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Justices Weigh Legal Issues Raised By Avon Mountain Crash

CHRISTIAN NOLAN | April 25, 2014

The highway defect statute has provided personal injury lawyers with an avenue to sue the state when otherwise they would be immune from doing so. So if a highway is in some sort of disrepair that state officials know about and someone gets hurt, that plaintiff is likely to get their day in court.

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Mark Dubois: How the Legal Profession Is Like Amazon

By Mark Dubois |

My wife works in book publishing. Whenever I lament the changes overtaking the legal profession, she responds with something like, "You should try my business."

Casino Lawsuit Reveals Gambling Strategies of High-Rollers

By Isaac Avilucea |

A lawsuit brought by three Chinese nationals claims a Connecticut casino illegally withheld more than $1.1 million in their winnings from the baccarat table.

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

Construction Begins at Ralph Nader's Tort Museum

By Isaac Avilucea |

Construction crews in late July cordoned off the entrances of Winsted Savings Bank with yellow tape to work on the interior of what will become the American Museum of Tort Law.

Editorial: It's Time That Time Ran Against the King

When the state is undertaking the construction of a building, like any other owner would in the private sector, there is simply no reason to allow its representatives to escape the consequences of inexcusable delay in exercising the state's rights.

Benjamin Ancona

Couple Wins $309,000 in Dog Attack Lawsuit

By Christian Nolan |

A Newington couple who were attacked by a pair of angry bullmastiff dogs was awarded $309,000 following a bench trial recently.

Law Tribune Seeks Verdict And Settlement Results

If you or your firm has been involved in an interesting lawsuit, we would like to hear about it.

Bridgeport Attorney Charged With Larceny

By Jay Stapleton |

A Stratford attorney has been charged with larceny as a result of a dispute concerning his fee in a workers' compensation case.

Jay Ruane

Justices Refuse To Allow Sobriety Test Demonstration In Court

By Christian Nolan |

A defendant claims he was denied a fair trial on charges of driving under the influence because he was not allowed to demonstrate in court how his knee injury prevented him from passing field sobriety tests.

Emergency personnel and vehicles work an accident in Avon, Conn., that occurred Friday, July 29, 2005. At least five people were killed and several others injured in the multiple vehicle accident.

Court Bars Lawsuits Against State in Deadly Crash

By Christian Nolan |

Plaintiffs lawyers hoped the state's defective road statute would provide an avenue for lawsuits against the state in the aftermath of the 2005 fiery crash at the bottom of Avon Mountain that killed four people and injured 19 others.

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Editorial: Embrace Voluntary Panel Voir Dire

We encourage attorneys to embrace panel voir dire jury selection in Connecticut state civil trial courts.

Online Voting Underway on CBA Gun Control Amicus Issue

By Jay Stapleton |

Connecticut Bar Association members have until midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 19, to vote on whether the organization should join in a legal defense of Connecticut gun control legislation passed in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.

Appellate Court Overturns 60-Year Murder Sentence

By Christian Nolan |

A man charged with shooting and killing a man outside a New Haven nightclub in 2008 could be headed to his third trial after a recent state Appellate Court decision.

Probate Staff Attorney Accused of Misconduct

By Isaac Avilucea |

A three-judge panel will decide later this month whether Debra Cohen should be fired from her post as a staff attorney in the Office of the Probate Court Administrator.

Norm Pattis: The Vanishing Trial Puts Justice in Peril

By Norm Pattis |

"If you gaze long enough into the abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you." I think about this line of Friedrich Nietszche's more often than I care to admit.

XDM 3.8 Compact, 9mm pistol.

Letter: CBA Members Should Have A Social Conscience

I feel that it is unfortunate that certain members of the Connecticut Bar Association are now seeking to override the House of Delegates vote to take a position on Shew v. Malloy via referendum.

Martin Zeldis

Top Conn. Appellate Public Defender Steps Down

By Isaac Avilucea |

What made Martin Zeldis's career fruitful was not the low-hanging fruit.

Online Voting Underway in CBA Gun Control Amicus Referendum

By Jay Stapleton |

Connecticut Bar Association members have until midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 19, to vote on whether the organization should join in a legal defense of state gun control legislation passed in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.

Editorial: State Makes Bad Decision with Gender-Based Attorney Sanction

It was recently announced that a Connecticut attorney has been suspended from practice for four months and prohibited from representing women for the rest of his legal career.

