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Conn. Man Sues Police After Three Mistaken Identity Arrests


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.

U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill of the District of Connecticut

Aetna Claims HR Firm Failed to Repay $233,000 in Seed Money


Pursuit of Excellence received the seed money in order to administer COBRA benefits and flexible spending accounts for city employees in Fort Worth, Texas.

Mark Dubois

No Lie: Ethics Rules on 'Pretexting' Vary

Sometimes best intentions lead to bad results. There is a celebrated case where a state’s attorney pretended to be a public defender in order to get a barricaded murderer to agree to surrender himself without the loss of his life or others’. Despite feeling bad about it, the court disciplined him. Rules are rules.

Dan Blinn

Forced Arbitration: A Clear But Fragile Trend Favoring Consumers and Employees


Collectively, these regulatory actions represent significant gains for consumers and employees. However, these gains are not secured. Given the current political climate, it remains to be seen whether these consumer and employee protections will be secured.

Peter Benner

A Checkup for Dispute Resolution in Health Care


The health care system is built on a complex matrix of relationships: clinician to clinician, patient to clinician, device vendor to medical services provider, etc. Within and among those relationships there is vast opportunity for conflict, which happens every hour of every day.

Heather Gerken

Meet Heather Gerken, Yale's First Woman Law Dean

By Karen Sloan |

We caught up with the federalism and election law expert to discuss her new gig, the challenges that await, and her hobby as an amateur novelist.

Bridgeport Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy in Fraud Case


A Bridgeport-based attorney pleaded guilty in Hartford federal court Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud related to a long-running scheme that targeted distressed Connecticut homeowners.

Hilary Miller

Drafting the Administration Clause: The Administrator

By Hilary B. Miller |

The choices made at the drafting stage may have significant consequences regarding the timeliness and cost of resolving future disputes of different sizes and types.

Jonathan Tropp

Why I Like Being a Mediator


There is much truth in the old adage that a good mediated settlement is one in which both sides are a little unhappy. Nevertheless, because a mediated outcome is always optional, each side is, by definition, less unhappy than it was before settlement.

Allstate Corp.

Allstate to Pay $200K in Car Crash Settlement


The deal was reached in mediation on the day before trial, according to plaintiff's counsel Mark Kochanowicz.

Microsoft, Stripe Urge Federal Bank Regulators to Go Cautiously on Cyber Regs

By Joel Stashenko |

Microsoft and Stripe are urging federal banking regulators not to draw cybersecurity rules for the largest banks so narrowly that they exclude innovative technologies developed by innovative third-party providers.

Landlord Dispute Heads to Arbitration After $240,000 Judgment for Tenant

By Robert Storace |

Most of the award covered emotional distress after a Superior Court judge determined the landlord retaliated against the tenant for filing a complaint with the city of Hartford.

Heather Gerken.

Yale Names Heather Gerken as First Woman Law Dean

By Karen Sloan |

University officials announced Tuesday that Yale Law professor Heather Gerken, 48, will assume the deanship on July 1, replacing outgoing dean Robert Post.

Attorney Resigns From Bar for Life Over Client Grievances


Louis S. Avitabile was accused of mishandling settlement funds, failing to represent a client in a criminal matter and forging a client's name on a check.

Connecticut Supreme Court.

Injured Police Officers Ask State Supreme Court to Let Them Seek Damages


The officers claim two property owners were willfully or wantonly negligent in causing their injuries in separate incidents.

Joe Lieberman.

Connecticut Fires Back at Schaghticoke Tribal Nation's $600M Suit

By Robert Storace |

Connecticut claims the tribe lacks standing to bring a lawsuit seeking compensation for land allegedly taken from its reservation hundreds of years ago. The state also claims it has sovereign immunity.

Mark Dubois

It's True—All This Craziness Is Good

Like him or hate him (the Republic seems to be evenly split on that issue), you have to admit that President Trump's blunderbuss approach to the presidency has created a huge interest among the governed in what's happening in the government. We've gone from "No Drama Obama" to "Donald the Disruptor."

