pens Book on Divorce

By KAREN ALI |

Divorce proceedings are anything but easy, but veteran divorce lawyer and mediator Larry Sarezky hopes the book he just wrote on the topic is a breeze to get through.

Connecticut Claims Share of Barclays LIBOR Settlement

By Andrew Denney and Christian Nolan |

AG George Jepsen's office teamed with 43 other states to recover $100 million over fraudulently set interest rates.

U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden for the District of Connecticut. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

No Sale for 'Name Your Own Price' Suit

By Christian Nolan |

A federal judge dismisses a complaint that accused Priceline of failing to disclose extra resort fees imposed by a hotel.

Retire Connecticut Supreme Court Justice David Borden

Justice David Borden Was Architect of State's Penal Code

By MEGAN SPICER |

The retired member of the Connecticut Supreme Court, who died Sunday, is seen as having a lasting impact on the law.

Judge Janet Bond Arterton

Archdiocese Wins Partial Reimbursement on Sex Abuse Claims

By MEGAN SPICER |

U.S. District Judge Janet Arterton has ordered Interstate Fire and Casualty to pay about half of the settlements negotiated by the church.

George Jepsen

Conn. to See Slice of $125M Cephalon Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

The state will reap $1.7 million as part of a global settlement with 48 state attorneys general.

A Second Look at Pretrial Detention

In the last session of the Legislature the governor proposed reforming our bail bond system by releasing anyone charged with a misdemeanor from pretrial incarceration unless they had committed a violent offense. We applaud the governor's effort to reduce the prison population, but there are two problems with his proposal.

William Tong

Lawmakers Expected to Again Tackle Penalties for Threatening Judges

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

While state lawmakers didn't act on a proposal to impose more severe penalties for threatening a judge in the last legislative session, the bill is expected to be revived in the next one.

Andrew Liskov

Split Conn. Supreme Court Rules Some In-Court Defendant ID Procedures 'Unfair'

By Christian Nolan |

A witness enters the courtroom, is sworn in and is asked by the prosecutor to identify who committed the criminal offense in question. The witness then points to the suspect sitting at the defense table. This routine scenario will no longer be such a standard procedure in Connecticut.

Law Tribune Seeking New Leaders Nominations

Connecticut Law Tribune is seeking nominations for our 2016 New Leaders in the Law awards.

Michael Shea

Inmate's Mental Health Claim Can Go Forward

By MEGAN SPICER |

A convicted killer's claim that prison officials are indifferent to his suicide attempts has passed an initial federal court hurdle.

Another Lawsuit Accuses Hartford Attorney of Sexual Harassment

By Christian Nolan |

More women have come forward accusing Timothy Brignole, the managing partner of a Hartford personal injury law firm, of sexual harassment after a former intern sued Brignole and his firm last month.

Illegal Alien Criminals Will Laugh at 'Casey's Law'

By CHRIS POWELL |

Illegal immigrants and their enablers have become a big constituency of the Democratic Party, and Sen. Blumenthal and Rep. Courtney are Democrats. While they regret Casey Chadwick's murder and the many crimes committed by other illegal immigrants, they don't regret them enough to risk proposing anything that might be effective.

George T. Holler, founder of Milford, Conn.-based Holler Law Firm

What Do You Mean I Can't Close My Client's Real Estate Transaction?

By GEORGE T. HOLLER |

What's new in the world of real estate closings? The better question is what hasn't changed in the last few years?

Maintenance

The right to sue and the right to defend have to be given breathing space in a democracy, but at the same time reasonable steps can properly be taken to prevent abusive litigation and make whole those who are its victims.

Insurer Ordered to Pay $10M Policy in Sudden Brain Cancer Death

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

A Connecticut federal judge has ruled that it was wrong for an insurer to refuse to pay out a $10 million life insurance policy on a Hartford lawyer.

Attack of the Sad-Sack Scribbler

In case you didn't get the memo or, more to the point, read the tweet, I am to be pitied.

Josephine Smalls Miller

Stratford Sued for Race Discrimination

By MEGAN SPICER |

African-American secretary says she was only nonunion employee passed over for a pay raise.

Richard Robinson

Highway Defect Suit by Cyclist Who Fell in Culvert Allowed to Proceed

By Christian Nolan |

In a victory for plaintiffs lawyers in Connecticut, the state Supreme Court has ruled that a bike-riding teen who was injured on the side of the road may sue the state under the highway defect statute.

Man Gets 5 Years of Probation for Threats Against Judges, Officials

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A Florida man who sent death threats to several officials in Connecticut, including two federal judges, was sentenced on Tuesday to five years of probation.

Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford.

State Supreme Court Rules Widow Can't Sue Husband's Employer Over Her Distress

By Christian Nolan |

The state Supreme Court has ruled that a widow who discovered her husband's crushed body at work cannot sue his employer for bystander emotional distress because she has already received benefits through the workers' compensation system.

Mark Dubois

Mess Up, Fess Up

None of us is perfect. We all screw up on occasion. How we react and how we handle the matter when the inevitable occurs, can sometimes cause problems.

Retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Alan H.W. Shiff for the District of Connecticut

Retired Judge Joins ADR Practice at Reid and Riege

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

Retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Connecticut Alan H.W. Shiff has joined Reid and Riege as a member of its alternative dispute resolution, arbitration and mediation practice.

Redding's retaining wall

Second Defense Verdict Rendered in Retaining Wall Falls

By Christian Nolan |

A jury in Bridgeport has rendered a defense verdict in favor of the town of Redding in a $1.5 million lawsuit filed by an intoxicated man who broke his leg jumping down from a retaining wall.

Holler Law Firm Names New Chief Operating Officer

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

The Holler Law Firm of Milford, which focuses on real estate transactions, announced Joshua Dorsey has joined the firm as its chief operating officer.

Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go: Legal Considerations, Including Personal Injury Concerns

By DINA LEYTES AND CHRISTINE E. WELLER, FOR LAW.COM |
Maureen Danehy and James K. Robertson Jr. of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey

Resolving Thousands of Claims From Train Derailment

By JAMES K. ROBERTSON JR. AND MAUREEN DANEHY COX |

The crude oil inside the tank cars leaked out and exploded, causing a fire that destroyed most of downtown Lac-Mégantic and took the lives of 47 people.

Copyright Counsel Eager for Clarity on Fair Use for Viral Videos

By MEGAN SPICER |

Infringing someone's cat video is one thing, but licensing shops may be on shaky ground when it comes to police abuse clips.

Gary Phelan

Moving Company Hit With Wage-and-Hour Suit

By MEGAN SPICER |

Mitchell & Sheahan's Gary Phelan envisions a class of 100 from a company that he says refused to pay workers part of their time driving trucks.

Legal Community Mourns Retired State Judge

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Longtime colleagues of the late Superior Court Judge William Hickey Jr. remembered him fondly this past week as a modest man who was a mentor to many.

Supreme Court Blocks Two Suits Stemming From Power Plant Explosion

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has barred the lawsuits of two workers injured in a power plant explosion that killed six other people in 2010. The decision will also impact roughly a dozen other injured workers who have similar pending lawsuits against the general contractor at the plant.

Jean Jacques

Senators Want 'Consequences' for Countries That Won't Repatriate Violent Offenders

By MEGAN SPICER |

'Casey's Law' is introduced after murder committed by immigrant who was supposed to be returned to Haiti.

