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Conn. Man Sues Police After Three Mistaken Identity Arrests


Pedro Martinez of Bridgeport has the misfortune of having the same name as a wanted man out of Texas, a coincidence which allegedly led Bridgeport police to detain him three times.

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

Second Circuit Clarifies Law for Consolidated Cases

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has clarified the law on when the dismissal of a single case among several consolidated cases can be considered a final, appealable decision.

Is it Disrespectful to Send an Associate to Court? Maybe Not.

Was it disrespectful for a law firm to send an associate to federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to represent a big client, in this case Facebook Inc., to a pretrial conference unaccompanied by partners?

Judge Clears Path for PACER Overcharge Suit

The federal government is having trouble extinguishing lawsuits that accuse the federal court’s PACER system of overcharging users to access case information and documents online.

New Law Allows for Alternative Way to Pay Employees


A new statute, effective Oct. 1, gives the green light to payroll cards, which are seen by employment lawyers in Connecticut as a boon to both employers and employees.

David Grudberg of New Haven's Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey

Errant Email Leads to Conn. Trade Secrets Suit

By Scott Graham |

Oil company Maxum Petroleum says Stamford-based Chemoil Corp. has stolen its "crown jewels" with the hire of a longtime executive.

Mark Dubois

Media Circuses Deny Due Process and Fair Trials

By Mark Dubois |

Jurisprudence in the last few decades has wrestled with balancing lawyers' First Amendment rights, the public's right to know, the need for open courts and the accused's rights to a fair trial.

Convicted Attorney Seeks Reinstatement to Bar

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A longtime Danbury attorney who served federal prison time for her role in a real estate scheme is seeking reinstatement to the bar in Connecticut.

Case Against Saudi Arabia May Finally Be Heard

A decade and a half on, all we’ve learned from 9/11 litigation is that America’s legal system is even more hopeless than its real estate industry, which has finally finished a few grandiose structures at ground zero that are of some redeeming value.

Lawyer Who Sued Saudis Over 9/11 to Carry On Fight After Obama Veto

Over the past week, news about a bill that would ease the path for plaintiffs to sue foreign governments over their alleged support for terrorism has flooded media outlets.

Andrew McDonald

A False Use of Attorney-Client Privilege Now Outlawed

By Editorial Board |

The Supreme Court's 'Harrington' decision may curtail the ability of attorneys and clients to claim privilege when there is no underlying legal advice to support it. This is indeed a good thing.

Ralph Monaco

Appeals Court Reinstates Personal Injury Case Over Black Ice

By Mark Hamblett |

Summary judgment should not have been granted to the state Department of Transportation on claims it moved too slow to treat black ice on the Gold Star Memorial Bridge over the Thames River, a state appellate court held.

Trump Avoids Big Law Again in New List of Possible SCOTUS Picks

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to announce on Friday a second list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees he would consider as president, underscoring his argument that the future of the high court is a prime reason for voters to elect him.

Supreme Court Term Promises to Be IP Blockbuster

With four IP cases on the docket and several more knocking at the door of certiorari, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised for a banner year of patent, trademark and copyright decisions.

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

US Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Online Advertisers Can Be Liable for Deceptive Content

By Andrew Denney |

A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court's ruling last year in a case involving ads on phony news websites that an online advertiser can be held liable for deceptive content that it did not produce.

Connecticut Among States Claiming Anti-Opioid Drugmakers Blocked Competition


Attorneys general for 35 states, including Connecticut, recently filed suit against the makers of Suboxone, a drug used to treat opioid addiction, alleging they schemed to stall the entry of a generic form of the drug into the market.

Joseph McDonald of New Britain, Conn.

Legal Community Mourns Well-Known Young New Britain Attorney


The death of well-known New Britain lawyer Joseph McDonald, who appeared to be putting his legal and addiction problems behind him, comes as a shock to those who knew him.

What We Know About the Justices’ Health

In the absence of up-to-date reports from the U.S. Supreme Court justices about their own health, here is what is publicly known:

Supreme Court Justices Won’t Answer Questions About Their Health

The intense debate over how transparent presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump should be about their health gives rise to another question: What about the health of Supreme Court justices?