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Preserving Client Files When Moving a Law Firm


A key step for every law firm in limiting risk is to adopt a written document retention policy specifying the practices, procedures, and protocols for every employee in the law firm.

U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden of the District of Connecticut

'Love Them Both' Sparks Trademark Spat Between Pregnancy Nonprofits

By Robert Storace |

A Connecticut company's trademark application for "Love Them Both" was rejected in December for being too similar to Birthright's "We Love Them Both!"

Subway Wants $8 Million From App Maker for Trademark Violations


The lawsuit filed in Connecticut federal court Friday claims an Indian app designer is using the fast-food chain's likeness to make money.

Ron Etemi

Jury Awards Woman $54,000 After Struck by Underinsured Driver


A Connecticut jury found the woman's own insurance provider must cover the balance of medical costs not covered by the other driver's insurance company.

Point72 Asset Management.

Suit Seeks Reparations for Fire That Destroyed Billionaire's Artwork

By Robert Storace |

Two insurance companies claim negligence caused a fire that destroyed artwork that belonged to former hedge fund giant Steven A. Cohen.

Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse.

Class Action Targeting Pharma Giant's Fax Advertisements Reinstated

By Robert Storace |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that a fax from Boehringer Ingelheim inviting a chiropractic clinic's employees to a dinner promoting a drug is enough to state a valid claim.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where a three-judge panel heard arguments on the halting of the immigration ban.

Ninth Circuit, Asserting Its Role, Keeps Nationwide Block on Travel Ban in Place

By Ross Todd |

If there's a way to respond to a president who has taken aim at the federal judiciary, it's to speak with one voice. That's just what the Ninth Circuit did on Thursday with its per curiam opinion that struck back at the notion that a president's actions are unreviewable.

Hugh Keefe

5 Questions: Hugh Keefe Addresses Balancing Civil, Criminal Law

By Robert Storace |

Keefe was the first attorney certified for criminal and civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Mark Dubois

Another Branch of Government Flexes Muscles on Lawyer Regulation

Maybe the thing to do is for each branch of government to send two or three emissaries to neutral ground (Providence? Newport?) where they could hash out who controls what, and which areas, if any, are matters of exclusive, coequal or overlapping authority.

Brendan Faulkner

No Collateral Source Reduction Is Permitted If Any Right of Subrogation Exists


Ending his case before the president in Hamilton's "Cabinet Battle No. 2," Thomas Jefferson quips, "And if you don't know, now you know." That line could equally describe the Connecticut Supreme Court's recent decision in 'Marciano v. Jimenez,' which reversed the trial court's collateral source reduction and clarified the proper application of a statute many believed clear from the outset.

U.S. District Court in Hartford, Connecticut.

Sun West Hit with $800,000 Breach of Contract Suit


A Connecticut company claims the mortgage giant has refused to pay it for services rendered.

Law Tribune Seeking Articles on Alternative Dispute Resolution

Later this month, the Connecticut Law Tribune will publish a special section on alternative dispute resolution and is seeking submissions from contributing authors.

Richard Clifton, Michelle Friedland, and William Canby.

In Travel Ban Appeal, Judges Don't Accept 'We’re in a Rush' Excuse

By Scott Graham |

Lawyers prepared for Tuesday's Ninth Circuit arguments under extreme time pressure. But the judges wouldn't cut them any breaks.

Woman Injured During Taping of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' Sues ABC


The woman was seriously injured when she tripped over television cables while being escorted to her seat.


MetLife Hit With $50M Class Action Alleging Unpaid Overtime


A putative class action filed today in U.S. District Court for Connecticut charges insurance powerhouse MetLife Inc. with withholding more than $50 million in overtime pay to claims specialists since late 2013.

Stamford Superior Court

Jury Sides With Doctors, Neonatology Group in Boys Death


The parents of a 3-year-old boy said doctors were "negligent" in the treatment of their son, who was born with a rare respiratory condition.

ABA Rejects Stricter Bar-Pass Rule for Law Schools

By Karen Sloan and Celia Ampel |

A coalition of law deans and diversity advocates mounted a fourth-quarter campaign against the proposal.

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, addressing media during a meeting with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), on February 1, 2017.

