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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.

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.

Jean Jacques

Blumenthal, Murphy, Cornyn 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.

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.

Pattis-Norm

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.

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.

Brody and Associates

Conn. Firms Move to New Offices, Hire Attorneys

By Law Tribune Staff |

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.

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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.

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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.

New Top Prosecutor Picked for Windham District

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A long-time Hartford-based prosecutor, Anne Mahoney, is taking over as the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Windham starting this summer.

Stemming the Rising Tide of Immunities

We need to stop increasing the number and scope of immunities that protect scores of industries, products, institutions and people from exposure to civil liability.

Appellate Court Overturns Cellphone Ticket

By Christian Nolan |

The state Appellate Court has overturned the conviction of a man who was allegedly caught by police using his cellphone while driving.

Bill Cosby waves a Yale cap to the crowd as he walks in the academic procession at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., Monday, May 26, 2003. Cosby was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the university in the rain-shortened ceremony. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

Universities Under Pressure to Revoke Degrees

By Christian Nolan |

For centuries, prestigious Yale University has been awarding honorary degrees as a way of recognizing a distinguished visitor's contributions to a specific field or to society in general.

New Regulations Increase Oversight of Conn. Dams

By HAROLD BLINDERMAN and ERIC JEDRYCHOWSKI |

Connecticut's dam owners face additional inspection and reporting obligations under revised safety regulations implemented in February.

Marshals Claim Parking Exemption While On Duty

By MEGAN SPICER |

State marshals have seen an increase in parking tickets left on their cars while on duty in Hartford, and it's now an issue being dealt with in the state court.

Court Officials Cut More Workers Amid Budget Woes

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The state Judicial Branch announced another batch of layoffs on Friday, bringing the total jobs eliminated to 300, as court administrators seek to bring spending within the budget approved by lawmakers.

Judicial Branch Announces 61 More Layoffs

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The state Judicial Branch announced another 61 layoffs on Friday, bringing the total jobs eliminated to 300, as court administrators seek to bring spending within the budget approved by lawmakers.

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New Chief Public Defender Named in New London

By MEGAN SPICER |

Kevin Barrs did not want to finish law school and was ready to be done with it, that is, until he interned at the New London Public Defender's Office one summer. After that, he was hooked.

Monique Foley and Kevin Ferry

Worker Wins $2.9M Verdict After Truck Crushes Foot

By Christian Nolan |

A worker who had his foot run over by an 8,000-pound trailer attached to a pickup truck has been awarded just under $2.9 million by a New Britain jury.

U.S. Postal Service truck.

Banking Services Needed for Low-Income Families

While the Federal Postal Court is best left closed, another, more recent federal postal institution, the U.S. Postal Savings System, may be due for reopening.

Suzanne Brown Walsh

New Law Targets Social Media Accounts of Dead

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

'Most of us have had a friend die, only to get reminded by Facebook that they are celebrating a birthday," said Suzanne Brown Walsh.

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

By Amy Goodusky |

In law school, no one gives students much pertinent information about the practical vagaries of life as a lawyer. In particular, no one mentions that the lawyer will spend approximately 74.46621 percent of his or her time in suspended animation.

James Tallberg

Jury Rejects Man's Claim of Police Sexual Assault

By Christian Nolan |

A federal court jury in Bridgeport has rendered a defense verdict in the case of a man who sued Meriden police for sexual assault after they allegedly found four grams of crack cocaine in his buttocks.

Former Cook Awarded Back Pay in Discrimination Claim

By MEGAN SPICER |

'The credible testimony of the complainant demonstrates that respondent's discriminatory actions profoundly distressed the complainant, prompted him to seek psychiatric counseling immediately, and interfered with his ability to work,' the CHRO found.

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Physical Office Requirement Is a 19th-Century Relic

By MARK DUBOIS |

A fascinating case in New York reached an unexpected (though perhaps not final) point the other day when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a law that requires New York-licensed lawyers who have a primary office elsewhere to have actual, physical offices in New York if they want to practice there.

Antonino Leone

Hinckley Allen Adds Attorney and Engineer as New Partner

By Law Tribune Staff |

The law firm of Hinckley Allen has hired Antonino M. Leone as a new partner in its Hartford office, to strengthen its construction and public contracts practice group.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor (2009)

Sotomayor Urges Mandatory Pro Bono for All Lawyers

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Monday that all lawyers should be required to provide pro bono legal services.

