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Ira Mayo

Female Clients Continue To Cause Trouble for Attorney

Isaac Avilucea | September 2, 2014

Earlier this summer, Torrington attorney Ira Mayo made headlines when he was hit with an unusual punishment: he could never again represent female clients.

Former Medical Marijuana Executive Files Lawsuit Over Termination

By Jay Stapleton |

Konieczky claims she was 'abruptly and improperly terminated' for what she considers 'trumped up reasons.' Those reasons, the lawsuit suggests, were based 'on the ridiculous grounds that she did not properly greet defendant Birnbaum during an industry trade group meeting.'

Pattis-Norm

Norm Pattis: Newtown Lawsuit Based on Tortured Legal Theory

By Norm Pattis |

Word on the street is that Koskoff, Koskoff & Beider is so wealthy the law firm weighs, rather than counts, its money. I hope that's true, because the fight the firm just picked against Bushmaster and others is going to cost plenty to litigate.

Governor's Lawyer Lands New Job With Major Firm

By Jay Stapleton |

Luke Bronin, who has been Gov. Dannel Malloy's top legal advisor for nearly two years, will join the Hartford office of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder in January.

Attorney Accused of Stealing $600,000 From Cancer Patient and Other Clients

By Paul Sussman |

Attorney Stephen Krawitz represented a Trumbull woman in a personal injury case in state courts and did not give her the $100,000 personal injury award. He faces Connecticut charges of first-degree larceny and practicing law without a license.

Editorial: Judge Offers Powerful Rebuke to Same-Sex Marriage Bans

Most of us love a quotable decision that is straight and to the point. Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit gave us just that in his opinion for a unanimous three-judge panel in Baskin vs Bogan upholding a district court ruling striking down same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin.

Court Says Police Officer Shouldn't Be Fired for Lying to Doctor

By Christian Nolan |

Connecticut's highest court has ruled that a Stratford police officer who was fired for lying should get his job back. The decision overturns an Appellate Court ruling from 2013 that cited public policy reasons for why the officer's termination was justified.

Divorce Lawyer Gets Probation After Breaking Into Home

By Jay Stapleton |

A well-known divorce practitioner from Danielson has been sentenced to probation for breaking into her dead parents' home and trying to take items without the permission of other relatives who were beneficiaries of their estate.

Updated: Plaintiffs' Attorneys Explain Legal Basis for Newtown Suit

By Jay Stapleton |

The decision to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle that gunman Adam Lanza used to kill 26 children and teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School was made after a careful review of the legal issues by the plaintiff's lawyers.

Jury Awards $7 Million to Former Boy Scout Who Alleged Sex Abuse

By Christian Nolan |

A jury in Waterbury has awarded $7 million to a former Connecticut Boy Scout who claims he was sexually abused by his troop leader and an older scout in the mid-1970s.

Court Says Conn. Workers With ‘Perceived Disabilities’ Can File Bias Claims

By Christian Nolan |

Until now, only people with actual disabilities could claim they were discriminated against in Connecticut.

Updated: Newtown Families' Lawsuit Names Gun Maker, Seller

By Jay Stapleton |

The parents of some of the children killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting.

Large Conn. Firm Adds Partners to Trust and Estates Practice

By Jay Stapleton |

Day Pitney has elevated seven attorneys to partner, including three who are based in Connecticut. It's the second big personnel move for the 300-lawyer firm in recent weeks, as Day Pitney also added four attorneys from Bingham McCutchen.

Dubois-Mark

Mark Dubois: Be Careful About Threatenting to Grieve Another Lawyer

By Mark Dubois |

Occasionally, I get a call from a lawyer stating that an opponent has threatened, either explicitly or implicitly, that if a matter involving a claim against an attorney is not resolved quickly, the client may feel it necessary to file a criminal or grievance complaint.

Newtown Families Announce Lawsuit Against Gunmaker

By JAY STAPLETON |

The parents of some of the children killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

William Tong

New Judiciary Committee Chair Has Background in Restaurants, Commercial Litigation

By Christian Nolan |

After humble beginnings, William Tong's life has been a series of accomplishments.

Second Circuit Overturns Conn. Insider Trading Convictions

By Associated Press |

A federal appeals court has dealt a blow to the government's ability to pursue insider-trading prosecutions by reversing two convictions of two high level investors whose companies were based in Connecticut.