Gorsuch Supports Two-Year Law School, but Scalia Dissents

By Marcia Coyle |

Judge Neil Gorsuch and President Barack Obama agree at least on one thing: a third-year of law school should be optional. Gorsuch questioned the need for three years of law school in a September 2015 paper he presented at the United Kingdom-United States Legal Exchange in London. One of Gorsuch's legal heroes—the late Justice Antonin Scalia—vigorously objected to the notion of two-year law school.

Veteran Accepts $422,018 for Dog Attack on Eve of Trial


The Afghanistan veteran said an attack by two junkyard dogs that left him severely injured was worse than the combat he saw overseas.

Man Admits to Swindling $900,000 in Investment Ponzi Scheme


Anthony G. Sciarra, 53, used some of the money he took to repay victims after claiming they earned larger-than-average returns on financial investments.

50 Cent

50 Cent Goes After Reed Smith for $35 Million in Sex Tape Trial Loss

By Robert Storace |

The rapper, known as Curtis James Jackson III, claims the law firm's failure to represent him left him on the hook for a $7 million jury verdict.

Rachel Kushel of the Hartford law firm of Robinson & Cole.

Employees Forced to Quit Find Some Relief in Conn. Courts


Labor lawyers say they are seeing more cases where judges rule employees are still entitled to unemployment benefits if changes in work conditions force them to quit.

Protesters at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday.

Letters Protest Trump Actions on Immigration, Yates

By Mark Hamblett |

Former judges, prosecutors and defenders are protesting President Donald Trump's sweeping order restricting immigration from seven Muslim countries and his sacking of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to defend it.

Mark Dubois

'I Am a Lawyer and I'm Here to Help.'

Suddenly, we who understand such concepts as due process, the supremacy clause, and separation of powers get attention at cocktail parties and dinners when asked the inevitable, ‘Can he do that?’ or ‘Is that even legal?’

Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Trump Chooses Neil Gorsuch, Ivy League Conservative, for Supreme Court

By Tony Mauro |

In choosing Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump opted for a candidate with traditional credentials shared by most modern-day justices. A Colorado native with a degree from Harvard Law School, Gorsuch clerked for Justice Byron White and Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. "In our legal order, it is for Congress and not the courts to write new laws. It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives," Gorsuch said at the White House.

Jeffrey Alker Meyer, professor of Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut. July 24, 2013. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Doctor Files Class Action Over Unwanted Faxes


The suit claims HMN violated federal law by using faxes to advertise its health-related television programming.

Group Home Employee Loses Appeal to Get Off Abuse and Neglect Registry


The woman was allowed to resign with $3,000 in back pay after an incident that left a resident injured, but that agreement did not keep her off the registry.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

What to Consider Before Taking On a Contract Attorney

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

The benefits to using contract attorneys are usually obvious in that they can assist firms with meeting client budgetary demands without sacrificing efficiency. However, as with many aspects of project management, the use of contract attorneys can create risks for the firms that hire them.

U.S. District Court in Hartford, Connecticut.

Filmmaker Accused of Stealing Money for PTSD Documentary


A lawsuit moved to federal court in Connecticut claims Michael King Productions misused hundreds of thousands of dollars earmarked for filming.

With Eyes on Trump, Legal Marijuana Warily Rolls Along

By Melissa Hoffmann |

For legal marijuana, business is booming—but the industry's rapid growth has resulted in landmines for proprietors and the attorneys who advise them.

Jeffrey Meyer

Woman Gets 4 Years in Prison for Defrauding Employer


Debra Biagi was also ordered to pay more than $700,000 and given three years supervised release.

Bill O'Sullivan

The Unexpected Lawyer Who Mastered the Law of Business


A few years out of college during the real estate boom of the mid-1980s, Bill O'Sullivan said he "developed the vague idea that I might want to be a real estate attorney." That changed in 1986 when O'Sullivan and his then-fiancee, now wife, Joy attended a wedding and chatted with a guest who was about to attend law school. "To that point, the idea of law school had been buried in my subconscious. The next day, though, lying on a large rock after hiking, I had the revelation I should go to law school." The next day he drove to the University of Connecticut Law School and picked up his application and the Norwalk native, an attorney since 1990, never looked back.

