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Supreme Court Overturns Death Penalty

Christian Nolan | August 14, 2015

A divided Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that the retroactive application of the death penalty is unconstitutional, thus eliminating capital punishment altogether in the state.

Marsha Anastasi

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

By Megan Spicer |

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

Tara Knight

Driver Sentenced for DUI in Fatal Crash Sues Road Construction Companies

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

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

David Slossberg

Status of Fetus at Issue in Wrongful Death Case

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

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

David Benoit

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

By Megan Spicer |

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

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

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

Scott Karsten

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

By Christian Nolan |

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

Judge Orders $118 Million Frozen in Venture Capital Fraud Case

By Christian Nolan |

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

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

By Christian Nolan |

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


Norm Pattis: Renovated Courthouse Looks Nice, But Lacks Basics

By Norm Pattis |

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

Gugsa Abraham ‘Abe’ Dabela

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

By Law Tribune Staff |

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

Thomas Weathers

Three New Judges Named to Conn. Tribal Courts

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

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

Editorial: Courts Continue to Reject Nonlawyer Ownership of Law Firms

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

Patricia King

Patricia King: Successful Strategies for Answering Grievance Complaints

By Patricia King |

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

Natasha Pierre

New Law Expected to Boost Sex Assault Prosecutions

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

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

Timothy Hollister

Conn. Supreme Court Ruling Reins in DEEP Authority

By Megan Spicer |

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


Enforcing Prelitigation Mediation Clauses in State Court

By Bethany L. Appleby and John Doroghazi |

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

Jonathan Orleans

Possible Pitfalls of Contractual Choice of Law Provisions

By Jonathan B. Orleans |

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

David Atkins

Apportioning Fault in Business Tort Actions

By David P. Atkins |

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

Harry Mazadoorian

Solving Disputes Through Hybrid ADR

By Harry N. Mazadoorian |

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

Christopher McCormack

Attaching the Assets of Out-of-State Defendants

By Christopher P. McCormack |

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

Freed Inmate Sues Hartford Police Over 1987 Conviction

By Megan Spicer |

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

Flemming Norcott

Death Penalty Abolition Ruling Leaves Racial Disparity Argument Unresolved

By Christian Nolan |

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


Mark Dubois: Crowdfunding and Other Developments in Law Firm Investment

By Mark Dubois |

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

Brian Lawler

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

By Megan Spicer |

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

Judge Cites Social Media in Sealing Files in Fatal Crash Lawsuit

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

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

David Cohen

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

By Christian Nolan |

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

Rachel Baird

Journalist's Lawsuit Claims Hartford Police Thwarted Efforts to Shoot Video

By Megan Spicer |

A federal lawsuit is challenging the Hartford Police Department's media policies as a legal investigator and journalist claims he was threatened with arrest for shooting video of police activity on two occasions during the past year.


Norm Pattis: Lawyer's Dog Bite Photos Raise Child Porn Concerns

By Norm Pattis |

My first instinct was to shrug the call off, to regard it as unnecessary alarmism. But the caller was a lawyer I respect, and would turn to in a heartbeat if a family member were injured. I told him I would mull the matter overnight and then get back to him.

Plaintiff Involved in Two Crashes in a Row Settles for $1.8 Million

By Christian Nolan |

If it wasn't for bad luck in late 2011, John Grim wouldn't have had any luck at all.

Robert Casale

Commentary: Justices Had No Choice But to Abolish Death Penalty

Much of the recent criticism of the Connecticut Supreme Court's decision in State v. Santiago, invalidating what was left of Connecticut's death penalty, follows a familiar path. In effect, the court is assailed for being a cabal of activist, unelected judges who arrogantly ignore the will of the people.

Former Lawyer to be Arraigned on Larceny Charges

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Former New Haven attorney Terence Hawkins is facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing almost $300,000 in client funds for his personal use, though clients claim to be owed considerably more.

George Jepsen

Connecticut to Get More Than $1M in Amgen Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

Forty-eight states including Connecticut have reached a $71 million settlement with biopharmaceutical company Amgen over allegations it misrepresented certain drugs.

John Rowland

Former Gov. Rowland Appeals Conviction

By Associated Press |

Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland's lawyer has filed a brief with a federal appeals court saying Rowland's convictions in political consulting schemes should be overturned, including an allegation that prosecutors withheld evidence favorable to the defense.

Editorial: In Death Penalty Decision, Voice of Justice Berdon Heard

Congratulations to Justice Robert Berdon, who patiently served on the Supreme Court for years waiting for the "majority" of the court to catch up to him. It was first in 1996 when all seven justices on the court considered an appeal challenging the constitutionality of the death penalty under the state constitution.


