Top Stories

Dove Burns

Conn.-Based Lawyers With Out-of-State Practices Can Run Afoul of UPL Rules

AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL | November 13, 2015

Some lawyers are quietly voicing concerns that under Connecticut Practice Book rules they may be engaged in the unauthorized practice of law if they live in Connecticut but are licensed exclusively in New York.

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

Lawyer Lobbies for Bill to Stop Killers From Inheriting From Victims

By Christian Nolan |

There's a loophole in Connecticut law that rankles attorney John Klar.

New Movie Leads Conn. Lawyers To Reflect on Priest Sex Abuse Cases


The movie "Spotlight" tells the story of the Boston Globe's investigation into sexual abuse of children by priests. Its release has refocused the general public on a scandal that, by some measures, reached its peak nearly a decade ago.

Conn. Hospital Settles Patient Data Breach Case

By Christian Nolan |

Connecticut has reached a $90,000 settlement with Hartford Hospital and a contractor over allegations that private patient information was compromised three years ago, leaving nearly 9,000 residents to worry if that data had gotten into the wrong hands.

Dori B. Hightower

In Our Minds, In Our Hearts, Implicit Bias Exists


Think about Ferguson, Missouri, think about George Zimmerman, and then think about stereotyping. One would hope this is not an issue in the family courts.

Lynda B. Munro

Early Mediation Can Facilitate Divorce Cases


Family lawyers should embrace early mediation as a creative tool that makes them more attractive to clients and helps them cast a net for a wider client base.

Livia Barndollar

Alimony Ruling Reflects Changing Attitudes


In this past year, the state Supreme Court family law decision that most departed from its predecessors was Dan v. Dan, 315 Conn. 1 (2014), a postjudgment alimony modification case.

Mary Cushing Doherty, left, and Stephanie A. Henrick

College Savings Plans Can Complicate Negotiations


Confidentiality Agreements Can Keep Cases Moving


Family cases almost always involve private matters that at least one party would prefer not to make public.

Elizabeth I. Tylawsky

Tax Code Provisions Assist Divorcing Parties


Understandably, there are occasions in a marriage when one spouse is unaware of certain income earned by the other spouse, or situations when moneys provided by one spouse to pay taxes are misappropriated by the other spouse. It is for these legitimate situations that the "innocent spouse" regulations of the IRC were implemented through three forms of relief: innocent spouse relief, separation of liability and equitable relief.

Kenneth Laska

Commentary: Statistics Show There's No Need for Mandatory CLE in Conn.

By Kenneth Laska |

There is absolutely no need for mandatory continuing legal education in Connecticut. For many years, the state has had one of the most educated bars in the United States.

Felice Duffy, left, and Paul Thomas

New Conn. Firm to Focus on College Campus-Related Cases


Felice Duffy didn't know it at the time, but her law career was set on course when she was 18 years old.

A Bridgeport jury has sided with the town of Redding in a lawsuit brought by a man who fell off of this six-foot high retaining wall and sustained a traumatic brain injury.

Brain-Injured Plaintiff Loses $3 Million Lawsuit Against Town

By Christian Nolan |

The retaining wall was constructed as a part of a federally funded Streetscape Project, which was designed to promote pedestrian safety and make easier to walk to businesses in the Redding section of Georgetown.

A slew of subcontractors complaining—and at least a few suing—over $5 million in unpaid bills for work on service plazas.

Highway Service Plaza Project Marred by Pay Disputes


Not long ago, the 23 service plazas along Connecticut's highways were shabby and out-of-date. Kevin Nursick, a state Department of Transportation spokesman, said they were "dilapidated hellholes. They were dungeons. They were disgusting."

A photo taken on a surveillance camera during an undercover meeting in June 2011 shows software pirate Xiang Li, left, with two undercover agents.

Cybersecurity Attorney's Book Details His Pursuit of International Software Pirate


David L. Hall, co-chairman of Wiggin and Dana's cybersecurity group, was an assistant U.S. attorney who helped bring a Chinese software pirate to justice.

Editorial: Implicit Racial Bias Stands in Way of Truly Diverse Bar

A Washington Post article published earlier this year, written by a Stanford law professor and supported by Bureau of Labor statistics, announced that "law is the least diverse profession in the nation."

Connecticut AG Alleges $17 Million Scam by International Tech Support Company


For frustrated computer users, Click4Support seemed like a godsend.

The Meriden courthouse, on West Main Street, serves Cheshire, Hamden, Meriden, North Haven and Wallingford.

Updated: Attorneys Say Proposed Courthouse Closings Could Be Costly to Towns, Law Firms


The state's latest budget reduction proposals would include the closing of court facilities in Meriden and Bristol.

Court System Puts Guardian Ad Litem Training Sessions on Hold


Any attorneys who would like to add guardian ad litem work to their practice need to undergo training first, but the state hasn't offered it in two years and no new trainings are scheduled.

Brooke Goff of the Reinken Law Firm

Updated: Former Conn. Scoutmaster Named in Lawsuit Allegedly Molested Some Boys Hundreds of Times


As a scoutmaster in Ridgefield in the 1960s and 1970s, Donald Dennis went on frequent camping trips with young boys. And, according to a Stamford attorney, he molested them time and time again. One young scout was allegedly assaulted more than 1,000 times.

Robert Reardon Jr. of the Reardon Law Firm in New London

Conn. Attorney General Unhappy With Handling of Lawsuits Against State

By Christian Nolan |

Calls for reform sounded as claims commissioner misses dozens of deadlines.

Editorial: New Ideas Needed to Fix Police-Community Relations

When, during public comments last month, FBI Director James Comey linked increased scrutiny of police conduct to an increase in violent crime, the White House almost immediately fired back that there was no evidence to back up his assertion.

Leonard Orland

Ex-UConn Prof Now Helps Decide Compensation For Holocaust Survivors

By Christian Nolan |

Leonard Orland taught at the University of Connecticut School of Law for more than 30 years. He recently came back to his old stomping grounds to reveal what he has been up to in his retirement years.

Kimberly Sudnick of the Haymond Law Firm in Hartford

Crash Victim Collects Surprising $1.4M in 'Conservative' Judicial District

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who was involved in a head-on car crash and sustained multiple injuries, including a severely fractured wrist and several herniated discs, has been awarded $1.4 million by a jury in Litchfield County.

Tanya Bovée

National Firm Names Asian Pacific Bar Leader To Head Conn. Office

By Law Tribune Staff |

Tanya Bovée has been named the new managing shareholder in the Hartford office of Jackson Lewis, a national firm whose 800 attorneys represent management in employment matters.


Norm Pattis: Grisham Misses Mark in Portrayal of 'Working-Stiff Lawyer'

By Norm Pattis |

I imagine John Grisham, the best-selling author of plot-driven legal thrillers, channel surfing late one night on his 100-plus-acre farm in Oxford, Mississippi, and settling on an episode of "Better Call Saul."

Court Says Workers Left Jobless by Power Plant Explosion Can't Sue for Lost Wages

By Christian Nolan |

About 50 workers who were not physically injured in the 2010 explosion at Middletown's Kleen Energy power plant, but who lost their jobs in the aftermath of the blast, will not be allowed to sue for lost wages, according to a unanimous state Supreme Court ruling.

Amanda DeMatteis

Puerto Rican Manager Sues Conn. Supermarket, Claims Discrimination in Firing


A Connecticut federal judge's ruling will allow the discrimination lawsuit of a supermarket manager to move forward.

Conn. Judge Disbars Lawyer Who Has Never Been Licensed in State


Stephen Krawitz has never been licensed to practice in Connecticut. Nevertheless, he's been disbarred by a state judge.

Court Rules That Police Officer Who Kicked In Door Can't Sue Homeowner


Should police officers and firefighters be permitted to sue people they encounter in the line of duty for negligent acts?

Stewart Casper

Stamford Personal Injury Firm Sues Ganim Brothers Over Fee Dispute


A Stamford law firm is suing two lawyers from Bridgeport's Ganim family, claiming it deserves a bigger share of the $2.55 million in attorney fees from personal injury litigation that ultimately settled for $10.65 million.

Lawsuit Claims 17 Former Conn. Boy Scouts Were Molested by Troop Leader


Seventeen former Boy Scouts have filed a lawsuit on claiming they were sexually assaulted by a Ridgefield troop master in the 1960s and 1970s.

John Darer

Med-Mal Cases Suited for Structured Settlements


Plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases are generally good candidates for structured settlements because such cases often involve a need to replace future income loss, a concomitant loss of future benefits such as retirement plans and a need to finance future medical needs or cash flow needs.

Nora Engstrom

Should Med-Mal Cases Be Removed From Court System?


The tort system is frequently criticized for the unpredictability of its judgments, the stinginess (or, some say, profligacy) of its awards, and the slow pace, exorbitant cost and adversarial nature of its operation.

Experts Should Not Be Allowed To Lie Under Oath


There can be no greater blight to the pursuit of justice. Unfortunately, it is apparent that some witnesses do not take the obligation of an oath seriously.

Michael D'Amico

Making Wrongful Death Claims Against Nursing Homes


All residents of nursing homes in Connecticut are protected by a bill of rights specifically enumerated in Connecticut General Statutes §19a-550. This statute allows for both compensatory and punitive damages for its violation.