Connecticut Appellate Court in Hartford.

Upholding Governmental Immunity, Upends Verdict Against Town for Pedestrian Struck by Impaired Driver


The Connecticut Appellate Court has unanimously overturned a lower court jury verdict originally awarding $12.2 million, but later reduced to $5.9 million by the judge, against East Haven in favor of a teenage pedestrian who was severely injured after being struck by an alleged impaired driver detained and then released by local police.

Bradford Berenson

TGP Taps Connecticut In-House Lawyer as GC

By Sue Reisinger |

Bradford Berenson knows what it means to respond to pressure and power, having served as associate counsel to President George W. Bush during and in the aftermath of 9/11. Now Berenson is taking his first general counsel role, joining TPG, a global alternative asset firm.

Eric P. Smith of the Faxon Law Group

Hartford Hospital Hit With $5.8 Million Verdict in Patient's Death


The jury found hospital staff failed to reconnect the wires of the patient's pacemaker before giving him drugs that slowed his heart rate.

Federal Judge Rules Against Tribes in Cigarette-Tax Dispute

By Joel Stashenko |

State laws that tax tobacco sales by Native American vendors from two western New York tribes to non-Indians do not infringe on tribal sovereignty or other constitutional rights, a federal judge ruled.

New Haven Superior Court

Judge Awards $75,290 to Woman Hit by Uninsured Driver


Nancy Lydell was originally offered a $15,000 settlement for injuries that included a permanent ringing in her ears.

Mark Dubois

Consumer Protection Dept. Steps Back Into Attorney Regulation


My concern is, with many folks regulating the same thing, lawyers may be whipsawed between differing and competing interpretations of laws, rules and opinions. If I bring my ad to the Grievance Committee and obtain an advisory opinion that it is OK, does Consumer Protection still have power to say that it is not?

In PACER Suit, a Class Action Even Defense Lawyers Can Love

By Amanda Bronstad |

Paying too much for PACER? You could get an email notice later this spring to join a class action that seeks refunds for several hundred thousand people who allege the electronic court service has charged excessive fees.

Court Declines to Reconsider Microsoft Email Seizure Ruling

By Mark Hamblett |

Emails stored on a Microsoft server abroad remain beyond the grasp of U.S. law enforcement following the narrow defeat of the government's motion for rehearing en banc Tuesday.

Use of 'Edible' Sparks Foodie Trademark Spat

By Samantha Joseph |

Edible Arrangements is seeking damages and an injunction barring registration of a trademark belonging to Edible Commerce Consulting.

More Must Be Done to Ensure Safe Child Care

All these require money and attention. But more is needed. The problem of substandard and poorly funded day care should not fall solely on a state agency.

Alan Barry

How Trump Interview Brought Connecticut Lawyer's Photography Into Focus


Personal inury lawyer Alan Barry says there are parallels between his photography business and his law business.

Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut

Sandy Hook Plaintiffs' Path to Trial Seen as Uphill

By Robert Storace |

As the Connecticut Supreme Court is expected to begin later this year to hear an appeal from several families whose loved ones were killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and who are seeking to hold manufacturers of the gun used responsible, legal experts, attorneys and law professors say the plaintiffs have a long, uphill battle.

Fund Mental Health

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.

Hartford, Connecticut, Superior Court

Attorney Who 'Stole Often and Much' Disbarred 20 Years


The disbarment marks the second time Craig Larsen, formerly of Craig Larsen Law Offices, has been disciplined for embezzling funds from a client.

Connecticut Appellate Court Judge Socrates Mihalakos

Appellate Court Rules Man Rightly Fired for Lying About Jury Duty Cancellation


The decision overturns a Connecticut Superior Court order that found the man was entitled to workers' compensation benefits.

Judge Sides With Woman Mauled by Dogs, Awards $132,295 for Injuries


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.

Neal Feigenson of Quinnipiac University School of Law

Little-Used Sensory Evidence Tackled in Quinnipiac Associate Dean's Book


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.