Andrew O'Toole

Whistleblower Case Against Psychiatrist Settles for $36K

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A Danbury-based psychiatrist and mental health practice accused of billing Medicare for brief patient "visits" over the phone agreed to pay over $36,000 to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act.

Be the Force for Good in the World

The discourse into racial interactions gone wrong must be pursued vigorously, as difficult as those discussions can be, to heal generations of mistrust and oppression.

Indian Mountain School

Another Molestation Suit Filed Against Boarding School

By MEGAN SPICER |

A New York resident is the third former student of Indian Mountain School in the last two years to allege he was sexually abused there years ago.

Bill Clinton Recalls Budding Love at Yale Law

The roots of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s nearly 40-year political dynasty dates back to a class they took together at Yale Law School in 1971.

Judge Janet Bond Arterton

Insurer Ordered to Pay $10M Policy in Lawyer's Sudden Brain Cancer Death

A Connecticut federal judge has ruled that it was wrong for an insurer to refuse to pay out a $10 million life insurance policy on a Hartford lawyer who died of brain cancer.

Saying Goodbye to Social Media

By Norm Pattis |
Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford.

Justices' Disagreement Strengthens Court

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

Some issues, such as abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment, evoke hard line and devout positions. People are divided in their views on these topics and their beliefs are often firmly entrenched. It is with this mind that we applaud the Supreme Court's decision-making in its recent death-penalty decisions.

Lawyers Restart GM Ignition Switch Litigation

Lawyers are restarting the litigation against General Motors Corp. over its ignition switch recalls after a pair of rulings this month sent the cases down a different road.

Jeffrey Meyer

Suit Over Bayer's Essure Birth Control Implant Is Dismissed

By MEGAN SPICER |

Judge Jeffrey Meyer's ruling follows two other dismissals in California.

Susan Bysiewicz, of Pastore & Dailey, left, with Jane Miller of Brookfield.

Republican Reinstated to Voter Rolls as Litigation Continues

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

When Brookfield Republicans booted a former local school board member out of the party last year, the political controversy led to litigation and even a proposal to revamp state legislation. In the latest development, Jane Miller of Brookfield has been reinstated as a member of the Republican Party, over a year after her removal.

Joshua Komisarjevsky

Condemned Home Invasion Killer Resentenced to Life in Prison

By ASSOCIATED PRESS |

A man condemned to die for killing a woman and her two daughters during a 2007 home invasion was resentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of release because the state abolished the death penalty.

Harry Mazadoorian

Emotional Intelligence and Neuroscience: The Legal Profession Catches Up

The concept of emotional intelligence has been around for quite a while and has been used in business schools, diplomacy, the military, law enforcement and health care but has been slow to be embraced by the legal profession.

Will Cybersecurity Costs Force Small Firms to Merge?

Small firms have smaller staffs and smaller budgets, but their cybersecurity risk may not be proportional. One small boutique recently dealt with that problem by merging with a large firm, but industry watchers said there are ways for firms to manage cyberrisk while remaining small.

Retire Connecticut Supreme Court Justice David Borden

Court Reinstates Conviction in Murder Case

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has reinstated the murder conviction and 60-year prison sentence of a man who shot and killed someone outside a New Haven nightclub in 2008.

Mark Dubois

A Brave New World

Paris, San Bernardino, Dallas, Nice, Baton Rouge. As we reel from one horrific mass killing to another, many, on both sides of the political aisle, pronounce it time that something, anything, must be done to reverse the course of madness that seems to be gripping the world. Using the criminal law "categorical unity" of means, motive and opportunity, I'm afraid that when you unpack the options, none of us is going to like the alternatives.

Jettisoning the Minority Community

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

At a time when American citizens and political leaders are increasingly comfortable with hate speech and the rise of previously subversive gender and racial biases, it is disappointing, though maybe not surprising, that the General Assembly decided to reorganize (eliminate) the six nonpartisan legislative commissions on racial and ethnic minorities and women and children.

Mary Gambardella and Joshua Walls of Wiggin and Dana

How to Reap the Benefits of the New Federal Trade Secret Misappropriation Law

By MARY A. GAMBARDELLA AND JOSHUA B. WALLS |

Employers looking to heighten available protection of valuable trade secrets are welcoming the arrival of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, a federal statute that went into effect May 11. The DTSA permits trade secret owners to file misappropriation claims in federal court, but only those owners who first implement some important changes to confidentiality agreements can reap the full scope of benefits of the new law.

Marc Zaken

Epic Showdown Looming Over Employee Class Action Waivers

By MARC ZAKEN AND ASHLEY TOTORICA |

Employers commonly require new employees to execute arbitration agreements as a condition of employment. In many instances, such arbitration agreements contain class/collective action waivers, which provide that any employment-related disputes be adjudicated through arbitration and the employee waives his or her right to file or participate in any class/collective action in court.

Robert G. Brody and Alexander Friedman

A New Arrow to Attack Those Who Steal Trade Secrets

By ROBERT G. BRODY and ALEXANDER FRIEDMAN |

Last month, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. This momentous new law establishes a federal cause of action for companies who have trade secrets misappropriated. Described by legal scholars as "the most significant expansion of federal law in intellectual property since the Lanham Act in 1946," the act is intended to enhance the ability of companies to fight back against those who would steal their trade secrets.

Patricia E. Reilly, shareholder in Littler Mendelson’s New Haven office

Impact of Defend Trade Secrets Act in Connecticut

By PATRICIA REILLY, STEVE ROSENBERG AND MATT CURTIN |

Connecticut companies have had access to robust enforcement of trade secrets protection primarily through Connecticut's Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Conn. Gen. Stat. §35-51 et seq. With the enactment of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, 18 U.S.C. §1831 et seq., effective May 11, 2016, owners of trade secrets can now pursue a private right of action in federal court to protect trade secrets.

Danielle Van Katwyk, left, and Cindy Cieslak

Agency Updates Sex Discrimination Laws for Federal Contractors

By Danielle Van Katwyk and Cindy M. Cieslak |

On June 14, the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced its final rule, "Discrimination on the Basis of Sex," which sets forth the requirements that federal contractors (including subcontractors) must meet to fulfill their obligations under Presidential Executive Order 11246.

What Final Overtime Regulations Mean for Connecticut Employers

By JOANNA BOWERS AND JANNA EASTWOOD |

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released its highly anticipated and contentious revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations. The new regulations, which go into effect Dec. 1, make significant changes to the salary threshold for classifying an employee as exempt from the overtime requirement pursuant to the administrative, executive and professional exemptions. The changes will likely impact the exemption status of 4.2 million employees nation­wide, including approximately 46,000 employees in Connecticut, resulting in U.S. employers paying an estimated additional $1.2 billion in wages in just the first year of implementation.

Providing a Path to Legal Status Is in America's Best Interest

By WILLIAM A. STOCK |

The genius of the United States' immigration policy is that it welcomes high-potential individuals who came to the United States as refugees or family-based immigrants.

Robert Hinton

Workforce Reductions to Avoid Penalties Under the Affordable Care Act

By ROBERT C. HINTON |

With the Affordable Care Act in full swing more than five years after its enactment, employers continue to weigh the costs of ACA compliance against the risks of reducing their workforce mix so as to avoid paying penalties to the Internal Revenue Service.

Dove Burns, left, and Stacey Pitcher

New DOL Overtime Rule: Where Does This Leave Connecticut Businesses and Employees?

