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Conn. Man Sues Police After Three Mistaken Identity Arrests

MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO | May 12, 2016

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

Fund Mental Health

Treating mentally ill the same as people accused of crimes has had a catastrophic effect on our justice system: prison overcrowding is, in part, caused by the warehousing of the mentally ill.

Hartford, Connecticut, Superior Court

Attorney Who 'Stole Often and Much' Disbarred 20 Years

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

Connecticut Appellate Court Judge Socrates Mihalakos

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

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

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

By ROBERT STORACE |

The case focused on whether the woman was trespassing when she stopped her car to investigate a chair the dogs' owner left by the side of the road.

Neal Feigenson of Quinnipiac University School of Law

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

By KAREN ALI |

Verbal testimony in personal injury and criminal cases can convey to a judge or jury the pain and suffering a plaintiff or victim has endured. But evidence that re-creates the person's subjective experience, in as much sensory richness as possible, seems to be much more dramatic and effective, claims Quinnipiac University School of Law associate dean and professor Neal Feigenson.

Fired GE Employee Files Age Discrimination Suit

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

Man Gets Prison for Using Fake Attorney to Scam Veterans

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford.

Court Must Clarify Effect of 'Ostensible Concurrence'

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

Mandatory CLE Improves Access to Justice

Domestic violence protective order proceedings and summary process eviction proceedings are but two examples of cases involving essential human needs in which the majority of low-income parties are unable to afford legal representation. An attorney who has taken a CLE program in either or both of those areas of practice would be in a position to provide pro bono representation to needy litigants on these essential matters.

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

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

By ANDREW M. ELIOT |

As any divorce practitioner will tell you, a well-crafted divorce settlement should specifically address all retirement assets owned by either party to a divorce and, in particular, should contain detailed provisions regarding any QDROs that need to be prepared and submitted to the court for approval.

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

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

Mohegan Sun casino

Attorneys Can't Ignore Tribal Courts

A case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court on the narrow question of whether tribal employees share a tribe’s well-established immunity from suit. The answer to this question is unclear, but the responsibilities of lawyers are not. Those whose clients interact with tribal nations have no excuse for ignoring tribal courts.

John Cerreta

John Cerreta Talks Clerking for Alito, Commercial Litigation Changes

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

Jeffrey Wisner

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

By KAREN ALI |

It's safe to say that doctors view medical malpractice attorneys with a certain amount of skepticism. A good med mal lawyer can eviscerate a physician's reputation and decimate his or her assets. Attorney Jeffrey Wisner, the first person to graduate from the University of Connecticut with a dual medical and law degree, is well aware of the suspicion from the medical field.

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

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

By ROBERT STORACE |

The woman's attorney said the case was complicated because she had a pre-existing back injury and was also involved in a motorcycle accident after the car crash.

Mark Dubois

New Connecticut MCLE Rule May Have Unintended Consequences

Now that we all have to take 12 hours of CLE anyway, my understanding is that disciplinary counsel are no longer interested in imposing any CLE as part of a plea bargain. For all practical purposes, that means the choices are to dismiss the case or impose a reprimand.

Appellate Court: No Pregnancy Discrimination in Dentist's Firing

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

Legislature Gets It Right on Divorce, But Judicial Website Lags

With the amendment of the statute, our law allows all parties who take advantage of those valuable nonadversarial and collaborative professional resources to move forward with the final resolution of their cases without the additional outmoded impediment of an artificial “waiting period.”

U.S. Federal Courthouse in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Former Cop Claims He Was Discriminated Against for PTSD

By ROBERT STORACE |

A discrimination lawsuit says the former Rocky Hill officer was harassed and discriminated against by the chief, a lieutenant, the town manager and a neighbor.

Hartford, Connecticut, Superior Court

Conn. Attorney Suspended for Blowing Off Clients

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

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

By C. Ryan Barber |

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, the President-elect’s pick to lead the U.S. Justice Department, will face a host of questions Tuesday—at the start of his confirmation hearing&—about immigration policy, civil rights and voting laws. The Alabama Republican's positions on many of those issues are clear. What's less easily discernible is his record—and his plan—on white-collar enforcement.

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

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

By Marcia Coyle |

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

Karen Jalkut, left, and Jeffrey Zaino

Services AAA's New Standalone Arbitration Services Explained

By KAREN JALKUT and JEFFREY T. ZAINO |

The appellate arbitral panel applies a standard of review more expansive than that allowed by existing federal and state statutes to vacate an award.

David Quatrella

Former Attorney Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud Scheme

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

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

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

A new year brings with it the opportunity to review the preceding 12 months and improve upon them. It is the time for personal and professional housecleaning and resolutions.

Mickey Sherman

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

By ROBERT STORACE |

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled there's no evidence the attorney failed to provide Michael Skakel with an adequate defense in the murder of Martha Moxley, a decision that means Skakel could end up back in prison.

Eve Runyon

Law Students Performed 2.2 Million Pro Bono Hours Last Year

By Karen Sloan, Law.com |

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

Mark Dubois

Liars Never Prosper

I’d like to work with those who disagree with me on things to find common ground and seek solutions to hard problems we all agree need attention. But making up stuff is not the way to do it.

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

Remembering Our Friend, David S. King

For this board, and for all of us, his legacy is also in the archives of the Law Tribune and the hearts and minds and thoughts of the countless people who read his editorials without ever knowing he wrote them.

Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions.

Law Schools Pile on the Opposition to Sessions' AG Nomination

By Karen Sloan |

Professors and students by the thousands are pushing back against what they view as the senator from Alabama's hostility to constitutional rights and minority groups.

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

DMHAS Accused of Targeting Black, Unionized Employee

By Robert Storace |

A lawsuit filed in federal court claims the state Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services retaliated against the employee for her work with the union, and discriminated against her for being black.

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Asians and Hispanics Make Small Diversity Gains in Firms

By Karen Sloan |

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

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

Congress Takes a Step in the Right Direction on Opioid Epidemic

The 21st Century Cures Act, which provides $1 billion of funding for opioid addiction prevention and treatment programs over the next two years and calls for a “policy laboratory” for mental health and substance abuse to advocate for better treatment, is a step in the right direction.

Handcuffs with gavel on a wood background.

The Perplexing Dilemma of Too Many Crimes

A criminal justice system with more than a quarter-million estimated possible criminal violations, many of which do not require knowledge or intent, is flawed. It needs repair.

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

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

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

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

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Slapped with Class Action Securities Suit

By Robert Storace |

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

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Puffery vs. Lying in Mediation

By Jay H. Sandak |

Both the common law and the Code of Professional Conduct frown upon lying in the context of the negotiation of a settlement of a dispute. However, not every "lie" is actionable. Some lies are OK. If the misstatement is mere "puffing" by the party or counsel, the law will look the other way.