Fired GE Employee Files Age Discrimination Suit


The suit claims a supervisor repeatedly made disparaging remarks about older employees' ages, including call them a "bunch of old men."

Man Gets Prison for Using Fake Attorney to Scam Veterans


Vietnam veteran John J. Simon Jr. told his victims he could hire an attorney to increase their Social Security or veteran benefits.

Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford.

Court Must Clarify Effect of 'Ostensible Concurrence'

These options grant some certainty to the lingering question: When the majority of the court speaks, are they speaking for the court?

Mandatory CLE Improves Access to Justice

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.

Andrew M. Eliot of Broder & Orland in Westport, Connecticut

Dividing Qualified Retirement Plan in Divorce Via a Qualified Domestic Relations Order


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.

Judge OKs Fraud, Breach-of-Contract Suit Against Nationwide Insurance


A Connecticut woman claims the insurance company has increased the cost of two $500,000 policies to the point that they are worthless.

Mohegan Sun casino

Attorneys Can't Ignore Tribal Courts

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.

John Cerreta

John Cerreta Talks Clerking for Alito, Commercial Litigation Changes


The Day Pitney partner said the experience clerking for a U.S. Supreme Court justice showed him which arguments work and which fail.

Jeffrey Wisner

UConn's First JD-MD Grad Confronts Talk of 'Betrayal'


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.

Christopher J. Murray of the Haymond Law Firm in Hartford, Connecticut.

Woman Injured in Car Accident Gets $385,000 After Mediation


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.

Mark Dubois

New Connecticut MCLE Rule May Have Unintended Consequences

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.

Appellate Court: No Pregnancy Discrimination in Dentist's Firing


The ruling agreed that the employer was willing to make accommodations, including limiting exposure to X-ray radiation and working around her morning sickness.

Legislature Gets It Right on Divorce, But Judicial Website Lags

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.”

U.S. Federal Courthouse in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Former Cop Claims He Was Discriminated Against for PTSD


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.

Hartford, Connecticut, Superior Court

Conn. Attorney Suspended for Blowing Off Clients


Attorney Anthony V. Zeolla was suspended for five years and ordered to pay restitution for failing to represent three people in foreclosure proceedings.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

5 Questions for Jeff Sessions on White-Collar Enforcement, Regulations

By C. Ryan Barber |

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.

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

High Court Turns Down Case Against Classifieds Site, but Scrutiny Persists

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a Communications Decency Act challenge to the operators of the online advertising site, but the company's owner and operators continue to face criminal allegations in California and increased political scrutiny in Washington.

Karen Jalkut, left, and Jeffrey Zaino

Services AAA's New Standalone Arbitration Services Explained


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

Former Attorney Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud Scheme


David Quatrella, formerly of Quatrella & Rizio, faces five years in prison and has agreed to forfeit $272,000.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Break Bad Work Habits and Creating Good Ones in the New Year

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

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.

Mickey Sherman

Mickey Sherman: 'Nothing to Rejoice About' in Skakel Decision


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.

Eve Runyon

Law Students Performed 2.2 Million Pro Bono Hours Last Year

By Karen Sloan, |

In between reading cases and studying for exams, law students found time in 2016 to take on volunteer legal work — a lot of it.

Mark Dubois

Liars Never Prosper

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.

David King was associate dean at the Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Remembering Our Friend, David S. King

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.

Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions.

Law Schools Pile on the Opposition to Sessions' AG Nomination

By Karen Sloan |

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.

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut in New Haven.

DMHAS Accused of Targeting Black, Unionized Employee

By Robert Storace |

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.


Asians and Hispanics Make Small Diversity Gains in Firms

By Karen Sloan |

The percentage of minority lawyers in U.S. law firms crept up in 2016, but that progress was not across the board.

U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Congress Takes a Step in the Right Direction on Opioid Epidemic

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.

Handcuffs with gavel on a wood background.

The Perplexing Dilemma of Too Many Crimes

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.

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut in New Haven.

Ex-Attorney Pleads Guilty to Siphoning From Clients' Trust Funds


According to federal prosecutors, John O'Brien stole $824,000 from four clients.

