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Lawsuits Target Restaurants That Play Music

Karen Ali | April 04, 2014

Plan B Burger Bar is one of three Hartford-area restaurant chains currently facing copyright infringement suits for playing music without paying licensing fees to the record companies.

New Leaders In The Law Nomination Application

Click below for the Connecticut Law Tribune's New Leaders in the Law 2014 Nomination Application. We will profile 50 individuals whose achievements to date, in our opinion, distinguish them from their peers.

IP Law: Trade Secrets And Patent Reform

By JASON T. MURATA and JOHN M. TANSKI |

Much has been written about the impact the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, or AIA, is having on America's patent system. But changing the patent system has ripple effects beyond the world of patent prosecution.

IP Law: New Options For Challenging Patents

By SCOTT LYDON and MARINA CUNNINGHAM |

The America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011 significantly overhauled the U.S. patent system and, among other changes, introduced several new petition mechanisms for challenging patents through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

IP Law: Diagnostic Method Patents In Doubt

By LESLIE-ANNE MAXWELL and DEREK DENHART |

Are diagnostic methods patentable? Until quite recently, the answer to this question would have been an unqualified "yes." Recent court decisions concerning subject matter eligibility for patenting have changed the answer to this question to a hesitant "maybe."

IP Law: A New Swarm Of Music-Sharing Lawsuits

By DAVID BENOIT |

A new type of case involving a clash of Internet law, copyright law and hundreds of defendants identified only by their IP address has made its way into Connecticut courts.

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Norm Pattis: Client Communications Can Be Burden For Small Firms

By NORM PATTIS |

Words like "reasonable" are what assure that lawyers will never lack for work. We can endlessly debate, litigate and then decide what "reasonable" means without ever coming to agreement. Hence, the never-ending flow of cases involving the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizure.

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Gideon: Appellate Decisions Diminish Stature Of Judges

By GIDEON |

"A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate." So wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1774, foreshadowing his more famous quote about the "inherent and inalienable rights" of men, in the Declaration of Independence.

Editorial: Stop The Connecticut Chainsaw Massacre

The Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) has one last opportunity to put the brakes on a radical utility line-clearing proposal that would remove any tall tree growing within eight feet to the right and to the left of utility distribution lines, from ground to sky, regardless of the health of the tree.

Editorial: CBA Is Failing In Diversity Efforts

If the profession is to be successful in diversifying the bar, then the volunteer bar associations must take the lead. It is unreasonable for bar associations to sit back and publicly lament the lack of diversity among law firm partnerships or in the judiciary, all the while failing to elect a lawyer of color to lead their organizations.

Opinion: Better Oversight Needed For Guardians Ad Litem

By Michelle |

Recently, criticism of the state's guardians ad litem have hit an all-time high. GALs are reportedly withdrawing from their cases left and right, while grievances appear to be mounting. Family court, by definition, is charged with high emotions and children, unfortunately, are at the center of the storm.

Ronald Japha

Pro Bono Honors: Making The Courts Run A Little Faster

By Jay Stapleton |

For as long as Bridgeport lawyer Ron Japha has been representing clients in his general practice, he has been helping judges.

Retired Bristol Lawyer Charged With Embezzling $1 Million

A former Bristol lawyer who allegedly stole more than one millions dollars from an elderly woman who he represented in an estate case is now facing 29 felony larceny charges.

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Mark Dubois: Don't Try To Muzzle A Client With A Grievance

By Mark Dubois |

I saw an interesting ethics decision out of Kentucky the other day involving an attempt to buy silence in a grievance case. The case was called Kentucky Bar Association vs. Unnamed Attorney. (There are a lot of unnamed attorney cases in Kentucky. This one was Dec. 19, 2013. You can find it on the Google.)

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Mark Dubois: Resist Urge To Respond To Flaming Ex-Clients

By Mark Dubois |

The Internet is a cool thing. With a few clicks of the mouse, I can order groceries, pay bills, and find just about anyone I need to contact for my work. Unfortunately, it also provides a ready (too ready, perhaps!) platform for clients and nuts to take shots at us for our real or perceived shortcomings.