H. James Pickerstein

Updated: Colleagues Express Sadness, Shock Over Allegations Against Former Prosecutor

By Jay Stapleton |

As a federal prosecutor for 16 years, H. James Pickerstein took down drug dealers, corrupt government officials and Hells Angels gang members. He even ran the U.S. attorney's office for a time.

Carey Reilly

Supreme Court Gives Edge to Plaintiffs in Med-Mal Cases

By Christian Nolan |

Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers have received some guidance from the state Supreme Court.

Luke Bronin

Governor's Top Legal Adviser Will Leave Post

By Jay Stapleton |

Attorney Luke Bronin has spent time in Washington, D.C., as an official in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He's spent the past two years as general counsel to Gov. Dannel Malloy. So it's no surprise that his future might continue to lie in politics.

Editorial: Judge Rightly Acknowledges Error in Voter ID Case

Judge Richard Posner has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse his own original decision in the landmark case of Crawford v. Marion County Election Board.

Legal Aid Agency Marks 50 Years of Important Cases, Colorful Personalities

By Christian Nolan |

When the New Haven Legal Assistance Association was launched 50 years ago, it was met with a strong degree of skepticism from the Connecticut bar.

Brendan Faulkner and Michael A. D'Amico

Broad Civil Discovery Protects Us From Deadly Products

By Brendan Faulkner and Michael A. D'Amico |

Takata, the supplier of millions of defective air bags that are prone to fragment and send shards of metal flying through the cabin of the cars in which they are installed, recently denied a report that it had carried out secret tests (after normal work hours, and on weekends and holidays) on this defect and covered up the results.

Eric Niederer

Burning Car Case Leads to Ruling on Pleadings

By Eric Niederer |

A recent decision handed down by the Connecticut Supreme Court may significantly affect the way some product liability lawsuits are litigated in the future.

Internet Use Can Reduce Mass-Tort Litigation Difficulties

By Jonathan Bick |

Internet use normally increases product liability by escalating product use by nontraditional users. Nontraditional product users are more likely to be harmed by products than traditional product users, who have benefited from formal or informal use and training.

Eric Stockman

Hospital, Doctor Prevail Against $7 Million Wrongful Death Claim

By Christian Nolan |

A Stamford jury has rendered a defense verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Stamford Hospital and one of its doctors after a 44-year-old man died of a bacterial infection. The plaintiffs had sought $7 million in damages.

Law Tribune Seeks Entries for Litigation Departments of the Year Awards

The Connecticut Law Tribune is seeking nominations for its annual Litigation Departments of the Year awards.

Parties Urge Supreme Court to Hear Prior Restraint Case

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Lawyers for the Connecticut Law Tribune and a divorcing mother seeking to prevent the newspaper from publishing an article about her custody fight filed briefs urging the Connecticut Supreme Court to hear the case.

Pattis-Norm

Norm Pattis: Decision Not to Indict Cop Was Correct

By Norm Pattis |

I've managed to offend my friends and delight my critics by asserting that the Staten Island grand jury was correct not to indict New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the killing of Eric Garner.

Editorial: Supreme Court Should Take Up Prior Restraint Case

It is not yet clear whether the Connecticut Supreme Court will examine the extraordinary prior restraint case that arose in Superior Court Judge Stephen Frazzini's New Britain courtroom Nov. 24.

ACLU of Connecticut Hires Former Pa. Cabinet Official

By Jay Stapleton |

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut has selected a former state cabinet official with a long history of working for human rights to be its new executive-director.

State to Collect $223,000 in Satellite Radio Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

Satellite radio provider Sirius XM has agreed to pay nearly $4 million as part of a settlement with 45 states and the District of Columbia to resolve allegations that it used deceptive billing practices with its customers.

Gun Rights Advocates Take Aim at Conn. Law in Second Circuit Arguments

By Mark Hamblett |

Restrictions on assault weapons and ammunition magazines in New York and Connecticut were attacked by an attorney for gun users on Tuesday as ill-considered encroachments on Second Amendment rights.

Newtown Families File Notice of Possible Lawsuits

By Law Tribune Staff and Wire Reports |

The parents of some children killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting have filed court documents indicating they plan to file wrongful death lawsuits, but it's not clear who would be sued.