Mark Dubois: Clients Can Reclaim Much of What's In Their Files

By Mark Dubois |

Clients fire lawyers and vice versa. The rub comes when the former client wants the file and the lawyer won't give it up. Sometimes it relates to outstanding fees, other times, hurt feelings are at the core of the dispute. Sorting out who owns what can be tricky. A recent American Bar Association opinion tried to offer some guidance.

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against Ride-Booking Company

By Christian Nolan |

A federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a lawsuit filed by local taxi and limousine companies aimed to stop an upstart ride-booking company that customers hire through a smartphone app.

Gary Mayerson

Family Awarded $100,000 in School Abuse Verdict

By Megan Spicer |

A federal jury recently ruled against a former Darien special education aide accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old student with Down syndrome in 2009.

Melissa Streeto

Supreme Court Ruling Addresses Double Jeopardy

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned a longtime practice that allowed multiple murder convictions for one killing.

Ex-Student Sues Private School, Claims Sexual Abuse

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A former student of the Devereux Glenholme School, a private boarding school in Litchfield County, has filed a lawsuit claiming she was sexually abused by a school nurse and the nurse's husband decades ago.


Supreme Court Overturns Death Penalty

By Christian Nolan |

A divided Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that the retroactive application of the death penalty is unconstitutional, thus eliminating capital punishment altogether in the state.

Law Schools Look Ahead to New Year

By Megan Spicer |

Summer's days are numbered, and new and returning law students are gearing up for their fall semesters at area law schools.

Amy Goodusky: But Is It Really Products Liability?

By Amy Goodusky |

It was 10:30 a.m. I was starving. A new complaint had been delivered by a chagrined client. It was an interesting amalgam of vaguely described causes of action. One of the counts appeared to sound in products liability. I could not be certain what was alleged. A motion to strike was in order. The subject of the cause of action was not really a product, but not really a service, either. Research on the issue was less than revelatory.

Mario Coppola

Eminent Domain Case Expected to Settle for $1.2M

By Christian Nolan |

Robert Barton v. City of Norwalk: The city of Norwalk has tentatively agreed to resolve a pending lawsuit for $1.2 million with the owner of a parking lot that was taken by eminent domain when the city built its new police headquarters a decade ago.

Supreme Court Rules Death Penalty Is Unconstitutional

By Christian Nolan |

A divided Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that the retroactive application of the death penalty is unconstitutional, thus eliminating capital punishment altogether in the state.


Norm Pattis: Report Reveals Alarming List of People Shot by Cops

By Norm Pattis |

The numbers are hard to believe, even if the source for them, The Washington Post, is highly credible. As of Aug. 10, 598 people had been shot and killed by police officers in the United States during 2015 alone. That's an average of almost 2.7 people killed each and every day.

Parking Garage Fight Tests Limit of Dram Shop Laws

By Megan Spicer |

There is no question that under Connecticut's dram shop laws bars can be held responsible for serving inebriated customers who go on to injure or kill someone in a drunken-driving accident. But the situation isn't always so cut and dried.

Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Death Row Inmates

By Associated Press |

Connecticut's Supreme Court has told lawyers it will release a decision Thursday that could decide the fate of the inmates currently facing the possibility of execution in the state.


Gideon: State Gives Lawyers Too Little Time to Prepare for Trial

By Gideon |

"24" was one of the first TV shows that could have been an action movie. The concept was brilliant: let's follow the life of an exciting, dashing Kiefer Sutherland playing an anti-terrorism supercop for one day as he averts every contrived global crisis imaginable.

Christine S. Horrigan

Attorney Tapped to Keep Tabs on Hartford Elections

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The November 2014 election in Hartford was beset by problems, including a failure of some polling places to open on time and questions about the accuracy of vote tallies. Now a Connecticut attorney has been tapped to oversee the city's elections.

Second Circuit Reinstates Police Force Case

By Christian Nolan |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York has reinstated an excessive force lawsuit against Hartford police after a man's back was allegedly broken in two places during a 2009 arrest.

Brian Altieri

Woman Stabbed by Teenager Awarded $400,000

By Christian Nolan |

A woman in her 60s who was nearly stabbed to death by her neighbor's teenage son has been awarded more than $400,000 by a Hartford judge. A separate lawsuit against the teenager's mother is pending.