George Jepsen

Jepsen Cites Less Confrontational Style As He Launches Re-Election Bid

By JAY STAPLETON |

When George Jepsen was elected Connecticut attorney general in 2010, he came into office with a consumer protection agenda that sounded much like that of his predecessor, Richard Blumenthal.

Land Use Law: Navigating The 'Navigable' Waters

By EARL W. PHILLIPS JR. and EMILY DEANS |

How do you determine if waters or wetlands fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA)? Despite the fact that the CWA was passed more than 34 years ago, this question and others related to the act are still being asked.

Land Use Law: Wetlands Agencies Vs. Zoning Boards Of Appeal

By KEVIN M. TIGHE |

Development of real property in Connecticut will often require permits, licenses and approvals from several different municipal and state agencies. In some instances, the Connecticut General Statutes expressly provide for the order in which such permits, licenses and approvals must be obtained and the authority of such municipal and state agencies relative to each other.

Zoning Law: Zoning For A Health-Care Facility

By DIANE W. WHITNEY |

Admit it, your first thought was, why would anyone care if a health-care facility was built in their neighborhood? But you were thinking of a nice, quiet nursing home, where the most activity that might take place would be family members gently pushing their elders in wheelchairs around a lush green lawn. A well- manicured lawn, surrounding a tastefully designed Colonial building.

Environmental Law: Two Standards For Phase I Site Assessments

By ELIZABETH C. BARTON and RENÉ A. ORTEGA |

On Dec. 30, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule accepting the use of a revised industry standard for the conduct of an initial environmental assessment of properties by an environmental technical professional.

Zoning Law: Outcry Follows Appellate Court Ruling In McDonald's Case

By KENNETH R. SLATER Jr. |

There was much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth following the state Appellate Court's decision late last year in MacKenzie v. Planning and Zoning Commission of Monroe, 146 Conn. App. 406 (2013), in which the court ruled that zoning regulations that permit a zoning commission to apply flexible setback and landscaping requirements in approving development applications are invalid.

Trial Set For Ex-White House Lawyer Accused Of Attempted Murder

By Associated Press |

After four years of legal skirmishes, former Bush administration lawyer John Michael Farren is due to stand trial in June on charges of attempted murder and assault in connection with accusations he beat his wife nearly to death.

Supreme Court To Decide Bank's Liability In Catholic School Scam

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

Nine years ago, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that a ski resort couldn't limit its liability through contractual clauses. Now the court has to decide if the banking industry can be permitted to do what the winter recreational industry cannot.

Personal Injury Yearbook: 2013's Biggest Verdicts And Settlements

It was a year of many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. We’ve summarized nearly 90 cases of all types in the Personal Injury Yearbook, so we think you are getting your money’s worth. For details, click below.

Exonerated Ex-Inmates Want Millions

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

James Tillman served 18 years behind bars for a rape that DNA evidence later showed he did not commit. Tillman can never get those years back.

Legal Departments Of The Year Nomination Form

Use the following questionnaire to nominate a corporate legal department that is Connecticut-situated or with a nexus to Connecticut for the Connecticut Law Tribune's annual Legal Departments of the Year awards.

Pro Bono Honors

The Judicial Branch has chosen to honor the lawyers featured in this special section for their pro and low bono contributions. They will be recognized for their service at the Law Tribune's Honors Night in June.

Convicted Ex-Mayor Can't Get Law License Back

By KAREN ALI |

To paraphrase one attorney: Joseph Ganim dug himself a hole too deep to climb out of. The state Supreme Court on April 9 rejected a bid by the former Bridgeport mayor to regain his law license, a license that was suspended after he was sentenced to prison in 2003 and served seven years on corruption charges.

Attorney Larry Riefberg

Head-Shaving Stunt Raises $67,000 For Hospice

By KAREN ALI |

Larry Riefberg says the decision he made to shave his entire head of hair was a small price to pay for a good cause: raising money for a new residential hospice building in Danbury.

Rowland Pleads Not Guilty In Federal Court

By Associated Press |

Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland has pleaded not guilty to charges that he broke election laws to pursue roles with two congressional campaigns.