Lisa Steele

Court OKs Crime Victim's Online Research

By Christian Nolan |

Connecticut's highest court has upheld the conviction of a man involved in a shooting in a case that raised questions about eyewitness identifications in the digital age.

Julia B. Morris and Susan L. Miller

Growing Conn. Firm Absorbs Four-Lawyer Insurance Defense Practice

By Jay Stapleton |

A firm that has been expanding its footprint in recent years just took another step forward by absorbing a smaller four-lawyer firm.

Chase Rogers

Appellate Bar Would Like Speedier Conn. Supreme Court Decisions

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

It may be the most comment lament of litigants when they appeal their cases: "When will the court decide my case?"

Zenas Zelotes

Court Upholds Suspension of Lawyer Who Had 'Intimate' Relationship with Client

By Jay Stapleton |

The state Appellate Court has affirmed the five-month suspension of a Connecticut bankruptcy lawyer who was disciplined for having an intimate relationship with a client.

Conn. Supreme Court Bars Lawsuits in Avon Mountain Crash

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has dismissed two lawsuits that were brought against the state by victims of the 2005 fiery crash at the bottom of Avon Mountain that killed four people and injured 19 others.

Mark Carta

Federal Court Awards Ex-IBM Employee $3.71 Million

By Christian Nolan |

A federal magistrate judge in Connecticut has awarded $3.71 million to a former IBM executive who claims he was wrongly terminated because of his age, with the total including nearly $1 million in attorney fees.

Zenas Zelotes

Court Upholds Suspension of Attorney Who Had 'Intimate' Relationship with Client

By Jay Stapleton |

The state Appellate Court has affirmed the five-month suspension of a Connecticut bankruptcy lawyer who was disciplined for having an intimate relationship with a client.

George Jepsen

AGs Target Greenwich Law Firm in Mortgage Scam Suit

By Law Tribune Staff |

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and Florida's attorney general have filed suit against a Greenwich law firm accused of masterminding a scam aimed at mortgage holders.

Joel Faxon

Stratton Faxon Gets New Name As Founding Partner Resigns

One of Connecticut's most high-powered plaintiffs firms is changing names and losing a key partner.

Mark Dubois

Mark Dubois: Bar Groups Nationwide Wrestle with Political Issues

By Mark Dubois |

I went to a meeting of the National Council of Bar Presidents the other day. The plenary session was on the issue of whether bar associations should embrace or run from controversial social issues. It was time well spent.

Victoria Veltri

High-Profile Cases Highlight Role of State Advocates

By Jay Stapletlon |

In her first career, Victoria Veltri worked as a legal aid lawyer in Hartford. Recently, Veltri's advocacy took on a national focus.

Victoria Veltri

High-Profile Cases Highlight Role of State Advocates

By Jay Stapleton |

In her first career, Victoria Veltri worked as a legal aid lawyer in Hartford.

Sandra Staub

Ruling Focuses on Rights of Suspects' Companions

By Christian Nolan |

For Jeremy Kelly, it was wrong place, wrong time. He was walking in Hartford one evening with a man police mistakenly thought was the subject of an arrest warrant. So when police stopped his friend, Rafael Burgos, they also detained him.

Judith Sheindlin

Judge Judy, Hartford Lawyer Settle Dispute Over Ad

By The Associated Press |

Television's Judge Judy and a Hartford personal injury lawyer she sued for allegedly using her image in ads without her permission have settled the case, the TV personality said. Terms weren't disclosed.

Let Law Students Earn While They Learn

Is paying a law student for the services he or she renders in an externship so fundamentally inconsistent with the educational objectives of such a program that academic credit should not be awarded to the student?

David Golas

Exiled Computer Company President Wins $1 Million Verdict

Robert Majewicz and Gene Kasica started a business together more than 20 years ago.

XDM 3.8 Compact, 9mm pistol.

Full CBA Membership To Vote On Gun Control Amicus

By Christian Nolan |

The full membership of the Connecticut Bar Association will now get to vote on whether the bar group will have a role in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Connecticut gun control measures passed in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.

Dan Krisch

No Easy Answer to CBA Gun Law Amicus Question

By Dan Krisch |

I am still in vacation mode. After a week happily spent consuming equal measures of blueberry pancakes, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Rummikub, returning to work has left me with a severe case of the mental bends. And while my brain adjusts to the pain of no longer quiescing in Maine, all I can muster up are a few Random Thoughts™:

Ira Mayo

Attorney's Suspension Includes Lifetime Ban Representing Women

By Isaac Avilucea |

A Torrington attorney's license is being suspended for four months for violating a judge's order that he not represent women in family law or domestic violence cases. The suspension is the second for Ira Mayo, who is also banned from having female clients for the rest of his legal career.