By Dove A.E. Burns and Stacey L. Pitcher |

With Connecticut's job growth stalling and the expected departure of several large employers, it's not completely clear what the new Department of Labor overtime rule will mean for Connecticut.

'You Don't Get Any Breaks': Tales of Pregnant Litigators

The demands of parenthood are intense for all working mothers and fathers, but litigators have the extra pressures of mandatory court appearances despite pregnancy or new-parent responsibilities. As Law.com reported on July 20, a rule under consideration in Florida would require judges to grant motions for continuance for parental leave, barring exceptional circumstances.

Hey! Get Your Red-Hot Lawsuit Right Here!

By Editorial Board |

The acquisition of a financial interest in the outcome of a lawsuit creates at least the potential for corruption of the process.

An MGM Grand employee polishes slot machines at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Paralegal Who Stole From Firm Accused of Violating Probation

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A former paralegal who embezzled about $1.7 million from the South Windsor law firm where she worked is now accused of violating her probation by gambling and not paying the restitution she owes.

Nancy Alisberg

Special Ed Students Being Shortchanged a Year, Suit Says

By MEGAN SPICER |

The state's disability rights agency says Connecticut schools aren't meeting the requirements of the federal IDEA act.

Taylor Swift, left, arriving at the 2016 Grammy Awards. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, right, arriving at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.

Kim Kardashian vs. Taylor Swift: The Legal Implications of the Snapchat Recording

On Sunday, Kim Kardashian West posted a recording of a conversation on Snapchat between her husband Kanye West and Taylor Swift that was allegedly recorded without Swift’s consent — a potential violation of California state law requiring both parties to consent to the recording of communications.

Just In: Musings on Pokémon Legal Issues Interrupt Law Profs' Crazy-Busy Summer Schedules

As millions of users have downloaded the ubiquitous Pokémon Go app, some law professors have managed to squeeze time out of their burdensome summer schedules to opine about the legal ramifications of the augmented-reality game that sends players wandering around the real world in search of the coveted virtual Pokémon (that would be pocket monsters, for the uninitiated).

Attorney Cecil Thomas of Greater Hartford Legal Aid

Supreme Court Rules Blind Sex Offender Should Still Receive State Rental Assistance

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that a blind sex offender should not have been removed from the state's rental assistance program because his name was on the state's sex offender registry.

Ship Captain Awarded Over $1M in Whistleblower Retaliation Case

By Christian Nolan |

In a rare maritime whistleblower case, the captain of a cargo ship fired for reporting safety violations to the U.S. Coast Guard has been awarded nearly $1.1 million by an administrative law judge with the Department of Labor.

New Book Asserts Michael Skakel Was Framed for Moxley Murder

By KAREN ALI |

Author Robert F. Kennedy Jr. believes his cousin never got a fair shot, and that the media fueled the interest in the case solely because Skakel was related to the Kennedy family dynasty.

Basketball captain Jack Montague was expelled from Yale in February, about a month before the team qualified for the NCAA tournament. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

5 Cases That Could Shape Campus Sexual Assault Investigations

By MEGAN SPICER |

As some colleges have attempted to address the issue of sexual assault, their actions have led to court disputes. Some come from men who claim that they were unfairly disciplined in connection with an alleged assault. Others are advanced by female students who allege that their schools didn't do enough when they stepped forward to report themselves the victim of an assault.

A Thoughtful Approach to the Next Round of Courthouse Closings

By Editorial Board |

We urge the Judicial Branch to invite key participants to join in the review of factors and to aid in the decision-making process on any future courthouse closings.

A 1973 Book Rings True Today

What did I do on my summer vacation this year? I read a lot. One book haunts me, and will for a while. I pass it along with a grim sort of recommendation. Candidly, I am hoping that several of you will read it and then tell me why I ought not to be so disturbed by it.

Attorney Facing Theft Claims Suspended, Federal Probe Underway

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Southbury attorney Robert J. Barry, accused of collecting a hefty $3 million in fees while acting as executor and trustee of a now-deceased client's estate, has been suspended from the practice of law and is the subject of an ongoing federal investigation.

This screen grab from a video shows a flamethrower-equipped drone built by a Clinton father and son roasting a turkey.

Creators of Flame-Throwing Drone Ordered to Turn Over Documents

By MEGAN SPICER |

Federal judge rules FAA within its rights to investigate father-son duo's unmanned aircraft.

Howard Altschuler, center, with his clients Domenic and Cathy D’Attilos, in front of the New Haven courthouse Feb. 23.

Family in Record Med-Mal Case Loses Suit Against Ethics Panel

By Christian Nolan |

A Connecticut trial court judge refused to upend the findings of a state attorney grievance panel, dismissing claims from a family who says their former lawyers raked in millions in extra legal fees from a medical malpractice settlement.

Matt Striker and Harry Smith strike corresponding blows during the WWE RAW Summerslam event at the Acer Arena, Homebush Stadium in Sydney, Australia on August 4, 2006. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

Former Wrestlers Trying to Bust Open WWE on Head Injuries

By Megan Spicer |

Scripted moves have led directly to CTE, the suit alleges, but promotion says it's just cheap heat.

Obama Nominees Caught Between Judicial Dreams, Practice Realities

A plaintiffs lawyer in Honolulu. A civil litigator in Dallas. An attorney defending med-mal cases in Buffalo.

Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford.

Phony Rabbi Aside, Conn. Justices Find Marriage Valid

By Christian Nolan |

In an unusual divorce case, Connecticut's high court held that a lower court should have recognized a couple's marriage as validity, even though the rabbi who performed the ceremony was later convicted of fraud.

Mark Dubois

The Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thinks Twice

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, aka the Notorious RBG, aka Darth Bader, set off a firestorm last week when she made some intemperate remarks about Donald Trump during an interview, doubled down on them when speaking with other media outlets, then reversed herself and apologized a few days later for saying anything in the first place. The whole mess is yet another example of how this election cycle will be one for the history books.

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Time for Legal Minds to Kick Back and Relax With a Book

By Law Tribune Staff |

Summer is here, with warm breezes and the chance to relax and read a book for the fun of it. We asked members of the Connecticut legal community to share their summer reading recommendations. The result is a mixture of love stories, science fiction, mystery and nonfiction.

Appeals Court Slashes Verdict in Business Dispute

By Christian Nolan |

The state Appellate Court has knocked $1 million off a verdict of nearly $1.3 million in the case of two business partners who had a falling out after more than two decades.

Jared Cohane of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder.

Connecticut's Overtaxed Highways and the Construction Lawyer's Role

By Jared Cohane and Peter J. Martin |

Private Philanthropy and the Justice Gap

There is a role for private philanthropy to play in addressing the dire need for increasing the availability of civil legal aid as a complement to their support for other anti-poverty and social justice initiatives and programs.

Wrongly ID'd Suspect Wants Sacred Heart to Clear Name

By MEGAN SPICER |

Suit says school kept spreading his picture after police arrested someone else.

Luke Bronin

Developers Sue Over Hartford's Baseball Field Project

By MEGAN SPICER |

Developers for Hartford’s new baseball field just want to play ball, and they have filed a lawsuit in Hartford Superior Court so they can get back to work.

Legal Aid Groups Bolstered by BoA Mortgage Settlement

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The Connecticut Bar Foundation will receive nearly $2.87 million stemming from a settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities that led to the financial crisis.

Desi Imetovski, Connecticut Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel

Disciplinary Counsel Leaving Office for Private Firm

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Desi Imetovski, an attorney in the state Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, has announced plans to leave for private practice, the second resignation from the office in the past few weeks.