Stew Leonard Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Barbara Speranza, personal representative and executrix of the estate of Robert Speranza, and Barbara Speranza, individually v. Stewart "Stew" Leonard Sr., Thomas P. Leonard and Carpe Diem Three LLC: The founder of Connecticut-based Stew Leonard's supermarket chain and the widow of a man who fell off of Leonard's boat near a Caribbean Island and drowned have settled a lawsuit that was filed in state court.

John WIlliams

Missing Man's Family Plans Another Appeal

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The state Appellate Court has upheld a judge's award of more than $52,000 to the former girlfriend of one of the state's best-known missing persons. Madeline Gleason had claimed the missing man's family harassed and defamed her while accusing her of being involved in his disappearance.

Pro Bono Honors: Grandmother's Advice Reflected In Good Deeds

By KAREN ALI |

Stamford family law attorney Lisa Kouzoujian traces her generous spirit to her grandmother's teachings.

Judge Dismisses Charges In Sandy Hook-Related Case

By ANDREW KESHNER |

A New York state judge has dismissed the indictment of a woman who posed as the relative of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim, concluding that while her conduct was "without question, reprehensible," the charges were barred on statutory double jeopardy grounds and legal insufficiency.

State Levies $36,000 In Penalties Against Contractor

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The state Department of Consumer Protection has levied more than $36,000 in civil penalties against a New Britain paving company that was either not doing its work right or not doing it at all.

Environmental Law: The Importance Of Choosing Your Words Wisely

By CINDY J. KARLSON |

"The devil is in the details" is a familiar motto when it comes to legal drafting. Too many times attorneys make seemingly innocuous edits, such as "including but not limited to…" in contracts, or are not mindful of their time entries in terms of a client's potential future claims for cost reimbursement.

Bill Would Ban Nude Photos Posted By Jilted Lovers

By JAY STAPLETON |

During recent meetings of the Legislature's Judiciary Committee, there were two words no one wanted to utter in mixed company: revenge porn. All blushing aside, the increasing tendency of jilted lovers to post nude pictures of their former soul mates online was considered by the committee to constitute behavior worthy of being labeled a crime.

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Norm Pattis: The Tax On Taking Cases To Trial

I was in the chambers of a judge I respect a great deal trying to reach a plea bargain in a complex case the other day. Well before trial, he made an offer of a given period of years in a case involving many alleged victims. After a trial in several of the cases, a trial in which my client was convicted, we were trying to settle the case all over again.

State Ponders Ways To Offer Low-Cost Legal Services

By JAY STAPLETON |

A Judicial Branch work group is looking into how the state might provide low-cost legal representation for people who lack the resources to pay standard legal fees but who have too many assets to qualify for legal aid.

Connecticut Hedge Fund Sentenced To Pay $1.8 Billion

By Associated Press |

A prosecutor called a $900 million fine — part of the $1.8 billion that Stamford-based SAC Capital must pay — 'the largest fine imposed in an insider trading case in history.'

Edward Meyer

From Mobs To Racquets, Senator Has Had Colorful Career

By Christian Nolan |

He was appointed as a federal prosecutor by Robert F. Kennedy, put members of the Genovese crime family behind bars, married a tennis pro and then spent decades as a lawmaker in both New York and Connecticut. Now after 50 years of public service, state Sen. Ed Meyer, D-Guilford, is retiring as he approaches age 80.

Opinion: Granting Lawsuit Immunity Erodes Fundamental Rights

By DOUGLAS P. MAHONEY |

In each session of the Connecticut General Assembly, there is an occasional legislative proposal which extends immunity from liability to a select class of persons engaged in specific activities (such as doctors, architects, athletic trainers, etc.).

Editorial: Time To Serve Clients Of Modest Means

Much has been written about the simultaneous shortage of employment opportunities for lawyers and affordable legal services for persons of moderate means. Less has been said about the opportunities that this market situation might provide for addressing both of those problems.

Attorney Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: If That Stuff On Those Walls Could Talk...

