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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.

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.

 dental

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."

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.

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.

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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.

Sacred Heart University.

Sacred Heart Accused of Illegally Firing Employee With Dementia

By P.J. D'ANNUNZIO |

The former employee's lawsuit claims he was fired even though his doctor recommended that he return to work.

Kathy Bowman-Williams of Day Pitney.

Day Pitney Among Firms Hiring Diversity Officers

By NELL GLUCKMAN |

As law firms continue to struggle in diversifying their partnership and leadership ranks, Hogan Lovells and Day Pitney announced this week the hire of inclusion officers, while Weil, Gotshal & Manges is a year into a diversity education program.

Yale Law Dean to Step Down at End of Academic Year

Yale Law School is on the hunt for a new dean. Robert Post is stepping down at the end of the academic year after heading the school since 2009.

Male Partners Make 44 Percent More Than Women, Survey Shows

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Brian W. Fischer, an associate at Murtha Cullina’s Hartford office.

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

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

Murtha Cullina has strengthened its corporate group with two new lawyers. Mark J. Tarallo has joined the firm as a partner in its Boston office and Brian W. Fischer is a new associate in the firm's Hartford office.

Movie Piracy Leads to Federal Suit in Connecticut

By Jason Grant |

Computer forensics and geolocations were used to hone in on some of the people suspected of illegally sharing the movie "London Has Fallen."

Making Our Streets Safe Again

A new menace has made Connecticut streets unsafe: the epidemic of auto thefts. This explosion is fueled by a combination of changes in our criminal laws and changes in our social behavior.

An EpiPen set during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill addressing the price increase of the company's EpiPen product.

Mylan's $465M EpiPen Settlement Unlikely to End Scrutiny

By BEN SEAL |

Mylan N.V. recently announced it would pay $465 million to the U.S. Justice Department and other agencies to resolve regulatory questions about the company's alleged misclassification of the EpiPen device for purposes of Medicaid rebates.

New Firepower in Shocking Suit Against Trump

If you thought the presidential election couldn’t get any uglier, guess again. Because a suit against Donald Trump alleging that he raped a 13-year-old girl has new life.

Mylan’s $465M EpiPen Settlement Unlikely to End Scrutiny

Just before the close of business last Friday, Mylan N.V. announced it would pay $465 million to the U.S. Justice Department and other agencies to resolve regulatory questions about the company’s alleged misclassification of the EpiPen device for purposes of Medicaid rebates.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau building in Washington, D.C.

CFPB Fines Navy Federal $28.5M Over Debt Collection Practices

Navy Federal Credit Union will pay $23 million to members and a $5.5 million civil penalty for making false threats about debt collection to active-duty military service members, retired service members, and their families, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Tuesday.

Rowena Moffett

New Association Leader Names CLE Help, Community Service Among Priorities

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

The new leader of the New Haven County Bar Association is looking forward to serving its members, such as by helping them meet new continuing legal education requirements.

Mark Dubois

The Importance of Writing Well

By MARK DUBOIS |

There was a kerfuffle the other day when the powers that rule on such things proposed reducing the length of federal appellate briefs by 1,500 words. After much hand-wringing, weeping and gnashing of teeth, the limit was reduced from 14,000 to 13,000. Civilization will continue.

US Supreme Court to Eye Tribal Employee Immunity in Casino Driver's Case

By Max Mitchell |

Tort lawsuits against employees of Native American tribes may be on the rise, but a case that the U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear could put an end to those claims.

In Debate with Trump, Clinton Says She’d Look Outside 'Big Law' for Supreme Court Nominees

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton suggested Sunday night she might avoid lawyers who worked at “a big law firm and maybe clerked for a judge” without “real life experiences” in picking nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court if she is elected.

Do You Have a Drinking Problem, Counselor?

The drinking behaviors of lawyers—long understood as frequently unhealthy—have been under an increased spotlight this year, following the publication of the first ever national study of the matter in the February issue of the Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Connecticut Supreme Court.

Three Key Questions Facing the Conn. Supreme Court

By Nate Robson |

Cases slated for argument in October could set precedent for the use of eminent domain, the handling of confidential medical records at trial and the awarding of punitive damages in employment cases.

The Use of Service Via Facebook in Matrimonial Law

By Bari Weinberger and Amanda Sexton |

You've been served—by Facebook. Not a phrase you'd expect to hear, but the approval of service by Facebook in a number of matrimonial law cases is proving it could eventually become more common.

Lauren M. Healy with Broder & Orland in Westport, CT

Locating Hidden Assets in a Divorce

By LAUREN M. HEALY |

In many divorces, it is common for a party to suspect his or her spouse of hiding assets. Methods of hiding assets can be simple, such as filling a safe deposit box with valuables. The less obvious methods are more frequently overlooked.