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

By Robert Storace |

A recent mixed decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a lower court's ruling in favor of a plaintiff who alleged he was the victim of a bait and switch.

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

By R. Robin McDonald |

The Atlanta libel attorney representing the surviving brother of slain beauty pageant princess JonBenet Ramsey in a $750 million defamation suit against CBS says the network's retrospective on JonBenet's still-unsolved slaying has earned it a new reputation—as a generator of fake news.

L. Lin Wood.

$750M Suit Filed Against CBS Over JonBenet Ramsey Broadcast

A four-hour retrospective on the unsolved slaying of the 6-year-old beauty princess is the basis of a $750 million defamation suit filed Wednesday.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building

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

A decision Tuesday by the Tenth Circuit declaring that the way the SEC appoints Administrative Law Judges violates the Constitution sets up a clean split among the circuits and may implicate the validity of administrative proceedings in other areas of government.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly

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

By Robert Storace |

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to replace Deirdre Daly as U.S. attorney in 2017 but lawyers say veteran prosecutor left her stamp on the office.

Mark Dubois

The Year Ahead for Lawyers

By Mark Dubois |

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

In Support of Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

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

Vince McMahon

WWE Moves to Toss Another Concussion Lawsuit

By Robert Storace |

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

Attorney Adrian Baron

Law Firm Tips for Avoiding the Year-End Cash Grab

By Robert Storace and Roy Strom |

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

Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut

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

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

To Address Education Inequality, Fix Barriers to Income Integration

Our public school system is producing results that are the very best on average in the United States, and among the very worst for our poor students.

John Rowland

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

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

Kim Rinehart

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

By Kim E. Rinehart and David Norman |

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

Harry Mazadoorian

The First Tuesday After the First Monday

The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November came, catching so many of the stakeholders in this dispute off-guard. While substantial uncertainty exists about what the Trump administration agenda will bring forth, many believe the landscape and status of mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses would change yet again, perhaps dramatically, in several ways.

A dashboard camera

And Now to the (Police) Videotape

We need to rebuild trust between police and the public. We can only do that when government agencies share the information they have. Connecticut’s Legislature has chosen the right balance in favor of disclosure. Law enforcement must now comply.

Mark Kochanowicz of Trantolo & Trantolo

Auto Accident Involving Cellphone Yields $1.3M Settlement

By ROBERT STORACE |

A New Britain couple severely injured when their car was struck from behind by a distracted driver have agreed to a $1.3 million settlement, though the parties remain in dispute as to how significantly one driver's cellphone figured in the crash.

Hartford Engineer Pleads to Divulging Military Documents

By ROBERT STORACE |

A Chinese national and permanent U.S. resident pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to two counts of stealing sensitive military documents from United Technologies and transporting them to China.

Brendon Levesque of Horton, Shields & Knox.

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

By Robert Storace |

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

Insurance Coverage for Cyber Risks

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

Given the varying nature of cyber risks, any number of different policies may respond to provide coverage for a cyber-related claim in some way, shape or form. Oddly enough, this now includes the commercial general liability policy.

Climate Climate Change for the Insurance Industry

By Key Coleman |

The burning of fossil fuels produces CO2 and other so-called greenhouse gases (GHGs) that scientists have linked to global warming and other changes in the Earth's climate.

Drones Game of Drones: Liability and Insurance Coverage Issues Coming

By Sean P. Mahoney and Geoffrey F. Sasso |

If the Night's Watch had been able to purchase a cheap camera-equipped drone, Jon Snow might have noticed the Night's King and his army of White Walkers before they surprised and overran the Wildings' camp in Season 5 of HBO's "Game of Thrones."

Courts Have Redefined Hospital Liability for the Malpractice of Independent Physicians

By Jeffrey R. Babbin |

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

Marianne Monroy of Garfunkel Wild

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

By Andrew Zwerling and Marianne Monroy |

Section 1557 is the first federal civil rights law to proscribe discrimination on the basis of sex in all federally funded health care programs and is designed to enhance and amplify existing and long-standing anti-discrimination laws.

Masonicare in Wallingford, Connecticut.

Masonicare Settles Suit Over Injuries to Senior

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

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

Chief Justice Roberts Shuts Down Bid to Force Garland Vote

By Marcia Coyle |

A long-shot effort to force U.S. Senate action on the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland failed Monday at the hands of Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. Roberts, who, without comment, denied a New Mexico lawyer's emergency application for an injunction in Michel v. McConnell.

Robert Reardon

Connecticut Settles With Family of Unarmed Man Killed by Police

By ROBERT STORACE |

The state has agreed to pay $950,000 to the family of an emotionally distraught Salem man who was killed by police after burning his house down in 2013.

Mark Dubois

Keeping Confidences

One salvation many of us are not aware of, and which the ABA opinion ignores, is that many malpractice policies provide coverage for defending subpoenas and other demands. Yes, the first call should be to the client, but the second one might be to your insurance agent.

George Jepsen

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

By ROBERT STORACE |

Attorney General George Jepsen is leading a 20-state coalition that accuses generic drug makers of colluding to inflate the prices of antibiotic and diabetes medications.

Time for the Legislature to Step Up

In January, the newly elected Connecticut legislature will have to consider whether to reduce the amount of each annual payment due into the state’s pension fund from 2017 through 2032.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny of Connecticut

Prosecutors Accuse Direct Mail Exec of Bilking the Postal Service

By ROBERT STORACE |

Robert Kuss of Creative Marketing Group abused a bulk mail permit by sending more than 3 million pieces of mail without paying, according to federal prosecutors.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly

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

By ROBERT STORACE |

A New London-based manufacturing company has entered into a "deferred prosecution" agreement with federal officials and has agreed to pay $1 million for years of discharging industrial wastewater from its plant into a public sewage system without a permit in violation of the Clean Water Act.

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

Could Predictive Scheduling Spread Across the Nation?

By APRIL BOYER and YAMILET HURTADO |

A new trend is spreading across the nation. Legislators and employee rights advocates call it “predictive” scheduling. Employers often refer to it as “restrictive” scheduling. For employers, whatever you call these new scheduling laws, the question is whether the legal trend of mandating how employers schedule employees will spread across the country.

Diane Polan

'Extraordinary' Lawyer Polan Remembered at Memorial Service

By KAREN ALI |

People from all areas of Diane "Cookie" Polan's life turned out in New Haven recently for her memorial service, recalling not only what a tenacious civil rights lawyer she was, but also that she was a loyal friend, as well as a "connector" responsible for many friendships.

Judge Awards $100,000 in Sucker-Punch Suit

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden of Connecticut

VC Exec Sentenced for $300K Fraud on Clients

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

In Support of Lembo's Letter

The goal of Connecticut's CSEC program is to encourage and facilitate charitable giving by state employees. But the state is not constitutionally required to subsidize discriminatory charities such asthe AFA by making it easier for them to solicit state employees through participation in the CSEC.