Erika Amarante, left, and Benjamin Cheney

Double Trouble: The Dilemma of Duplicative Damages


Measuring the value of a person's life, and the appropriate damages for the loss of that life, raises many ethical and philosophical dilemmas.

Dennis Donnelly

How to Overcome Damage-Reduction Defenses


Who better than doctors and medical-malpractice carriers to create alternative medical excuses for avoiding 100 percent responsibility?

Jonathan Rosenfeld

The Myth of Frivolous Litigation


The constant refrain from politicians, doctors and the health care industry is that medical malpractice litigation is out of control.

The Meriden courthouse, on West Main Street, serves Cheshire, Hamden, Meriden, North Haven and Wallingford.

Conn. Considers Closing Two Courthouses Due to Budget Deficit


Gov. Dannel Malloy's recent budget reduction proposals would include the closing of two state courthouses — facilities in Meriden and Bristol.

Donald Houston, left, and Stephen Sedor

Major Conn. Firm Expands Education Law Practice

By Law Tribune Staff |

Competition for school district and college legal business continues to heat up in Connecticut with one of the state's largest law firms announcing another expansion of its education law practice.

Naomi Fetterman

Conn. Court Vacates Manslaughter Sentence After Defense Lawyer Agrees to Maximum Penalty

By Christian Nolan |

The victim's family requested that Douglas Davis receive the maximum prison term, as did the prosecutor. But the other person who agreed that Davis deserved 25 years in prison came as a surprise.

Dove Burns

Conn.-Based Lawyers With Out-of-State Practices Can Run Afoul of UPL Rules


Some lawyers are quietly voicing concerns that under Connecticut Practice Book rules they may be engaged in the unauthorized practice of law if they live in Connecticut but are licensed exclusively in New York.

Michael Lawlor

Legal Experts Say Governor's Proposed Juvenile Reforms Raise Constitutional Issues


When Gov. Dannel Malloy recently announced ambitious plans for juvenile justice reform, he said he wanted to start a conversation. And while there seems to be little consensus on his proposals, there is certainly plenty of discussion.

Dead Firefighter's Family Cites Air Tank Problems in Suit Against City

By Associated Press |

The family of a firefighter who died when he ran out of air while battling a house fire last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

Editorial: Solitary Confinement Should Be Used on Limiited Basis

While many jurisdictions are reviewing solitary confinement's use, Connecticut is being used as a model. (The Department of Correction uses the term "administrative segregation.")

Mitchell Garabedian

Attorney Files Dozens More Conn. Lawsuits in Haiti Sex Abuse Case


Two years ago, it appeared the sordid saga of Douglas Perlitz was winding down.

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter similar to this one crashed into a Georgia airfield in 2014.

Sikorsky Sued After Fatal Black Hawk Helicopter Crash


Families of three U.S. Army soldiers have filed a lawsuit against Sikorsky Aircraft.

School Board Member's Request for Teacher Evaluation Data Launches Legal Dispute


A New Milford school board member has turned to the state Freedom of Information Commission to try to get the information, in a case which likely will impact whether school districts around the state have to release this data.

Editorial: Governor's Juvenile Justice Proposal Makes Good Sense

Gov. Dannel Malloy recently announced two new criminal justice proposals, one of which examines how we treat people aged 18 to upward of 24 in our system.

William Bloss

Couple Injured by Drunk Driver Win $1.3 Million Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

Feds Claim That Attorney Who Owes $4M in Restitution Sold Condo for $1

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Months before a judge sentenced Stamford attorney Christopher Brecciano to prison and ordered him to pay millions of dollars in restitution for his involvement in a mortgage fraud scheme, he sold his interest in a condominium for $1.

In ADA Lawsuit, Deaf Walmart Worker Claims Manager Mocked Squeaky Sneakers

By Megan Spicer |

A federal judge has ruled that a deaf former employee at a Connecticut Walmart store can move forward with his claim that coworkers and supervisors mocked him about his disability during the nine months he was employed.

Mark Dubois

Mark Dubois: Is the Phrase 'Lawyer Ethics' an Oxymoron or Common Sense?

By Mark Dubois |

Lots of people I meet at cocktail parties and other events roll their eyes when I say that I work in lawyer ethics.

Connecticut to Get $320K in Pharmaceutical Case

By Christian Nolan |

Conn. Supreme Court To Consider Issue of Shackling Defendants in Courtroom

By Christian Nolan |

The question of whether a defendant should wear shackles while standing trial poses a conundrum for judges and lawyers.

Professional Excellence Awards 2015

This year, for the first time, we are honoring lawyers who, over the course of their outstanding careers, have left an indelible mark on the Connecticut legal community.

Conn. Judge Says Racial Slur Didn't Create Hostile Workplace

By Megan Spicer |

A Connecticut federal judge says the "isolated" use of the N-word in the workplace is not enough to create a hostile work environment.

The Grace Farms Foundation community center in New Canaan is a hub in the fight against sex trafficking.

Former Prosecutor Leads Foundation's High-Tech Fight Against Sex Trafficking

By Megan Spicer |

Just south of the New York state border in New Canaan sits a long, flowing glass building that seemingly blends into the hillside. From above, it would look like a river twisting and turning with the natural terrain.

Governor's Proposal Calls for 'Confidential' Trials for Some Young Defendants


Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed a number of criminal justice reforms, including raising the age when criminal offenders are treated as juveniles and revamping the bail bond system so arrestees aren't incarcerated for low-level offenses while awaiting trial.

XDM 3.8 Compact, 9mm pistol.

Commentary: Gun Control Debate Shouldn't Focus on the Mentally Ill

The Editorial Board of the Connecticut Law Tribune recently expressed a position in favor of universal background checks for gun buyers ("Enough Is Enough: Constitution Is No License to Kill," Oct. 19). I do not disagree with that premise.

Fred Ury

Conn. Bar Leaders Consider New Mandatory CLE Proposal

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A new proposal to require Connecticut attorneys to complete continuing legal education courses is under consideration.

Conn. U.S. Attorney Promotes Five Prosecutors to Key Posts

By Christian Nolan |

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut has named new leaders of units and task forces that combat political corruption, financial misdeeds, cybercrimes and terrorism. Additionally, the office has announced the formation of a new human trafficking task force which aims to crack down on sex trafficking of minors.

Dead Man's Family Settles Excessive Force Complaint for $150,000

By Christian Nolan |

The family of a Connecticut man who died shortly after he was released from the police custody has reached a settlement for $150,000.

The Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn was flooded during Hurricane Sandy.

Editorial: Hurricanes Prompt Needed Laws Regarding Pets

The nation recently marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which wiped out much of New Orleans and other communities along Louisiana and Mississippi's Gulf Coast, leading to physical devastation and many deaths, particularly among the underprivileged citizens of the region.

Kevin Kane

Updated: Public Defender, Prosecutors Continue to Spar Over Conn. Death Penalty Rulings

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

A Connecticut public defender who represents two former death row inmates is unhappy with continued efforts by prosecutors to persuade the state Supreme Court to reconsider a recent decision to abolish the death penalty in Connecticut.

Partners Report Lawyer to Conn. Officials, Allege $3 Million Theft From Client's Estate

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

State attorney disciplinary officials are seeking an interim suspension for a Southbury attorney, claiming he collected exorbitant fees of more than $3 million while acting as executor and trustee for a now deceased client's estate.


Norm Pattis: Jury Selection Strategies Are Far From Color Blind

If the recently argued case of Foster v. Chatman teaches anything, it is that there probably is no fail-safe way to police the conduct of lawyers during jury selection.

Tim Hollister

Son's Death Leads Conn. Attorney to Write Parenting Book

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

After his 17-year-old son died in a car crash, questions haunted attorney Timothy Hollister in the months that followed.


Editorial: Conflicting Death Penalty Rulings Hurt Conn. Supreme Court's Reputation

Respect for the judiciary is a battle that has been fought since Chief Justice Marshall's decision in Marbury v. Madison.

Pro Se's 'Disturbing' Attacks on Attorney Result in $4,380 in Sanctions

By Megan Spicer |

After a while, Nicole Walsh felt she had taken enough abuse.

Injured Car Passenger Collects $200,000 in Claim Against Bar

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who was seriously injured in a car accident has been awarded nearly $200,000 by a Hartford jury after suing the bar she claims served alcohol to her noticeably intoxicated friend.

Yale Law School

Yale Law Students Says Military Won't Release Records Linked to PTSD Lawsuit

By Megan Spicer |

Yale Law School students who are trying to help military veterans are continuing to do battle with the U.S. Defense Department.

Mark Dubois

Mark Dubois: Books Not Always Bullish on Future of Legal Profession

By Mark Dubois |

If you buy a book on Amazon, its "you-might-like" algorithm sends you a list of others that you might find interesting.

Personal Injury Firm Opens New Offices in Danbury, Waterbury

By Michelle Tuccitto Suillo |

The Stamford-based law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell has expanded to the north by opening up offices in Waterbury and Danbury.

Conn. Supreme Court May Revisit Death Penalty Decision

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Ever since the death penalty was abolished in Connecticut, appellate lawyers in the Chief State's Attorney's Office have taken ambitious and unprecedented steps to keep it alive for the 11 men who were still on death row when State v. Santiago was decided.