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Norm Pattis: Senior Citizen Fugitive Shouldn't Be Returned to Prison

By NORM PATTIS |

Gov. Dannel Malloy will soon be given an opportunity to demonstrate his commitment to the Second Chance Society which he unveiled more than one year ago.

Second Circuit Says Psychiatrists Can't Sue Insurers on Behalf of Patients With Mental Illness

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A federal appeals court has ruled against psychiatrists who claimed that reimbursement practices by health insurance companies discriminated against patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Ex-Oxford Cop Sues Town Over Alleged Discrimination

By MEGAN SPICER |

A former Oxford police officer has filed a lawsuit against the town over his termination, claiming he was discriminated against by fellow officers because of his age and a disability he developed while serving in the military.

Second Circuit Says Conn. Judge Erred in Excluding Defendant From In Camera Conversation

By MEGAN SPICER |

By failing to include a defendant in conversations about his sentencing, a Connecticut district court judge violated his Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit found.

Editorial: Echoes of Jim Crow Era Heard in Transgender Restroom Debate

In what some see as the backlash against last summer's Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision, bills restricting the use of bathrooms have been introduced in dozens of state legislatures and in cities and towns across America.

Attorney Bruce Rubenstein is upset that the University of Hartford has threatened to sell some of the political memorabilia he donated to a campus museum.

Litigation Delayed as Lawyer, University Discuss Fate of Donated Political Memorabilia

By MEGAN SPICER |

Bruce Rubenstein has threatened to file a lawsuit against the University of Hartford, which is considering selling off its political memorabilia collection, some of which was donated by Rubenstein.

Lawyer Says Fugitive Who Has Been on Lam for 48 Years Shouldn't Have to Finish Sentence

By Associated Press |

A Connecticut man who spent 48 years on the lam after escaping from a work camp in Georgia is in poor health and will ask officials to commute the rest of his 17-year sentence because returning him to prison would amount to a death sentence, his lawyer told the Associated Press.

Robert Mitchell

Employment Bar Divided Over Bill Barring Criminal Record Queries on Job Applications

By Christian Nolan |

Employment lawyers split on long-term impact of 'ban-the-box' legislation.

Lawmakers Consider Budget, Delayed Raises for Judges

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

More staffing cutbacks in the state's courts and delayed raises for judges appear to be on the horizon as lawmakers work to finalize the state budget today.

Editorial: Does End Justify the Means in Justice Department's Battle With Apple?

Connecticut's lawyers and citizens should be concerned about the recent battle between Apple and the Department of Justice during which the DOJ tried to force Apple to develop a method to break its own encryption system.

James Clark

James Clark: Crime Victim's Lawyers Have Constitutional Right to Attend Pretrials

By James Clark |

The Victim Rights Amendment to the Connecticut Constitution was adopted nearly 20 years ago, specifically granting rights for victims in "all criminal prosecutions."

Black Police Captain Files Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

By MEGAN SPICER |

In February, Patricia Helliger was promoted to be New Haven's first female African-American police captain. Barely two months later, she sued the city for race and gender discrimination.

Conn. Man Sues Police After Three Mistaken Identity Arrests

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

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.

Puerto Rican Worker Sues Over Co-Worker's Alleged Slurs

By MEGAN SPICER |

Employment claim says company owners did nothing to stop 'racist' comments.

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Norm Pattis: Social Media is Changing Jury Dynamics

By NORM PATTIS |

One rule of the road for potential jurors is a commitment to follow the law wherever it leads. It is a juror's job to find facts; the court instructs on the law and ensures, at least in theory, a fair trial. That's the theory.

Michael Jainchill

College Football Player Wins $500,000 Verdict After Crash Breaks Foot, Shatters Pro Dreams

By Christian Nolan |

An NCAA Division I football player who broke his foot in a car accident, ruining any chance he had of playing professional ball, sued the car's driver and has recovered nearly $500,000.

Conn. Officials Strike Deal in Matter Involving Cracking House Foundations

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Hundreds of Connecticut homeowners have experienced cracking in their basement walls, allegedly due to faulty concrete. The situation is the subject of a recently filed lawsuit and an ongoing investigation by the state Office of the Attorney Gener

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Editorial: Time to Examine Gun Storage and Safety Laws

We urge the General Assembly to update gun storage laws and require firearms to be safely stored whenever they are not carried by or within close proximity of a person licensed to carry a firearm.