Farmington Solo Keeps the Lights on With Antique Business

By Karen Ali |

There aren't a great deal of parallels between Stanley Peck's law practice and his antique lighting business, and Peck likes it that way.

Attorney Adrian Baron

5 Questions With Small Law Blogger Adrian Baron

By ROBERT STORACE |

The Podorowsky Thompson & Baron partner traded in Big Law aspirations for a diverse practice at a three-lawyer firm and blogs about the ups and downs.

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

Second Circuit Sides With Citizens Financial in Bias Suit

By Robert Storace |

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

Adventure Club Facing Suit Over Zip Line Accident

By KAREN ALI |

Club Getaway in Kent, Connecticut, is an escape for stressed-out New Yorkers and others looking for a relaxing and fun-filled retreat in the picturesque Berkshire Mountains. One resident of the tri-state area who traveled there found her experience anything but relaxing, and is suing the resort for injuries she suffered while zip-lining.

Eastern Connecticut State University

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

By ROBERT STORACE |

Two employees of a preschool classroom located at Eastern Connecticut State University have filed a lawsuit against the university claiming they were "ostracized" and retaliated against for contacting the Department of Children and Families after a 4-year-old girl was allegedly verbally and physically abused.

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

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

By Rebekah Mintzer and Mike Scarcella |

J. Christopher Giancarlo, a contender to head the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, on Friday presented his vision for a "forward-looking" agenda at the agency, including greater U.S. regulatory promotion of financial technology.

Medicinal Marijuana Law Faces Federal Test in Connecticut

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

The Courthouse on Main Street in Putnam, Connecticut.

Courthouse Restaurant Offers Diners Food and Fun

By KAREN ALI |

Visitors come to the Courthouse Bar and Grille on Main Street in Putnam not only for the food, but also for the witty, court-themed menu.

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

Robinson & Cole Project Fights Poaching in Africa

By Robert Storace |

The firm has spent nearly 400 hours, or $125,000, in pro bono work helping the Namibian government look for ways to strengthen its environmental laws.

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

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

By Tony Mauro |

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

Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford.

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

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

The Restatement (Second) of Torts § 402A, cmt. c has been the law in Connecticut for half a century. It is supported by sound public policy and should continue to persist for the benefit and safety of the consuming public.

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

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

By C. Ryan Barber |

The chief executives of AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. defended their proposed $85.4 billion merger in the face of skeptical U.S. lawmakers Wednesday, telling an antitrust panel that the deal would bring added competition to the media industry and widely benefit consumers.

Curtis Jackson, 50 Cent.

Rapper 50 Cent Gets $14.5 Million in Malpractice Settlement

By Nell Gluckman |

The rapper, actor and businessman known as 50 Cent claimed that his former lawyers from Garvey Schubert Barer had failed to adequately represent him in an arbitration with a company that was set to market a line of headphones.

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Oral Surgeon Wins $3.1M in Breach of Contract Suit

By KAREN ALI |

A successful Danbury oral surgeon who sued his former partner in Superior Court won a $3.15 million jury verdict in a case the surgeon described in his complaint as being about his former partner's "insatiable greed and hunger for power."

Hartford Superior Court.

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

By Robert Storace |

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

Keisha Palmer.

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

By Robert Storace |

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

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

Danbury Firm Changes Name to Honor Founder

By SCOTT FLAHERTY |

Following a well-worn path of law firms shortening their names, Danbury-based Ventura, Ribeiro and Smith will now go by Ventura Law, the firm announced Monday.

Law Tribune Seeks Articles on Products Liability

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

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

Man Claims He Was Secretly Fired After Getting Medical Leave

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

Family Claims School Bus Driver Failed to Help Dying Daughter

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

Probate Courts Mediation Program Utilizes Judicial Experience

By THE CONNECTICUT PROBATE COURTS |

Parties who choose to use the Probate Court Mediation Program have the benefit of a mediator who has expertise in probate law, experience as a judge, and special training in mediating disputes.

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

By Joel Stashenko |

The state's health commissioner said he will add chronic pain to the list of health conditions that are eligible for prescribed medical marijuana under New York's law that took effect in January 2016.

The Mall at Short Hills

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

By Michael Booth |

The insurance carrier representing the general manager and security company of The Mall at Short Hills can satisfy its obligations under their policies for $2 million, a Superior Court judge has ruled, in wrongful death lawsuit for the murder of lawyer Dustin Friedland in 2013.

Senior U.S. District Judge Warren Eginton

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

By ROBERT STORACE |

U.S. District Judge Warren Eginton is the latest to weigh in on a murky area of federal anti-discrimination law, siding with those who say sexual orientation is implicitly covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

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

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

By Tony Mauro, The National Law Journal |

Judge Margaret "Meg" Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces doesn't match the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's combative questioning and bluster during oral argument.

Connecticut’s Polish American Bar Association

Conn. Polish Bar Looks to Build Cultural Connections

By KAREN ALI |

Connecticut's Polish American Bar Association only recently got off the ground, but valuable networking connections have already been made between the lawyers, said organizing member Agnes Romanowska.

The Bushmaster AR-15 rifle Adam Lanza used in the December 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. The shooting killed 20 children and six adults.

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

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

Mark Dubois

Ethics CLE Is a Good Thing

I hear a lot of grousing about the new MCLE regime and the time and effort it's going to take to comply. The complainers get no comfort from me.

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

Enforcing the Unenforceable Forum Selection Clause in Your Construction Contract

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

This article addresses a particularly common form of legislative intervention in construction contracting: state statutes that invalidate the parties' negotiated forum selection clauses and require them to litigate in the state where the project is located.

Reaching for the Next Level in Corporate Dispute Resolution

By Peter Benner and John Lande |

ADR professionals working primarily as neutrals may be in an especially good position to advise businesses about developing PEDR systems as they normally would have fewer qualms about losing business.

Connecticut Appellate Court in Hartford.

Judges Block Denial of Attorney Fees Over Missed Deadline

By ROBERT STORACE |

The Connecticut Appellate Court ruled a lower court failed to use its discretion when determining whether to award attorney fees when a request was filed five days late.

Supreme Court Got It Right in Affirming Arbitration Award

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

Allstate Corp.

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

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

Nixed Criminal Charges Against Doctor May Thwart Civil Claims

By William Kaempffer |

Lawsuits filed by three patients who accused an Avon doctor of sexual assault are in possible jeopardy after a judge dismissed all 14 criminal charges.