Jury box..Photo by Jason Doiy.2-9-11.054-2011

Gideon: Jury Selection Too Critical To Abandon Indvidual Voir Dire


Connecticut certainly is an outlier in one sense when it comes to jury selection: we require individual questioning pursuant to the state Constitution and a sequestered questioning by statute.

Fired State Labor Relations Lawyer Settles Claim for $325,000

By Christian Nolan |

The state's former director of labor relations, who claims she was fired illegally for publicly criticizing state officials, has agreed to a settlement of about $325,000.

Court Says Conn. Sports Bar Employees Can't Be Fired for Facebook Posts

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reaffirmed that employers can't terminate workers for critical comments made on social media, as long as they comments involve a discussion of working conditions.

Advising Noncitizens Who Have a Criminal Record

By Juliana Zach |

Immigration laws by themselves can be daunting at times. Now consider when there is a direct relationship between immigration and criminal laws.

New Overtime Rules: Employers Need to Be Ready


The U.S. Department of Labor recently released its much-anticipated proposed changes to the rules that govern overtime for salaried workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. If adopted, the new rules would extend overtime protections to nearly 5 million white-collar workers.

Unfinished Business: New Procedures at the CHRO


District Court Sacks NFL Investigation


The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York scored a touchdown for the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution in National Football League Management Council v. National Football League Players Association.

Connect the Dots When a Worker Reports an Illness


Suppose an employee advises her employer that she is battling cancer and needs to undergo significant treatment. The employer willingly provides 12 weeks of medical leave, but once that time expires, the employer immediately terminates the employee without seeking additional information about her recovery and prognosis. That was the mistake an employer made when our firm first opened.

Overtime? But I Pay Them a Salary!


The Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted in 1938 and establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, record-keeping and youth employment standards. Nearly 80 years later, employers continue to struggle with compliance and mistakes prove costly.

Conn. Court Says Goodbye to 'Garcetti'

By Joshua R. Goodbaum |

The new chief of critical care at a small, cash-strapped Connecticut hospital discovers that some of her intensive-care unit's mechanical ventilators (basically, the machines that help patients breathe) are in danger of malfunctioning. With lives at risk, the chief immediately calls her boss, the hospital's chief medical officer. "We need to fix these machines," she says. "Stat! If you don't get them fixed now, I'll have to start transferring patients to other hospitals."

Implications of Raising the Overtime Salary Threshold


Most employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act must be paid at least one-and-one-half times their regular rate of pay for any hours they work beyond 40 in a workweek. An employer who requires or permits an employee to work overtime is generally required to pay the employee premium pay for such overtime work.

Conn. Judge Rejects Employment Lawsuit Based on Worker's Use of N-Word

By Megan Spicer |

A Connecticut federal judge says the "isolated" use of the N-word in the workplace is not enough to create a hostile work environment.

Conn. Supreme Court Vacates Defamation Award in High-Profile Missing Man Case

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has awarded a legal victory to the family of one of the state's best-known missing persons.

Norm Pattis: Enhance Scrutiny of Police Not Responsible for Crime Uptick

By Norm Pattis |

Causation, as trial lawyers know, is a notoriously difficult subject. We're taught, for example, what scientists know: two events apparently related in time may not be related as a matter of fact. Thus the old maxim: post hoc ergo propter hoc, loosely translated as "after this, therefore because of that." It is a logical fallacy.

Court Battle Coming Over Malloy Campaign Spending

A court battle over whether the state Democratic Party illegally spent money on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's re-election campaign last year is threatening the integrity of Connecticut elections and regulators' ability to investigate wrongdoing, according to the attorney general's office.

Hartford School PCB Lawsuit Part of National Trend

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The discovery of toxic chemical compounds in Hartford schools has prompted the closure of one school building, and now the city is pursuing litigation to recoup the cost of remediation.

Basketball Player's Father Sues After Principal Bans Him From School Events

By Megan Spicer |

A federal judge, reversing a previous decision to dismiss the due process claim, has allowed the matter to go forward.

Woman Hit By School Bus Suffers Brain Injury, Settles for $3.25 Million

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who suffered a severe brain injury and numerous fractures after getting hit by a school bus while crossing the road has recovered $3.25 million in a settlement.

Mark Dubois

Mark Dubois: Placing a Bet on the Emergence of Alternative Legal Service Models

By Mark Dubois |

There's a theory of economics that suggests that the most accurate predictor of things like elections and sporting events is economic handicapping—the amount of money people will bet on a particular outcome.

Worker With AIDS Loses Privacy Invasion Claim Against Ex-Boss

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A judge has ruled that a man who has AIDS can't collect damages against alleging his former employer violated his privacy by revealing his condition to his co-workers.

Court Says Lawyer Wasn't Defamed by Newspaper Column That Alleged 'Shakedown'


A Superior Court judge has ruled that a newspaper columnist for the New London Day did not defame a North Stonington attorney.

Marcy Tench Stovall

Let's Make a Deal: Conn. Panel OKs Barter of Legal Services

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Defense Bar Questions Conn. Sex Sting Operation Funded by TV Star

By Christian Nolan |

About a decade ago, when he was rounding up unsuspecting pedophiles on NBC's "To Catch a Predator," host Chris Hansen became famous for his catchphrase: "Have a seat."

Appeals Court Says No to Frenchman's Efforts to Reclaim Van Gogh Work from Yale

By Law Tribune Staff |

A federal appeals court has awarded Yale University a victory in round two over a long-running wrestling match over a Van Gogh painting that is valued at $200 million.

Conn. Wrongful Death Case Focuses on Viability of Fetus

A Connecticut wrongful death lawsuit headed to trial takes up the issue of when a fetus can be considered a person for legal purposes, rekindling a debate normally heard in discussions about abortion.

Jury box..Photo by Jason Doiy.2-9-11.054-2011

Conn. Court Grants Immunity to Town Whose Firetruck Caused I-95 Accident

By Christian Nolan |

In a long-running legal dispute that's been followed by both plaintiffs lawyers and municipal attorneys, the state Appellate Court has upheld a jury's decision not to award damages to a man paralyzed on Interstate 95 after crashing into a parked fire truck responding to a prior accident.

Norm Pattis: The New Racists and the Perils of Identity Politics

By Norm Pattis |

Some time in or about 2040, Caucasians will become a minority in North America, according to projections from the U.S. Census Bureau. This change in demographics will alter the political landscape; indeed, things are already changing. Consider the concept of "white male privilege."

Quinnipiac Coach Denies Abusing Player, Files Wrongful Termination Lawsuit


A former coach of the women's hockey team at Quinnipiac University has sued the school, claiming he was unjustly fired in April following accusations that he mentally and physically abused a player.

50 Cent

Rapper Accuses Firm of Malpractice in Conn. Lawsuit

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Conn. Court Says Polluters Should Cover Bulk of Clean-Up Costs

Those who pollute Connecticut waterways are responsible for paying to clean up their mess. That's the ruling of the state Supreme Court.

Conn. Attorney Pleads Guilty to Stealing $1.8 Million From Client's Estate

By Megan Spicer |

A former Woodbury attorney has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1.8 million from the estate of a former client that was earmarked to pay for improvements in the town of Oxford.

Woman Settles Lawsuit For $250,000 After Severe Dog Bite

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who was bitten on the hand by her neighbor's dog and required surgery to repair torn away skin has settled with the animal's owners for $250,000.

Pre-Trial Release of Inmates May Not Save Money

In May 2015, the state of Connecticut received a $15,000 grant from the Macarthur Foundation to create a plan by December to shrink the state's prison population by reducing the pre-trial population.


Corrected Version: Day Pitney Announces Acquisition of Florida Law Firm

By Law Tribune Staff |

It's been more than three decades since the first major Connecticut law firm launched its first Florida office. Since then, there's been a slow but steady parade of firms from the Nutmeg State that have set up shop in the Sunshine State.

Conn. Gun Rights Groups Vow to Appeal Second Circuit Ruling to Supreme Court

By Christian Nolan |

Just hours after a federal appeals court upheld a Connecticut gun control law approved in the wake of the Newtown school shootings, lawyers representing a group of Second Amendment advocates say they plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

Conn. Case Reveals Federal Crackdown On Gray Market Luxury Car Exports

By Christian Nolan |

A U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut has ordered the federal government to give back more than $52,000 that was seized as part of a Secret Service investigation into an alleged conspiracy to ship luxury vehicles overseas.

Patricia King

Patricia King: The Best Way to Attract Clients? Be Nicer

A criminal defense firm in Orlando, Florida, recently surveyed 1,500 people to learn how people find lawyers. Maybe this comes as no surprise, but the old-fashioned method of getting a referral from someone else carried the day.

Vo-Tech Student Who Lost Fingers Settles Lawsuit Against State

By Christian Nolan |

A former student at Norwich Technical High School who aspired to become a carpenter has recovered $185,000 in a settlement with the state after losing parts of two fingers to a power saw during a school project.

State Removes 500 Names From List of Approved GALs

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Attorney's Lawsuit Claims 'Partner' Backed Out of Deal to Form New Firm


The state Appellate Court will review an award of damages in a breach of contract case involving two lawyers who agreed to start a law firm. One of the attorneys backed out of the agreement before the firm ever opened its doors, leading to litigation and a trial court damages award.