In 1998, in a high-profile case, David Messenger, center, killed his wife, Heather, in their Windham County home.

State Closes Legal Loophole Allowing Some Killers to Inherit From Victims

By Christian Nolan |

The state House of Representatives and the Senate have voted to prevent anyone who was found not guilty of murder or manslaughter by reason of mental defect or disease from receiving an inheritance from his or her victim.

Former federal prosecutor H. James Pickerstein (right) leaves the federal courthouse in Bridgeport on May 10 with defense attorneys Andrew Bowman (left) and William Dow III.

Update: Pickerstein Expresses 'Shame and Sorrow' During Sentencing for Stealing From Client

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Former Connecticut U.S. Attorney Harold James Pickerstein has been sentenced to 30 days in prison for embezzling more than $600,000 from a trust fund, money which had belonged to an incarcerated client.

Conn. Court Upholds Termination of Waitress Who Was Attacked by Supervisor

By MEGAN SPICER |

Amy Benedict claims she was fired from her job at the Trumbull Cheesecake Factory after she was verbally and physically attacked by a supervisor. She filed a lawsuit, claiming negligence, wrongful termination, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

John LaCava

Head-Injured Plaintiff Awarded $2 Million After Fall Down Stairs

By Christian Nolan |

A man who fractured his skull in a fall down a flight of stairs has been awarded $2 million by a Stamford jury.

International Firm Unveils Expanded Greenwich Office

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The international law firm of Withers Bergman has opened a new, much bigger office in Greenwich to accommodate its growing staff of attorneys.

126 Individuals Pass Connecticut February Bar Exam

The following list contains the names of everyone who passed the Connecticut bar examination administered in February 2016, according to the state Judicial Branch.

Daniel Scholfield

Praying Woman's Drowning Death Leads to Lawsuit, Immunity Claims by Town's Officers

By Christian Nolan |

In a decision hailed by plaintiffs lawyers, the state Appellate Court has reinstated a lawsuit against Westbrook and two of its constables who decided not to investigate a woman's seemingly strange behavior.

Paying for Legal Counsel in Eminent Domain Cases

There is no provision in Connecticut and many other states for someone whose property is taken by eminent domain to be compensated for the cost of their legal representation. That is patently unfair.

Bill Limits Monetary Awards for Exonerated Inmates in Conn.

By Paul Sussman |

When former state Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. resigned in February, critics were unhappy with his conduct in two key areas. Now the legislature has taken action to address those concerns.

Second Circuit Gives Partial Victory to Student in Health Care Dispute With Yale

By MEGAN SPICER |

Many consumers become unhappy when insurance companies deny their health care coverage claim. But few take their dissatisfaction to federal court.

Collin Udell

Hartford Lawyer Involved in Merrick Garland Screening Process

By MEGAN SPICER |

When it came time for the National Association of Women Lawyers to determine if Merrick Garland is the man for the job to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, its president knew Hartford's Collin Udell was the right woman for the task.

Budget Woes Lead to Layoffs in State Prosecutor Ranks

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The state's budget crisis is prompting the Division of Criminal Justice to lay off 55 contract employees later this month and announce plans to leave unfilled 20 vacant positions.

John Parese

Bar Association Expresses Opposition to Conn. MCLE Proposal

By John M. Parese |

The New Haven County Bar Association (NHCBA) has not historically advanced formal positions on controversial issues affecting the legal profession. The matter of mandatory or minimum continuing legal education, however, has inspired the attention of so many of our members that we thought it appropriate to publicly articulate our position.

Rottweiler Owner Claims Constitutional Violations, Asks Appellate Court to Overturn Euthanization Ruling

By Christian Nolan |

A woman whose dogs were ordered to be euthanized after they allegedly attacked a neighbor is asking the state Appellate Court to spare her pets, claiming she did not get a fair hearing from state Department of Agriculture officials.

Conn. Court Officials Deliver 113 More Layoff Notices

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The state Judicial Branch on Thursday began delivering layoff notices to 113 more employees, cuts deemed necessary in the face of expected budget reductions for the upcoming fiscal year.

XDM 3.8 Compact, 9mm pistol.

Legislature Gives Final Passage to Bill Taking Guns From Accused Domestic Abusers

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

More than 20 states have laws requiring people who have been served with temporary restraining orders in domestic violence cases to immediately give up their firearms without a hearing being held.