Max Simmons

Sex Offender Stuck on Registry

By Christian Nolan |

Dwight Dickerson attended Yale University, earning his degree the same time he was working full time at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. He supported two children in the process.

Lawyer Disbarred After Claiming Accountant Was Secret Agent

By Paul Sussman |

A Simsbury lawyer who had several legal skirmishes with former Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and who recently sued Simsbury police for defamation has been disbarred by state attorney disciplinary officials.

Justices Criticize Conn. Prosecutor's Murder Trial Statements

By Christian Nolan |

Though it upheld a murder conviction, four members of the Connecticut Supreme Court had plenty of criticism for the courtroom language of a trial prosecutor, who accused the defendant of "executing" the victim and compared the defense strategy to an ink-shooting octopus.

Prosecutor's Comments Leave Justices Divided

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Sex Offender Stuck on Registry

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |
Ira Mayo

Attorney's Suspension Includes Lifetime Ban on Representing Women

By Isaac Avilucea |

A Torrington attorney is being suspended for four months for violating a judge's order that he not represent women in family law or domestic violence cases. The suspension is the second for Ira Mayo, who is also banned from having female clients for the rest of his legal career.

Gideon: Conn. Court Makes Misguided Ruling in Name of Officer Safety

By Gideon |

In 1979, the U.S. Supreme Court in Ybarra v. Illinois held that "a person's mere propinquity to others independently suspected of criminal activity does not, without more, give rise to probable cause to search that person."

Cassie Jameson

'Inadequate' Brief Scuttles Bank's Appeal of Verdict

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

When an appeal of a six-figure verdict against Bank of America reached the Connecticut Supreme Court earlier this year, it appeared the case might have widespread implications for the state's robust financial services sector.

Nonlawyer Investment Lawsuit Focus Shifts to Conn.

By Jay Stapleton |

In 2011, the national personal injury firm Jacoby & Meyers sparked debate by filing lawsuits in three states that challenged bans to nonattorney investment and ownership in law firms. The idea was to infuse new financial blood into what some saw as an outdated business model.

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Leading Private Equity Lawyer Moves to Stamford Firm

By Paul Sussman |

A leading attorney in the mergers and acquisitions and the private equity field has moved his practice from a 300-plus attorney international law firm to a Stamford firm with 11 lawyers.

Letter: CBA Should Take New Vote on Gun Bill Amicus

I write to give voice to the discontent and frustration that I know many of us share. I write to express my dissent over the recent decision of the Connecticut Bar Association's House of Delegates authorizing the CBA to join an amicus brief in the Shew v. Malloy appeal over the clear opposition of a large percentage of the CBA's membership

Employee Speech Suit Raises State Constitutional Issues

By Jay Stapleton |

A lawsuit filed by a manager who lost his job at the Hartford office of Swiss financial services giant UBS AG has turned into a pivotal case that could affect how Connecticut workers are protected by the state's whistleblower law.

Craig Yankwitt

Brain Cancer Prompts Lawsuit By Ex-Partner Against Firm

By Christian Nolan |

A former partner of a high-powered plaintiff's firm in Stamford is suing his former colleagues, claiming he was fired while he was on disability leave and being treated for brain cancer.

UConn to Pay $1.3 Million to Settle Sex Assault Claims

By Associated Press |

The University of Connecticut will pay nearly $1.3 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by five women who claimed the school responded to their sexual assault complaints with indifference.

Norm Pattis: Could Closing Arguments Be Eliminated?

By Norm Pattis |

Trial judges rightly have broad discretion in how they handle the cases before them. That is because we recognize that justice isn't a matter of geometric form or algebraic equation.

Ticket Reseller Settles Government Claims for $1.4 Million

By Christian Nolan |

The state alleges that TicketNetwork falsely created the impression that its websites were "officially" authorized to sell tickets for concerts and sporting events at face value.

Josephine Smalls Miller

Civil Rights Lawyer Sanctioned for Making 'False' Bias Claim

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A federal judge has sanctioned a civil rights attorney for alleging in a discrimination lawsuit that the Bridgeport Board of Education will not hire any private practice African-American attorneys to handle its cases, including her.