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut in New Haven.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Slapped with Class Action Securities Suit

By Robert Storace |

The suit accuses the company of overstating the strength of Soliris, one of the most expensive drugs in the world.


Puffery vs. Lying in Mediation

By Jay H. Sandak |

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.

Appeals Court Reverses Judge's Dismissal of 'Bait and Switch' Suit

By Robert Storace |

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.

Lawyer in JonBenet Ramsey Libel Case Calls Out CBS for Fake News

By R. Robin McDonald |

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.

L. Lin Wood.

$750M Suit Filed Against CBS Over JonBenet Ramsey Broadcast

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.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building

Ruling May Tee-Up Power of SEC ALJs for High Court Review

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.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly

Conn.'s Top Fed Focused on Anti-Corruption, Police Partnerships

By Robert Storace |

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.

Mark Dubois

The Year Ahead for Lawyers

By Mark Dubois |

From the worst of times will come the best of times, and being a lawyer will continue to be an honorable calling.

In Support of Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

The United States accounts for 5 percent of the world's population and 25 percent of the world's inmates.

Vince McMahon

WWE Moves to Toss Another Concussion Lawsuit

By Robert Storace |

The WWE also asks a federal judge to reprimand the attorney behind the lawsuit for cribbing a concussion lawsuit involving the NFL.

Attorney Adrian Baron

Law Firm Tips for Avoiding the Year-End Cash Grab

By Robert Storace and Roy Strom |

Closing past-due accounts can be a pain. Here's how some law firms clean up their books heading into the new year.

Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut

Sandy Hook, Education Funding Fight Top 2017's Cases to Watch


Here are five legal cases to watch for during the new year.

To Address Education Inequality, Fix Barriers to Income Integration

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.

John Rowland

Political Corruption, Death Penalty and VW Scandal Among Top 2016 Cases


Here's a look at five of the top cases resolved in Connecticut during the past year.

Kim Rinehart

Supreme Court Confirms Expert Testimony Required to Establish Causation in Legal Mal Cases

By Kim E. Rinehart and David Norman |

'Bozelko' provides an important procedural safeguard for Connecticut attorneys facing legal malpractice claims.

Harry Mazadoorian

The First Tuesday After the First Monday

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.

A dashboard camera

And Now to the (Police) Videotape

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.

Mark Kochanowicz of Trantolo & Trantolo

Auto Accident Involving Cellphone Yields $1.3M Settlement


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.

Hartford Engineer Pleads to Divulging Military Documents


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.

Brendon Levesque of Horton, Shields & Knox.

'Be a Renegade': Five Questions With Appellate Attorney Brendon Levesque

By Robert Storace |

The Horton, Shields & Knox partner says appellate work takes a thick skin and history remembers lawyers and judges who forge new paths.

Insurance Coverage for Cyber Risks

By Joseph J. Arcata III and Elizabeth O'Donnell |

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.

Climate Climate Change for the Insurance Industry

By Key Coleman |

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.

Drones Game of Drones: Liability and Insurance Coverage Issues Coming

By Sean P. Mahoney and Geoffrey F. Sasso |

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."

Courts Have Redefined Hospital Liability for the Malpractice of Independent Physicians

By Jeffrey R. Babbin |

Plaintiffs' efforts to transcend traditional norms of agency or vicarious liability in claims against hospitals have met with mixed results in Connecticut.

Marianne Monroy of Garfunkel Wild

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act: A New Frontier in Prohibiting Discrimination in Health Care Programs

By 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.

Masonicare in Wallingford, Connecticut.

Masonicare Settles Suit Over Injuries to Senior


The retirement health care and residence company will pay $120,000 to Margaret Mansfield for injuries sustained while riding in a Masonicare transport vehicle.

Chief judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Chief Justice Roberts Shuts Down Bid to Force Garland Vote

By Marcia Coyle |

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.

Robert Reardon

Connecticut Settles With Family of Unarmed Man Killed by Police


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.

Mark Dubois

Keeping Confidences

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.