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Norm Pattis: Rocket Docket Needed to Address Conn. Federal Court Delays

By Norm Pattis |

Resolving our disputes in courtrooms is far better than doing so in street brawls or violence. But even the rule-bound character of the courts sometimes seems to resemble the world of the Hatfields and McCoys

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Mark Dubois: It May Be Time to Allow Nonlawyers to Offer Some Legal Services

By Mark Dubois |

The question for us is whether we embrace it all, and find ways to make it work for us, or fight a rearguard action until our friends in the courts and the legislature settle the question, with or without our objections.

Michael Pollack

Conn. Judge Bars Product Liability Claim After Plaintiff's Stair Climber Mishap

By Christian Nolan |

A Superior Court judge has ruled that a man who badly injured his leg on a stair climber exercise machine at a Planet Fitness cannot bring a product liability action against the fitness club chain.

Rosa Rebimbas

Malpractice Claim Dismissed Against Attorney-Legislator in Ponzi Scheme Case

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A prominent Naugatuck attorney has prevailed in a legal malpractice claim filed by a man who lost money in a Ponzi scheme.

Donald Trump

Party Game Makers Take Legal Dispute Over Card Color to Conn. Court

By MEGAN SPICER |

The lawsuit was filed by SCS Direct, a Trumbull-based consumer products company that markets a card game called Humanity Hates Trump.

Joseph McManus

Worker's Estate Receives $7.8 Million After Fatal Highway Crash

By Christian Nolan |

Lengthy litigation included dispute over who was driving company van.

Editorial: Rule of Law Jeopardized by Political Acts

There is a dangerous accumulation of acts and incidents that have the effect of undermining the notion that our nation is one of laws, and not men. We, as a profession, must speak out against this at every turn, every day.

Chief Court Administrator Patrick Carroll III has estimated that a $50 million reduction in the Judicial Branch budget would mean 1,000 layoffs.

Conn. Court Officials Say Governor's Budget Would Mean 600 More Layoffs

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

State Judicial Branch leaders are predicting that Gov. Dannel Malloy's latest budget plan would mean an additional 600 layoffs.

Antonio Ponvert

Federal Lawsuit Claims New Haven Rabbi Sexually Abused Teen

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

A New Haven rabbi has been accused in a federal lawsuit of sexually molesting a male student at a Jewish school hundreds of times over a three-year period beginning in 2002.

In a 2004 file photo, Douglas Perlitz talks about his missionary work with Haitian street children in a 2004 interview in Fairfield, Conn. Perlitz will be sentenced Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, after being convicting for sexually abusing eight boys at a school he founded in Haiti for street children. (AP Photo/Connecticut Post, Jeff Bustraan, File)

Conn. Judge Dismisses Sex-Trafficking Claim Against College, Former Chaplain

By MEGAN SPICER |

Decision marks rare win for defendants in Haiti sex abuse scandal.

Conn. Law Day Ceremonies Focus on Miranda Warning

By MEGAN SPICER |

The theme of this year's Law Day explored the "procedural protections, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principals is essential to our liberty."

Conn. Reaps $10 Million From Pharmaceutical Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

In a global settlement, drug-maker Wyeth will pay $784.6 million to resolve allegations that the company knowingly underpaid rebates to state Medicaid programs for the sales of drugs that treat heartburn and acid reflux.

Bankruptcy Attorneys Sue Colleges to Demand Return of Tuition Payments

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

For years, Robert and Jean DeMauro of North Haven made college tuition payments for their daughter to attend Johnson & Wales University.

White House Fence-Jumper From Conn. Challenges Arrest on Constitutional Grounds

By MEGAN SPICER |

Joseph Caputo's American flag cape billowed behind him as he scaled and leaped over the White House fence last Thanksgiving in his attempt to deliver President Barack Obama his rewritten version of the Constitution.

Barbara Izarelli

Update: Conn. Court's Tobacco Lawsuit Ruling Could Impact Other Products Liability Cases

By Christian Nolan |

A Norwich woman who developed cancer after years of smoking Salem cigarettes is one step closer to collecting a $28 million judgment against tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds.

Crime Victims Should Have a Voice, But Not at Pretrials

Victims of crime in Connecticut are well-represented by the state's attorneys, the Office of the Victim Advocate and the Office of Victim Services, as well as the judiciary.