Appellate Court Overturns Conviction of Attorney Who Threatened to Shoot Workers


The state Appellate Court has overturned the disorderly conduct conviction of an attorney who threatened to shoot two water company employees when they came onto his property. Laurence Parnoff, 73, of Stratford, had claimed that his statements were constituitionally protected and, in the course of a lengthy examination of what constitutes "fighting words," the three judge-panel agreed.

More Than 300 People Pass Conn. July Bar Exam


The names of those who passed the Connecticut bar examination offered in July.

Conn. Jury Rules Against Woman Who Sued Nephew Over Injury Caused by Hug


A New York City woman went home empty-handed after a Bridgeport jury decided that she shouldn't be compensated for a broken wrist she sustained when a then-8-year-old nephew was a bit too aggressive with a hug.

Jury box..Photo by Jason Doiy.2-9-11.054-2011

Federal Jury Clears Two Officers in Excessive Force Case

By Christian Nolan |

Lawsuit Alleges Gender-Based Pay Inequities Among Conn. University Workers

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A lawsuit which claims that men get better jobs than women at Connecticut's state universities, and make more money in those jobs, is employees is moving forward on the complex litigation docket in Waterbury Superior Court.

Conn. Woman's Lawsuit Claims Sexual Assault by Uber Driver


The Connecticut woman, known only as Jane Doe 1 in court papers, claimed that the multi-billion dollar company puts profits ahead of the safety of its riders.

Mark Dubois

Mark Dubois: Taking a $1,000-a-Month Law Firm Job Might Not Be a Bad Idea

By Mark Dubois |

There's a French expression "plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose" (the more that changes, the more it's the same thing), which might be the motto of my legal career.

Large Conn. Firm Adds 10 Attorneys to Head Count

By Law Tribune Staff |

Robinson & Cole has hired 10 new attorneys in recent months, including four new associates in the Hartford office.

Woman Injured By Loose Jackhammer Settles for $485,000

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who injured her neck after a jackhammer skidded across the roadway and struck her car has settled her lawsuit for nearly half a million dollars.

Editorial: Bar Group's Program Teaches Teens About Legal Profession

The New Haven County Bar Association recently completed another successful LAW Camp for Teens with the assistance of volunteer lawyers from Greater New Haven.

Chase Rogers

Conn. Chief Justice Criticizes Colleagues for Deciding Not to Revisit Death Penalty Ruling


The Connecticut Supreme Court has rejected a request by the state's top prosecutor to reconsider its decision to completely eliminate the death penalty in the state.

Wiggin and Dana Picks New Managing Partner

By Law Tribune Staff |
Dan Krisch

VW Executives Should Be Treated as Thieves

By Daniel Krisch |
Proloy Das

Conn. Law Firm's Expansion Adds Seven Attorneys

By Law Tribune Staff |

The Connecticut-based firm of Murtha Cullina has added seven attorneys to its 100-lawyer head count, including two new partners and a new appellate practice chairman.

Norm Pattis: Police Departments Should Be Held Liable for Shootings

As of Oct. 5, 754 people, or almost three people per day, were shot to death by police officers in the United States in 2015. This information was not compiled by a law enforcement agency, although it easily could have been. Instead, The Washington Post has been gathering the data and posting it daily on its website. You can find the tally by googling "Washington Post police shootings."

Medical Firm to Pay Conn. $3.5 Million to Settle Alleged Medicare Violations

By Christian Nolan |

A medical business that assists patients with kidney disease has reached a settlement of more than $3.5 million with federal officials in Connecticut to resolve allegations that it falsely billed the Medicare health care program.

Conn. Attorney Sentenced to 14 Months in Prison for Mortgage Fraud

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A Stamford attorney has been sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme that caused lenders to lose more than $8 million.

Mark Dubois

ABA Is Latest Player in $5 Legal Services Market

By Mark Dubois |

I recently wrote about, the website selling goods and services, including legal writing and advice, in $5 increments. Now there is a new player in the $5 legal services market, the American Bar Association. Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit!

Rachel Baird

Man Convicted of Threatening Conn. Judge Via Email

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A Cromwell man unhappy about his divorce proceedings has been convicted of threatening a judge through statements made in an email.

Conn. Supreme Court Reinforces Protections for Corporate Whistleblowers


Employees who report improper conduct by their company could enjoy greater protection from possible retaliation following a ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Arbitrator Awards $7.8M To Investors Who Alleged Theft By Private Equity Fund


A private arbitrator has awarded $7.8 million to private equity fund investors and their lawyers in a bitter dispute between involving two Stamford-based companies.

Jan Trendowski

In Defense Verdict, Bar Judged Not Liable for Parking Garage Attack

By Christian Nolan |

A Stamford jury has rendered a defense verdict in the case of a man who was assaulted in a parking garage by four men who were served alcohol at a nearby bar. The victim of the attack unsuccessfully tried to hold the bar responsible under the state's dram shop statute.

Joshua Koskoff

Federal Judge Orders Newtown Families' Suit Against Gunmaker Returned to State Court

By Law Tribune Staff |

One matter that attorneys for the Sandy Hook School massacre victims and counsel for the gun industry have agreed upon is that the venue for the wrongful death claim filed against the makers of an assault-style rifle used in the shooting is critical to the fate of the litigation. Now plaintiffs' attorneys are claiming a procedural victory as a federal judge in Connecticut has ordered the lawsuit moved back to state court, where it was originally filed.

James Sullivan

Lawsuits Claim Schools Failed to Respond to Bullying Complaints

By Megan Spicer |

By February 2014, Alexis-Mae Hannigan claims, she had been bullied so much by classmates at Holy Trinity School in Wallingford that she was driven to cut herself with a razor. When she and her mother complained to school administrators and a priest about the alleged mistreatment, they were told Hannigan was "too sensitive" and "a sinner."

Editorial: Conn. Desperately Needs Drone Legislation

We previously have highlighted the importance of drone regulation in Connecticut and urged the General Assembly to act.


Norm Pattis: A Simple Idea to Improve The Jury Selection Process

By Norm Pattis |

It is happening again, and just like the last time it happened, I am powerless to make it stop. We drone on day after day, the monotony of it all challenging me to find a ray of sunshine in the unremitting sameness of it all. After 11 days of jury selection, we have eight jurors. We have days more of jury selection scheduled before we get 12 jurors plus four alternates.

Law Tribune Announces New Leaders of Law Award Winners for 2015

The judges have spoken and the Connecticut Law Tribune is proud to announce its New Leaders of the Law for 2015. For the first time, we recruited members of the legal community to rate our nominees. Our desire was to get a fresh perspective on exactly what traits and achievements enable attorneys who are under 40 years old to rise above their peers.

Judge Orders Ex-Tax Collector to Pay $406K to Resolve Theft Claims

By Christian Nolan |

A former tax collector for the town of Oxford who was convicted of stealing nearly $250,000 from taxpayers through her job has been ordered by a judge to pay nearly $406,000 to resolve a subsequent civil lawsuit.

Robert Mitchell

Former Yale Doctor Files Counterclaim After Being Sued for Sex Harassment

By Megan Spicer |

A former Yale University doctor who was sued for sexual harassment by six employees of a private dialysis company in February has filed a counterclaim, arguing that the sexual harassment charges were invented to force him out of his position.


Mark Dubois: Dodging the Unauthorized Practice of Law Police

By Mark Dubois |

As I write this, I am sitting in my Provincetown pied-a-terre, watching out the window for the unauthorized practice police. I have now fully joined the ranks of lawyers who practice (or are at least available to practice) 24/7 from wherever we are. Unfortunately, the licensing and regulatory regimes reflect a simpler time, and we do so at our peril.

Immigration Lawyer Suspended After Federal Authorities Detain Two Clients

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A Superior Court judge has imposed a two-year suspension on an immigration attorney whose alleged failure to provide adequate representation resulted in two clients being detained by immigration officials for several months.

Ralph Nader

Nader Opens Tort Law Museum in Connecticut Hometown

By Megan Spicer |

Ralph Nader stood in a refurbished bank building in his small hometown of Winsted, in Connecticut's sparsely populated Northwest Corner. Behind him was the type of car that helped launched his career as a consumer activist—a gleaming red Chevrolet Corvair, the model that Nader famously described in the 1960s as "unsafe at any speed."

Attorney Gets Year in Prison, Offers Apology for Role in Mortgage Scam

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A Waterbury-based attorney who was involved in a mortgage fraud scheme has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison.

Judge Says Lawyers Can Face 'Emotional Distress' Damages in Professional Malpractice Lawsuits

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A judge's recent ruling in a legal malpractice case against a Madison attorney allows a former client's claim of negligent infliction of emotional distress to remain, a decision which some in the legal malpractice defense field call "troubling."

Breaking With Precedent, Conn. Court Allows Children to Make Loss of Consortium Claims


Plaintiffs' lawyers have a new weapon in their arsenal. The state Supreme Court, in a split decision, has ruled that Connecticut children have the right to sue for loss of consortium in personal injury cases. Previously, only spouses were eligible to collect such damages.