Desi Imetovski, Connecticut Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel

In Life, Tides Turn and Winds Shift

Joining the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel has been amazing. The work is incredibly challenging. It is important work. You may have heard me joke about 'culling the herd,' but really, I just shepherd the strays back to the flock.

Supreme Court Rules Ex-Hartford Mayor Perez Entitled to New Trials

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that overturned the convictions of ex-Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez on bribery and extortion charges.

Tom Brady's Bid to Void Suspension in 'Deflategate' Rejected

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s bid to win reversal of his four-game suspension over a conspiracy to deflate footballs—dubbed ‘Deflategate’—was rejected Wednesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Conn. Legal Community Mourns Longtime Federal Prosecutor

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Colleagues and friends are mourning the loss of Associate Deputy Attorney General David Margolis, who was known for his lengthy career in public service, legal mind and ability to give good advice. He passed away on July 12.

Mark Dubois

The Robots Are Coming

We need to find new ways to do these things or others will do them for free and we'll become less relevant than we already are to a great swath of consumers.

Missing Persons

The federal government's announcement that some new faces are going to appear on the currency is a welcome one.

Conn. Psychiatrist to Pay $400K to Settle Medicaid Fraud Charges

By Christian Nolan |

A psychiatrist with offices in New Haven and Fairfield has reached a $400,000 settlement with the state over allegations that she and her husband fraudulently overcharged the state's Medicaid program.

Suit Says Managing Partner Pressured Female Staff for Sex

By Christian Nolan |

Hartford lawyer Timothy Brignole is accused of pervasive sexual harassment of his female staff, including paralegals and legal assistants, according to a lawsuit filed by a former intern against Brignole, his wife and his law firm.

Conn. High Court Upholds Search in Bomb, Child Porn Case

By Christian Nolan |

A unanimous Connecticut Supreme Court shot down claims that police conducted an illegal search after a health inspection at a Stamford residence turned up surprise evidence.

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Conn. Green Groups Look to Stop Federal Plum Island Sale

By Megan Spicer |

With pro bono backing from Morrison & Foerster, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment claims that federal agencies shirked their obligations to review the environmental impact of selling Plum Island, the longtime home of an animal disease research lab off of Long Island.

'I Could No Longer Live with Myself': Lawyers Reveal Their Struggles with Alcohol

Alcoholism is rampant in the legal profession. One in three lawyers struggles with a drinking problem, and that rate is worse than for physicians and other highly educated workers.

Dallas police detain a driver after several police officers were shot in downtown Dallas, Thursday, July 7, 2016.

Shooting Saddens Attorneys With Police Backgrounds

By Christian Nolan |

In the wake of five police officers being shot to death in Dallas and two years worth of mounting outrage and social unrest over the deaths of black civilians at the hands of police, attorneys with law enforcement backgrounds expressed dismay and sadness at recent events and lamented it could get worse after the Dallas shootings. Others believe smartphones with cameras, as well as social media has put police activity under a microscope.

Mark Dubois

Not Your Father's Law School

No one should start a sentence any more with the words "the problem with law schools…" If anything, they have proved a lot more nimble and adaptable than many of us.

Michelle Ciotola of Cantor Colburn. Courtesy photo

Conn. Law Firms Announce Promotions, Leadership Roles

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

Cantor Colburn recently announced the election of Michelle Ciotola to partner, which was effective June 15.

Strengthening Our Anti-Bullying Laws

The legislature should provide for a private cause of action against any board of education or school employee or official who allows bullies to harm our children regardless of their attempts to comply with the existing anti-bullying statute.

A photo of Bart Palosz is on display during a vigil at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Conn., on Sept. 10, 2013.

Bullying Lawsuits Across the US Spotlight Litigation Challenges

Bart Palosz, 15, shot and killed himself on the first day of school in 2013 after years of alleged bullying. In a wrongful death lawsuit against the town of Greenwich, Connecticut, and its school district, his parents claim the school did nothing to curtail the constant attacks on the socially awkward teen.

State Justices OK Conviction in Case Over Harassing Facebook Posts

By MEGAN SPICER |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has reinstated the conviction of Teri Buhl, who prosecutors said used a fake Facebook account to harass her then-boyfriend's daughter.

The Salvation Army. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL

Salvation Army Hit With Bias Suit

By MEGAN SPICER |

A former employee claims in a federal suit that she was directed to turn away LGBT individuals seeking beds at a Hartford-area shelter.

Former Attorney Faces New Larceny Charge

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A former Hamden attorney who resigned from the bar late last year amid theft allegations is facing another accusation that he stole from a client.

IRS Investigating Facebook Over Ireland Asset Transfer

The U.S. Department of Justice is asking for a court order forcing Facebook Inc. to provide information to the IRS related to its transfer of many of its global assets to its Irish holding company.

Michael Ratner: 1944-2016

It is with deep sadness that we mourn the passing of one of the greatest social justice lawyers of our time. Michael Ratner, who passed away on May 11, spent his life giving voice to victims of human rights abuses around the world.

The Fourth of July and the End of Ramadan

By DEIRDRE DALY |

We all must pledge to remove hatred and intolerance from our midst, and to stay true to the principles of liberty, justice and equality that define America at its best.

Suit Claims Negligence for Not Removing Tree From Foreclosed Property

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

The impact of vacant, foreclosed homes is affecting Connecticut. Two homeowners in Wyndham County have been living through the experience of having a foreclosed home in their neighborhood.

Gun Maker Seeks to Seal Docs in Sandy Hook Suit

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Remington Arms Co., the maker of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle that was used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, has asked a Connecticut judge to seal certain portions of the discovery materials from public view in the high-profile lawsuit against the company.

Edible Arrangements, 1-800-Flowers Settle Dueling Lawsuits

By Christian Nolan |

Edible Arrangements and 1-800-Flowers, competitors in the fruit bouquet market, have agreed to settle their federal lawsuits against one another.

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Cutbacks May Hurt Confidence in Courts

The massive layoffs in the Judicial Branch threaten to undermine public confidence in the courts yet further. It will take uncommon creativity to keep the wheels of justice turning.

Kevin Kane

New Top Prosecutor Picked for New Haven

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Current Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane will serve another five years in his position, while another longtime prosecutor will fill the top spot in New Haven.

George Jepsen

Insurance Companies May Help Conn. Homeowners With Foundation Woes

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Some insurance companies have expressed a willingness to participate in a program that would provide financial help to Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations, according to the state Attorney General's Office.

Law Schools' Veterans Groups Join Forces for Job Placement Push

As an Army engineer tasked with clearing bombs from key roads, Kevin Kirby oversaw 33 fellow service members and millions of dollars of equipment during his first 11-month deployment to Afghanistan in 2009.

Internet, TV Service Ad War Sparks Federal Lawsuit

By MEGAN SPICER |

Frontier's Entry Into Texas and California Markets Met With False Claims by Charter, Complaint Says

Patricia King

Language No Barrier for Traveling Law School Group

By PATRICIA KING |

Law professors and students from Connecticut gain knowledge about American and Nicaraguan law and legal systems from trip to that Central American country.

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Cheshire Home Invasion Killer Drops Appeal

By Associated Press |

One of two men who killed a woman and her two daughters in a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire has dropped his appeal of his conviction.

Woman Awarded $1.8M After Wrong Fallopian Tube Cut in Surgery

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who had the wrong fallopian tube cut by a doctor during surgery, rendering her infertile, has been awarded $1.8 million by a jury in New London.