Court To Decide Whether Conn. Can Force Murder Suspect to Take Medication

By Christian Nolan |

A former doctor who allegedly murdered another physician is challenging a trial judge's ruling to medicate him by force so that he is competent to stand trial.

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Norm Pattis: Voices of Discontent Dominate Chaotic Presidential Campaign

Donald Trump walked away from the so-called "Acela primaries" in the Northeast a complete winner, sweeping the Republican contests in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island in convincing fashion.

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Conn. Clam-Poaching Dispute Raises Fourth Amendment Issues

By Christian Nolan |

An odd dispute involving Long Island Sound clams has resulted in a criminal trial and a civil lawsuit challenging the authority of state environmental police officers.

Court Upholds $100,000 Emotional Distress Award for Fired Therapist

By MEGAN SPICER |

Working in a nursing home can be stressful. But the job became even more so for an occupational therapist who reported alleged billing irregularities and was eventually terminated.

Conn. Bill Pits Domestic Violence Protection Against Second Amendment Rights

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

The General Assembly took a major step toward approving legislation that would allow the confiscation of firearms from people who are served with temporary restraining orders.

'Civil Gideon' Task Force Would Be an Important First Step

We have frequently commented on the paucity of affordable legal services for low- and moderate-income individuals facing serious legal problems.

UConn law students spent spring break helping undocumented immigrants who are detained in York, Pennsylvania. Among those helping with asylum applications were, from left, students Katelyn Donovan and Miriam Hasbun, alumni volunteer Meghann LaFountain, and students Bianca Slota and Hanna Tenison.

UConn Law Students Offer Hands-On Help To Immigrants Seeking Asylum

By MEGAN SPICER |

While many students opt to use their spring break to relax from the rigors of class work, more than 10 students from the University of Connecticut School of Law spent their time in Pennsylvania helping detained asylum seekers build compelling cases to eventually present to immigration judges.

Morris Glucksman

Stamford Attorney Resigns From Bar Following Theft Charge

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A long-time Stamford attorney who is facing charges that he stole thousands of dollars from an estate has resigned from the bar and waived his right to apply for reinstatement.

Conn. Judge Upholds $14.5 Million Verdict Against Fitness Center and Trainer

By Christian Nolan |

A Superior Court judge has denied post-trial motions which aimed to set aside a $14.5 million verdict awarded to a Greenwich doctor who suffered a massive stroke after his personal trainer pushed him to exercise too hard on a fitness center's exercise machine.

Proposed Layoffs Could Devastate Justice System

There has been a lot of publicity about how Gov. Dannel Malloy's Second Chance Society might affect the criminal justice system.

Judge's Ruling Sheds Light on Blight Ordinance Enforcement

By MEGAN SPICER |

Rocky Hill officials have referred to Anthony Straska's farm as "the town disgrace" because of the junked cars and piles of trash on the property.

Update: Psychiatric Nurse Held Liable As Patient's Suicide Results in $12 Million Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A New Haven jury has returned a $12 million verdict in a case brought by the estate of a man who committed suicide after his medication levels were reduced by Yale-New Haven Hospital and a psychiatric nurse allegedly failed to monitor his health.

Law Tribune Announces Lawyer of the Year Finalists

For several months, we asked bar members to submit nominations for attorneys who have had significant achievements in the law — ranging from litigation success to leadership in law firms and bar groups — since the beginning of 2015.

Jury Says Hospital, Nurse Must Pay $12 Million to Estate of Suicide Victim

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

A New Haven jury has returned a $12 million verdict in a case brought by the estate of a man who committed suicide after his medication levels were reduced by Yale-New Haven Hospital and a psychiatric nurse allegedly failed to monitor his health.

Lawyers Should Be On Lookout for Fair Housing Issues

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development annually declares April to be Fair Housing Month.

Feds Charge Former Conn. Bankruptcy Attorney With Embezzlement

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A longtime former New Haven bankruptcy attorney who recently resigned from the bar over allegations of mishandling client funds is now facing a federal criminal charge. Peter Ressler, 68, of Woodbridge, was charged April 25 with embezzlement of debtors' funds, according to the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office.

David Golub

Conn. Court Says State Law Doesn't Bar Smokers' Lawsuits Against Tobacco Companies

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who developed cancer after years of smoking Salem cigarettes is one step closer to collecting a $28 million judgment against tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds.

Benjamin Daniels and David Roth

Second Circuit Had a Busy First Quarter of 2016

By BENJAMIN M. DANIELS and DAVID R. ROTH |

Other rulings focus on subject-matter jurisdiction, attorney obligations.