Merger Fallout Enables Day Pitney to Add Four Partners

By Jay Stapleton |

As the dust settles from several large law firm mergers, one Connecticut beneficiary has emerged with the acquisition of four new partners.

Governor's Top Legal Adviser To Step Down

By Jay Stapleton |

Luke Bronin, who serves as general counsel to Gov. Dannel Malloy, will step down from that post next month.

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Mark Dubois: Study Reveals Why People Don't Use Lawyers

By Mark Dubois |

The American Bar Foundation just published a provocative study which may answer one of the most troubling questions those of us who worry about courts and justice wrestle with: why do so many people not use lawyers for really serious problems?

Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: A Troubling Proposal for Changing Israeli Law

By Dan Krisch |

The Basic Law shields all Israelis, Jew and Arab alike. It does not ask your religion before deciding whether your 'life, body and dignity' and your 'privacy and intimacy' deserve protection.

Former DCF Worker Challenges Firing After Baby's Death

By Christian Nolan |

The union representing a former Department of Children and Families employee who was charged with manslaughter in the death of a foster child, but later acquitted, is challenging an arbitrator's ruling that upheld DCF's decision to terminate the woman.

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

Supreme Court Review Sought in Prior Restraint Case

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

A lawyer for a divorcing mother has asked the state Supreme Court to review a judge's ruling that lifted a prior restraining order that barred the Connecticut Law Tribune from writing about a child custody case.

Ira Mayo

Torrington Attorney Gets Additional License Suspension

By Christian Nolan |

A Torrington attorney who has been repeatedly accused of inappropriate conduct with female clients has had his law license suspended one year and one day by disciplinary officials. Ira Mayo had already been serving a separate four-month suspension.

Updated: Former U.S. Attorney Resigns Law License Amid Financial Probe

By Jay Stapleton |

A former U.S. attorney has resigned his Connecticut law practice amid an unspecified investigation involving client funds.

Former U.S. Attorney Resigns Law License Amid Financial Probe

By Associated Press |

A former U.S. attorney has resigned his Connecticut law practice amid an unspecified investigation involving client funds.

Supreme Court Asked to Take Up Law Tribune Prior Restraint Case

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

A lawyer for a divorcing mother has asked the state Supreme Court to review a judge's ruling that lifted a prior restraining order that barred the Connecticut Law Tribune from writing about a child custody case.

Michelle Cruz: Don't Buy Into the Crime Victim Stereotype

By Michelle Cruz |

Many people gather their knowledge about our justice system from novels, television shows and movies. An entire multimillion-dollar industry has been build off of fictional depictions of the criminal justice system.

Prosecutor Scolds Schools Over Abuse Reporting Law

By Christian Nolan |

The arrests of two Stamford public school administrators for failing to report to state officials a sexual relationship between a teacher and a student has put a spotlight on Connecticut's mandatory reporting statute.

Laid-Off Labor Relations Official Considers Legal Action

By Jay Stapleton |

As the state government's top labor relations official, attorney Linda J. Yelmini has been involved in a number of decisions over the years that have resulted in the layoff of state workers. Now she's on the other end of the pink slip. She's been informed she'll lose her job as of Jan. 20.

Editorial: Stakes Are High in Fair Housing Case

In an effort to end segregation in housing, 46 years ago Congress passed Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The statute declares: "It is the policy of the United States to provide, within constitutional limitations, for fair housing throughout the United States."

Longtime Judge Brings Probate Savvy to Son's Firm

By Jay Stapleton |

A small Stratford-based firm that recently opened a second location in Norwalk has an interesting competitive edge: it's added a longtime probate judge and former state probate court administrator to its ranks.

New Victim Advocate Vows to Defend 'Underdog'

By Jay Stapleton |

The last two state victim advocates have been former prosecutors and both came from outside Connecticut. Natasha Pierre is breaking the mold. She's a Connecticut government insider whose current role is a legislative and policy adviser with the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.

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

Unsealed Files Reveal Details of Prior Restraint Case Against Law Tribune

By Thomas B. Scheffey and Paul Sussman |

When a judge first barred the Connecticut Law Tribune from publishing an article on a child custody dispute, First Amendment lawyers and media experts noted that prior restraint of the press was usually reserved for matters involving public danger or a national emergency.