George Jepsen

Price-Fixing Suit Over Generic Drugs Is 'Tip of the Iceberg,' Says Conn. AG


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.

Time for the Legislature to Step Up

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.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny of Connecticut

Prosecutors Accuse Direct Mail Exec of Bilking the Postal Service


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.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly

New London Manufacturer Agrees to Pay $1M in Water Pollution Case


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.

Yamilet Hurtado, left, and April Boyer of K&L Gates.

Could Predictive Scheduling Spread Across the Nation?


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.

Diane Polan

'Extraordinary' Lawyer Polan Remembered at Memorial Service


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.

Judge Awards $100,000 in Sucker-Punch Suit


Ryan Randolph sued a high school classmate for punching him "without warning or provocation."

U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden of Connecticut

VC Exec Sentenced for $300K Fraud on Clients


U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden in Bridgeport sentenced Joseph McAndrew to 30 days in jail and six months of home confinement.

In Support of Lembo's Letter

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.

Farmington Solo Keeps the Lights on With Antique Business

By Karen Ali |

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.

Attorney Adrian Baron

5 Questions With Small Law Blogger Adrian Baron


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.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Second Circuit Sides With Citizens Financial in Bias Suit

By Robert Storace |

A federal appeals court affirmed a Connecticut judge's decision that dismissed claims of discrimination and retaliation against the bank.

Adventure Club Facing Suit Over Zip Line Accident


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.

Eastern Connecticut State University

Preschool Teachers Sue University, Claiming They Were Penalized for Reporting Abuse


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.

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Contender to Lead CFTC Pitches 'Do No Harm' Approach to Fintech

By Rebekah Mintzer and Mike Scarcella |

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.

Medicinal Marijuana Law Faces Federal Test in Connecticut


Legal experts say federal laws labeling marijuana as a controlled substance have repeatedly trumped state medicinal marijuana laws.

The Courthouse on Main Street in Putnam, Connecticut.

Courthouse Restaurant Offers Diners Food and Fun


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.

From left to right: Christiaan Bakkes and Marcia Fargnoli, Legal Assistance Centre; Sorell E. Negro, Robinson & Cole; Jordan Lesser, New York State Assembly (representing the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law for this pro bono project); and Willem Odendaal, Legal Assistance Centre.

Robinson & Cole Project Fights Poaching in Africa

By Robert Storace |

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.

(l-r) Erin Murphy, Michael Carvin and Kannon Shanmugam.

Who's in the Mix to Serve as U.S. Solicitor General?

By Tony Mauro |

And why the small office is known for stability even when political winds shift.

Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford.

Will Connecticut Supreme Court Re-Invent Design Defect Law at Expense of Consumers?

By Jeremy H. D'Amico and Michael A. D'Amico |

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.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, left, and Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes, right, during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy & Consumer Rights addressing the impact of the two companies’s planned merger. December 7, 2016.

AT&T, Time-Warner Chiefs 'Confident' Merger Will Pass Antitrust Scrutiny

By C. Ryan Barber |

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.

Curtis Jackson, 50 Cent.

Rapper 50 Cent Gets $14.5 Million in Malpractice Settlement

By Nell Gluckman |

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.


Oral Surgeon Wins $3.1M in Breach of Contract Suit


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."

Hartford Superior Court.

Attorney Convicted of Bank Fraud is Blocked From Practicing for Four Years

By Robert Storace |

Mark Pagani was previously suspended from practicing law following his 2000 conviction for concealing criminal activity.

Keisha Palmer.

5 Questions With Robinson & Cole's Keisha Palmer on Mentoring and Switching Careers

By Robert Storace |

The public finance lawyer says her mentors have served as a "personal board of directors" and now she's giving back.

Agostinho J. Ribeiro, chief executive officer of Ventura Law.

Danbury Firm Changes Name to Honor Founder


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.

Law Tribune Seeks Articles on Products Liability

The Connecticut Law Tribune is seeking outside contributed pieces for its fast-approaching special section, Product Liability & Toxic Torts.

U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill of the District of Connecticut

Man Claims He Was Secretly Fired After Getting Medical Leave


Edward Evanko claims he was never notified about his termination or revocation of his medical leave.