Donald Trump

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

By BY ZOE TILLMAN, Law.com |

President-elect Donald Trump moved quickly in naming his picks for two key legal posts, selecting a conservative politician in Sen. Jeff Sessions to run the U.S. Department of Justice and a loyal adviser in Jones Day partner Donald McGahn II to serve as White House counsel.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

A salesman's alleged parting shot at his former employer included remotely wiping a company iPhone to delete years of contracts, confidential documents and customer information, according to a lawsuit alleging violations of the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

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

David King, Longtime Quinnipiac Law School Associate Dean, Dies

By Karen Ali |

Longtime Quinnipiac University law professor David King, who one faculty member said contributed more to the law school than anyone else, died recently after a battle with cancer.

Connecticut Supreme Court.

Court Upholds Guilty Verdict from Jury That Included Police Officer

By Robert Storace |

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled there was no built-in bias just because the Southbury police officer reported to a trooper in a criminal case investigated by other troopers.

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

By Robert Storace |

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

Hartford Attorney Rick Healey

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

By Robert Storace |

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

Mark Dubois

Lawyer Techies

By MARK DUBOIS |

The idea that disputes need to be adjudicated in a room in a courthouse with two litigants standing before a judge, each accompanied by a lawyer, when internet-based services such as Modria adjudicate tens of millions of disputes every year for eBay and other online sales platforms, is about as absurd as requiring litigants to ride horses to court wearing morning suits and top hats.

Jury Sides With Family Over Missed Deadline in Medical Malpractice Suit

By Robert Storace |

The jury found the family's now-decreased attorney would have won a medical malpractice suit if he did not let the statute of limitations expire.

Insurance Coverage for Cyber Risks

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

Given the varying nature of cyber risks, any number of different policies may respond to provide coverage for a cyber-related claim in some way, shape or form. Oddly enough, this now includes the commercial general liability policy.

Kathleen Nastri

Attorney Reprimanded in Multimillion-Dollar Med Mal Case

By Karen Ali |

The Statewide Grievance Panel has issued a reprimand against an attorney from Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, of Bridgeport, in a case filed against her by a family she represented in one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Connecticut.

Keyword Marketing: Ethical Violation or Just Plain Sleazy?

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

Remember that the Rules of Professional Conduct only establish an absolute minimum for lawyer behavior. In this case, conduct more than the minimum might be appropriate.

U.S. Air Force

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

By ROBERT STORACE |

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

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

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

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

Earlier in her career, Jennifer Kleiner worked as a resident manager at a program for homeless girls under the age of 18. Twenty-five years later, Kleiner is now a lawyer and counsel at Verrill Dana in Westport. Along with Verrill Dana partner Cheryl Johnson, they helped the program for which Kleiner used to work as a support staff member survive a crisis brought on by funding cuts by Connecticut's Department of Children & Families.

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

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

By Robert Storace |

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

Ambulance on emergency call.

Ambulance Company to Pay $722,290 for 'Gross, Willful or Wanton Negligence'

By ROBERT STORACE |

A Connecticut judge ruled American Medical Response of Connecticut is not protected by the Good Samaritan Act after a paramedic botched inserting an IV line into a patient.

Police Officer Wins Workers' Comp Fight in Supreme Court

By ROBERT STORACE |

Attorney James Aspell of West Hartford said his client, who suffered a heart attack in 2011, is "overjoyed."

youtube clip-  Lotus Land, Rush tribute band.

Concert Promoter Sued for Copyright Infringement

By ROBERT STORACE |

Photographer Kristen Pierson says photos of the bands "Lotus Land" and "Soft Parade" were used without authorization.

Report: Nearly 40 Percent of Law Firms Waste C-Suite Talent

By BY ROY STROM, Law.com |

Are you a law firm executive? Do you feel underutilized by the partnership you serve? You’re not alone.

Kevin O'Connor

Former Conn. US Attorney Out as DOJ Transition Chief

By BY ZOE TILLMAN, Law.com |

Kevin O’Connor, the former U.S. attorney for Connecticut and general counsel of investment firm Point72 Asset Management, is out as the head of the Justice Department transition for the Trump administration.

Fairway Supermarket.

Supermarket Sued for Spamming Shopper's Cellphone

By ROBERT STORACE |

A prospective class action suit is seeking millions of dollars from Fairway for allegedly violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by repeatedly texting advertisements to customers' phones.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly

Former Defense Contractor Employees Indicted for Theft of Trade Secrets

By ROBERT STORACE |

Federal investigators accused two men of stealing proprietary information used for unmanned underwater vehicles.

The Bushmaster AR-15 rifle Adam Lanza used in the December 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. The shooting killed 20 children and six adults.

Sandy Hook Families Ask Court to Reinstate Suit Against Gun Manufacturers

By Robert Storace |

Attorneys representing several victims said the state Supreme Court needs to better address negligent entrustment under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.

The Bushmaster AR-15 rifle Adam Lanza used in the December 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. The shooting killed 20 children and six adults.

Families Appeal Dismissal of Sandy Hook Suit Against Gun Makers

By ROBERT STORACE |

The attorneys representing families of the victims in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have appealed their case to the Connecticut Supreme Court, claiming the gun manufacturers "chose to sell a weapon of war and aggressively market its assaultive capabilities."

Donald Trump, elected 45th president of the United States, speaks on stage during a victory party at the Hilton Hotel New York, on Nov. 8, 2016.

Eight Names Top the Potential Short-List for Connecticut's U.S. Attorney Job

By Robert Storace |

Attorneys say any appointee will likely continue to focus on white-collar crime and drugs while addressing illegal immigration.

Law students from the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law counsel veterans at a nearby Starbucks as part of a nationwide-program.

Law Schools Unite Through Nonprofit to Help Veterans

By BY KAREN SLOAN, Law.com |

Veterans clinics at law schools across the country are banding together to share notes and strategies in hopes of improving legal representation for former military personnel.

Protests outside the second Inauguration of President George W. Bush in 2005.

Amid Trump Transition, DC Court to Consider Limits on Inauguration Protests

By BY ZOE TILLMAN Law.com |

On Jan. 20, 2017, a newly sworn-in President Donald Trump will parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. A federal appeals court will hear a case next week that could determine how close Trump must get to his detractors during the inauguration festivities.

What Trump Presidency Means for Lawyers, Clients and the Courts

Change is coming to the regulatory environment and to the nation’s courts that will reverberate across the legal industry. We have the forward-looking analysis you need to advise clients, manage your business and respond to the new political forces.

James Sullivan of Howard, Kohn, Sprague & FitzGerald

5 Questions With Jamie Sullivan on Legal Ethics, Technology

By ROBERT STORACE |

Sullivan, a partner at Howard, Kohn, Sprague & FitzGerald, discusses LegalZoom's impact, school bullying and the state's disciplinary system for attorneys.