Mark Dubois

The Use and Misuse of the Rules of Conduct


A recent New York City Bar ethics decision on the duties of criminal prosecutors raises interesting questions regarding the interplay of the rules of conduct and standards of lawyer conduct applicable in civil and criminal contexts.

Raymond Withers-Tong, a law clerk, at the law library at Superior Court in New Britain, where the hours are being reduced due to budget issues.

More State Law Libraries Going on Reduced Schedule


Staffing shortages and the state's budget situation have prompted officials to reduce the hours of more of the state's law libraries.

Uconn Law School

Hats Off to the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee


The University of Connecticut School of Law has an interesting program for graduates of law schools in other countries.

DOJ Civil Rights Chief Links Local Distrust of Police to ‘Unconstitutional’ Tactics

The chief of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division told more than 200 lawyers and community activists at an Atlanta symposium Tuesday at Georgia State University that she and her Justice Department colleagues in Washington and across the nation “see a very clear link” between the criminalization of poverty by law enforcement authorities and the growing distrust of police and the government by the public.

Self-Driving Vehicle Guidelines Welcomed by Regulators, Operators and Manufacturers

State regulators, industry attorneys and vehicle manufacturers greeted the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday, as a positive step toward providing clarity and preventing an undesirable patchwork of local laws.

Connecticut's Political Economy: Destroy the Family, Blame Wal-Mart


A century ago Theodore Roosevelt, while regarded as a flaming liberal, nevertheless argued that the first duty of a citizen is to pull his own weight. The collapse of schools, cities, and the state itself is what happens when public policy disagrees.

Pardon Me, But Can We Do Better?


Connecticut is in the forefront for implementing restorative justice programs by, among other things, being one of a small number of states that has a pardons process that is available and accessible to people and that grants more than a handful of pardons each year. But it is behind in providing readily available and easily understandable information about these programs.

Jonathan Freiman of Wiggin and Dana

High Court Sides With Insurer Suing Third Parties in Workers' Comp Case

By Christian Nolan |

Workers' compensation insurers paying out benefits to employees on an employer's behalf may sue the third party responsible for the injuries in order to recover the loss, according to a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling.

Winners of New Leaders in the Law Contest Announced

The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce the winners for the 2016 New Leaders in the Law contest. Applicants were judged in four categories, including development of the law, advocacy/community contributions, service to the bar, and peer/public recognition.

Why Do Women Leave Firms? Because They Can

Uh-oh, it looks like your firm just wasted a ton of money recruiting those bright young women from Columbia Law School.

'Brangelina' Divorce Lawyer Seen as ‘Cool, Calm, Practical’

Laura Wasser, the lawyer representing Angelina Jolie Pitt in her divorce from Brad Pitt, is synonymous with Hollywood’s biggest celebrity breakups, with recent cases including Jennifer Garner’s divorce from Ben Affleck and Johnny Depp’s split from Amber Heard.

Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford.

High Court Will Review Controversial Education Funding Ruling

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has agreed to review the recent landmark ruling that called Connecticut's education funding system unconstitutional.

Jury Awards $2.5M in Retaliation Suit Against Police Department

By Christian Nolan |

A Stratford narcotics detective who claims the department retaliated against him after he badmouthed the current police chief has been awarded $2.5 million by a jury in federal court in New Haven.

Is Bitcoin Acceptable Payment for Legal Services?


Bitcoin lives in a dark world outside the law, unregulated, murky, indeed, even suspicious. It is the very sort of medium of exchange one would most expect the IRS to be interested in.

Quinnipiac University Law School students went on a trip to Nicaragua, to learn more about the legal system there and do humanitarian work.

Quinnipiac Students Get Insight Into Court System in Nicaragua


Quinnipiac University Law School students who went on a humanitarian trip to Nicaragua learned ways their legal system was different, but overall, students said they saw more similarities than differences.

Law Schools Cut Tuition to Entice Applicants

Amid declining enrollment in J.D. programs nationwide, two law schools have unveiled tuition decreases for the upcoming school year.

Elite Retreat: Do Women From Top Law Schools Leave the Law Earlier?

ALM Intelligence research on gender diversity indicates that women do not leave the law just to have children or raise a family. Instead, there is a slow trickling-out of women from the Big Law workforce year-over-year.