By Dan Krisch |

I'm imagining a "Night At My Office." When I was young, I yearned to one day have a workspace like my father's: walls and doors and nearly every other available flat surface decorated to the nines with objects de intelligentsia. But now that I have Henry-fied my office—hardly a square foot of bare wall or door to be found—sometimes I wonder what happens when I turn off the lights and depart for the night:

City of Stamford Settles Police Abuse Lawsuit For $230,000

The city of Stamford has agreed to pay $230,000 to settle a lawsuit by a Norwalk woman who accused a police officer of punching her in an altercation outside a nightclub.

Editorial: Campaign Finance Ruling A Boon For New Robber Barons

In October 1902, in the midst of a months-long strike by the United Mine Workers Union, the coal operators' representative, George Baer, flatly refused to meet with the UMW's president, John Mitchell. Baer said that Mitchell was "only a common coal-miner, who worked with his hands for 15 years, and was now a labor agitator."

Supreme Court Rejects Ganim's Bid To Regain Law License

By KAREN ALI |

The state Supreme Court has rejected a bid by former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim to regain his law license. Ganim has been trying to regain his license after being released from prison in 2010 after serving seven years on corruption charges.

Employment Suit Accuses Company Of Supporting Gaddafi Regime

By JAY STAPLETON |

A financial services executive from Stamford has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, claiming he was defrauded by an employer that misrepresented itself and was actually a money-laundering operation for the regime of former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Lawmakers Debate Drug-Free School Zones

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

During the crack epidemic of the 1980s, it seemed like a commonsense move to help protect the young and the innocent. The state would add enhanced penalties for drug possession and drug trafficking within 1,500 feet of schools, day-care facilities and public housing complexes. Drug defendants faced an extra three years on their prison sentence if convicted of the extra charge.

Editorial: Marijuana And The Rule Of Law

We have heard quite a lot of late about the rule of law in Connecticut and elsewhere. The Connecticut Bar Association even sponsored two seminars in recent years on that precise subject. One of the speakers, a top business leader in Connecticut, raised many eyebrows when he said one of the reasons he would prefer to do business in China rather than in Russia is that China, in spite of all the differences from our legal system, takes the rule of law more seriously than Russia does.

Prosecutors Claim Man Planned Conn. Drone Bombings

By Associated Press |

A Moroccan national was detained without bail in Connecticut after FBI agents discovered his plot to fly bombs on drone-like devices made out of radio-controlled airplanes into a school and a federal building, according to federal authorities.

Law Tribune Seeks Verdict And Settlement Results

If you or your firm has been involved in an interesting lawsuit, we would like to hear about it. We welcome equally plaintiffs' victories, defense verdicts, out-of-court settlements and alternative dispute resolution results,

Wesley Horton

CBA Considers Major Changes To Constitution

By Jay Stapleton |

The Connecticut Bar Association is considering some of the broadest changes to its constitution in more than 65 years. Among the proposals is whether the current governance structure should be changed.

Charla Nash, right, talks with attorney Matthew D. Newman before for a hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.  Nash who was mauled in a 2009 chimpanzee attack is attending a hearing to determine whether she may sue the state for $150 million in claimed damages. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Woman Mauled By Chimp Blocked From Suing State

By Christian Nolan |

It looks like Charla Nash, mauled and disfigured by her friend's 200-pound pet chimpanzee in 2009, will not get her day in court.

Feds To Pay $3.1 Million To Convicted Trash Hauler

By Associated Press |

Federal authorities have agreed to pay $3.1 million to a trash hauler convicted in a price-fixing conspiracy to settle his claim that they violated their plea agreement with him by selling his companies but failing to pay him.

Attorney General Jepsen Prepares To Launch Re-Election Bid

Attorney General George Jepsen has told a Hartford radio station that he plans to run for re-election. As reported on the CT News Junkie website, Jepsen said he planned to file the paperwork to run for a second term on Monday, April 7.

Judge Brightens Day For Teeth-Whitening Businesses

By Associated Press |

A federal judge has backed a teeth-whitening business in its fight with Connecticut over rules that made it illegal for people who are not dentists to provide certain procedures.