Connecticut U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant

Judge Scolds Attorney Behind WWE Concussion Lawsuit

By ROBERT STORACE |

The WWE had asked for the attorney to be sanctioned for cribbing a lawsuit involving former NFL players.

Kean Zimmerman of Mariani Reck Lane in New London

Digital Evidence Outmodes Physical Evidence in Divorce Cases

By KAREN ALI |

Computer gurus have become the new experts in divorce cases and "do-it-yourself" sleuths are becoming more and more common. Divorce lawyers throughout the state are noticing less of a need to hire a private investigator, and more and more reliance on social media evidence.

Arnold & Porter, Kaye Scholer Agree to Merge

By BY CHRISTINE SIMMONS Law.com |

Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer’s ongoing tie-up talks have finally been consummated, as the two firms announced Thursday morning their plans to combine on Jan. 1, 2017, into Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer.

Jury Sides With Stamford Hospital After Lab Error Led to Woman's Abortion

By Robert Storace |

The hospital's attorney said the jury's decision came down to whether they believed testimony from the expectant mother or hospital staff.

Jeff Coburn, Managing Director of Coburn Consulting.

Firms Adjust Staffing to Fit Client Needs, Rate Demands

By Lizzy McLellan |

In the midst of increasing rate pressures from clients, law firms are rethinking how they staff client matters, rewriting job descriptions and ultimately reshaping law firm staffing models.

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

Attorney Remains Under Investigation After Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud

By ROBERT STORACE |

Prosecutors said the attorney held a trust account used to hide illicit profits and avoid paying taxes.

Trump Win Is Bad News for Obama Court Picks

By Zoe Tillman, The National Law Journal |

For the 52 nominees to the federal courts waiting for action by the U.S. Senate—some for nearly two years—last night's Republican sweep of the White House and Congress spells the end for their hopes of making it onto the bench.

Trump's Victory Will Reshape Financial Rules, Supreme Court

By BY C. RYAN BARBER AND REBEKAH MINTZER, Law.com |

As Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton emerged Tuesday night, stock futures fell sharply. But, in some respect, Trump’s victory could be a gift to banks that loathed a continuation of the Obama administration’s regulatory and enforcement policies. In a speech in August, Trump said he would call for a moratorium on new financial regulations.

Karl Shehu

Blog Fight Ends With Attorney's Reprimand

By ROBERT STORACE |

Waterbury attorney Karl Shehu threatened to file a grievance against a California attorney if he didn't pay $70,000 for defamation.

Jonathan Freiman of Wiggin and Dana

2016 Litigation Departments of the Year, Mid-Sized Firm Winner: Wiggin and Dana

This year's winner in the mid-sized firm category, Wiggin and Dana, scored a huge win for their client when they got a $35 million judgment thrown out by the Connecticut Supreme Court. At nearly 70 litigators firmwide, Wiggin and Dana handles a variety of matters in Connecticut and beyond.

2016 New Leaders in the Law

Here are this year's best and brightest among Connecticut's young lawyers.

From left to right, John T. Shaban; James A. Fulton; Richard F. Lawler; Thomas C. O’Connor; Wyatt R. Jansen; Gerard N. Saggese; James C. Riley; Charles W. Pieterse; and Michael A. Battema.

2016 Litigation Departments of the Year, General Litigation, Small Firm: Whitman Breed

Whitman Breed may be a small firm, but the matters its litigation department handles certainly aren't. The firms represensts a wide range of local, regional and international clients in commercial litigation matters.

2016 Litigation Departments of the Year, General Litigation, Large Firm: Morgan Lewis

Morgan Lewis' selection as the winner in the general litigation category for large law firms should come as no surprise. The firm, known for its litigation strength, deepened its bench when it combined in late 2014 with Bingham McCutcheon -- and the Bingham McCutcheon lawyers had taken home the Law Tribune's litigation department of the year honors in 2013 and 2014.

2016 Litigation Department of the Year, Appellate: Pullman & Comley

Pullman & Comley's appellate group -- which scored a big win in the Connecticut Supreme Court last year -- handles significant matters in both state and federal courts, including both written and oral advocacy before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

(L to R): Jeremy Lowe, Matthew Becker and Chad Landmon of Axinn Veltrop and Harkrider.

2016 Litigation Departments of the Year, Intellectual Property: Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider

When Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider was founded nearly 20 years ago, the firm had a simple, but ambitious goal: create a smaller firm of litigators that could go up against the biggest firms in the world while maintaining the responsiveness, attention and value of a boutique firms. Or as the firm likes to say: "We want to go head-to-head with Wall Street firms, but we don't aspire to become them."

Harriet Munrett Wolfe, general counsel of Webster Bank.

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, General Counsel Impact Award: Harriet Munrett Wolfe, Webster Bank

Harriet Munrett Wolfe has been Webster Bank's chief legal officer since 1999. During that time, she has played an integral role in leading the company as it grew from a federal savings bank to a commercial bank to a national bank. In addition to managing the legal department and the bank's outside legal spend, she has to help advise on regulatory and risk issues, as well as oversee litigation issues. She gave us her perspective on her role as a GC and the importance of mentoring.

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. corporate headquarters, Stamford, Conn.

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Management of In-House Counsel Award: World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

In addition to being one of the most recognizable brands in the world and one of Connecticut's most high profile companies, World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., also boasts an active and versatile in-house legal team.

Jonathan Mothner, EVP, General Counsel & Secretary of Synchrony Financial.

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, In-House Legal Work: Synchrony Financial

Synchrony Financial's legal department successfully resolved over 800 litigation matters in 2015, including a number of high-stakes class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. But litigation was only the tip of the iceberg for the in-house team.

Nestle Waters North America legal department.

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Community Outreach Award: Nestlé Waters North America

Nestlé Waters North America's legal department is heavily committed to charitable and pro bono efforts, including a "corporate citizenship goal," seeking to deepen its involvement in community affairs at the local level. The department pursues that goal via volunteering and contribution. Through August, the department had contributed more than 700 hours for 2016, and is pushing to increase volunteer hours.

(l-r) Michael Kolosky, senior counsel, Brett Boskiewicz, counsel, and Mary Carey, senior counsel, of Cigna’s legal department.

2016 Legal Departments of the Year Outside Counsel Management and Pro Bono Awards: CIGNA

With a company as large and significant as Cigna, it's probably not surprising that it would take a comprehensive approach to its legal department in a number of ways. Although not surprising, it is impressive how thorough Cigna's in-house department is when it comes to managing outside counsel and its pro bono work.

Sam Caligiuri of Connecticare.

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Regulatory and Compliance Management Award: Sam Caligiuri, ConnectiCare

As general counsel of statewide health insurer ConnectiCare, navigating a difficult regulatory landscape while competing with multinational insurance conglomerates is a fact of life for Sam Caligiuri.