Erick Sandler of Day Pitney

Court Sets Standard for Application of Attorney-Client Privilege to Mixed-Purpose Communications


Lawyers and clients often confront the question of when communications relating to both nonlegal and legal advice may be covered by the attorney-client privilege. Court decisions in this area have not always provided consistent guidance. A dispute concerning a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request directed to the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority (CRRA) (now the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority) provided the Supreme Court with the opportunity to directly address the proper standard for determining when the privilege covers mixed-purpose communications.

Robert Brody, left, and Katherine Bogard

Labor and Employment Law Decisions in 2015-16 From the Connecticut Supreme Court


The Connecticut Supreme Court term was again relatively quiet in the area of labor and employment, with only a few decisions that impact employers.

Design Defects at the Connecticut Supreme Court: A Doctrine in Flux


The big product-liability news at the Connecticut Supreme Court in 2016 was undoubtedly Izzarelli v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, 321 Conn. 172 (2016), an important decision that refined Connecticut's standards for design-defect product-liability claims.

A Busy Year in Real Property and Land Use


A flood of important decisions has flowed out of the courts. We should enjoy them while we can, because with judicial branch cutbacks typical real property and land use cases now find themselves in a position of lowest priority, far behind criminal prosecutions and family law matters.

The Future of Legal Services


Most people living in poverty, and the majority of moderate-income individuals, do not receive the legal help they need.

Peter Kruzynski

Feds Lodge Child Porn Charge Against Shelton Attorney


A Shelton-based attorney already facing charges in state court for allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile now faces federal charges that he produced child pornography.

Environmental Year in Review: Decisions Reinforce DEEP's Authority


In sharp contrast to last summer's Tilcon Connecticut case, which placed significant checks on the ability of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to request extensive information from permit applicants, this year's cases dramatically reinforce DEEP's authority.

What Happens if a Self-Driving Uber Is in a Crash?

Uber patrons in Pittsburgh can now dial up an autonomous vehicle, climb inside and watch the steering wheel spin, untouched by human hands, as they scoot through downtown.

State Supreme Court to Review Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Marlboro

By Christian Nolan |

A Connecticut lawsuit against Marlboro that alleges the cigarette maker caused a woman's lung cancer and death will go before the state Supreme Court justices in an effort to clarify the law under the state's Product Liability Act.

Litigation Department of the Year Winners Announced

The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Litigation Departments of the Year Awards. The contest honors law firms which have had significant victories in general litigation and specific practice areas.

Lawsuit Accuses Troopers of Violating Protester's Rights


A complaint filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut in U.S. District Court contends that three state troopers fabricated charges against a protester who was filming a drunken driving checkpoint.

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen

Conn. Officials to Contest Education Funding Ruling

By Christian Nolan |

State officials announced Thursday that they will appeal a trial judge's landmark ruling last week that called Connecticut's education funding system unconstitutional.

Justice Zarella's Proposed Test for Applying Stare Decisis


We want to focus on Justice Zarella's dissent, not because of his analysis of 'Santiago,' but because of his proposed test for deciding whether to uphold a prior decision on the basis of stare decisis.

Legal Department of the Year Winners Selected

The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Legal Departments of the Year awards. The contest honors excellence in corporate legal departments.

Clinton v. Trump: Close-Up on the Courts

Be it Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, the candidate elected president in November will put an enduring stamp on the federal courts. Read our complete coverage.

Convicted Attorney Gets License Suspended for 6 Years


An attorney who served federal prison time following his conviction in a mortgage fraud scheme has been formally disciplined with a suspension from the bar for at least six years.

Keith Trantolo of Trantolo & Trantolo

Estate of Man Killed by Speeding Police Car Settles for $2.9M

By Christian Nolan |

The estate of a man killed after his car collided with a speeding police cruiser has settled a lawsuit against Hartford for $2.9 million.

Apple Fans Sue Over iPhone Upgrade Delays

Some people really want the new iPhone.

Mark Dubois

Jurisdictional Boundaries

By Mark Dubois |

Many states still take their sovereignty seriously and will not hesitate to haul out-of-state lawyers into their disciplinary courts if they believe they are fishing without a license.

Convict Seeks New Trial Over Use of Facebook Evidence

By Christian Nolan |

A man convicted of murder in New Haven is asking the state Supreme Court for a new trial on grounds that the judge should not have allowed evidence from Facebook at trial.