Jose Offerman

Bridgeport Baseball Brawl Leads to $940,000 Verdict for Injured Catcher

By Christian Nolan |

A federal jury in Bridgeport has awarded $940,000 to a former minor league catcher who claimed he was struck in the head with a baseball bat by former Major League all-star Jose Offerman.

Amy Goodusky: Hunting for Bear (Droppings) on The Internet

By Amy Goodusky |

I moved to the country recently, where I would rather curl up with a good book and some chocolate, in closer proximity to a horse than a car

Josephine Smalls Miller

Attorney Hit With Financial Penalty After Making Bias Claim

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A federal judge has sanctioned a civil rights attorney for alleging that the Bridgeport Board of Education will not hire any private practice African-American attorneys to handle its cases, including her.

Employment Law: Interoffice Communication Can Lead to Employee Defamation

By Michael D. Colonese and Cassie N. Jameson |

Defamation may not automatically come to mind when we think of employment litigation.

Editorial: State Should Restore Media Access to Police Records

In any community in America, police incident reports are at the center of the media's hard news coverage, providing an ongoing record of where criminal events are flaring up, and who's involved.

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Board Lists Ways To Make Conn. Courts More Handicapped Accessible

By Jay Stapleton |

A Connecticut Judicial Branch advisory board has released a report with 16 ideas for improving access to court buildings for people with disabilities.

Gregory Kirschner

Housing Advocates’ Suit Claims Discrimination by Insurers

By Law Tribune Staff |

The Connecticut Fair Housing Center says at least two insurance companies are violating state laws by discriminating against landlords who rent properties to low-income tenants.

Michael Miklave

Employment Law: Workplace Claims Inevitable Under Medical Marijuana Act

By Matthew T. Miklave |

Connecticut employers inevitably will face litigation as medical marijuana use collides with substance abuse and employment policies.

Mark Dubois

Dubois: CBA's Gun Law Debate Offers Sense of Deja Vu

By Mark Dubois |

As I have noted here before, in addition to my usual bag of tricks, I am presently serving as president of the Connecticut Bar Association. The job comes with a requirement of infinite patience and a thick skin.

Lawsuit: Worker Says Overtime Refusal Led to Beating

By Christian Nolan |

In a federal lawsuit filed in Connecticut last week, a man claims his boss assaulted him when he refused to work overtime at an auto shop that paints and finishes cars and motorcycles.

New Rule Emphasizes Long Disbarments for Lawyer Theft

By Jay Stapleton |

The next time a lawyer knowingly misappropriates client funds, it should be very clear that the punishment will include a minimum 12-year suspension from the practice of law

Gun Law Stand Reveals Split In CBA

By Jay Stapleton |

Some Connecticut Bar Association members are growing uncomfortable with the organization taking stands on social or political issues.

Kelly Reardon

Injured Harley-Davidson Rider To Collect $1.3 Million

By Christian Nolan |

A Plainfield man who went out for a motorcycle ride on an unusually warm December day and then crashed into a backhoe that turned in front of him has collected $1.3 million in a settlement.

Religious Groups Turn To Federal Law In Land Use Cases

By Jay Stapleton |

Religious organizations of all denominations have long argued they should be permitted to build new places of worship free from discrimination.

Richard Hayber

Wage Disputes Lead To More Class Actions

By Christian Nolan |

The large amount of information online about unpaid overtime claims have encouraged other potential employees to come forward with new class actions.

Paul Greenan

Court Rules On How Fees May Be Pursued in Divorce Cases

By Jay Stapleton |

A Connecticut Supreme Court decision is being heralded as a victory for those who favor limiting the legal fees paid to attorneys who represent children in contested divorce and custody cases.

Letter: Gun Bill Support Puts CBA on Path To Political Activism

Recently, the Connecticut Bar Association's House of Delegates (HOD) met and approved (by a 34-14 vote) a motion made by the chair of the CBA's Human Rights and Responsibilities Section to support and sign onto an amicus brief supporting the constitutionality of "An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety" that was enacted by the Connecticut Legislature last year.

Sarah Skubas

Employment Law: Top 10 Considerations for Multi-State Employers

By Margaret J. Strange and Sarah R. Skubas |

A company growing and expanding is good news, but conducting business across state lines poses unique employment law challenges that should not be ignored

Judge Scolds Securities Trader During Fraud Case Sentencing

By Associated Press |

A Connecticut federal judge has sentenced a former Wall Street trader to two years in prison for securities fraud, saying he took advantage of a government bailout program.