An MGM Grand employee polishes slot machines at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Court Tosses MGM Resorts’ Suit Over New Connecticut Casino Law

By Megan Spicer |

A federal judge has dismissed MGM Resorts International's suit claiming a new Connecticut law unconstitutionally discriminated against the Native American tribe with which MGM is building a casino rivaling ones in Connecticut.

Connecticut to Receive Over $16M in VW Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

Connecticut is slated to receive more than $16 million as part of a $570 million national settlement between more than 40 states and Volkswagen over its emissions cheating scandal.

Conn. Hosts National Conference on Eyewitness ID Mistakes and Protocols

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

When an intruder broke into Jennifer Thompson's home while she was sleeping in 1984, put a knife to her throat and sexually assaulted her, she vowed to not only survive, but to remember his face so he would be captured.

Editorial: Immigrant Children Deserve Free Legal Representation

Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions known collectively as Miller/Graham established that the scientific community has clearly demonstrated that brain development is not completed during an individual's juvenile years and continues well into their mid-twenties.

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Conn. Firms Move to New Offices, Hire Attorneys

By Law Tribune Staff |
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Norm Pattis: MCLE Might Not Be So Bad

By NORM PATTIS |

Large Conn. Firm Announces Addition of 13 Lawyers

One of the state's largest law firms has added 13 attorneys to its staff in recent months, including four attorneys in Connecticut. The four new Robinson & Cole attorneys in Connecticut focus on data privacy and security, tax law, employee benefits and real estate, among other areas of law.

Court Rules Conn. Inmates Can Be Forced to Provide DNA

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that two men serving prison sentences of more than 30 years each must submit DNA samples as required under state law, or face having the samples taken by force.

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Mark Dubois: In Face of Staffing Shortage, Disciplinary Counsel's Office Should Try New Approach

By MARK DUBOIS |

As fellow Law Tribune columnist Norm Pattis recently noted, my former office, the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, has shrunk.

Judge Dismisses Slander Claim Against Conn. Law Firm

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A federal judge has dismissed a prison inmate's lawsuit claiming a Connecticut attorney defamed him by questioning him during a deposition about whether he had ever sexually assaulted another prisoner.

Judge Gives Green Light to Muslim Family's Bias Lawsuit Against IHOP

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

A federal judge has denied motions to dismiss a lawsuit that was filed by a Muslim family that claim an International House of Pancakes Restaurant in Connecticut refused to serve them.

Conn. Court Says Hospital Can Fire Nurse Who Saved Patient's Life

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Annemarie Morrissey-Manter was a nurse at Hartford's St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center for 32 years. She won awards for her work and received great performance reviews from supervisors.

Legal Community Rocks Out for Good Cause

By MEGAN SPICER |

The images one conjures when thinking of what a lawyer or judge looks like rarely includes instruments, but on Thursday night, band after band full of members of Connecticut's judicial system showed they have more talents than just those they show in the courtroom.

Monte Frank

New 'Civil Gideon' Task Force Has Backing of Legal Community Leaders

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The influx of self-represented parties has put a strain on Connecticut's court system and has raised questions about whether justice is being done when one party in a dispute has a lawyer and the other one does not.

Campbell Barrett

Conn. Court Ruling Makes It Easier to Increase Child Support Payments

By THOMAS SCHEFFEY |

The divorce court battles of the rich have recently been spreading alarm among family lawyers for the poor.

Chief Justice Chase Rogers addressed the June 24 annual meeting of state judges. Another Supreme Court justice told the group that a continuing legal education program was ‘designed to make compliance with its provisions as easy and as inexpensive as possible.’

Conn. Judges Approve Mandatory Continuing Legal Education for State's Lawyers

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The state's judges have voted to require continuing legal education for all licensed attorneys in Connecticut. Lawyers will have to complete 12 annual hours of CLE.

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Norm Pattis: Let Jurors Have the Last Word on Illegal Searches

By NORM PATTIS |

If lawmen can't be trusted to make wise decisions about what laws to enforce and when, then why not let taxpayer's decide?

Joe Garrison

Conn. Judges Say Trade Secrets Case Brought in Bad Faith

By Christian Nolan |

A lawyer for a small competitor in the niche market of selling corporate training products says a Stamford company accused his clients of stealing trade secrets as a way to use the discovery process in litigation to try to uncover further trade secrets for themselves. The state Appellate Court has agreed that plaintiffs brought the lawsuit in bad faith and upheld a judge's decision to award over $171,000 in attorney's fees to the defendant.

Paul Czepiga

Elder Law Firm Opens New Office, Adds Attorneys

By Law Tribune Staff |

One of the state's most prominent elder law practices is expanding for the second time in the past two years. Berlin-based CzepigaDalyPope is opening an office in the Litchfield County town of New Milford and adding two attorneys.

Judge: Defense Department Must Search for Sex Harassment Records

By Megan Spicer |

"Significant" public interest in documents sought by former servicewoman who said she was sexually harassed in Iraq.

Billionaire's Backing of Gawker Suit Raises Questions

By BEN HANCOCK |

Reports that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel bankrolled Hulk Hogan's privacy suit against gossip news site Gawker took the legal industry by surprise. The details also provide a window into the largely self-regulated and growing world of litigation funding.

Opinion Makes Waves in Financing Industry

By DAVID GIALANELLA |

An eight-page opinion out of Atlantic County, New Jersey, imploring courts to carefully vet the sale of structured settlements has caught the attention of industry players nationwide, and highlighted a dearth of useful guidance for judges even 15 years after model legislation was crafted to tame a Wild West marketplace.

John Darer

Structured Settlements Can Help Employment Lawyers

By JOHN DARER |

Connecticut lawyers for employers and employees alike can bring an efficient conclusion to employment litigation by using nonqualified structured settlements to effect tax deferral.

Michael Stratton

Trial Lawyer Stratton Charged for Second Time

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Well-known trial lawyer Michael Stratton has been arrested for the second time in two years following a domestic dispute.

Court to Consider Employee Safety in PETA FOI Case

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ordered a trial judge to determine whether the names of some University of Connecticut animal researchers can be kept secret to protect their safety.

Hewlett-Packard HP 1040 Fax machine.

Editorial: The Good Old Days of Practicing Law

Many lawyers practicing today remember a very different profession that existed when they came to the bar.

John Williams

Court Overturns Suspension of Attorney Who Wasn't Given Time to Prepare for Hearing

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

'From a lawyer's standpoint, it's refreshing to see that there may be limits on the ability of a judge to take a lawyer to the woodshed without the right to prepare and defend,' one attorney said.

Editorial: Pediatricians Aren't Violating Second Amendment By Asking Parents About Guns

In the first few years of a child's life, a pediatrician will ask parents a series of questions about household safety: Do you own a pool? Do you smoke? Do you own a gun? Doctor-parent conversations along these lines are not used to punish or intimidate parents; rather, they are intended for educational purposes regarding child safety measures.

Carla Minniefield

Injury Claim Settles Before Lawsuit Is Even Filed

By Christian Nolan |

A man hit by a car while riding a motorized scooter has settled his claim with the defendant for $1.25 million before even having to file the actual lawsuit.

Woman's Words to Human Resources Tests Pay Fairness Act

By MEGAN SPICER |

Connecticut employee said she complained to HR about pay disparities and was told she'd be fired if she did so again.