Attorney Resigns From Bar Amid Disciplinary Probe


Longtime attorney Thomas M. Murtha has resigned from the bar amid a state disciplinary action alleging he misappropriated clients' funds.

Big Pro Bono Effort Pays Off in Connecticut Schools Case

It took more than a decade of litigation—and a massive pro bono commitment by Debevoise & Plimpton—to persuade a Connecticut judge to rule last week that the state’s public schools had failed schoolchildren in its poorest districts.

David McGuire, legislative and policy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut.

Conn. Attorney to Lead Civil Rights Committee


The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recently announced that David McGuire will serve as chairman of the Connecticut State Advisory Committee, which will evaluate and report on civil rights concerns in the state.

A Game of Financial Chicken


Hartford is apparently teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, if its mayor, Luke Bronin, is to be believed. If Bronin is serious about avoiding bankruptcy, he ought to call the city's lawyers and ask them just what they are doing in the case of 'Harris v. O'Hare,' a federal civil rights action set for trial this month.

Maker of First Response Pregnancy Tests Gets Positive Result From 2nd Circuit

Handing a win to the maker of First Response pregnancy tests, a federal appeals court in New York held Friday that the maker of the rival Clearblue home pregnancy tests misled consumers in its advertising for a product that estimates how long a woman has been pregnant.

Sept. 11, Still As Clear As 15 Years Ago

The word “memories” doesn’t seem to apply to 9/11. Fifteen years now have passed, but survivors and witness recall with perfect clarity the “beautiful” September morning interrupted by so much violence.

James Ray of Robinson & Cole

Attorney Returns to Firm After University Stint


After departing for a while to work at a university, attorney James Ray has returned to Robinson & Cole as a partner in the firm's environmental and utilities group.

Georgia Bar Exam Scoring Error Among the Worst Historically

The erroneous failure of 90 Georgia Bar Exam takers in the past year looks to be the worst scoring mistake ever on the all-important licensing test.

$1.2M Settlement Struck in Wrongful Death Suit


The family of a deceased woman who was hit by a truck while crossing a street in Moosup, Connecticut, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver for $1.2 million.

Judge Explodes Pretenses of Connecticut's Schools

By Chris Powell |

Dream of a world where everything stupid, contemptible, or phony was also unconstitutional. That's what the state Supreme Court invited Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher to dream about public education, and this week he delivered in Technicolor.

James Wade, Robinson & Cole

Golden Anniversary: Attorney Celebrates 50 Years at Firm

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

James Wade of Robinson & Cole has appeared before at least 300 judges and argued cases in every state courthouse in Connecticut.

OxyContin pills.

Suit Seeks to Hold Pharma Companies Liable for Public Health Costs of Opioid Addiction

A LONG ISLAND County has filed a lawsuit against drug manufacturers alleging deceptive marketing of opioid painkillers, in a move resembling litigation filed by states against tobacco manufacturers in the 1990s that led to a master settlement with cigarette makers.

Conn. Education Funding System Unconstitutional, Judge Finds

By Christian Nolan |

Ruling in a more than decade-old case, a Connecticut judge ruled that the state's educational funding is out of step with its Constitution.

Mark Dubois

School of Hard Knocks

By Mark Dubois |

These days, many lawyers start their careers on their own, without any network of support or guidance.

Allen G. Palmer of Halloran & Sage

A Look Back at Justice David Borden's Career


Some of the most important decisions regarding a child's right to be heard and to be represented by an attorney, or to be heard through a guardian ad litem, in cases involving the child's custody, care or support, bear Justice Borden's byline.

Inconsistent and Maddening Courthouse Security


There's a new security rule in the state courthouses. At least I think there is a new rule. As with so many security measures, practices across the state are inconsistent. It's maddening.

Jennifer Morgan DelMonico

For Smaller Conn. Firms, Neglecting Cybersecurity Could Prove Costly


Many companies are paying closer attention to how their outside firms protect client information from cyberthreats. While some small and midsized firms have responded by increasing their focus on data privacy, others have been slow to make it a priority and that inaction could prove costly, even if a breach never occurs.

Supreme Court Review of Fourth Amendment Questions Sought in Hard Drive Retention Case

The lawyer for an accountant whose hard drives were seized and held for over two years in a fraud investigation involving a client, and then used to charge the accountant himself for an unrelated crime, is hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will take his case.