Family Claims School Bus Driver Failed to Help Dying Daughter


The parents of TaLea Turnage, 8, are suing busing company First Student Management for misrepresenting the expertise of their drivers and dispatchers.

Probate Courts Mediation Program Utilizes Judicial Experience


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.

NY Health Officials Will Allow Chronic Pain Sufferers to Obtain Medical Marijuana

By Joel Stashenko |

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.

The Mall at Short Hills

Judge Allows Insurer for Manager, Security Company to Settle Claims in Mall Carjacking Where Lawyer Died

By 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.

Senior U.S. District Judge Warren Eginton

Judge Rules Federal Law Covers Teacher's Discrimination Claim as a Lesbian


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.

Margaret Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

A Day in Court With Judge Margaret Ryan, Possible Scotus Nominee

By Tony Mauro, The National Law Journal |

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

Conn. Polish Bar Looks to Build Cultural Connections


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 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.

Conn. Supreme Court to Hear Sandy Hook Lawsuit Against Gun Makers


The state Supreme Court's decision means the appeal of a lower court's dismissal will bypass the Appellate Court.

Mark Dubois

Ethics CLE Is a Good Thing

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.

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

Enforcing the Unenforceable Forum Selection Clause in Your Construction Contract

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

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.

Reaching for the Next Level in Corporate Dispute Resolution

By Peter Benner and John Lande |

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.

Connecticut Appellate Court in Hartford.

Judges Block Denial of Attorney Fees Over Missed Deadline


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.

Supreme Court Got It Right in Affirming Arbitration Award

The vexing problem of defining "public policy" in labor arbitration cases is becoming less vexing.

Allstate Corp.

Allstate Pays $450,000 to Postal Worker Struck by Teen Driver


The money will cover the postal worker's pain and suffering, and reimburse lost wages covered by workers' compensation.

Nixed Criminal Charges Against Doctor May Thwart Civil Claims

By William Kaempffer |

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.

Donald Trump

As Trump Tests Legal Boundaries, Small DOJ Unit Poised for Big Role


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.

Salesman Accused of Using iPhone Feature to Delete Company's Confidential Data

By Samantha Joseph |

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.

David King, associate dean at the Quinnipiac University School of Law. July, 2009.

David King, Longtime Quinnipiac Law School Associate Dean, Dies

By Karen Ali |

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.

Connecticut Supreme Court.

Court Upholds Guilty Verdict from Jury That Included Police Officer

By Robert Storace |

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.

Officer's Family Takes Police Chief to Court Over Survivor Benefits

By Robert Storace |

The chief has refused to fill out or sign federal paperwork that would give the family of deceased officer Marcia Stella federal survivor benefits.

Hartford Attorney Rick Healey

Five Questions With Rick Healey on Real Estate Law, Jail Overcrowding

By Robert Storace |

Healey, an attorney with Rome McGuigan, discusses changes he's seen to the legal profession and his work with the Pettit Family Foundation.

Mark Dubois

Lawyer Techies


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.

Jury Sides With Family Over Missed Deadline in Medical Malpractice Suit

By Robert Storace |

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.

Insurance Coverage for Cyber Risks

By Joseph J. Arcata III and Elizabeth O'Donnell |

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.

Kathleen Nastri

Attorney Reprimanded in Multimillion-Dollar Med Mal Case

By Karen Ali |

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.

Keyword Marketing: Ethical Violation or Just Plain Sleazy?


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.

U.S. Air Force

Gay Veteran Seeking Military Funeral Fights Air Force's 'Undesirable' Discharge


A lawsuit filed by Edward Spires, 91, claims he was discharged in 1948 solely for being gay.

Jennifer Kleiner, left, and Cheryl Johnson of Verrill Dana.

Connecticut Lawyers Shepherd Cash-Strapped Women's Program Through Transaction


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.

Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for U.S. attorney general.

Sessions Pick as AG Stokes Fears for State's Criminal Justice Reforms

By Robert Storace |

The Connecticut Bar Association said the Alabama senator opposes efforts to reduce incarceration, such as state's "Second Chance Society."