Norm Pattis: An Aging Trial Lawyer Welcomes Battle Against Mortality

By Norm Pattis |

I don't why I thought great trial lawyers would be immune from time's always fatal hammer. Perhaps I was hoping great arguments would yield immortality.

Hair Stylist's Job Switch Triggers Flurry of Lawsuits

By Christian Nolan |

An in-demand hairstylist is at the center of a court battle involving injunctions and countersuits.

Yazmin Rodriguez and Danielle Robinson-Briand

Low-Bono Practice Puts Face on Central American Immigrant Issue

By Isaac Avilucvea |

In Bridgeport, a city with a distinct immigrant flavor, two attorneys are forging a reputation as ombudswomen for undocumented minors.

Major Conn. Firm Announces Six New Hires

By Jay Stapleton |

One of Connecticut's largest law firms is adding five new associates and one new counsel, with nearly all of the new hires taking positions in Connecticut.

Attorney Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: Fault Lines as Troublesome in US as They Are in UK

By Dan Krisch |

I am voting "nae." On Sept. 19, Scotland will hold a binding referendum on whether to dissolve its union with England and Wales, and become an independent country.

Michael Skakel

Skakel Attempts to Suppress Evidence in Murder Retrial

By Associated Press |

The Connecticut Fair Housing Center says at least two insurance companies are violating state laws by discriminating against landlords who rent properties to low-income tenants.

Editorial: Efforts to Boost Professionalism Must Include Due Process

The American Civil Trial Bar Roundtable recently issued a thoughtful, comprehensive and insightful white paper on increasing the professionalism of American lawyers.

Lawyers Note Rise in Pregnancy-Related Discrimination Cases

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

CBA House of Delegates Votes to Join Gun Law Amicus

By Jay Stapleton |

The Connecticut Bar Association's House of Delegates has decided that the organization should join an amicus brief in defense of state gun control laws.

Mark Dubois

Mark Dubois: The DIY Approach is Transforming Legal Services

By Mark Dubois |

Walking down the main drag in Provincetown the other day, I found a pile of books in front of an apartment that had been cleaned out.

Meghan Freed

Ruling Endorses Novel Use of Loss-of-Consortium Claim

By Christian Nolan |

When all is said and done it could very well go down as the most influential loss-of-consortium case Connecticut has ever seen.

Pawn King owner William Mingione is the target of a federal lawsuit over fees charged by pawnshop owners.

State Supreme Court Decision Could Change Pawn Industry

By Jay Stapleton |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has been asked to answer a fairly straight-forward question: How much should pawnbrokers be able to charge for their services?

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Children's Law Center Announces Eastern Conn. Expansion

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

An expansion is underway at the Children's Law Center of Connecticut, a non-profit legal aid agency that serves indigent children whose parents are embroiled in high conflict family law cases.

Angelo Ziotas

New CTLA President Focuses on Birth Injuries

By Christian Nolan |

The new president of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association said he frequently get calls from prospective clients who have discovered that their child suffered an injury during birth.

Norm Pattis: New Book Offers Revealing Look at U.S. Supreme Court

By Norm Pattis |

Among the many defining errors I've made along life's way is my public and open scorn for law professors.

Pro Bono Effort Frees Inmate From Solitary Confinement

By Christian Nolan |

A team of pro bono attorneys from Day Pitney recently helped an inmate get out of solitary confinement as part of a settlement agreement with the state.

Lawyer Sues Town Police Department for False Arrest

By Jay Stapleton |

A Simsbury lawyer has filed a lawsuit against the Simsbury Police Department and one of its detectives for false arrest and defamation.

Editorial: U.S. Should Show Compassion for Refugee Children

Tens of thousands of desperate, poor, vulnerable children need and deserve our protection and to be treated with respect.

Terrorism Trial Suspects Sentenced

By Associated Press |

A British citizen was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison by a judge who said he supported the Taliban regime in Afghanistan while it was protecting al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Editorial: Flexible Law Firms Should Consider Part-Time Positions

While part-time schedules for lawyers may be different from those in other professions, we think they are still feasible.

Conn. Ruling Expands Rights of Same-Sex Couples

By Associated Press |

Connecticut's highest court has ruled that some legal rights of same-sex couples predate the state's approvals of civil unions and gay marriage, a decision that gay rights supporters call the first of its kind in the country.

Law School Debt Leads Some Grads to Consider Bankruptcy

By Jay Stapleton |

As many college graduates struggle to pay back student loans, a growing number have turned to bankruptcy protection as a last resort.