A Celebration of the Best of Connecticut's Legal Community

One of the best things about conducting contests like Litigation Departments of the Year, and Legal ­Departments of the Year, and New Leaders in the Law is that it gives you a real sense of the breadth and depth of the state's legal talent. And by that standard, the Connecticut legal community has much to be proud of.

Nothing Unusual in FBI's Eight-Day Clinton Email Review: E-discovery Experts

By Ricci Dipshan, Legaltech News |

The FBI's eight-day review of 650,000 emails is longer than most data sets of similar size would take.

Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford.

Justices Overturn Order Finding School Officials Not Liable for Student's Injury

By ROBERT STORACE |

The Connecticut Supreme Court, in a 6-1 determination, found one of the defendants made inconsistent statements between deposition testimony and interrogatory responses.

U.S. Department of Justice

DOJ Sends Monitors to Area Polling Places

By Michael Booth and Joel Stashenko |

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division deployed more than 500 staffers to polling places in 28 states—including Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey—on Tuesday to ensure compliance with federal voting rights laws.

Harry Mazadoorian

The Joint Opening Session in Mediation: Still Viable Tool, or Explosive Relic?

By Harry N. Mazadoorian |

Despite the drop in joint session usage, the discussion about the pros and cons continues to be pretty hot and heavy. As with so many of these issues, it seems clear that one size does not fit all and that there is no universal best practice.

Federal Judge Denies Bid to Hold RNC in Contempt of Consent Decree Over Trump Poll-Watching Plans

By BY CHARLES TOUTANT Law.com |

A federal judge in Newark has denied a motion to find the Republican National Committee in contempt of court for cooperating with Donald Trump’s election day poll-monitoring plans.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Meyer. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Embezzlement Scheme Nets Attorney 2-Year Prison Sentence

By ROBERT STORACE |

An Avon attorney who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 from his former employer was sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge Friday to two years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Law School’s Presidential Poll Stands Alone

By BY KAREN SLOAN, Law.com |

The 2016 presidential election is still a day away, but Charles Franklin crossed his election marathon finish line last Wednesday when the Marquette Law School Poll released its final predictions of the protracted campaign season.

U.S. Supreme Court.

Religious Health Care Systems Push Back Against Pension Suits in Supreme Court

By BY MARCIA COYLE Law.com |

Three religious-affiliated, nonprofit health care systems are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step into a multimillion-dollar battle with two plaintiffs firms that claim the pension plans of the medical networks are not exempt from federal law.

University of Oregon School of Law.

Outrage Spreads over Law Prof’s Blackface Costume

By BY KAREN SLOAN Law.com |

The legal academy is responding with outrage and disgust that a white professor at the University of Oregon School of Law wore blackface to an off-campus Halloween party attended by some fellow law faculty and students.

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

Catholic Hospital Settles Pension Funding Lawsuit for $107M

By ANDREW DENNEY |

St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center had claimed its "church plan" was exempt from federal regulations.

Jennifer Morgan DelMonico

Murtha Launches Appellate, Banking Blogs

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

Murtha Cullina has joined the blogging business. While the lawyer-turned-blogger trend has been going on for a while, the firm just started two firmwide blogs earlier this year.

Adderall XR

Adderall in Law Schools: A Dirty Little Secret

By BY LEIGH JONES Law.com |
Brian Altieri

Woman Receives $255,600 for Watercraft Mishap

By Charles Toutant |

Monike Hayden was stranded in the water for nearly an hour after suffering a fractured arm in a collision with a boat.

merger

Zarella Retires From Bench to Join McElroy Deutsch

By Lizzy McLellan |

Former Connecticut Supreme Court Associate Justice Peter T. Zarella is stepping down from the bench and back into the law firm world.

Boston Investigation Puts Spotlight on Law Firm Campaign Donations

By BY SCOTT FLAHERTY Law.com |

It’s no secret that trial lawyers and their firms are active political donors, and they’ve drawn much heat over the years for their influence in local and national elections. This week a Boston plaintiffs firm is facing particular scrutiny after a report suggested that the firm may have served as a vehicle for illegal straw donations.

Robert Brody, left, and Katherine Bogard

Collective Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements on a Collision Course to the Supreme Court

By ROBERT G. BRODY and KATHERINE M. BOGARD |

Location, location, location—is (at least for now) the answer for the enforceability of these types of provisions for employers.

Hospital in Connecticut.

Hospitals Challenge State Medicaid Rates, Hospital Tax

By Tom McParland |

The Connecticut Hospital Association claims the state is violating federal law by running an "illegal reimbursement scheme."

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Civility

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

Litigator incivility multiplies the already high cost of justice to an unacceptable degree.

Hulk Hogan at the Get Rich or Die Trying Premiere Grauman's Chinese Theater

Gawker Ends Legal War With Hulk Hogan and His Billionaire Backer

By BY CELIA AMPEL Law.com |

Former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan agreed to settle his case against Gawker Media for $31 million, according to bankruptcy court documents filed Wednesday.

Forcible Medication of Defendants: Permissible and Necessary

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

Forced medication of criminal defendants should be used when it is constitutionally appropriate to ensure that crimes are prosecuted so that the state, the victims and their families receive the justice they seek.

William Jay of Goodwin Procter. May 31, 2016. Photo by Diego M.

Supreme Court Offers Little Pep to Cheerleader Uniform Designers

By BY SCOTT GRAHAM Law.com |

Appellate courts have wrestled for more than 20 years over where to draw the line between a copyrightable design and a useful article’s function.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Meyer. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Disability Discrimination Suit Against Verizon Allowed To Move Forward

By Ben Hancock |

The judge wrote a jury can decide whether Verizon fired the employee because of his back injury or due to his poor job performance.

Mark Dubois

Reworking the Curriculum

By MARK DUBOIS |

It seems that enrollment in some graduate programs has suffered the same fate as law schools lately; liberal arts dropping significantly with STEM subjects holding steady or growing.

Are Obama Judges ‘Less Friendly’ to Business?

By BY ZOE TILLMAN Law.com |

President Barack Obama’s appointees to the federal appeals courts have started to leave their mark on the business world, to the chagrin of corporate executives.

Trump Libel Article Will Run in ABA Publication

By BY ZOE TILLMAN Law.com |

An article calling Donald Trump a “libel bully” and a “libel loser” will run in an American Bar Association publication after all, over the concerns of ABA officials who worried about running afoul of the group’s nonpartisan stance and inviting a lawsuit from Trump.

James Horwitz of Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder

Jury Awards $4.2M for Child Who Suffered Permanent Nerve Damage at Birth

By R. ROBIN McDONALD |

A Connecticut attorney said the injury left the child with a shortened, weakened and disfigured right arm.

Firms Shrink Footprints Amid New Real Estate Realities

With rent for prime commercial real estate rising and revenue growth declining, law firms across the country are downsizing their office space.