Naugatuck solo David DeRosa

Appellate Court Upholds Cop's DUI Conviction Despite Attorney's Error

By Christian Nolan |

The state Appellate Court has upheld the conviction of a former Bristol police officer who was convicted of driving drunk and reckless driving while on duty.

Attorney Applies for Diversionary Program After Alleged Theft From Veteran

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A former attorney accused of stealing from a military veteran has applied for a special court program to try to resolve the larceny count against him.


Mark Dubois: It's a Tough Call When Suspended Lawyers Seek Readmission to Bar

By Mark Dubois |

It seems the pattern the state Supreme Court set in denying former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim readmission to the bar after his municipal corruption conviction is here to stay, at least for those applying for reinstatement after being suspended or disbarred. That's interesting, and I am not sure what it means.

Women's Tennis Coach Sues Yale Over Termination

By Megan Spicer |

The former head coach of Yale University's nationally ranked women's tennis team has sued the Ivy League school for firing her after less than one year on the job.

Major Firm Adds Partners to Employment Practice

By Law Tribune Staff |

Summertime is generally a slow one for law firm hirings and promotions. But several Connecticut firms have released announcements regarding professional staff in recent weeks. Those include McCarter & English, which has bolstered its labor and employment practice with two attorneys, one in Hartford and the other in Stamford.

UConn Professor's Research Details Legacy of Lying in The Legal System

By Megan Spicer |

The oath that Connecticut lawyers take in order to be admitted to the bar is 122 words long. Much of it consists of promising to never do anything dishonest and to inform the court if they see others being dishonest. It ends: "So help you God or upon penalty of perjury."

Wesley Horton

Second Circuit Questions $41 Million Verdict in Conn. Tick Disease Case

By Christian Nolan |

A federal appeals court has opted to let Connecticut's Supreme Court ultimately decide whether to uphold a $41.5 million verdict awarded to the family of a teenager sickened by a tick on a school trip to China.

Chester Fairlie

Murder of Client's Daughter Has Conn. Attorney Pushing for Immigration Law Reforms

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

New London attorney Chester Fairlie planned to retire, but the murder of a young woman, allegedly at the hands of a man who should have been deported, inspired him to keep working—to try to help others from becoming the victims of violent immigrants, he says.

Joshua Koskoff

Updated: Multiple Plaintiffs Firms Involved in First Newtown Shooting Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

The families of 16 victims of the Newtown school shooting are set to split $1.5 million under proposed settlements against the estate of the gunman's mother.

Editorial: Despite Sentence Reductions, Heroin Use Still A Serious Problem

Gov. Dannel Malloy recently signed a bill that reduces the penalty for possession of a small amount of drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor. The rationale for this change is to avoid giving young offenders a felony record that could have negative collateral effects on the offender (like difficulty getting employment).

Gugsa Abraham ‘Abe’ Dabela

Prosecutor Confirms Investigation Into Black Conn. Lawyer's Death

By Law Tribune Staff |

The Danbury State's Attorney's Office says there is an ongoing official investigation into the death of a Redding lawyer who was found dead following a car accident last year.

Turtle Submarine

Conn. Authors Engage in Copyright Battle Over Books on Revolutionary War Submarine

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The story of the Connecticut resident who invented a Revolutionary-era submarine known as the "American Turtle" has captured the imagination of multiple writers. But now several authors have embarked on a war of a different kind: a legal battle over whether one set of writers copied the work of another author.

State Collects $154,000 in Settlement With Home Nursing Company

By Christian Nolan |

A provider of home nursing services for severely disabled children has agreed to pay more than $2.7 million to settle allegations that it overcharged for those services and failed to return overpayments it received from state Medicaid programs and federally insured health programs.

Black Officer's Conn. Lawsuit Claims He Was Denied Access to Starbucks Restroom

By Christian Nolan |

A lawsuit filed by a black New Haven police officer who claims he was discriminated against at a Starbucks coffee shop could go to trial after a federal judge recently decided not to dismiss the case.

Ruling Allows Former ESPN VP to Pursue Defamation Case Against Network

By Megan Spicer |

In the months after Anthony Bailey was suddenly fired from his post as ESPN's vice president of emerging technologies in 2013, rumors started to make their way around his children's school. Simply put, word was that Bailey, a Cheshire resident, had been terminated after 20 years because he embezzled $15 million from the Bristol-based company.

Law Tribune Unveils Legal Departments of Year Winners

The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce our 2015 Legal Departments of the Year awards.