Leonard Lesser

Jury Rejects Security Guard’s Claim After Deer Cause Accident

By Christian Nolan |

A Danbury jury has ruled that a local business was not liable for the alleged injuries suffered by a security officer who crashed into a light pole in its parking lot.

Dubois-Mark

Mark Dubois: Judges Would Prefer to Stamp Out Ex Parte Letters

By Mark Dubois |

A lot of lawyers seem to think that sending a letter to a judge is OK if they also include all counsel on the communication. I have to say, I never understood the idea that what was prohibited would become acceptable as long as the other side was aware you were breaking the rule.

Editorial: Lessons Learned from Judge's Offensive Email

Like the rest of us, courts and judges have found themselves in the Digital Age. The convenience of email is a miracle, and it's no wonder everyone (or so it seems) takes advantage of it. Sometimes it gets us in trouble. Ask former Chief Judge Richard Cebull of the U.S. District Court for Montana.

Stephen Frazzini

Breaking News: Judge Vacates Prior Restraint Order In Law Tribune Case

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Superior Court Judge Stephen Frazzini has vacated his order forbidding The Law Tribune from publishing a story about a child custody case.

Two Law Firm Mergers Will Affect Conn.’s Legal Landscape

By Jay Stapleton |

The whirlwind of change in the legal industry is being felt in Connecticut, with announcements of two separate moves to combine established firms.

Shellfisherman Drops Lawsuit Against State Agency

By Associated Press |

A Connecticut shellfisherman has withdrawn his lawsuit against state regulators after reaching a settlement on the terms of a lease for state-owned shellfish beds.

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Norm Pattis: Courts Partly To Blame for Ferguson Mess

By Norm Pattis |

It will take more than the Band-Aid President Barack Obama offers to staunch the bleeding wound caused by the police violence in Ferguson, Mo.

Conn. Firm Eyes Southeast With New Florida Office

By Jay Stapleton |

Robinson & Cole has opened a new office in Florida, in part to handle insurance matters stemming from natural disasters in the Southeast.

Stephen Frazzini

Media Organizations Back Law Tribune in Prior Restraint Case

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

What started out as an attempt by the Connecticut Law Tribune to publish an article about the legal strategies being employed in a child custody case has turned into a statewide legal and journalistic drama.

New Arguments Held in Law Tribune Prior Restraint Case

By THOMAS B. SCHEFFEY |

A Superior Court judge on Monday, Dec. 1, heard new arguments on whether the Connecticut Law Tribune should continue to be barred from publishing an article about a child custody case on the juvenile court docket.

RYAN M. SUERTH and MARK A. ROSENBLUM

Construction Policies Often Cover Liability Claims

By Ryan M. Suerth and Mark A. Rosenblum |

Oftentimes, insurance policyholders in the construction industry (e.g., contractors, developers, manufacturers, suppliers) fail to consider their insurance policies when a lawsuit is brought against them alleging liability arising out of a construction project.

DENNIS O. BROWN and THOMAS C. BLATCHLEY

Ensuring That Insurers Can Sue Each Other

By Dennis O. Brown and Thomas C. Blatchley |

In Travelers Cas. & Surety of America v. The Netherlands Ins., 312 Conn. 714 (2014), the Connecticut Supreme Court held that an insurer had standing to institute a declaratory judgment action against another insurer to determine the existence of a duty to defend and the allocation of defense costs among them.

REGEN O’MALLEY and JOSEPH BLYSKAL

Proposed Rule Could Require Special Pleadings

By Regen O'Malley and Joseph Blyskal |

The Rules Committee of the Connecticut Superior Court is considering proposed changes to Section 10-50 of the Connecticut Practice Book ("Denials; Special Defenses") to include the requirement that "insurance policy conditions or limitations" be specially pleaded.

NICOLE C. BIKAKIS and THERESA A. GUERTIN

New York's 'No Prejudice' Rule Is Alive and Well

By Nicole C. Bikakis and Theresa A. Guertin |

In a surprising decision out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, New York's rule that insurance companies are not required to show that they were prejudiced by their policyholder's late notice of a claim remains alive and well under certain circumstances.

GREGORY PODOLAK and MICHAEL BARRESE

Conn. Takes Center Stage in Cybercoverage Debate

By Gregory Podolak and Michael Barrese |

In Recall Total Information Management v. Federal Insurance and Travelers v. P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Connecticut courts have taken center stage in the ever-evolving debate over whether commercial general liability (CGL) insurance covers certain cyberrisks.