Sikorsky Pays $3.5 Million To Settle Parts Allegations

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to a $3.5 million settlement with federal authorities last week over allegations that the helicopter maker violated federal law in inflating the costs of spare helicopter parts it sold to the Army.

E-book Settlement Payments Made In Advance Of Trial

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

While Connecticut consumers are beginning to receive payments from a prior partial settlement in the multistate e-book price-fixing lawsuit, a hearing on damages is expected to get underway against Apple this summer regarding the same case.

Peter Szymonik

GAL Reform Bill Moves Forward

By Jay Stapleton |

The Legislature's Judiciary Committee has approved a bill proposing reforms for the state's guardian ad litem system that would give parents a greater say as to who would represent their children during custody proceedings, as well as new authority to request the removal of a GAL from a case.

Rotator Cuff Tear Yields $122,000 For Crash Victim

By Christian Nolan |

A Hartford man who injured his shoulder after a car ran a stop sign and crashed into his vehicle was recently awarded more than $122,000 following a jury trial.

Lawsuits Target Restaurants That Play Music

By Karen Ali |

Plan B Burger Bar is one of three Hartford-area restaurant chains currently facing copyright infringement suits for playing music without paying licensing fees to the record companies.

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Mark Dubois: Overwhelmed By Old Papers

By Mark Dubois |

I am engaged in an epic project. As part of my duties as incoming president of the Connecticut Bar Association, I have been working in the basement of CBA global headquarters in New Britain trying to winnow essential records and historically significant ephemera from the heaps, piles, drifts and dumpsters of paper accumulated over the last century or so.

Former Governor Faces New Legal Problems

By Associated Press |

Once a heavy hitter in Republican politics, former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland finds himself again in the crosshairs of federal investigators.

Josephine Smalls Miller

Attorney Claims City Refuses To Pay Her Fees

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Civil rights litigator Josephine Miller represented parents who objected to the state's decision in 2011 to replace members of Bridgeport's elected school board with its own appointees. Now Miller also has her own legal complaint pending — against the Bridgeport City Attorney.

Attorney Judith Dixon and Judge James Ginocchio

Pro Bono Honors: Finding A Way To Pay It Forward

By JAY STAPLETON |

For any lawyer who has dedicated a substantial amount of time to pro bono work, there is one case that stands out as a shining example of the reason they continue to donate their legal expertise.

National Firm Relocation To Hartford May Foreshadow Trend

By JAY STAPLETON |

When Anthony Cicchetti talks about his law office moving from Simsbury to Hartford, he gets excited. From a business perspective, the main reason for the move, Cicchetti said, was to be closer and more convenient for its clients, many of whom are in the insurance and financial services industries.

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Norm Pattis: Great Divide Separates Judges From Lawyers

By Norm Pattis |

I saw U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Meyer on the bench in Bridgeport the other day, and my heart was filled with sorrow. Oh, he looked happy enough, all right, sitting atop justice's pyramid, parsing the arguments of the litigants who appeared before him. He's a brand-spanking-new federal judge who already looks as though he has been presiding forever over other people's troubles.

Editorial: UConn Fundraisers Need To Be Wary Of Legal Issues

All of us in Connecticut should be proud of the rising prestige of our University of Connecticut, originally founded as an agricultural college in Storrs in 1881. The 2014 edition of "Best Colleges," published by U.S. News & World Report, ranks UConn as the 57th best national university in the country, obviously behind such eminences such as Princeton, Harvard and Yale, but ahead of Syracuse, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Rutgers, etc.

Public Defender: 'I Can't Live' With Death Sentence For Killer

By KAREN ALI |

Assistant Public Defender Corrie-Ann Mainville made headlines this past weekend when she was quoted as saying that the state of Connecticut would have to kill her before she allows it to execute a convicted murderer whom she says is mentally ill.

Attorney Joseph Geremia

Pro Bono Honors: Joseph Geremia's Low-Bono Practice Focuses On Children In Need

By JAY STAPLETON |

Joseph Geremia has spent much of his 30 years as a lawyer representing children in some of the most harrowing circumstances imaginable. The bulk of his practice, the lion's share of his day, is spent working as a court-appointed lawyer representing children who have been victimized.