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.

Sandy Hook Victims Battle Gunmaker’s Latest Attempt to Get Lawsuit Tossed

By Jenna Greene |

Lawyers for the families of Sandy Hook Elementary shooting victims accuse the firearm maker of using an early motion for summary judgment to "preclude discovery and avoid a trial on the merits."

Attorney Cecil Thomas of Greater Hartford Legal Aid

Hartford Ordered to Pay $6.3M in Housing Case


A judge has ordered Hartford to pay almost $6.3 million for the benefit of residents who were forced to leave their condemned homes but weren't given financial assistance to relocate.

Hooray for Total Wine, Hisses for Legislature


The General Assembly has let the system continue as legislators cower before the "mom and pop" liquor store operators, of whom every legislator's district has many.

Is Pot Luring More Applicants to the U. of Colorado Law School?

What’s driving a huge surge in applications at the University of Colorado Law School? Partly pot, says one professor.

Gregory W. Nye, left, and David Lawton

Preparing Associates for the Courtroom


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

Drunken Driving Victim Reaches $6.5M Settlement

By Miriam Rozen |

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

Muhammad Ali

Reflections on Muhammad Ali's Conscientious Objector Status


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

Peter Kruzynski

Shelton Attorney Faces Sexual Assault Charges


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

George Jepsen

Pediatric Dentist to Pay $1.3 Million to Resolve Violations


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

Andrew McDonald

Supreme Court Rules Emails Between Lawyers, State Agency Not Privileged

By Mark Hamblett |

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

U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny of Connecticut

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

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

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

Day Pitney partner James J. Tancredi

Law Firm Partner Named Bankruptcy Judge


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

Mark Dubois

Offensive Personality


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

Biased Advice and Undisclosed Conflicts No More


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

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

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

Ron Etemi

College Student Struck by Car to Receive $2M Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

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

U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny of Connecticut

Vacancy in Federal Court as Judge to Take Senior Status


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

Gadsden flag

PC vs. Free Speech—Again


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

Why Google Can’t Shake This Search Results Suit

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

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

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

Jury Instruction Omission Prompts Supreme Court to Order New Trial

By Christian Nolan |

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

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

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


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

Mark Dubois

A Buyer's Market for Hiring Lawyers

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

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

Child in DCF Care Needs Kidney Transplant


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

James “Tim” Shearin

Lawsuit Challenges State Liquor Laws


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

Suit Says Low-Income Students Pushed Into Underperforming Schools

By Christian Nolan |

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

At Litchfield, Notebooks, Instead of Casebooks

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

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

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

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

Appeals Court Overturns $12M Med Mal Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

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

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

Event Spotlights Limits on Gun Torts in Mass Shootings

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

How Did State's Top Court Discover Judicial Restraint?


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

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

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


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

Chase Rogers

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

By Christian Nolan |

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

Chaos in Trial Scheduling

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

Former Connecticut Supreme Court Justice David Borden

Justice David Borden: A Man for All Seasons

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

Dale Faulkner of Faulkner & Graves

Judge Awards $1.4 Million in Dog-Bite Case

By Christian Nolan |

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

Should the Organized Bar Consider Opposing a Trump Presidency?

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

George Jepsen

Dentist Ordered to Pay $717K in Illegal Billing Case


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

The Abyss Claims Another Lawyer


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

Legal Departments of the Year Nomination Form

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

Litigation Departments of the Year Nomination Form

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

Karen Caffrey

Meriden Lawyer's Suicide Puts Spotlight on Mental Health Awareness

By Christian Nolan |

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

2016 New Leaders in Law Nomination Form

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

Attorney Resigns From Bar Following Disciplinary Probe


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

Attorney Joins Cummings & Lockwood as Principal


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

Murtha Cullina Hires New Associate


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

Richard Emanuel

Seeking Redress for 19 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

By Megan Spicer |

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

Judge Arrested for Domestic Violence Claims He Was Actually the Victim


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

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

Gov. Malloy's 'Second Chance 2.0' Fails

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

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

Strategic Removal and the Voluntary-Involuntary Rule

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

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

Mark Dubois

Training the Next Generation of Lawyers

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

The Watchdog Agencies Must Remain Independent


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

Minors Appealing Lengthy Sentences to Receive Parole Hearings

By Christian Nolan |

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

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

Conn. Suit Filed in Train Derailment


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

Merrick Garland.