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Mark Dubois: Generating New Business Without Crossing Ethical Lines

By Mark Dubois |

Every new system has its kinks and there's often a learning period where the regulators try to fit the new square peg program into the round hole of the existing rules.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy speaks Nov. 6 at a Connecticut Law Review symposium at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford.

Supreme Court Decision Not to Review Conn. Gun Law Draws Mixed Reaction

By MARCIA COYLE |

Top Connecticut officials are praising a U.S. Supreme Court decision to not take up a challenge of Connecticut's assault weapons ban, enacted after the mass shooting of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook elementary school. But Second Amendment advocates say they will continue to look for ways to challenge a gun control law that's been called the toughest in the nation.

The official portrait of former Supreme Court Justice David Borden was unveiled at a ceremony at the state Appellate Court building in Hartford. Borden, right, is next to the artist, Jeanne Ciravolo of Hamden, who worked on the portrait for a month.

Retired Conn. Supreme Court Justice Views New Portrait: 'I Don't Look Like Redford'

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Hundreds of people gathered at the state Appellate Court on June 20 to honor retired state Supreme Court Justice David Borden and to view the unveiling of his formal portrait. Borden became emotional as he spoke to family members, colleagues and friends, who gave him a standing ovation.

The Bushmaster AR-15 rifle Adam Lanza used in the December 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. The shooting killed 20 children and six adults.

Gunmaker Asks for Dismissal of Suit by Sandy Hook Survivors

By Christian Nolan |

A lawyer for Remington Arms asked a Connecticut judge today to dismiss a lawsuit against the gunmaker filed by the families of children and faculty killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court Turns Back Challenge to Post-Sandy Hook Gun Ban

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a challenge to Connecticut’s assault weapons ban, which was enacted after the mass shooting of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook elementary school.

Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland arrives with attorney Reid Weingarten at federal court, Friday, April 11, 2014, in New Haven, Conn.  A grand jury on Thursday returned a seven-count indictment alleging Rowland schemed to conceal involvement with congressional campaigns. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Court Upholds Conviction of Former CT Governor

By Christian Nolan |

A federal appeals court has upheld the political corruption conviction of former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland, who was sentenced last year to two and a half years in prison for seven election-law violations.

Monte Frank

Incoming CBA President Has Ambitious Agenda

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The new leader of the Connecticut Bar Association, Monte Frank, has a long list of goals for his upcoming term, such as increasing diversity among attorneys and advocating for them during the state's budget crisis.

Legal Doctrine Gains Traction In Shooting Cases

By Christian Nolan |

When Julius Burton was 18, he was too young to buy a gun under Wisconsin law, so he paid a friend $40 to do it for him. A month later Burton used that gun to shoot two Milwaukee police officers. The two police officers survived the 2009 shooting, though one has brain damage. Their lawyer sued the gun shop under an action in tort law called negligent entrustment, and they proved the store clerk should have noticed obvious red flags alerting them to a straw sale. A jury awarded nearly $6 million in the case.

This screen grab from a video shows a flamethrower-equipped drone built by a Clinton father and son roasting a turkey.

Drone Videos Lead to Dispute Over FAA Authority

By MEGAN SPICER |

A father and son battle the Federal Aviation Administration over its authority to regulate drones.

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Norm Pattis: Facebook Lawyers Thumb Nose at Conn. Subpoena

By Norm Pattis |

Experienced litigators learn the hard way that some institutions regard themselves as too big to comply with the humdrum requirements of the law.

Thomas Finn

Attorney Gets Reprimand for Drafting Rowland Consulting Contract

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A Branford attorney who was accused of preparing a bogus contract to conceal former Gov. John Rowland's involvement in a congressional campaign has received a reprimand. A three-member reviewing panel of the Statewide Grievance Committee imposed the sanction on Christian Shelton, who may continue to practice law.

Remington, Other Gun Makers, Seek to Have Sandy Hook Lawsuit Dismissed

By Christian Nolan |

Gun makers sued by the families of victims in the Sandy Hook school shooting are once again asking a state judge in Connecticut to dismiss the lawsuit.

Former art dealer David Crespo accused the FBI of 'destroying' his business and reputation, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld his conviction for selling fake artwork and ordered him to pay restitution.  (AP Photo/New Haven Register, Mara Lavitt)

Court Orders Dealer of Phony Artwork to Repay Victims

By MEGAN SPICER |

David Crespo's victims will receive full restitution after being tricked into spending thousands of dollars on fake pieces of art, most of which were purported to be works by Pablo Picasso or Marc Chagall.

U.S. Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan.

Supreme Court Tweaks Rules for Attorney Fees in Copyright Cases

By Scott Graham |

Objective reasonableness is “only an important factor” not a controlling one, Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the unanimous court in a sequel to Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons.

Betsy Ingraham and Ben Pomerantz

Welder Burned in Fire Awarded $1.6M

By Christian Nolan |

A welder who was badly burned on the job after three fire extinguishers all malfunctioned has been awarded $1.6 million by a jury after the U.S. District Court found the plaintiff to be 10 percent at fault, lowering the total verdict to $1,440,000.

Conn. Democrats to Pay $325,000 to Settle Campaign Spending Dispute

By Associated Press |

The Connecticut Democratic Party and the State Elections Enforcement Commission have settled a case involving Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy's 2014 re-election campaign.

The Bushmaster AR-15 rifle Adam Lanza used in the December 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. The shooting killed 20 children and six adults.

Editorial: Yet Again Blood Stains Our Streets

The only thing worse than these events taking place in the first place, would be to leave conditions intact that permit others like them to happen again and again. We must, as a nation, enact effective gun control. It is the perpetuation of evil not to.

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Updated: Judicial Branch Cuts Focus On Juvenile Court Facilities

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The state Judicial Branch has announced a "first round" of courthouse closures deemed necessary to help account for a $77 million reduction in the court system's budget for the upcoming 2016-17 fiscal year.

Mark Henderson

Family Law Boutique to Focus on Dispute Resolution

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

After three decades at the same midsized firm, a Stamford-based attorney has decided to branch out on his own to help families resolve their differences outside of court. Mark Henderson is retiring from Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky, and will be opening his own boutique firm in Stamford in July.

Editorial: Nativist Attacks on Judiciary Threaten Rule of Law

There seems to be no end to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's willingness to go "too far." His recent attacks on California U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, and, by implication and suggestion, other judges of diverse backgrounds, have reached a new low. All lawyers should condemn such unsupported nativist attacks.

Attorney Ray Hassett (left) said he collected a six-figure settlement on behalf of Barbara McLoughlin (right), who lost nearly all her belongings after she was evicted from her home.

Judge Holds State Marshal Accountable for Evicted Homeowner's Missing Belongings

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

A Superior Court judge said state law does not give state marshals the right to 'dispose of the personal property of the person subject to ejectment other than to store it in a designated facility.'

Updated: Two Sandy Hook Plaintiffs Want $11 Million to Settle With Newtown, School District

By Christian Nolan |

The parents of two first-graders killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre are offering to settle their wrongful death lawsuit against Newtown and its school district for $5.5 million each.

Updated: Budget Cuts Lead to Closure of Four Court Facilities

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The state Judicial Branch has announced a "first round" of courthouse closures deemed necessary to help account for a $77 million reduction in the court system's budget for the upcoming 2016-17 fiscal year.

Fired Museum Director Files Racial Discrimination Claim

By MEGAN SPICER |

A children's museum is not a place one would expect to find a hostile work environment. But one former manager is claiming she was subject to verbal abuse at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk and was eventually fired for no reason, according to a federal lawsuit filed in Connecticut.