Senior Citizen Files Lawsuit After Rape at Conn. Hotel

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

An elderly woman raped by a former Connecticut state trooper while staying at a Quality Inn in Windsor Locks is suing the hotel desk clerk, franchisee and chain owner, claiming they were negligent by failing to protect her from harm.

MGM Sues State Over Proposed Third Tribal Casino

By Associated Press |

MGM Resorts is suing top Connecticut officials, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, claiming the law he signed that could lead to a third tribal casino in the state is unconstitutional because it gives Connecticut's tribes preferential treatment.

Editorial: Felons Should Not Be Banned From Holding Public Office

The re-incarceration of a former governor, a former state senator convicted of election finance fraud and a former mayor who spent several years in prison for violating the public trust running for office in our largest city have once again raised questions about how Connecticut governs itself.

Peter J. Brown

Motorcyclist With Head Injury, PTSD Gets $534,000 Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A man who was thrown from his motorcycle when another driver suddenly turned left in front of him has been awarded nearly $534,000 by a Hartford jury.

Joshua Koskoff

Newtown Victims' Families Settle Lawsuits Against Shooter's Mother

By Christian Nolan |

The families of 16 victims of the Newtown school shooting would split $1.5 million under proposed settlements of lawsuits against the estate of the gunman's mother.

Martha Stone

Legislators, Lawyers Call for Reforms After Report Reveals Problems in Juvenile Detention Centers

By Christian Nolan |

The findings in a report issued by the state Office of the Child Advocate seemed to shock both lawmakers and the general public.


Mark Dubois: Legal Profession Changing, But Glass May Be Half Full

By Mark Dubois |

I was at yet another symposium on the future of law schools and the practice of law the other day. The universal response from most participants seemed to be that while no one thought we would cease to be a relevant and viable part of the social and commercial fabric of our society, in years to come, things may be very, very different. And maybe that will be a good thing

Attorney Gets One-Year Suspension for Impersonating Another Lawyer

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A judge has suspended a Windsor attorney for one year for allegedly misrepresenting himself as a different attorney during a police investigation more than a decade ago.

Editorial: Balancing Law Enforcement, Technology and Privacy Concerns

Moore's Law predicted a biennial increase in computer processor speed (more accurately in integrated circuitry capacity) whereby processor speed would double every two years.

Themis Klarides

Immunization Laws in Conn., Elsewhere Raise Religious Freedom Issues

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The debate over mandated vaccinations for schoolchildren has become a contentious one, with some groups voicing concerns that constitutional rights are being violated as many states make it more difficult for parents to opt out of having their children vaccinated for religious reasons.

Angelo Ziotas

Court Cites Doctor's Inappropriate Testimony, Reverses Med-Mal Decision

By Megan Spicer |

In his 2012 medical malpractice trial, Dr. Samuel Maryles appeared in two capacities. He was the defendant. And he also served as an expert witness, in the eyes of the state Appellate Court. The court said the mixing of roles was improper, and the judges overturned a trial court verdict that had spared Maryles liability in a wrongful death case.

Karyl Carrasquilla

Panel Recommends New State Disciplinary Counsel

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

An interview panel has recommended a longtime member of the state's Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel to be the office's new leader.

University, Town Go To Court Over Dorm Space Dispute

By Megan Spicer |

Quinnipiac University and its host town, Hamden, are feuding over just how much dormitory space the school is obligated to provide. This month, the private university sued the town and its Zoning Board of Appeals for issuing fines of $150 a day since February for what's being called noncompliance with a special permit.

Commentary: Legal Aid Resource Center Should Be Saved

Legal aid agencies in Connecticut are responsible for ensuring that high-quality civil legal services are available for low-income persons. Funding has rarely been stable, and when constrained, difficult choices must be made. These choices should ensure critical functions are maintained.

Tom Mooney

School Sex Scandal Keeps Lawyers Busy, Creates Tension Between Rival Firms

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

In the past year, the city of Stamford has become the poster child for the dangers of teacher-student sex and the serious consequences for professionals who fail to report suspicions. A long-running scandal has resulted in an array of media reports about criminal prosecutions, civil lawsuits and the derailments of school administrators' careers.

Joseph De Lucia and Nicole Levine

Judge Awards $237,000 to Girl Attacked by Big Dog

By Christian Nolan |

A 12-year-old girl bitten in the face by a neighbor's dog has been awarded nearly $237,000 by a judge following a trial in Bridgeport.


Norm Pattis: Finding Trouble While Fighting Courtroom Boredom

By Norm Pattis |

It's been about 20 years since I was last locked up against my will. The other day, I thought I saw a cell in my future. My offense? Reading a newspaper in a courtroom. Oh, my.