State Launches New Type of Parole Hearings for Former Juvenile Offenders

By Christian Nolan |

Supreme Court rulings on juvenile punishment prompt scores of sentence reviews.

Steven Cash

Law Firms Find New Niche Conducting Sex Assault Investigations for Colleges

By MEGAN SPICER |

New Day Pitney partnership designed to ease burden on university GCs.

A Meriden mosque was hit by gunfire last fall, though the shooter later apologized for his actions. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)

Conn. U.S. Attorney Launches Panel To Address Backlash Against Muslims, Arabs

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The backlash against the Muslim and Arab communities following terrorist attacks hit home in Connecticut last fall, when a man fired several gunshots at the Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden.

Michelle Cruz: Second Chance 2.0 Based on Myths and Falsehoods

By Michelle Cruz |

What might the "justice system" look like if Second Chance 2.0 is approved?

Court Awards Stabbing Victim $124,000 for Pain and PTSD

By Christian Nolan |

A man who was stabbed in the chest by a neighbor and later sued has been awarded nearly $124,000 by a judge in Bridgeport.

New Haven State's Attorney Michael Dearington's many high-profile cases include prosecuting the defendants in the Cheshire home-invasion murders. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

State's Attorney Retires After More Than 40 Years as Prosecutor

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

New Haven's Dearington steps down after decades of handling big cases.

Donald Trump

Editorial: Trump's Views Show Disregard for Rule of Law

By The Connecticut Law Tribune |

Trump talks of loosening our laws to allow for such torture. Heeding him would not be loosening our laws, but a wholesale disregard for them and an abandonment of our enlightened moral stature in the world.

Feds Indict Conn. Lawyer Who Allegedy Defrauded Homeowners

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

A Bridgeport attorney has been indicted and charged with conspiring with another man to defraud homeowners who were facing foreclosure.

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City's Lawsuit Kicks Back at Soccer Stadium Developers

By MEGAN SPICER |

Lawsuit makes multiple claims against management companies.

Rejected Police Recruit, 51, Wins $65,000 in Age Discrimination Case

By Christian Nolan |

Every few days, the training instructor would allegedly make statements that Gaul was 'stupid and old.' He would also frequently pull Gaul aside and tell him: 'Go home, old man, you are not going to make it.'

Trial Date Set for 2018 in Newtown Families' Lawsuit Against Gun Maker

By Law Tribune Staff |

State Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis has scheduled the trial to begin in two years, on April 3, 2018.

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Mark Dubois: Who Is the Client? Uncertainty Can Cause Ethical Issues

By MARK DUBOIS |

A trio of cases arising out of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse mess at Penn State reminds us of the complexities associated with defining client identity when dealing with corporate entities.

New Family Justice Center Puts Prosecutors, Private Lawyers and Counselors Under One Roof to Assist Victims

By MEGAN SPICER |

The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport is being billed as the first of its kind in the state. In reality, it's part of a national trend, a one-stop shop for women, men and children who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Court Upholds Arbitrator's Ruling, Orders Equity Fund Manager to Pay $7.8 Million

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A Superior Court judge has upheld a private arbitrator's decision to award $7.8 million to private equity fund investors and their lawyers.

Judge Tosses Out Vizio's Challenge to State's Recycling Fee Law

By MEGAN SPICER |

A federal judge has ruled that a Connecticut law that charges electronics makers fees in order to cover disposal costs of old products is constitutional, striking down a claim by television set maker Vizio.

Robert Keville

State Supreme Court Allows Workers' Comp Benefits for PTSD

By Christian Nolan |

The state Supreme Court has upheld a decision to grant workers' compensation benefits to a former FedEx employee who suffered a cardiac episode while delivering packages and claims he developed post-traumatic stress disorder as a result.

Conn. Court Bars Alleged Sex Offender from Withdrawing Guilty Plea

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

"We conclude that the Appellate Court properly determined that the defendant was not entitled to a further inquiry into the basis of his motion to withdraw his guilty plea under the facts of the present case," Justice Dennis Eveleigh wrote for the majority opinion.

Merrick Garland.

Editorial: Could Senate Consent to Garland Nomination Through Silence?

Gregory Diskant, a lawyer and member of the national governing board of Common Cause, recently made a novel suggestion for breaking through the gridlock on President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court.