‘Denial’ Reveals Layers of Libel Law’s Complexity: Movie Review

Tom Wilkinson earned an Oscar nomination portraying a corporate litigator in the midst of a nervous breakdown in “Michael Clayton,” the 2007 George Clooney film about fixers, liars and other ugly fictional players in the legal profession.

Apple Seizes Surprise Win Against Samsung in Smartphone War

In a surprising turn of events, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reinstated a $119 million patent infringement verdict for Apple Inc. against Samsung Electronics Co.

CitiMortgage Sued Over Foreclosure Violations

By Charles Toutant |

CitiMortgage is accused of attempting to foreclose on a woman's home while also renegotiating her mortgage payments.

Kevin Kane

Letter to the Editorial Board

By KEVIN KANE |

Just as hard facts make for bad law, bad facts make for bad editorials. Such is the case with the Connecticut Law Tribune's recent editorial, "Jail for Misbehaving Prosecutors Is Not the Answer, But We Must Find One."

Aaron Romney, of Zeisler & Zeisler in Bridgeport, Conn.

Ex-Brokerage Dealer Prevails in Challenge to Arbitration Award

By KAREN ALI |

Rochdale Securities, which was once a brokerage dealer in Stamford, won a recent state court challenge to an arbitration award it filed against Pershing, a large clearing firm that is part of the Bank of New York Mellon Corp.

Paul Knierim

Changes Go Into Effect for State Power-of-Attorney Laws

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

Sweeping changes have been made to Connecticut's power-of-attorney law, including making it harder for banks to upend the wishes of people who do estate planning by rejecting power-of-attorney forms.

Aetna Inc.

Aetna Sues Former Marketing Exec After Defection

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The Hartford-based insurer invoked a federal trade secrets law in a bid to stop a senior employee from going to work for Blue Cross Blue Shield.

David Elliott of Day Pitney, playing guitar and singing with the band Street Vipers.

Attorney Remembered for Legal and Musical Talents

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Colleagues and friends of longtime Day Pitney partner David Elliott remembered him fondly this week for his legal expertise, love of music and desire to help others.

Law Profs Turn to Hamilton (Yes, the Musical) as Teaching Tool

What can law students learn from the hit musical “Hamilton”?

Justices Wary of Tinkering with Insider-Trading Prosecutions

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared reluctant Wednesday to loosen the rules that have governed insider-trading prosecutions for more than 30 years, brushing aside the 2014 Newman appeals court decision that made it harder for the government to go after tippers and tippees.

ADR Business Wakes Up to Glaring Deficit of Diversity

Something was bothering Shirish Gupta. As a civil litigator at Mayer Brown handling class actions and IP law, he’d dealt with a fair number of arbitrations and mediations. But every time, he saw the same faces in the room.

Walking Away From a Problem

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

What is lost from public view are the many times the juvenile court system succeeds in reordering youths and helping them lead productive and law-abiding lives.

Jail for Misbehaving Prosecutors Is Not the Answer, But We Must Find One

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

Our entire judicial process is premised on the notion of the rule of law, which assumes fair play on the part of the prosecutors.

Neubert, Pepe & Monteith associate Anthony C. Famiglietti

On the Move: Area Attorneys Join Firms, Assume Community Leadership Roles

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

Area attorneys join firms, assume community leadership roles.

George Jepsen

RBS Securities to Pay Connecticut $120M Settlement

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

State officials have announced that RBS Securities Inc. will pay $120 million to the state to resolve a probe into the underwriting of residential mortgage-back securities and the role it played in the economic crisis in 2008.

EEOC Sues Univ. of Denver Law School Over Pay Disparity

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Friday sued the University of Denver, alleging its law school underpaid at least eight female law professors compared with their male colleagues.

In Sign of Changing Industry, Generic Drug Maker Gets Aggressive With Patents

As a generic drug company, Fresenius Kabi USA has been sued for patent infringement by branded drug makers such as Merck, Hospira and Millennium Pharmaceuticals.

Joseph Martini, a partner at Wiggin and Dana, New Haven, Conn.

'McDonnell' and the Future of Political Corruption Cases

By JOSEPH MARTINI and JACOB SAND |

This decision does not preclude future prosecution but it will require a renewed focus on proving that a bribe was made in exchange for, or with an expectation of, an "official act" in return. Expect to see prosecutors bring what they believe are the right cases with the right jury instructions. But also expect defendants to formulate defenses that rely heavily on the Supreme Court's McDonnell decision.

Chase Rogers

State Justices Toss $12M Boy Scout Sex Abuse Verdict

By Greg Land |

In a fractured decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court found that the trial judge had failed to give the jury an essential instruction.

Margaret Hann, the executive director of The Bridge Family Center, and George C. Hastings.