Attorney Casey Healey

Pro Bono Honors: A Volunteer Effort That Hits Home

By JAY STAPLETON |

For Cheshire lawyer Casey Healey, building a career—and a pro bono practice—representing people whose homes are in foreclosure was a natural response to the housing downturn that peaked right after she passed the bar exam.

Attorney Thomas Fiorentino

Pro Bono Honors: Responding Positively To Taps On The Shoulder

By KAREN ALI |

Manchester lawyer Thomas Fiorentino noticed the trend before a lot of others did. It really started a decade or so ago, he says, and the pace picked up about five years ago.

Amy Goodusky: Spa Lawsuit Is Truly Hair Erasing

By Amy Goodusky |

It was one of those days. Four hundred group emails changing the date, time, location and food preferences for a long-distance deposition; two thumbs down on a case in which the liability had heretofore looked favorable to the home team; a missing check to pay another expert reviewer; both copiers jammed at the same time; three denied motions; and I broke my French coffee press when my suit jacket caught on the handle.

Bushnell Theatre

Ruling Adds Twist To Bushnell Slander Lawsuit

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Whether a defamation claim can result from comments made to a legislative body has become the central issue in an ongoing lawsuit between an online Connecticut ticket business and a well-known Hartford theater.

Sikorsky Settles Allegations Of Overcharging Military For $3.5 Million

By Associated Press |

Helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations it violated federal law and inflated the cost of spare parts to the Army, federal prosecutors said.

Rowland Linked To Ex-Candidate Who Pleads Guilty In Campaign Scheme

By Associated Press |

A former Republican congressional candidate and her husband have pleaded guilty in a scheme to set up a phony contract to hide the role played in the candidate's campaign by ex-Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned a decade ago in a corruption scandal.

Legislative Committee Considers Regulation Of Guardians Ad Litem

By JAY STAPLETON |

Members of a state legislative committee on Monday heard from dozens of people who say family court reform is critically needed to regulate how guardians ad litem are used in contentious child custody cases.

Lawyer's Reference To Alleged Victim As 'Drunk Whore' Prompts Criticism

By KAREN ALI |

Defense attorney Ioannis "John" Kaloidis wasn't happy. His client, a man accused of rape, had just been convicted by a Litchfield Superior Court jury and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Feds Look Into Judicial Branch ADA Compliance

By JAY STAPLETON |

Federal authorities are reviewing the Connecticut Judicial Branch's compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, prompted by complaints it has received from two women who claim they were not provided with equal access to the courts as required under the ADA.

Jeffrey Cohen

Conn. Law Firm Harmed By Insurance Company's Downfall

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The law firm of Trendowski & Allen in Centerbrook is well known for defending high-profile lawsuits involving bars, restaurants or nightclubs. Until recently, the practice supported a staff of 17 people, including six lawyers.

Are Horses Vicious? It Depends On The Animal

By JAY STAPLETON |

In future civil actions in Connecticut, horses will not automatically be assumed to be dangerous animals by the courts. However, they do belong to "a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious," according to the Connecticut Supreme Court, and trial judges will be asked to decide on a case-by-case basis whether there is evidence that a certain animal is dangerous.

Rehab Facility Escapes Blame For Infection

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Freida Wilson v. Affinity Health Care Management Inc. d/b/a Alexandria Manor: A jury sided with a Bloomfield nursing and rehabilitation facility that had been sued for negligence by a former patient who contracted an infection in her newly replaced hip.

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Gideon: Cellphones And The Fourth Amendment

If you're like one of 91 percent of Americans who own a cellphone, or the 81 percent who send and receive text messages on that cellphone, or the 60 percent that access the Internet, or the 52 percent that send or receive email on their phones, then the police would love to get their hands on your device.

Former CBA President Takes On ABA Role

By JAY STAPLETON |

Barry Hawkins has worn many hats in his 45 years as an attorney. He's a partner in the real estate and ligitation practice at Shipman & Goodwin's Stamford office. He's taught land use, real estate law and alternative dispute resolution courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Proposal Would Bring Employment Law Reform For Nannies And Housekeepers

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Armed with horror stories from Connecticut nannies and housekeepers about poor treatment for low pay, the Legislature is considering new safeguards for domestic workers. Law students, legal aid groups and immigration activists are lobbying to see a "bill of rights" to protect domestic workers enacted this legislative session.