From left to right, back row: Gerry D'onofrio, Hayward Smith, Kay Lackey, Simcha Herzog, Marina Kireyeva, Brian Geldert, Jason Lane. Second row, left to right: Will Malpica, Bill Gougherty, Chris Young, Shane Puglisi, Matt White, Bob Van Buren, Todd Warren, Jennifer Lobato-Church, Joseph Thomas, Leo Cha. Third row, left to right: Dan Bicker, Mark Rose, Pam Mitchell, Luanne Giessen, Christine Cargain, James Esposito, Carmel Paulemon, Mary Ann Scott, Cheryl Schacht, Bill Busineau, Nancy Kelley. Front row, left to right: Kellie Ambrogio, Sherine Palmer, Lisa Kennedy, Cara Gately, Catherine Lucas, Rani Karnik, Jonathan Perry, Dina Inchoco.

Royal Bank of Scotland: Global Bank Focuses On Local Nonprofits

By Douglas S. Malan |

When you're working in the legal department of a behemoth global bank, there's no shortage of pressure-filled situations and stress from high expectations. But James M. Esposito, general counsel at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Stamford, has a remedy for his lawyers who work so many hours providing legal services – spend even more hours helping people in a different way.

From left to right, bottom row: Heather Graham, Lisa Polan, Stacey Babson- Smith, Dana Belmont, Darlene Palewitz. From left to right, second row: Bonita Lewis Bell, Melissa Klauder, Patricia David, Marcy Demby, Sandra Rodriguez. From left to right, back row: James Celentano, Alex Sherman, David Barbour, Joshua Dolger, Lauren Neubauer, Eric Cohen.

Terex Corp: Construction Equipment Maker Builds Top Legal Team

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Over the course of two decades, the legal department at Terex Corp. in Westport went from having a small staff and often relying on outside counsel to handling almost all legal matters in-house.

From left to right: Jason Buckley; Cyndra Lewis; Shawn Lisle; Crystal Kyllo; Jeanne Young; Richard Forsberg; Ronald Shepard; Richard Smith (not pictured: Glenn Messemer).

Kaman Corp: Smart Technology Leads to Efficiencies

By Douglas S. Malan |

Less than a year after he joined Kaman Corp. in 2011, Shawn G. Lisle and the rest of the legal department saw two stalwarts retire and take 60 years of combined legal expertise with them. The departure of Chief Legal Officer Candace A. Clark and then-General Counsel Glenn M. Messemer in 2012 started Lisle's ascension to his current role as general counsel, with plenty of challenges ahead.

From left to right, Aaron Melendez, Deborah Harris, Robert Nielson, Janice Favreau, Michael Hecht, Sarah Cameron, Scott Slifka, Robin Smith, Michele Totonis. (Not pictured: Leslie Shanley)

LEGO: Building A Case for Smarter Litigation

By Douglas S. Malan |

When recognizing the legal department that best manages litigation, it's what you don't see in court filings that separates LEGO Systems Inc. of Enfield from others.

From left to right, standing: Reneé Fox, Lew Schwartz, Kellie Gordon, Ray Bernstein, Kate Timbers. From left to right, seated: Celeste Weekes, Clare Kretzman.

Gartner Inc: Diversity Drives Success In IT Field

By Douglas S. Malan |

Many people think of information technology as a vast collection of infrastructure, software and programming that has no real face or personality. But at Stamford-based Gartner Inc., a global leader in IT research and advisory services, it's actually the face and personality the staffers puts on IT that defines the company.

Sheldon Cammaker

EMCOR Group: The Art of Closing the Deal

By Douglas S. Malan |

If you're looking for an insider's take on the growth at Norwalk-based EMCOR Group Inc., since the 1980s, Sheldon I. Cammaker is your man.

Jay Ruane

New Defense Bar President Announces Investigation of Forensics Lab

By Christian Nolan |

Like father, like son. Longtime criminal defense attorney James J. "Jim" Ruane served as president of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association a little over a decade ago, heading the bar group from 2003 to 2004.

Autism Group Files ADA Lawsuit After Town Rejects Program Proposal

By Megan Spicer |

A nonprofit organization that provides programs for autistic adults has filed a lawsuit against a town's planning and zoning commission, alleging that officials violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying the organization use of an empty building.

Lawyer Hired As New Head of Conn. Anti-Defamation League

By Megan Spicer |

Steven Ginsburg, a lawyer who helped rebuild the judicial system in Bosnia after the 1990s war in the Balkans, was recently hired to be the new executive director of the Connecticut chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.

National Intellectual Property Firm Expands Conn. Office

By Law Tribune Staff |

A national intellectual property law firm is expanding its Connecticut presence by adding two attorneys to its Westport office.

Gary Mastronardi

Botched SWAT-Team Raid Results in $1.25M Settlement With Homeowner


The survivor of a botched 2008 police raid in Easton has settled his lawsuit with five towns and 16 police officers for $1.25 million.

Conn. Court Rejects State Regulation of Debt Negotiation Law Firms

By Christian Nolan |

The state banking commissioner's authority to oversee law firms that hold themselves out as debt negotiators was short-lived.

Editorial: States Shouldn't Criminalize Whistleblowing and Undercover Investigations

Legislators tend to lash out at whistleblowers, activists and investigators when favored businesses — or entire industries — are caught doing something bad. A recent decision from the U.S. District Court in Idaho should be instructive to Connecticut legislators when the temptation to penalize, or criminalize, protected speech may arise.

Lawyer Faces Possible Discipline for Drafting Rowland Consulting Contract

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A grievance panel has found probable cause that Branford attorney Christian Shelton knowingly participated in preparing a "sham or bogus" contract intended to deceive the public regarding the involvement of former Gov. John Rowland in a recent congressional campaign.

Proloy Das

Top Conn. Appellate Litigator Switches Firms

By Law Tribune Staff |

One of the state's top appellate attorneys is switching firms, with Proloy Das moving from Rome McGuigan to 130-lawyer Murtha Cullina.


Norm Pattis: Judge, Lawyer Both Look Bad in Race-Based Controversy

By Norm Pattis |

It is difficult for me to understand why U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey Meyer thought it necessary to refer attorney Josephine Miller for professional discipline.

Governor Asks Court System to Cut Millions of Dollars From Budget

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The state Judicial Branch has been asked to reduce spending in the current fiscal year budget by $3.1 million, though court officials say they don't yet know what cuts they will be making. Gov. Dannel Malloy's office announced cuts across state government in an effort to avoid a projected budget shortfall.

Gregory Kirschner

Insurers Accused of Discriminating Against Low-Income Tenants Settle Lawsuit for $475,000

By Christian Nolan |

Landlords who sued an insurance company for allegedly terminating their property insurance policies because they rented to tenants paying with Section 8 housing vouchers have settled their federal lawsuit for $475,000.

Conn. Tech Company Accuses Facebook of Patent Infringement

By Megan Spicer |

A small technology company in Simsbury is taking on one of the largest technology companies in the world.

Conn. Insurer Sued for Not Covering 'Magnetic' Depression Treatment

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A Tennessee man who suffers from depression has filed a federal lawsuit against the Aetna insurance company, alleging that the Hartford-based insurer refuses to cover a magnetic therapy treatment for his condition.

Editorial: Good Lawyering Killed the Death Penalty in Conn.

By Editorial Board |

For almost 40 years, ever since the U.S. Supreme Court gave its constitutional blessing for the states to promulgate death penalty legislation that would not in theory and practice be arbitrary and capricious, the criminal defense bar in Connecticut, consisting of a public defender/private criminal defense partnership, has doggedly and unflinchingly attacked the death penalty machinery.

John Cordani

Swindler's Conviction Upheld, As Conn. Court OKs Warrantless Recording of Phone Calls

By Christian Nolan |

The state Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a woman who swindled thousands of dollars from an elderly woman and later argued that her constitutional rights were violated when police recorded several of her telephone conversations with the elderly victim.

City Employee's Lawsuit Claims He Was Falsely Blamed for Sending Lewd Photo

By Megan Spicer |

A New Haven public works employee has filed a federal lawsuit against the city after a supervisor allegedly spread word that a vulgar photo she received on her phone came from the employee. That allegation proved to be untrue.


Conn. Justice Center Founder Educates Lawyers, Offers Lifeline to Battered Immigrants

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Nasheba Barzey's decision to go to law school came at a low moment in her life, when she was living in a shelter with her two young children after her husband had abandoned them. An immigrant, she was in constant fear of being deported.

Mark Sommaruga

Commentary: Why the Judge Didn't Buy NFL's 'Deflategate' Investigation

By Mark J. Sommaruga |

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman recently vacated the four-game suspension of New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady for his alleged role in the (frankly overblown) "Deflategate" saga. In a June article in the Law Tribune, I noted that Brady had a good chance of winning his federal court challenge.

Robert Post

Yale Says New Islamic Law Center Will Embrace 'Controversy'

By Megan Spicer |

Former Yale Law School Dean Anthony Kronman acknowledges that some people will question the university's decision to accept a $10 million gift to launch an Islamic law center.

Colleen Murphy

Court Says ‘Arsenic’ Killer’s Psychiatric Records Can’t Be Released

By Christian Nolan |

The public may never find out exactly what went on in the mind of Amy Archer Gilligan.

Donald Papcsy

Newtown Victim's Family Objects to Town's Litigation Tactics

By Associated Press |

Newtown and its schools are putting up a stiff fight against a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of two children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, questioning whether the lawsuit was filed on time and objecting to information requests by the parents' attorney.

James Sullivan

Updated: UConn Hockey Hazing Lawsuit Part of National Trend

By Megan Spicer |

When a former University of Connecticut women's hockey player sued her former coach earlier this month, she became one of a growing number of college athletes to bring claims over alleged hazing incidents.