Firm Award Seeks to Perpetuate Support for Community Service

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

George Hastings is the kind of person who inspires others to be the best they can be because they don't want to let him down, people close to him say. So it is fitting that Robinson & Cole, the law firm from which Hastings retired over 21 years ago, has named a community service award after him.

Mark Dubois

Lawyers' Powers Not as Broad as Many Think

By MARK DUBOIS |

Lawyers' powers are only as broad as the grant of authority we receive. We can't make up new ways of doing things, either on the civil or criminal side, simply because they save time or are more efficacious. For that we need to change the law.

U.S Firms Abroad, an Interactive Road Map

American law firms continue to spread all over the world, but some markets are more appealing than others. So we’ve tracked the hot spots from the past three years.

SCOTUS Term That Starts Off Slow Could End With a Bang

By long tradition, the U.S. Supreme Court tries to stay out of the headlines in a presidential election year.

Edward Heath, left, and Kelly Frye Barnett of Robinson & Cole

Lessons From the First Indictment in the Volkswagen Crisis

By Edward J. Heath and Kelly Frye Barnett |

Relationship building, internal education and monitoring efforts are burdensome and time-consuming but, as Volkswagen's woes have already demonstrated, the cost of compliance is always less than the cost of a crisis.

The Jewish group Chabad Lubavitch wants to expand the 2,700-square-foot Victorian home it owns in Litchfield and add a sanctuary, two kosher kitchens, a ritual bath, a rabbi's residence, a coffee bar, classrooms and an indoor swimming pool.

Litchfield Officials Not Immune From Synagogue's Suit, Judge Says

By Mark Hamblett |

U.S. District Judge Janet Hall said members of the Historic District Commission can't assert absolute immunity to fend off claims.

From left to right: Quinnipiac University School of Law professor Carolyn Wilkes Kaas; Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane; Chief Public Defender Susan O. Storey and state Supreme Court Justice Andrew J. McDonald speak at Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Summit Tackles Ideas for Change in Criminal Justice System

By KAREN ALI |

Changing the way the state deals with youth under 25. Bail reform. The latest in treatment for addiction. Those were some of the topics discussed Sept. 30 at a summit at Quinnipiac University School of Law.

What Clients Want—Court Time for Junior Lawyers but Also Control

When a federal judge in Brooklyn last week chastised Facebook Inc. and a prominent law firm for sending a junior lawyer to handle a terrorism-related case, the move highlighted the conundrum that in-house lawyers face when trying to find stand-up courtroom opportunities for new lawyers.

Artificial Intelligence and the Law: Smarter Than You?

Applying artificial intelligence to the practice of law is no longer the stuff of science fiction.

Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford.

Letter to the Editorial Board

Justice Peter Zarella writes in reply to a Sept. 15 Connecticut Law Tribune editorial titled "Justice Zarella's Proposed Test for Applying Stare Decisis."

Wiggin and Dana partner Robert Hoff

Insider Trading Cases Since 'Newman'

By ROBERT HOFF and ANDREW GIERING |

No one should believe that prosecutors' focus on insider trading cases has waned. Investors, compliance officers and counsel must remain as vigilant as ever to knowing the insider trading rules and preventing illegal behavior.

Elliot Solomon

Still Confused by MCLE? Judicial Branch Has Answers

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

With the new state rule for mandatory continuing legal education going into effect on Jan. 1, the state Judicial Branch is taking steps now to make sure attorneys get any questions answered beforehand.

On Law School Exam Answers, the Longer the Better

Want to ace your all-important first-year law exams? Try being wordy.

‘Informed by What I Am’: Judges Talk Faith, Duty and the Law

Over the past eight years, President Barack Obama has boosted diversity on the federal bench with his judicial picks.

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

Second Circuit Clarifies Law for Consolidated Cases

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

Basketball captain Jack Montague was expelled from Yale in February, about a month before the team qualified for the NCAA tournament. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Second Circuit Ruling Fuels the National Conversation About Campus Sexual Assault

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

Many colleges have adopted an affirmative consent standard, which CT Public Act 14-11 has required since July 2016, defining consent as engaged, informed, unambiguous and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity at each step, which may be revoked at any time. Moreover, one cannot consent if intoxicated.

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

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

Judge Clears Path for PACER Overcharge Suit

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

New Law Allows for Alternative Way to Pay Employees

By KAREN ALI |

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

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

Errant Email Leads to Conn. Trade Secrets Suit

By Scott Graham |

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

Mark Dubois

Media Circuses Deny Due Process and Fair Trials

By Mark Dubois |

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

Convicted Attorney Seeks Reinstatement to Bar

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

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

Case Against Saudi Arabia May Finally Be Heard

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

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

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

Andrew McDonald

A False Use of Attorney-Client Privilege Now Outlawed

By Editorial Board |

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

Ralph Monaco

Appeals Court Reinstates Personal Injury Case Over Black Ice

By Mark Hamblett |

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

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

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

Supreme Court Term Promises to Be IP Blockbuster

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

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

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

By Andrew Denney |

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

Connecticut Among States Claiming Anti-Opioid Drugmakers Blocked Competition

By P.J. D'ANNUNZIO |

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

Joseph McDonald of New Britain, Conn.