Peter J. Brown

Head-Injured Motorcyclist Receives $534,000 Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A man who was thrown from his motorcycle when another driver suddenly turned left in front of him has been awarded nearly $534,000 by a Hartford jury.

Alice Bruno

Conn. Judge Resigns ABA Leadership Post

By Law Tribune Staff |

Connecticut's representative on the American Bar Association's Board of Governors has stepped down.

Conn. Firm Sues Out-of-State Lawyer for Stealing Blog Postings

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Two tax law firms on opposite coasts are locked in a dispute, but their argument has nothing to do with taxes.

Nominate Young Lawyers For Boston "Rising Stars" Recognition

The National Law Journal, in conjunction with the Connecticut Law Tribune, would like to spotlight Boston Rising Stars. And we're extending our deadline for applications to give you a little more time to nominate someone.

William Dow

Commentary: A More Relaxed Voir Dire Works Better for All Parties

By William F. Dow III |

As a defense lawyer, I've always believed that voir dire in a criminal case is, in many ways, the most important part of a trial. It's an opportunity to make a good first impression; to find out who is likely to accept the theory of the case; to disclose biases and prejudices and, importantly, to determine who can set them aside. I think it is interesting to explore peoples' backgrounds and attitudes, to try and identify people with whom I can communicate and ultimately to get them on the jury. But to do that I need candid information. The usual criminal voir dire process often doesn't produce that.

Appellate Court Asked to Settle Another Affordable Housing Dispute

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

In another legal battle over the proposed development of an affordable housing project, Milford wants the state Appellate Court to overturn a trial judge's decision that cleared the way for a 23-unit project in the city.

Court Sides With Doctor After Breast Implant Patient Casts Blame for Infection

By Christian Nolan |

The state Appellate Court has upheld a jury's defense verdict in the case of a woman who sued her doctor after her breast implant developed an infection.

Editorial: Confederate Flag Debate Brings Out Overbearing Thought Police

The political thought police have had a field day trying to purge the country's public and private life of the Civil War's Confederate battle flag. It is hard to argue that whatever the banner's original cultural meaning might have been, it has been usurped by the white supremacist racist movement.

Flemming Norcott

Husband Sought Damages After Learning Wife's Ex-Boss Fathered Two Children

By Christian Nolan |

When David DiMichele was married, his wife gave birth to two children. He raised them as his own for 10 years, only to eventually find out that his wife's former boss was the biological father. That revelation gave rise to a five-year court battle between the husband, the wife and her ex-boss. It's a case that still may not be over.

Michael Ross

Legal Journalist's Book Details Decade-Long Relationship With Serial Killer Michael Ross

By Megan Spicer |

Martha Elliott had already spent months exchanging letters with Michael Ross. They had spoken on the phone several times. But she had no idea how she would react when she first saw him in a New London courtroom one early fall day in 1995 waiting for a hearing to begin.


Mark Dubois: Judge's Research Reveals Era When Courts Relied on 'Word of God'

By Mark Dubois |

Superior Court Judge Jon C. Blue has just published a gem of a book summarizing and commenting on cases before the General Court of the New Haven Colony from 1639-63.


Interns Are Entitled to 'Fair Day's Pay'

By Maria Garcia-Quintner and Gary Phelan |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit case of Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, No. 13-4478-CV, 2015 WL 4033018 (July 2, 2015), better known as the "Black Swan" interns case, has attracted considerable media attention.

Jonathan Orleans

Possible Pitfalls of Contractual Choice of Law Provisions

By Jonathan Orleans |

As a general proposition, it is difficult to enforce broadly drawn contractual provisions restricting post-employment competition, whether contained in or ancillary to employment agreements.

Robert G. Brody and Alexander Friedman

Transgender Workers Gaining Legal Ground

By Robert Brody and Alexander Friedman |

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States, this is a good time for employers to review policies relating to another group for whom the legal landscape has begun to change significantly – transgender individuals.


Drawing the Line Between Intern and Employee

By Eric Sussman and James Leva |

On July 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 11435, establishing a new test to determine whether an individual is appropriately classified as an unpaid intern or an employee entitled to compensation for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Joshua Goodbaum

The Supreme Court of Stability?

By Joshua R. Goodbaum |

The U.S. Supreme Court's most recent term was one for the history books. With Obamacare, lethal injection, air pollution, gerrymandering, the Confederate battle flag, and (of course) same-sex marriage all on its docket, the court seemed to take a swing at many of the most divisive social and political issues of our day.