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Mark Dubois: Lawyers Should Beware of Mortgage Fraud Scams

By MARK DUBOIS |

Given that the last big meltdown in the housing market happened about nine years ago and some commentators are warning of a new bubble, watch out for a new round of mortgage fraud cases with the inevitable lawyer victims in the mix.

Stormwater Chamber Design at Core of Patent Battle

By Christian Nolan |

Competitors in the niche market of stormwater chamber manufacturing are also going head-to-head in a Connecticut federal court after one accused the other of patent infringement.

Texts From An Ex Don't Constitute Stalking, Judge Finds

By Megan Spicer |

When do a texting ex's messages to his former girlfriend cross the line from bitter banter to stalking behavior? A Waterbury Superior Court judge has defined that line, in a win for the defendant.

Attorney Lisa Rivas of Cramer & Anderson recently received the Above and Beyond Award for her efforts. Rivas has been a volunteer at the  Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury, where she teaches a popular citizenship course.

Attorney Honored for Pro Bono Efforts to Help Immigrants Pass Naturalization Test

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Through her work in immigration law, attorney Lisa Rivas meets many people who want to become U.S. citizens, but are nervous about the naturalization process.

Conn. Federal Judges Create Programs to Reduce Recidivism

By MEGAN SPICER |

Gov. Dannel Malloy's Second Chance Society legislation has recently faced pushback from lawmakers who recently declined to reform the state's bail system or raise the maximum age for juvenile court jurisdiction from 17 to 20. But state officials are not alone in their efforts to keep individuals out of prison. The Connecticut federal courts have established one successful program and are about to launch a second.

Six Men Settle Lawsuits Linked to Sex Assault on Teenager

By Associated Press |

Six of seven men sued in connection with the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl at a New Year's Eve party in Connecticut in 2009 when they were all middle school students have settled claims against them made in the victim's lawsuit.

Basketball captain Jack Montague was expelled from Yale in February, about a month before the team qualified for the NCAA tournament. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Former Basketball Captain Sues Yale Over Expulsion for Alleged Sexual Assault

By MEGAN SPICER |

Lawyers for Jack Montague, who was expelled in February, say Yale was bent on making an example of him and deprived him of due process.

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Norm Pattis: Assistant Disciplinary Counsel's Departure Raises Questions

By Norm Pattis |

Is it just me, or do you also get the sense that all is not well in the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel? It appears that a revolving door is spitting folks out of the top slots a little too quickly these days. Why?

For Now, Toyota Avoids Liability in Conn. Unexpected Acceleration Accident

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

Complaints about unintended acceleration of Toyota vehicles leading to accidents have dogged the automaker for years, resulting in hundreds of millions in lawsuit payouts. But Toyota has not lost every skirmish in that long legal battle.

Court Says Conn. Hospitals Can Be Held Liable for Mistakes by Nonemployee Doctors

By Christian Nolan |

In the case of a gastric bypass surgery gone wrong, a divided Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that a plaintiff can recover damages under a theory of vicarious liability that holds the hospital liable for the medical malpractice of its nonemployee doctors.

Retired Attorney Who Drove Past School Buses Loses Wrongful Arrest Lawsuit

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A retired attorney was arrested after he allegedly drove on a sidewalk to get around parked school buses outside a Weston school. Afterward, he filed a lawsuit against town officials, accused a judge of bias and, recently, lost his claim.

Norwalk Company Sues Pepsi Over Super Bowl Ad

By MEGAN SPICER |

Betty Advertising argues that the commercial concept it developed and the reality that played out on TV were virtually the same: the artist walked through rooms, singing and dancing in the styles of different decades.

Editorial: Federal Government Should Block Funds to States That Pass Discriminatory Laws

In separate letters to Gov. Patrick McCrory, the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Department of Justice is taking on HB2, North Carolina's sweeping anti-LGBT law.

Psychologist David Meyers told a Superior Court judge that the presence of Summer, a yellow Labrador retriever, might help an alleged sex abuse victim testify with less anxiety.

Conn. Court Allows 'Comfort Dogs' to Aid Testimony of Child Witnesses in Sex Abuse Cases

By Paul Sussman |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that it's legally acceptable for "comfort dogs" to accompany children who must testify in court in criminal sexual abuse cases.

Judge Says Unhappy House Sellers Can't Sue Owners of Blighted Property Next Door

By KAREN ALI |

Can you sue your neighbor if their poorly maintained house allegedly holds down the selling price of your own home? A former Ridgefield couple pursued that legal argument, but were recently shot down by a federal judge.

Editorial: Judges, Do the Right Thing and Approve MCLE

When the Superior Court Rules Committee conducted a public hearing last month on the rule it had earlier approved and then made only minor, insignificant changes, the penultimate step was taken in the long-running effort to implement Minimum Continuing Legal Education in Connecticut.

Defense Verdict Allows Mall to Escape Liability for Escalator Rider's Injury

By Christian Nolan |

A Bridgeport jury has rendered a defense verdict in the case of a woman who sued a Trumbull mall after breaking an ankle trying to walk up an escalator whose stairs were moving downwards.

Conn. Judicial Branch Says It Won't Fill 200 Positions

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The state Judicial Branch has announced a strict hiring freeze and attrition plan, a move expected to reduce the branch's workforce by another 200, part of court administrators' efforts to bring branch spending within the recently approved 2016-17 budget.

Conn. Justices Uphold Conviction, But Discourage Shackling of Defendants During Trial

By Associated Press |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld the burglary and assault convictions of a man who claimed his constitutional rights were violated because he was ordered to remain shackled during his trial.

Suzanne Sutton

Disciplinary Counsel Steps Down, Will Defend Attorneys in Ethics Cases

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

An attorney in the state Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel is resigning later this month to take a position at a private law firm.

A Digital-First Mindset for the Connecticut Law Tribune

By Hank Grezlak |

Because of shifting reader habits, and to better serve our audience, we're excited to announce that the Connecticut Law Tribune will be shifting to a digital-first approach to covering the news come July.

Gary Mastronardi

Conn. Medical Examiner Budget Cuts Worry Defense Bar

By MEGAN SPICER |

The legal community will likely feel a significant impact from hundreds of layoffs already announced by the Judicial Branch and the offices that oversee the state's prosecutors and public defenders.

Editorial: Altering the Law to Affect Individual Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court's April 20 decision in Bank Markazi v. Peterson was widely noted because it upheld the right of American nationals to seek damages from foreign state sponsors of terrorism in American courts. It's an important case from that perspective. But it's also important for what it says about the interaction between the judicial branch and the political branches of the federal government.

Fired Nurse Challenges Placement on State's Abuse/Neglect Registry

By MEGAN SPICER |

On the night of Sept. 2, 2013, Susan Tyrol-Bagcal got a call from the Oak Hill School, a group home in Bristol, where she was a nurse. One of the residents had spilled hot coffee, causing burns on her chest and stomach.

Complaints About Hospital Pension Plan Lead to $107 Million Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

A Hartford hospital has agreed to settle a lawsuit for $107 million over allegations that the Catholic Church-affiliated health system failed to comply with federal rules.

Editorial: Communities Need Better Way to Probe Police Misconduct

The persistent eruption of violence and protest by our citizens who confront and attack law enforcement attempting to enforce laws or subdue unrest cries out for a new approach to dealing with the ultimate outcomes of needless fatalities, the unjustified use of deadly force and civil rights violations

Mercel Bernier

Business Attorneys Praise New LLC Reform Law

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

Overhaul is designed to clarify incorporation and litigation issues.