The Scarborough Street house in Hartford’s West End.

Hartford Gives Up Housing Suit Against 'Scarborough 11'

By Scott Graham |

The city's attorney said the lawsuit against four families living in one home had grown too costly to continue.

Conn. Firms Fight Pay Gap With Sunshine

By Lizzy McLellan |

For some Connecticut firms, open compensation systems are the key to ensuring gender pay equity.

Mohegan Sun Casino & Hotel in Connecticut

Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority Names New General Counsel

By SUE REISINGER |

Robert Rubenstein, the former general counsel of the embattled Las Vegas Sands Corp.'s China operations, is taking a gamble on a new casino job.

AMC's

'The Walking Dead' Trademark Infringement Suit Targets Atlanta 'Valhalla' Studio

By R. ROBIN MCDONALD |

Ryan Millsap says that, when he and his partner decided to name their new Atlanta business venture Valhalla Studios Atlanta, they had no idea they were treading on the trademark of the Los Angeles motion picture company that produces hit TV show “The Walking Dead.”

Jennifer Collins, partner at Cramer & Anderson.

On the Move: A Roundup of Attorneys Switching Firms and Taking Leadership Roles

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

Jennifer Collins, the founder and managing member of Collins & Associates in Danbury, has joined Cramer & Anderson as a partner.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly

Two Men Ordered to Pay $2.4 Million for Role in Mortgage Fraud

By R. ROBIN McDONALD |

Prosecutors said some people ultimately lost their homes to foreclosure as a result of the scheme.

Moira Smith, in downtown Anchorage, Alaska.

Young Scholar, Now Lawyer, Says Clarence Thomas Groped Her in 1999

The anticipation of meeting a U.S. Supreme Court justice for the first time turned to shock and distress for a young Truman Foundation scholar in 1999 when, she says, Justice Clarence Thomas grabbed and squeezed her on the buttocks several times at a dinner party.

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

Attorneys Must Unite to Protect Future of Citizens

By AGOSTINHO J. RIBEIRO |

Lawyers must also now step up to the plate and recognize their role in the democratic society in encouraging an informed election of our next presidential candidate.

Government Doesn’t Have to Disclose Names of Terrorist Groups in Refugee Vetting, Court Says

By AMANDA BRONSTAD, Law.com |

In its second opinion this month involving refugees from Syria, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit agreed that the U.S. government didn’t have to disclose the names of certain terrorist organizations that have come up in vetting asylum applicants.

Stolen Internet Domain Name Leads to Connecticut Lawsuit

By Andrew Denney |

A federal judge rejected an order that would have forced two domain registry companies to help a private equity firm recover its web domain.

Let Them Vote

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

For national elections affecting all of us, one wonders why there is not a uniform set of eligibility requirements concerning felony convictions.

Let's Get Rid of Open Carry

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

Connecticut firearms permit holders should be welcome to carry their firearms concealed but not on open display in public.

Equal pay

Ex-GC Accuses Commodities Firm With All-Male Board of Rampant Gender, Age Bias

By BEN HANCOCK |

The former general counsel of Connecticut-based commodities trader Gerald Metals sued the company Tuesday for gender and age discrimination, saying she was denied pay increases on par with male attorneys and forced to tolerate a "good ol' boy" work environment.

John Michael Farren arraigned in state Superior Court in Norwalk, Conn., on Jan. 7, 2010.

Former White House Counsel Loses Final Appeal in $28.6M Civil Judgment

By R. Robin McDonald |

J. Michael Farren was convicted of attempted murder for bludgeoning his ex-wife after she filed for divorce.

Firm Accused of Illegally Reaping $500,000 Short-Swinging Stocks

By Andrew Denney |

The Connecticut-based investment group allegedly violated the Securities Exchange Act when it sold 700,000 shares of a pharmaceutical company within three months.

States Look to Give Teeth to National Pay Equity Legislation

By REBEKAH MINTZER, Law.com |

It has been nearly 20 years since the Paycheck Fairness Act, meant to remedy pay inequality between men and women in the workplace, was first introduced in Congress. Since then, this legislation has been reintroduced and failed to pass over and over.

President Barack Obama signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on Jan. 29, 2009.

Obama Administration Champions Pay Equity, But Some Allege Overreach

By REBEKAH MINTZER, Law.com |

The first actions that a president takes after entering office say a lot about what the leader's goals will be going forward. And so it was with President Barack Obama, who on Jan. 29, 2009, signed his first bill into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which lengthened the statute of limitations for plaintiffs to file lawsuits alleging pay discrimination.

Mark Dubois

As the Leaves Fall and the Days Shorten...

By MARK DUBOIS |

I just can't see returning to the days of extreme exclusionary immigration policies, especially when it condemns many victims of our feckless foreign policy to certain death.

Richard Hayber

Federal Courts Split Over Whether Employers May Require Employees to Waive Class Action Rights

By RICHARD HAYBER |

Wage and hour class actions have been an important tool for enforcing minimum wage and overtime laws in this country for decades.

‘Bush v. Gore’ Lawyers Sound Off on Trump’s Debate Comments

Barry Richard bristles at comparisons between Donald Trump’s refusal this week to commit to accepting the results of the November election and Bush v. Gore in 2000.

Man Who Threatened to ‘Kill and Eat’ Judge’s Kids Loses Appeal

A man who threatened to murder a judge and his wife and “kill and eat” their children lost his appeal this week in the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Manufacturer Settles Suit for Falsely Claiming Lacrosse Helmet Met Safety Standards

By Charles Toutant |

The settlement includes a $350,000 award for attorneys fees in the class action suit filed against Performance Lacrosse Group.

Diane Polan

Recent 'Champion of Liberty Award' Winner Diane Polan Passes Away

By KAREN ALI |

Longtime criminal defense lawyer Diane "Cookie" Polan of New Haven, known by her colleagues and the rest of the bar as fierce yet kind, passed away Friday morning.

Letter to the Editorial Board

Restorative justice programs that guide young people to take responsibility for their actions, make amends to the community and address the root causes of their behavior have proved successful in many states across the country.

Megan Naughton, left, and Lauren Sigg of Robinson & Cole.

The H-1B Quagmire: Colleges and Universities Develop Programs to Combat H-1B Gridlock

By MEGAN R. NAUGHTON and LAUREN M. SIGG |

Higher education is using some creative solutions to address the lack of available H-1B visas for graduates who want to remain in the United States as entrepreneurs.

Johanna Zelman, left, and Cindy Cieslak

Regulating Political Speech and Activity in the Workplace

By JOHANNA G. ZELMAN and CINDY M. CIESLAK |

With the heavily publicized and controversial presidential election just around the corner, many employees and employers are curious about their rights and obligations with respect to political speech and politically motivated conduct in the workplace.