4 to 4 in the Supreme Court

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

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

The White Whale of DRS Tax Clearance Certificates


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

Mark Dubois

Kinda Lonely

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

Former Connecticut Supreme Court Justice David Borden

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


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

John Elwood

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

By Christian Nolan |

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

SCOTUS Shouldn't Require 'Specialists'

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

Missing Attorney Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

By Christian Nolan |

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

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

Ex-Wrestler Sues WWE Over Royalties From Streaming


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

Glenn Falk

Supreme Court Nixes New Trial Over Juror's Language Issues

By Christian Nolan |

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

Yale Law School

Suit Alleges Yale Employees Cheated in Retirement Funds


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

Fairfield Lawyer Pens Book on Divorce


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

Connecticut Claims Share of Barclays LIBOR Settlement

By Andrew Denney and Christian Nolan |

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

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

No Sale for 'Name Your Own Price' Suit

By Christian Nolan |

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

Retire Connecticut Supreme Court Justice David Borden

Justice David Borden Was Architect of State's Penal Code


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

Judge Janet Bond Arterton

Archdiocese Wins Partial Reimbursement on Sex Abuse Claims


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

George Jepsen

Conn. to See Slice of $125M Cephalon Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

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

A Second Look at Pretrial Detention

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

William Tong

Lawmakers Expected to Again Tackle Penalties for Threatening Judges


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

Andrew Liskov

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

By Christian Nolan |

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

Law Tribune Seeking New Leaders Nominations

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

Michael Shea

Inmate's Mental Health Claim Can Go Forward


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

Another Lawsuit Accuses Hartford Attorney of Sexual Harassment

By Christian Nolan |

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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

Attack of the Sad-Sack Scribbler

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

Josephine Smalls Miller

Stratford Sued for Race Discrimination


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

Richard Robinson

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

By Christian Nolan |

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

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


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

Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford.

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

By Christian Nolan |

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

Mark Dubois

Mess Up, Fess Up

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

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

Retired Judge Joins ADR Practice at Reid and Riege


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

Redding's retaining wall

Second Defense Verdict Rendered in Retaining Wall Falls

By Christian Nolan |

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

Holler Law Firm Names New Chief Operating Officer


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

Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go: Legal Considerations, Including Personal Injury Concerns

Maureen Danehy and James K. Robertson Jr. of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey

Resolving Thousands of Claims From Train Derailment


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

Copyright Counsel Eager for Clarity on Fair Use for Viral Videos


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

Gary Phelan

Moving Company Hit With Wage-and-Hour Suit


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

Legal Community Mourns Retired State Judge


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

Supreme Court Blocks Two Suits Stemming From Power Plant Explosion

By Christian Nolan |

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

Jean Jacques

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


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

Andrew O'Toole

Whistleblower Case Against Psychiatrist Settles for $36K


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

Be the Force for Good in the World

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

Indian Mountain School

Another Molestation Suit Filed Against Boarding School


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

Bill Clinton Recalls Budding Love at Yale Law

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

Judge Janet Bond Arterton

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

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

Saying Goodbye to Social Media

By Norm Pattis |
Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford.

Justices' Disagreement Strengthens Court


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

Lawyers Restart GM Ignition Switch Litigation

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

Jeffrey Meyer

Suit Over Bayer's Essure Birth Control Implant Is Dismissed


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


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


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

Harry Mazadoorian

Emotional Intelligence and Neuroscience: The Legal Profession Catches Up

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

Will Cybersecurity Costs Force Small Firms to Merge?

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

Retire Connecticut Supreme Court Justice David Borden

Court Reinstates Conviction in Murder Case

By Christian Nolan |

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

Mark Dubois

A Brave New World

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

Jettisoning the Minority Community


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Book cover for

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


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

Luke Bronin

Developers Sue Over Hartford's Baseball Field Project


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


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


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


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.

Plum Island

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Brody and Associates

Conn. Firms Move to New Offices, Hire Attorneys

By Law Tribune Staff |

Norm Pattis: MCLE Might Not Be So Bad


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


'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


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


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


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.