Robert Singer

Appellate Court Overturns Burn Victim's $2.9 Million Award

By MEGAN SPICER |

In January 2007, Samuel Kearse says the heat was not working in his New Haven apartment. His solution was to turn on the gas stove. In the process, his clothes caught fire and he was left with second- and third-degree burns all over his body, according to court records.

Consultant's Lawsuit Accuses Conn. Senate Candidate of Sexual Harassment

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A political consultant hired by Republican U.S. Senate candidate August Wolf is accusing him of sexual harassment in a recently filed lawsuit.

Verrilli, Who Defended Obama Policies in Landmark Cases, is Leaving Justice Department

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. is leaving office on June 24 and will be replaced as acting SG by Ian Gershengorn, the principal deputy, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday.

U.S. Chamber, Business Groups Sue Labor Dept. Over New Fiduciary Rule

By C. Ryan Barber |

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business and financial industry groups sued in federal court Wednesday to block a new U.S. Labor Department rule that raises the standards stockbrokers must meet when they give retirement guidance.

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Norm Pattis: Judges' Conference Offers Intriguing, But Unrealistic Ideas

By Norm Pattis |

I was a stranger in a strange land late in May, when, at the invitation of U.S. District Judge Warren Eginton, I attended the 2016 Second Circuit Judicial Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York.

James Nugent

Real Estate Investment Lawsuit Results in $3.2 Million Award

By Christian Nolan |

In a decadelong dispute that is not yet over, a Greenwich lawyer accused of breaching a commercial real estate deal has been ordered to pay $3.2 million.

Sonya Dockett was an in-house attorney for Aetna and ConnectiCares and active in fundraising for numerous arts and community organizations.

Conn. Attorney's Family Sues Airline After Lightning Strike Death

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The family of a Connecticut attorney is suing American Airlines and a South Carolina airport, claiming their decision to let passengers disembark from a commercial plane during a thunderstorm led to the attorney being struck by lightning.

Group Home Operator Reaches $1.5 Million Settlement With State

By MEGAN SPICER |

State and federal officials have reached a $1.5 million settlement with a former Connecticut group home operator that was alleged to have submitted improper Medicaid claims for interest expenses

Ian McLachlan

Conn. Switches to National Bar Exam Without Consulting Judges

By C. Ian McLachlan |

The 23-member Connecticut Bar Examining Committee (CBEC) recently voted 8-6 to adopt the so-called Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), which is, in effect, a national bar exam, beginning with the February 2017 exam. However, the CBEC also voted 8-5 against submitting the question of whether Connecticut should adopt the national bar exam to the annual meeting of the judges of the Superior Court.

Bill Takes Aim at Reducing Juvenile Prison Population

By MEGAN SPICER |

Some officials refer to it as the school-to-prison pipeline. And they want to slow the flow of juveniles who pass through it

Court Upholds Conn. Accountant's Conviction After Disputed Computer Search

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A federal appeals court has upheld the tax evasion conviction of a Connecticut accountant who complained that the federal government searched files in his computer that weren't covered by a search warrant.

The 200 or so graduates of the University of Connecticut School of Law were urged by a federal appeals court judge to devote at least part of their efforts to public service.

Improving Job Market Leads to Optimism Among Law School Graduates

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The latest class of Connecticut law school graduates donned their caps and gowns and marched to get their diplomas in May. After years of study and hard work, their new challenge is finding a job. The good news is the legal employment market continues to improve here in Connecticut, just as it has on the national level.

Editorial: State Should Make Amends for Witchcraft Executions

During the course of the 17th century approximately a dozen men and women were judicially murdered by the colony of Connecticut in witchcraft prosecutions. These killings remain a grievous blot on the judicial history of this state.

Conn. Psychiatrist Settles False Claims Complaint for $423,000

By Christian Nolan |

A 75-year-old Newtown psychiatrist accused of improper billing practices has reached a joint federal and state civil settlement for nearly $423,000.

Former congressional and Senate candidate Lee Whitnum said Greenwich officials violated the Constitution’s Establishment Clause when they allowed a bar mitzvah and an Israeli flag-raising ceremony at town hall.

Court Dismisses Constitutional Claim Involving Bar Mitzvah at Town Hall

By MEGAN SPICER |

The Second Circuit has upheld a district court judge's dismissal of Lisa "Lee" Whitnum's claim that Greenwich improperly allowed its town hall to be used for a bar mitzvah and Israeli flag-raising ceremony in violation of the U.S. Constitution's Establishment Clause.

Denise Zamore and Eric Greenberg

Conn. Corporate Lawyers Mobilize to Help Veterans Obtain Benefits

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

Denise Zamore and Eric Greenberg are corporate attorneys working for a Fortune 500 giant, more likely to wear suits to work than uniforms. But they both have a connection to the 2.1 million soldiers and sailors in the United States.

Chase Rogers

Divided Conn. Court Again Upholds Death Penalty Ban

By Christian Nolan |

On second thought, the death penalty is still unconstitutional in the state of Connecticut. That's according to the state Supreme Court, which, for the second time since August, ruled that capital punishment violates the state Constitution's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

Judge Order Prejudgment Remedy Against Attorney Accused of Improper Eviction

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A Westport attorney has been accused of mishandling the estate of a Darien woman and improperly evicting two of the deceased woman's daughters from the family home.

Court Says Murder Victim's Mother Can't Sue Cops, Prosecutors

By Christian Nolan |

Asher Glace was a key witness in a murder case when she became a murder victim. Her family filed suit, claiming that police and state prosecutors knew she was in danger. But now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld a lower court ruling dismissing the family's claim.

UPDATE: CT Supreme Court Continues Stance On Death Penalty

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The state's highest court has essentially ruled for the second time in less than a year that the death penalty violates the state constitution's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

John Williams

Judge Allows Excessive-Force Suit to Move Forward

By MEGAN SPICER |

Two Middletown police officers cannot claim qualified immunity in an excessive-force case filed against them over a 2012 incident involving a homeless woman, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled.

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Norm Pattis: Reassessment Needed in Freddie Gray Prosecutions

By Norm Pattis |

Two criminal trials now completed, one to a jury, the other to a lone judge, and still no conviction. Will no one be held accountable for the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore?

Judge Harry Calmar

Disabled Woman Wins $5M Verdict Over Sex Abuse

By Christian Nolan |

A judge in Putnam has awarded over $5.6 million to the estate of a severely mentally handicapped woman who was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a worker at a group home in Danielson.

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Proposal Means Showdown on Who Can Practice Law

By MARK DUBOIS |

A few days ago a proposed change to the pro hac vice rule was forwarded to the full judges' meeting by the Rules Committee. If passed this June, it may set the stage for a showdown between the branches of government that has been brewing for some time. Maybe that's a good thing.

Former Ruby Tuesday Managers Sue in Wage Dispute

By MEGAN SPICER |

Two former Ruby Tuesday employees who claim the restaurant chain denied them overtime pay when they worked many 50-hour or more weeks are seeking class action status in their litigation against their former employer.

Richard Hayber

Grocery Chain Reaches $5M Settlement in Pay Dispute

By Christian Nolan |

Pending approval from a federal court judge, The Fresh Market grocery chain has struck a $5 million settlement with department managers who say they were shortchanged on overtime pay.