David Rosen

Class Suit Seeks Damages for 'Demolition by Neglect' in New Haven

By Charles Toutant |

A class action filed Thursday in federal court for the District of Connecticut accuses the owner of a dilapidated New Haven apartment complex of "demolition by neglect."

Norine Krasnogor

Summary of Proposed International Entrepreneur Rule

By NORINE KRASNOGOR |

Department of Homeland Security published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding an "International Entrepreneur Rule." If finalized, it would permit the use of special entry for "entrepreneurs of start-up entities whose entry into the United States would provide a significant public benefit through the substantial and demonstrated potential for rapid business growth and job creation."

Robert G. Brody and Alexander Friedman

Employers Beware: EEOC Files Amicus Brief in Support of NLRB's New Joint Employer Standard

By ROBERT G. BRODY and ALEXANDER FRIEDMAN |

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently filed an amicus brief supporting the National Labor Relations Board's new, loosened joint employer standard in Browning-Ferris Industries' appeal of last year's momentous NLRB decision. This is a worrisome development for employers as it suggests the government is working in concert to propagate this pro-labor standard.

Ashleigh Backman, pro bono attorney manager, and Jonathan Caez, pro bono coordinator.

New Virtual Law Advice Clinic Aims to Help Low-Income Residents

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

The power of the internet is being harnessed to make it easier for low-income Connecticut residents to access legal advice, and to make it easier for pro bono attorneys to volunteer to help people who can't afford to pay for attorneys.

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen

Conn. to Get $150K in Drug Case Settlement

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

Connecticut has joined in a $28 million state and federal settlement with a pharmaceutical company over alleged false claims related to the drug Depakote.

Donald Trump

Trump Is Not Qualified

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

Donald Trump's continuing refusal to commit to accepting the results of the upcoming election disqualifies him from holding the high office that he seeks. It is really that simple.

Former Hospital Employee Claims New Carpeting Made Her Sick

By ANDREW DENNEY |

The former employee has accused Natchaug Hospital of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act for firing her after respiratory health issues kept her out of the office.

Robert Plant, left, and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, in concert in Chicago, Illinois, in 1977.

Copyright and a 'Stairway to Heaven'

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

Rolling Stone magazine has posted transcripts of the direct and cross-examinations of Jimmy Page, the guitarist for Led Zeppelin, in the copyright infringement lawsuit against the group and its music publishing company by two members of the band Spirit who wrote and performed the song "Taurus" back in the '60s.

U.S. Companies Reviewing $600 Billion U.K. Investment Over Hard Brexit Fears

Major U.S. corporations are reviewing their U.K. investments due to concerns about the country’s continued access to the European single market, the Financial Times reports.

In Melania Trump Suit, Journalist Invokes Maryland’s Anti-SLAPP Law

Melania Trump’s defamation suit against a Maryland journalist is getting SLAPPed.

George Washington Bridge

The Port Authority Controversy and Connecticut

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

The Bridgegate trial in federal district court in Newark has shed important light on how business has been conducted at the top of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

MCLE Obligations To Be Tackled at November Event

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

An event is planned for next month to help attorneys learn more about what is required of them under the new state rule for mandatory continuing legal education, or MCLE, which goes into effect in 2017.

Attorney Accused of Copying NFL Concussion Complaint in Suit Against WWE

The legal equivalent of folding chairs and ladders are flying in World Wrestling Entertainment’s concussion litigation involving some 50 former wrestlers.

In Clash Over Trump Article, a Lawyer’s Letter Goes Viral

David McCraw is used to working behind the scenes at the country’s largest metropolitan newspaper. Last week, he became part of the news.

Women Law Students Say Pay Disparity is Systemic Problem

Natalie Vernon has spent the past year drawing attention to gender inequality in all corners of the legal profession as president of the Harvard Law Women’s Law Association.

Mark Dubois

Running From Trouble: When Lawyers Should Alert Ethics Officials

By MARK DUBOIS |

A recent draft Virginia ethics opinion wrestles with the issue of whether and when lawyers have a duty to alert ethics folks that a fellow lawyer has become disabled or is showing signs of impairment.

Katie Mesner-Hage

Jury Awards $25M in Med-Mal Amputation Case

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A jury in Bridgeport considering a medical malpractice claim has awarded almost $25 million to a young Ansonia woman who lost her left leg below the knee because of a clot.

Cigna Hit With Racketeering Case Over Prescription Drug Costs

By R. Robin McDonald |

A Connecticut woman is accusing her insurance provider of using co-payments to overcharge for low-cost, generic prescriptions.

Creepy Clowns No Laughing Matter for This Lawyer

Attorney Mitch Jackson is a little freaked out by creepy clowns. It’s not because he’s encountered one of the snarling bozos scaring the bejeezus out of people around the globe. Or because he’s read Stephen King’s novel “It,” which some say is the origin of the phenomenon.

Rolling Stone Readies for First Defamation Trial Over UVA Rape Article

Nearly two years after Rolling Stone published the since-retracted article, “A Rape on Campus,” a federal jury is set to decide if the magazine defamed a college administrator who says she was falsely depicted as indifferent to an alleged rape victim.

Judge Blocks Sandy Hook Suit Against Gun Makers

A Connecticut judge on Friday wiped out a lawsuit filed by the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims that targeted several gun makers, finding the case fit “squarely” within liability protections Congress created for the firearms industry.

The Bushmaster AR-15 rifle Adam Lanza used in the December 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. The shooting killed 20 children and six adults.

Judge Blocks Sandy Hook Suit Against Gun Makers

By MAX MITCHELL |

A Connecticut judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Newtown families against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, saying federal law shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.

Hartford Catholic Diocese Settles Another Sexual Abuse Claim

By ANDREW DENNEY |

The case, settled for an undisclosed amount, involved allegations that a priest sexually abused a 13-year-old in his own home.

Renee Bauer of Bauer Law Group in New Haven, Conn.

Pets and Courts: Attorneys See Rise in Animal Advocacy, Pet Custody Disputes

By KAREN ALI |

Animal cruelty laws are being toughened throughout the country. In Connecticut, abused animals will be getting advocates to represent them in animal cruelty cases. And "pet custody" is becoming more and more of an issue among divorcing couples.

Lawyer Ditches Big Law for Blowholes

“Save the Whales” isn’t just a slogan to attorney Natalie Barefoot. It’s her job description.

Male Partners Make 44 Percent More Than Women, Survey Shows

The average compensation for male law partners is about 44 percent higher than that of female partners, a new survey released Thursday by Major, Lindsey & Africa found.

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

Rail Safety in Doubt

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

Rail safety, which was long taken for granted, is increasingly in doubt. Public authorities need to step up to the plate and solve this problem now.