Opinion: In Defense Of Self-Represented Litigants

By ANNE STEVENSON |

Despite the economic barriers to justice faced by struggling Connecticut families, rising from the ashes of the highly charged public debates over how to reform the family courts is a shockingly insensitive outcry from court industry insiders demonizing the 85 percent of divorcing parents who have chosen to invest in their families instead of attorneys.

Water Utility Funnels $29 Million Settlement To Consumers

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Customers of Aquarion Water Co. should reap the benefits in their monthly bill from a $29 million settlement reached between the state and water utility related to a change in the Internal Revenue Service's accounting regulations.

Janet Hall Confident She Can Make Federal Courts 'Run Better'

By JAY STAPLETON |

Just two weeks after U.S. District Judge Janet Hall took over as the administrative leader of the state's federal court, she was thrown into the middle of the budgetary impasse in Washington.

Editorial: Supreme Court Decorum

On Feb. 26, 2014, Noah Kai Newkirk said a few words at the Supreme Court of the United States. The problem was that he was not supposed to be speaking; he was there as a spectator.

Harry N. Mazadoorian: How Is Your Emotional Intelligence?

Among the many justly deserved encomia being heaped on newly invested Yale President Peter Salovey are references to his pioneering work as a psychology scholar in the field of emotional intelligence.

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Norm Pattis: Defense Attorneys Overlooked In Judge Selection Process

By Norm Pattis |

Word that U.S. District Judge Janet Arterton will soon take senior status makes this a good time to ask Senators Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy why it is that no criminal defense lawyer ever makes the cut for nomination to the federal bench. It's been so long since a defender was nominated that the failure cannot be explained away as insignificant.

Justices Issue Ruling In 'Vicious Horse' Case

By JAY STAPLETON |

A lawsuit seeking damages for a child who was bitten on the face by a horse will proceed in the Superior Court, after the Connecticut Supreme Court upheld an Appellate court ruling that found horses belong to "a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious."

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Mark Dubois: Courts May Let Paralegals Serve As 'Guides' For Pro Ses

By MARK DUBOIS |

I heard that New York is going to adopt a system where "guides" or "concierges" pair with self-represented parties in certain courts in order to facilitate the movement of business and allow the judges to return to being neutral arbiters instead of trying to be both judge and advocate for those without attorneys.

Longtime New London Judge Joseph Purtill Dies

By Associated Press |

Connecticut Judge Joseph J. Purtill, who oversaw an array of criminal, civil, family and juvenile cases over a 35-year career on the bench, has died. He was 86. Purtill's family says he died Tuesday at a rehabilitation center in Mystic after a brief illness.

Deirdre Daly Nominated To Be Permanent U.S. Attorney For Conn.

By Karen Ali |

President Barack Obama has nominated acting U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly of Connecticut to serve in the position in a permanent capacity, the White House announced in a press release.

Editorial: Time For These Mental Health Records To See Daylight

Part of the role of Connecticut's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is to de-stigmatize the image of mental illness, to promote understanding and to encourage treatment.

Chimp Attack Victim Asks Again For Right To Sue

The Connecticut woman disfigured in a 2009 chimpanzee attack asked state lawmakers Friday to grant her the ability to sue the state so she can pay her medical bills and "have a chance to live a comfortable life."

The Case Of The Doctored Sperm Donation

By THOMAS B. SCHEFFEY |

In the mid-1980s, it became clear to Congress that some of the worst doctors in the country were able to commit shocking malpractice in one state after another, with relative impunity. State health departments and medical boards weren't sharing their records, and negligent or incompetent doctors went undetected for years.

Attorney Tamara Kagan Levine of Green & Levine

A 75-Year-Old Connecticut Woman Sues Dating Site

By KAREN ALI and JAY STAPLETON |

Hundreds of thousands of people turn to online dating services to help find romance. Many come away disappointed. And some of them file lawsuits.