Legal Community Mourns Well-Known Young New Britain Attorney

By KAREN ALI |

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

What We Know About the Justices’ Health

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

Supreme Court Justices Won’t Answer Questions About Their Health

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

Mark Dubois

The Use and Misuse of the Rules of Conduct

By MARK DUBOIS |

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

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

More State Law Libraries Going on Reduced Schedule

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

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

Uconn Law School

Hats Off to the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

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

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

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

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

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

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

By CHRIS POWELL |

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

Pardon Me, But Can We Do Better?

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

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

Jonathan Freiman of Wiggin and Dana

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

By Christian Nolan |

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

Winners of New Leaders in the Law Contest Announced

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

Why Do Women Leave Firms? Because They Can

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

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

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

Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford.

High Court Will Review Controversial Education Funding Ruling

By Christian Nolan |

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

Jury Awards $2.5M in Retaliation Suit Against Police Department

By Christian Nolan |

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

Is Bitcoin Acceptable Payment for Legal Services?

By NORMAN PATTIS |

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

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

Quinnipiac Students Get Insight Into Court System in Nicaragua

By KAREN ALI |

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

Law Schools Cut Tuition to Entice Applicants

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

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

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

Erick Sandler of Day Pitney

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

By ERICK M. SANDLER |

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

Robert Brody, left, and Katherine Bogard

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

By ROBERT G. BRODY and KATHERINE M. BOGARD |

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

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

By JOHN W. CERRETA |

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

A Busy Year in Real Property and Land Use

By DWIGHT MERRIAM |

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

The Future of Legal Services

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

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

Peter Kruzynski

Feds Lodge Child Porn Charge Against Shelton Attorney

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

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

Environmental Year in Review: Decisions Reinforce DEEP's Authority

By EMILEE MOONEY SCOTT |

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

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

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

State Supreme Court to Review Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Marlboro

By Christian Nolan |

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

Litigation Department of the Year Winners Announced

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

Lawsuit Accuses Troopers of Violating Protester's Rights

By CHARLES TOUTANT |

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

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen

Conn. Officials to Contest Education Funding Ruling

By Christian Nolan |

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

Justice Zarella's Proposed Test for Applying Stare Decisis

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

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

Legal Department of the Year Winners Selected

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

Clinton v. Trump: Close-Up on the Courts

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

Convicted Attorney Gets License Suspended for 6 Years

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

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

Keith Trantolo of Trantolo & Trantolo

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

By Christian Nolan |

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

Apple Fans Sue Over iPhone Upgrade Delays

Some people really want the new iPhone.

Mark Dubois

Jurisdictional Boundaries

By Mark Dubois |

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

Convict Seeks New Trial Over Use of Facebook Evidence

By Christian Nolan |

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

Attorney Resigns From Bar Amid Disciplinary Probe

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

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

Big Pro Bono Effort Pays Off in Connecticut Schools Case

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

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

Conn. Attorney to Lead Civil Rights Committee

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

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

A Game of Financial Chicken

By NORMAN PATTIS |

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

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

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

Sept. 11, Still As Clear As 15 Years Ago

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

James Ray of Robinson & Cole

Attorney Returns to Firm After University Stint

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

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

Georgia Bar Exam Scoring Error Among the Worst Historically

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

$1.2M Settlement Struck in Wrongful Death Suit

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

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

Judge Explodes Pretenses of Connecticut's Schools

By Chris Powell |

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

James Wade, Robinson & Cole

Golden Anniversary: Attorney Celebrates 50 Years at Firm

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

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

OxyContin pills.

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

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

Conn. Education Funding System Unconstitutional, Judge Finds

By Christian Nolan |

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

Mark Dubois

School of Hard Knocks

By Mark Dubois |

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

Allen G. Palmer of Halloran & Sage

A Look Back at Justice David Borden's Career

By ALLEN GARY PALMER |

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

Inconsistent and Maddening Courthouse Security

By NORMAN PATTIS |

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

Jennifer Morgan DelMonico

For Smaller Conn. Firms, Neglecting Cybersecurity Could Prove Costly

By ZACK NEEDLES, DAVID GIALANELLA and LIZZY MCLELLAN |

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

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

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

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

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

By Jenna Greene |

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

Attorney Cecil Thomas of Greater Hartford Legal Aid

Hartford Ordered to Pay $6.3M in Housing Case

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

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

Hooray for Total Wine, Hisses for Legislature

By CHRIS POWELL |

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

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

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