Sikorsky Vows to Fight Lawsuit Seeking Sign Language Interpreters for Deaf Workers

By Megan Spicer |

"The fact that Sikorsky flatly refused to meet Mr. Cadoret's communication needs and left him to fend for himself, shocks the conscience," Rozynsky said in a prepared statement. "Mr. Cadoret through his hard work and dedication, worked his way through the ranks of Sikorsky only to have it taken away from him all because of his insistence on having the equal access to communication that he was entitled to under the law. This case is not just about issues of accommodation; it's about having the right to be treated fairly and equally in society."

James Sullivan

Updated: UConn Hockey Hazing Lawsuit Part of National Trend

By Megan Spicer |

According to the lawsuit, coach Christopher MacKenzie was well aware of the "culture of drinking" on the team.

Inmate Charged in Assault Wants Court to Allow 'Necessity' Defense

By Christian Nolan |

An inmate claims his life was threatened by gang members but prison officials refused to protect him. So he assaulted a deputy warden in order to get transferred to another prison. Now his lawyer is challenging the assault conviction, which added two years to his prison term, by claiming he committed the offense out of necessity.

Editorial: In Urban America, All Lives Matter

By Editorial Board |

After the shooting in Ferguson and the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, there has been an understandable call for more police accountability. However, it is important to keep in mind that there is a dispute as to whether there is an "epidemic" of unjustified police shootings or just an increase in reporting.

Josephine Miller

Civil Rights Attorney Sues State Disciplinary Counsel's Office

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A Danbury civil rights attorney is suing two members of the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel, seeking an injunction to prevent them from pursuing allegations of professional misconduct against her.

Sara Eagan

Juvenile Justice Groups Upset by DCF Videos of Forcefully Restrained Teens

By Associated Press |

Videos taken inside the state's two juvenile detention centers show staff members forcefully taking children down, subduing them and placing them alone in padded rooms.

Joseph Barnes

Workers Affected by Conn. Explosion Ask Supreme Court for Lost Wages

By Associated Press |

More than 40 workers who weren't injured but lost their jobs after a deadly power plant explosion in Middletown are hoping the state Supreme Court allows them to sue several contractors for hundreds of thousands of dollars in missed wages.

Federal Lawsuit Accuses Sikorsky of Refusing to Accommodate Deaf Workers

By Law Tribune Staff |

A 30-year employee of the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. who describes himself as deaf has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the helicopter manufacturer violated the Americans Disabilities Act by refusing to make requested workplace accommodations.

Joel Faxon

Former UConn Profs Collect $1 Million for Building Fire Injuries

By Christian Nolan |

Two former University of Connecticut professors have received $1 million in a settlement for injuries sustained in an apartment building fire after they claimed the building's owners failed to comply with fire codes.

J. Dormer Stephen and Joseph Williams

Major Hartford-Based Firm Expands into New Haven

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Hartford-based Shipman & Goodwin has opened an office in New Haven, with leaders of one of the state's biggest law firms say there are doing so in order to be near existing clients in southern Connecticut and also to take advantage of the region's healthy business environment.

NLRB Cites Hartford Symphony for Failing to Negotiate Cutbacks

By Megan Spicer |

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that the Hartford Symphony Orchestra violated federal labor laws by significantly reducing rehearsal and performance schedules without telling the musicians' union.


Norm Pattis: Lawyers Shouldn't Be Barred From College Hearings

By Norm Pattis |

Yale is concerned that students facing sexual misconduct charges might not fully understand the manner in which such complaints are handled. So the university is creating a list of advisers who can assist both complainants and respondents, according to a recent article in the Yale Daily News.

Robert Post

Yale Launches Islamic Law Center With $10 Million Gift From Saudi Businessman

By Megan Spicer |

After receiving a $10 million donation from a Saudi businessman, the Yale University Law School will launch a new Islamic law center.

State Awards $4 Million to Army Vet Exonerated After 12 Years in Prison

By Christian Nolan |

A Connecticut man who spent more than 12 years in prison for a crime to which another man later confessed has been awarded just over $4 million by the state. Lawrence Miller Jr., who now lives in Branford, received the funds under a Connecticut law that allows compensation for those who file claims of wrongful incarceration and can validate their cases.


Mark Dubois: Court Says Banking Officials Can't Regulate Debt Negotiation Law Firms

By Mark Dubois |

The Connecticut Supreme Court just released an opinion in a case called Persels that goes a great ways towards filling the lacunae in definition of the practice of law jurisprudence. And, to boot, they pinned back the ears of the state Banking Commissioner in his efforts to regulate lawyers. Fun stuff. Here's the background.

Robert Serafinowicz

Court Upholds Suspension of Lawyer Who Accused Judge of Bias

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The Appellate Court has upheld a four-month suspension imposed on a Middlebury attorney who called a Superior Court judge a "disgrace to the bench" during an interview with media outlets.

Robert Farr

Panel to Make Revisions to Sex Offender Registry

By Christian Nolan |

In the last legislative session, lawmakers considered a bill that would have banned registered sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a Connecticut school. The measure prompted enough opposition from civil rights advocates that legislators decided to take a step back and look at the state's 16-year-old sex offender registry.


Business Law: Administrative Procedures Are Focus of Insurance Case

By Jeffrey White and Kate Dion |

In the 2014-15 court year, the Supreme Court interpreted three statutory regimes that all impact the business community. As discussed below, the court rendered noteworthy decisions with respect to the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, the Uniform Partnership Act and the Fair Employment Practices Act.

Dan Klau

First Amendment: Public Denied Access to Teacher Arbitration Hearings

By Daniel J. Klau |

From a First Amendment and freedom-of-information perspective, the Supreme Court's 2014-15 term was fairly benign, although but for a mootness issue discussed below it could have produced a major decision on the law of prior restraints on speech and the press.

Dyan Kozaczka

Family Law: Alimony Decisions Could Face Future Tests

By Dyan M. Kozaczka |

Although the list of significant family law cases decided by the Connecticut Supreme Court in the past year is not extensive, a few key cases had great impact and more appear to be on the horizon.

Emilee Mooney Scott

Environmental Law: Rulings Put Limits on State Regulators and Intervenors

By Emilee Mooney Scott |

While this had overall been a quiet year for environmental matters at the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate courts, two cases released this summer significantly clarify the scope of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's authority and the scope of intervention under Connecticut General Statutes §22a-19.

Joseph Cherico

Mortgage and Foreclosure Law: Decision on Standing Has Widespread Implications

By Joseph J. Cherico |

On July 14, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a decision in Handsome v. Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Monroe, 317 Conn. 515 (2015), that broadly relates to the issue of standing and, more specifically, emphasizes the absolute nature of the conveyance of title to real property after the passing of the law day pursuant to a judgment of strict foreclosure.

Carey Reilly

Medical Malpractice: Bystander Distress Ruling Long Overdue

By Carey Reilly |

Under the rubric of medical malpractice, this past year included a handful of decisions from the Connecticut Supreme court, some of which will certainly have broader application.


Employment Law: Termination Cases Focus on Discrimination, Public Policy

By Robert G. Brody and Abby M. Warren |

This Connecticut Supreme Court term was relatively quiet in the area of labor and employment, with only a few decisions that impact employers and the labor, employment and benefits law advice practitioners give their clients.

Proloy Das

Criminal Law: Death Penalty, Habeas Reversal and Expert Witnesses

By Proloy K. Das |

The Connecticut Supreme Court heard 43 criminal law cases during the 2014-15 term (the same number as last year) and has released decisions in 31 of them. Below are some of the highlights. But, first, two blockbuster decisions that were carryovers from prior terms.

Wesley Horton

Overview: Harsh Exchanges Affect Collegiality of Court

By Wesley W. Horton |

The explosive relationship between Justice Carmen Espinosa and a majority of the other justices has dominated the headlines this year, although there are a number of other general themes in 2015 that also demand our attention.

Dwight Merriam

Land Use: Nibbling Around the Edges of Perennial Issues

By Dwight Merriam |

Connecticut has always been a good place for land use lawyers, because it has more than its fair share of land use cases. Connecticut, along with Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Florida and California, is a leader not only in the amount of litigation, but in the influence through its cases and occasional policy reaction on the development of the law.

Appeals Court Considers Accountant's Claim That Agents Unlawfully Seized Computer Data

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A federal appeals court hearing a Connecticut white-collar case will tackle key questions for criminal probes in the computer age: Can investigators armed with a narrow warrant seize all information on a computer? And how long can they hold onto it without violating a suspect's Fourth Amendment rights?

Deceased Inmate's Family Takes Funeral Expenses Claim to State Supreme Court

By Christian Nolan |

The family of an inmate killed in prison by a fellow inmate is asking the state Supreme Court to reinstate their appeal seeking state reimbursement for his funeral expenses.

Editorial: The Next Big Step in LGBT Legal Protection

In July, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reversed years of contrary decisions in a case where the complainant alleged he was not promoted because he was gay.

Elliot Spector

Truck Thief Shot By Police Officer Collects $2 Million Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

Curtis Cunningham v. Thomas Northup and the City of New London: An unarmed man shot several times by a New London police officer and who later filed an excessive-force lawsuit has recovered $2 million in a settlement agreed to by city officials.

Dan Blinn

Customers Win Judgments Against Used Car Dealer in Unusual CUTPA Cases

By Christian Nolan |

In separate decisions, a Superior Court judge and an arbitrator recently ruled that a Naugatuck used car dealership violated state and federal laws, including forcing customers to purchase additional services in exchange for financing.


Norm Pattis: Judges' Restitution Orders Are Often Unreasonable

By Norm Pattis |

I am sure that in the rarefied atmosphere federal judges call home, gargantuan restitution orders look fair, just and reasonable. After all, what can be more just than requiring a defendant to pay back what he has stolen? The problem is the law's unreasoning way of calculating loss amounts.

Ralph Nader, during a hearing by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance, titled “Examining Accountability and Corporate Culture in Wake of the GM Recalls.” July 17, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Nader's National Tort Law Museum Readies for Conn. Opening

By Megan Spicer |

Litchfield County had the nation's first law school, which opened two years before the United State gained independence in 1776. Now, 240 years later, the largely rural county is going to have another legal first: the nation's first law museum is opening in the small town of Winsted, about 20 miles north of the historic school.

Former Assistant Attorney General Bolsters Conn. Environmental Group's Legal Staff

By Law Tribune Staff |

A Connecticut environmental advocacy group is welcoming two lawyers to its legal staff, including a veteran of the state Attorney General's Office. Additionally, officials with the Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE) and its sister organization, Save the Sound, say they will be able to step up their legal initiatives thanks to a sizable donation.

Appellate Court Turns Deaf Ear to Christmas Caroling Defendant

By Megan Spicer |

Aaron Wood may jingle all the way back to his jail cell after the Appellate Court found that his disagreements with his public defender, his decision to croon Christmas carols in court and other odd behavior didn't taint a hearing on his parole status.

New Jury Orientation Video Warns Against Social Media Use

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

For two decades, potential jurors in Connecticut's state courthouses have been watching an orientation video made long before the proliferation of texting, social media and iPhones. Now, the state Judicial Branch has introduced a new video that takes the advancement of technology and its potential impact on the trial process into account.

Editorial: Courts Should Not Issue 'Unpublished' Decisions

The issue of "unpublished" decisions received national attention earlier this year when the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari taken from an unpublished opinion.

Kevin Kane

Chief State's Attorney Asks Conn. Supreme Court to Reconsider Death Penalty Ruling

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The state's top prosecutor wants the Connecticut Supreme Court to reconsider its recent landmark decision to completely eliminate the death penalty in the state.


Three Lawsuits by Restaurant Workers Put Focus on Wage-Theft Issue

By Megan Spicer |

Edgar Sandoval spent almost two years working at 116 Crown, a restaurant in New Haven. The dishwasher says he regularly worked more than 40 hours a week, and on some occasions topped 80 hours. Yet, he claims he never once received overtime pay.

James Sullivan

Lawsuit Accuses UConn Coach of Bullying and Allowing Hazing

By Megan Spicer |

A former University of Connecticut women's hockey player has sued her former coach, alleging that he allowed the student to be hazed by the older players and created a hostile environment that caused her to become depressed.


Mark Dubois: Courts Would Do Well to Offer Definition of 'Legal Work'

By Mark Dubois |

In what may be the hollowest victory since King Pyrrhus defeated the Romans at Heraclea and Asculum during the Pyrrhic War, David Lola's case against Skadden Arps was recently given judicial CPR by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He will live to fight another day, though I suspect, as did King Pyrrhus, he will lose in the end.

Cynthia Swienton

Church Choir Director Accused of Sexual Misconduct Hit With $400,000 Civil Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A member of a church youth choir who was sexually abused by the choir's director has been awarded $400,000 in damages by a judge.

Kenneth Rosenthal, Bobby Johnson and Darcy McGraw

Unusual Conn. Exoneration Centers on Coerced Confession, Not DNA Evidence

By Christian Nolan |

It's nearly impossible to get an exoneration for a client who has confessed to the crime. But that didn't stop New Haven attorney Kenneth Rosenthal from undertaking what turned out to be a successful effort to free Bobby Johnson, who is almost 25 and was convicted in 2006 for the murder of 70-year-old Herbert Fields in New Haven's rough Newhallville neighborhood.

Mishandled Drug Evidence Could Affect Dozens of Prosecutions in Conn.

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Alleged improprieties involving seized drugs held in the New London Police Department's evidence room are affecting dozens of cases in southeastern Connecticut. Several New London-area defense attorneys report having received letters from the state indicating evidence in a particular defendant's case may have been compromised. They have been told to direct questions to the New London State's Attorney's office.

Conn. Supreme Court Takes Fourth Crack at Shoreline Land Use Case

By Christian Nolan |

The state Supreme Court will review a long-standing dispute between Branford neighbors who live near the shoreline and are arguing over whether property can be used as a public park rather than just a walkway to the beach.

Editorial: Conn. Supreme Court Overreaches With Use of Supervisory Authority

How often has the Connecticut Supreme Court stated that "supervisory authority is an extraordinary remedy that should be used sparingly. … Although appellate courts possess an inherent supervisory authority over the administration of justice … [that] authority … is not a form of free-floating justice, untethered to legal principle. … Our supervisory powers are not a last bastion of hope for every untenable appeal. [Rather] they are an extraordinary remedy. … Constitutional, statutory and procedural limitations are generally adequate to protect the rights of the defendant and the integrity of the judicial system. … Thus, we are more likely to invoke our supervisory powers when there is a pervasive and significant problem … or when the conduct or violation at issue is offensive to the sound administration of justice." Well, look again.

Brendan Faulkner and Michael A. D'Amico

Digital Evidence in Personal Injury Cases

By Brendan Faulkner and Michael A. D’Amico |

Earlier this year, the state Supreme Court justices adopted certain revisions to the Connecticut Code of Evidence to better address the prevalence of various types of electronic or computer evidence.

Brendan Faulkner and Michael A. D'Amico

Injury Victims Gouged for Requesting Medical Records

By Brendan Faulkner and Michael A. D’Amico |

When anyone is injured due to negligence, it is necessary to acquire the medical records of their care and treatment for proof of injury. These records are also needed in any medical malpractice claim to determine if negligence occurred.

Jeffrey Cheney

Taxes on Personal Injury Awards Often Misunderstood

By Jeffrey M. Cheney |

Internal Revenue Service Code §104(a)(2) states that gross income does not include the amount of any damages (other than punitive damages) received (whether by suit or agreement and whether as lump sums or periodic payments) on account of personal physical injuries or physical sickness.

Metro-North Death Reveals Legal Process for Challenging Medical Examiner's Rulings

By Megan Spicer |

Tamar Louis was struck and killed by a New York City-bound Metro-North train on the morning of Aug. 7. Witnesses told investigators that she had been sitting on the platform, legs hanging off the side, swinging back and forth.

Attorney Says Court Will Exonerate Conn. Man Convicted of 2006 Murder

By Law Tribune Staff |

Another Connecticut man sent to prison for murder is about to be exonerated, his lawyer says.

Harry Mazadoorian

Harry Mazadoorian: 'Deflategate' Ruling Offers Insights for Arbitrators

Deflategate certainly hijacked a lot of ink on sports pages this summer and provided a hot topic for football fans and alternative dispute resolution practitioners alike.

Matthew Shafner

Groundbreaking Conn. Personal Injury Lawyer Passes Away

By Law Tribune Staff |

Matthew Shafner, a New London lawyer who practiced law for 56 years, handling high-profile cases involving asbestos, maritime injuries and the Sept. 11 attacks, passed away on Sept. 3. He was 80 years old and had apparently been ill for several weeks.

Dan Klau at New Britain Courthouse — being interviewed by Courant reporter Alaine Griffin.

Attorney's Song Parody Album Raises Money for Legal Aid

By Megan Spicer |

For more than a decade, catchy phrases would come to Dan Klau. Oftentimes, he'd reach for a scrap of paper or his cellphone to write down the ideas before he forgot. Other times, the potential song lyrics would stay with him for weeks, months or even years.

Restaurant Chain Cooks Up IP Claim Against Conn. Barbeque Joint

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A Bridgeport restaurant's use of a logo with the letters BBQ against a flame backdrop has an out-of-state restaurant chain fired up.

Police Video Surveillance of Psychologists' House Prompts Lawsuit

By Christian Nolan |

A married couple from Westport is suing the town and several of its police officers for what they claim is unlawful video surveillance of their home.

Prosecutor Who Handled Rowland Case to Join High-Profile Firm

By Law Tribune Staff |

Often when a federal prosecutor moves to a private law firm, he or she launches a white-collar defense practice, the better to take advantage of all that inside knowledge of government investigations. But that's not the case with Connecticut Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Mattei, who has been hired by one of the most successful plaintiff law firms in the state.

Conn. Officials Say Too Many People Jailed Because They Can't Make Bond

By Associated Press |

Of the thousands in pretrial detention in Connecticut on any given day, more than 500 are held on bonds of $20,000 or less, meaning they cannot come up with the money to contract with bondsmen who typically charge 10 percent.

Conn. Hotels Are Focus of ADA Enforcement by U.S. Attorney's Office

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

In the 25 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, many public buildings like schools and courthouses have been upgraded to be accessible to those with disabilities. But the law also extends to "places of public accommodation" such as hotels, and federal officials have been pushing in recent months to make hotels around the state accessible too.

Former State Senator Announces Expansion of Law Firm

By Law Tribune Staff |

A Branford law firm run by a well-known Democrat that focuses on real estate is expanding to Fairfield County with a satellite practice in Bridgeport.

Sidelined Mother Wins $52,000 in Arbitration After Rear-End Collision

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who was injured after her vehicle was rear-ended at an intersection in Milford has been awarded nearly $52,000 by an arbitrator.

Ex-Attorney Accused of Theft Agrees to Mental Health Exams

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A former attorney charged with first-degree larceny for allegedly stealing from a now-deceased military veteran has been accepted into a supervised diversionary program. If Andrew F. Bonito Jr., 56, of Cheshire, successfully completes the yearlong program, the larceny charge will be dismissed.

Editorial: Law Schools Should Not Profit Financially From Legal Clinic Efforts

It was once generally agreed on that a college scholarship was sufficient compensation for college athletes who received the benefit of a college education in exchange for their hard work and dedication in representing their colleges and universities on the athletic fields.

With Death Penalty Gone, Defense Bar Sets New Goals

By Christian Nolan |

For years, criminal defense lawyers in the state have made abolishing the death penalty their No. 1 priority.

Conn. Doctor to Pay $270,000 to Resolve Medicare Fraud Case

By Christian Nolan |

An osteopathic physician from Ridgefield who was convicted of health care fraud has agreed to pay the federal government $270,000 to settle similar civil allegations, including charges that he sent bills to Medicare for the treatment of patients he never saw.

Marsha Anastasi

Bar Leaders Seek to Speed Progress for Female Lawyers Bringing Gender Equity to the Bar

By Megan Spicer |

Carmina Tessitore, head of the CBA's Women in the Law Section, said women who have risen to leadership positions in law firms should 'pay it forward' and make it a point to mentor younger female lawyers.

Tara Knight

Driver Sentenced for DUI in Fatal Crash Sues Road Construction Companies

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Most lawsuits that follow drunken-driving deaths are filed by the administrator of the victim's estate against the drunken driver and perhaps the establishment that served the alcohol. But litigation filed in the wake of a fatal 2013 crash has several twists.

David Slossberg

Status of Fetus at Issue in Wrongful Death Case

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

At what point does a fetus become a person? That question is often raised not only in the long-running debate over abortion, but also in legal circles. Connecticut courts have held that babies simply need to be "born alive," even if not viable outside the womb, to be treated as persons under criminal and civil law.

David Benoit

Attorney's High-Tech Product Helps Those In Danger Call for Help

By Megan Spicer |

In times of crisis, bystanders often hesitate to assist someone in peril, figuring someone else will help out. And then there are those hopeless moments when someone facing danger can't reach their phone to call for help.

Editorial: Judges Get Guidance on Overturning Arbitration Awards in Termination Cases

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently provided sound guidance and continued support to the arbitration process of dispute resolution.

Scott Karsten

Jury Rules Outspoken Officer Wasn't Terminated for Criticism of First Selectman

By Christian Nolan |

A New Haven jury has rendered a defense verdict in a civil lawsuit in which a former Madison police officer claimed he was fired in retaliation for critical public comments he made about town officials.

Judge Orders $118 Million Frozen in Venture Capital Fraud Case

By Christian Nolan |

A federal judge has frozen up to $118 million worth of assets belonging to a Connecticut venture capital executive accused of insider trading and cheating clients out of tens of millions of dollars.

Contractor Pays $390,000 Settlement For Hiring Bogus Bridge Inspector

By Christian Nolan |

A Connecticut engineering firm that failed to properly review the job credentials of a bogus bridge inspector who worked on state and federal funded highway projects has reached a $390,000 settlement with federal officials.


Norm Pattis: Renovated Courthouse Looks Nice, But Lacks Basics

By Norm Pattis |

I'm not sure how much money was spent on the renovations to the Elm Street courthouse in New Haven, but it wasn't enough.

Gugsa Abraham ‘Abe’ Dabela

Family Launches Website as Part of Investigation Into Conn. Lawyer's Death

By Law Tribune Staff |

The family of a young black attorney from Redding has taken the next step in investigating his death.

Thomas Weathers

Three New Judges Named to Conn. Tribal Courts

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The Mashantucket Pequot tribe has three new judges, all of whom are from out of state, of Native American heritage and can claim lengthy legal careers.

Editorial: Courts Continue to Reject Nonlawyer Ownership of Law Firms

We have addressed in these pages the issue of nonlawyer ownership of law firms, and have made known our opposition to that ill-conceived concept, which has taken root in Australia, England, Wales and even in the District of Columbia in this country.

Patricia King

Patricia King: Successful Strategies for Answering Grievance Complaints

By Patricia King |

Every attorney dreads that certified letter from the Statewide Grievance Committee bearing news that a grievance has been filed against you. If you should receive one, do not give in to the temptation to bury it at the bottom of the pile farthest away from your desk and pretend that it doesn't exist. The best strategy is to do the opposite: put it at the top of your priority list.

Natasha Pierre

New Law Expected to Boost Sex Assault Prosecutions

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The evidence collected from a victim after a sexual assault can yield key information for investigators, yet a survey of police around the state last fall revealed there were hundreds of untested sexual assault evidence kits kept in storage.

Timothy Hollister

Conn. Supreme Court Ruling Reins in DEEP Authority

By Megan Spicer |

Over the years, some attorneys say state environmental officials have gone too far in demanding information and studies from businesses applying for a wide range of permits. Now the state Supreme Court has reined in the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in a decision that observers say is likely to have widespread impact on environmental lawyers and companies that interact with the agency.


Enforcing Prelitigation Mediation Clauses in State Court

By Bethany L. Appleby and John Doroghazi |

When a dispute arises, parties to a contract generally look for ways to stay out of court if they can. Including a clause requiring mediation before litigation is one way to accomplish that goal. This kind of clause can make good business sense: after all, being warned of a dispute and having the chance to try and resolve it in mediation is usually preferable to being served with a summons and a copy of a complaint.

Jonathan Orleans

Possible Pitfalls of Contractual Choice of Law Provisions

By Jonathan B. Orleans |

As a general proposition, it is difficult to enforce broadly-drawn contractual provisions restricting post-employment competition, whether contained in or ancillary to employment agreements. Courts frown on restrictive covenants as restraints of trade and unfair infringements on the individual's ability to earn a living.

David Atkins

Apportioning Fault in Business Tort Actions

By David P. Atkins |

It is well established that Connecticut law provides the remedy of apportioning "comparative" fault among co-tortfeasors, as well as the plaintiff, in personal injury or property damage actions. Under a provision of the 1986 Tort Reform Act, where co-defendants alleged are each to have caused the plaintiff's injuries, a jury is authorized to assign a "proportionate share" of fault to each co-defendant (as well as to the plaintiff).

Harry Mazadoorian

Solving Disputes Through Hybrid ADR

By Harry N. Mazadoorian |

As a gardener, late summer is a special season for me: All of my spring-time planning and planting activities come to fruition and I can actually see, feel—and most importantly taste—the bounty of my labor.

Christopher McCormack

Attaching the Assets of Out-of-State Defendants

By Christopher P. McCormack |

Good news: the district court in your diversity case has granted your prejudgment remedy application under Connecticut General Statutes § 52-278a et seq. and the defendants have disclosed assets sufficient to secure the PJR. Bad news: the assets, like the defendants, are all outside the state. Does the PJR decision, without more, support an order directing defendants to move assets to Connecticut to be attached?

Freed Inmate Sues Hartford Police Over 1987 Conviction

By Megan Spicer |

A Hartford man freed from prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence has filed a federal lawsuit against police and prosecutors, arguing they violated his constitutional rights by arresting and convicting him of a crime he did not commit.

Flemming Norcott

Death Penalty Abolition Ruling Leaves Racial Disparity Argument Unresolved

By Christian Nolan |

Several years ago, a group of death row inmates challenged their sentences, arguing that decisions on who should be charged with capital felony and made eligible for a potential death sentence in Connecticut were made with racial bias. More than half the men who were on death row are African-American, though blacks comprise about 10 percent of the state's population.


Mark Dubois: Crowdfunding and Other Developments in Law Firm Investment

By Mark Dubois |

There has been an amazing confluence of events in the field of law firm financing in the last few weeks, and, for my money (no double entendre intended), what was already complicated and confusing may have become more so.

Brian Lawler

Teacher's Lawsuit Claims School District Harassed Her Over Military Service

By Megan Spicer |

A Connecticut National Guard member claims that when she worked for the Consolidated School District of New Britain, she faced years of harassment in a hostile work environment and was denied benefits, all because of her military service.

Judge Cites Social Media in Sealing Files in Fatal Crash Lawsuit

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Graphic images and other information pertaining to a 2010 crash that killed four high school students in Griswold will be sealed from public view in an ongoing civil case centering on who was driving that day.

David Cohen

Retiring State's Attorney Recalls 'Serious Cases' Handled Over 37-Year Career

By Christian Nolan |

As Stamford-Norwalk state's attorney, David Cohen interviewed plenty of job candidates who have said something like, "I've always wanted to be a prosecutor." That wasn't the case when Cohen took a job as a prosecutor in Stamford in 1978.