Michael McCormack

When the Government Demands Documents

By Michael McCormack |

Your client has been served with a subpoena from a government agency that states your client is under investigation and requires the client to produce documents and witness testimony to the government by a certain date. Your immediate reaction may be to coordinate a team to assist with the gathering and production of documents and to begin preparing witnesses to testify.

THEODORE P. AUGUSTINOS

Connecticut Is Capturing Captive Insurers

By Theodore P. Augustinos |

As a globally recognized capital of the insurance industry, Connecticut has had a complicated relationship with the industry segment of captive insurers. Recent legislative initiatives, however, have demonstrated the interest of state government in promoting the development of a domestic captive industry, which is growing in importance.

New Arguments Held in Law Tribune Prior Restraint Case

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

A Superior Court judge on Monday, Dec. 1, heard new arguments on whether the Connecticut Law Tribune should continue to be barred from publishing an article about a child custody case on the juvenile court docket.

Allen Gary Palmer

Corrected Version: Courts Prepare For Mandatory E-Filing in Family Cases

By Jay Stapleton |

When word got out that the state would begin requiring lawyers to e-file family court documents starting in December, there were immediate concerns.

Women's Commission Director Named New Victim Advocate

By Jay Stapleton |

A state official who has advocated for women's rights will now turn her attention to victims of crime.

Judge Orders Law Tribune Not To Publish Article

By THOMAS B. SCHEFFEY |

New Britain Superior Court Judge Stephen Frazzini has enjoined the Connecticut Law Tribune from publishing an article based on a court document that had previously been posted on the state Judicial Branch website.

Rastafarian Pursues Wrongful Termination Suit Against Retailer

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who claims that she was discriminated against by her former employer because she is black and practices the Rastafarian religion is asking the state's highest court to reinstate her lawsuit.

MIchael LaMonica

Assistant AG’s First Book Focuses on French Revolution

By Amy F. Goodusky |

Prose with color illustrations might seem inconsequential, but attorney Michael LaMonica's work tackles a serious subject: the French Revolution.

'Fair Fight' Turns Into Court Battle Over Self-Defense Law

By Christian Nolan |

A woman convicted of stabbing her opponent during what was supposed to be a weaponless "fair fight" claims the trial judge gave incorrect and misleading jury instructions about the state's self-defense statute.

Partner at D.C. Firm to be New Yale General Counsel

By Jay Stapleton |

A partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Hogan Lovells will become Yale's next vice president and general counsel. Alex Dreier, whose practice focuses on higher education, will assume the post on March 23, 2015.

Maurice Sendak

Famous Author’s Rare Book Collection Focus of Probate Drama

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Ridgefield author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who died in 2012 in Danbury Hospital, is widely viewed as the most important children's book artist of the 20th century.

Agostinho Ribeiro

Lawyer Accuses GM of Keeping Conn. Driver’s Death Secret

By Jay Stapleton |

It appears that a Litchfield County woman was the first person in the United States to die due to a widely disclosed faulty ignition system problem in many General Motors cars. Now, her family has hired high-powered legal help in an attempt to obtain compensation.

Appellate Practitioners Team Up to Form New Firm

By Jay Stapleton |

Two appellate lawyers who got to know each other in courthouses working on similar legal matters throughout the state have decided to join forces and launch a new firm.

Editorial: Prosecutor's Charging Function: More Discretion Needed?

State court prosecutors in Connecticut should carefully exercise their charging function, and should not let the police determine charges in warrantless arrests.

Judge Bars Law Tribune’s Publication of Family Law Article

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

In a ruling from the bench Monday, Nov. 24, New Britain Superior Court Judge Stephen Frazzini enjoined the Connecticut Law Tribune from publishing an article based on a court document that had previously been published on the Judicial Branch website.

Judge John Downey

Downey Recalled as American Hero and One-of-a-Kind Judge

By Jay Stapleton |

With his thoughtful approach to matters such as juvenile delinquency, family unity and the care of children, Superior Court Judge John T. Downey took it upon himself to make sure the juvenile courts in the state were taken seriously.

Jose Luis Piscil

Conn. Lawsuit, Immigration Lawyers Call for Deportation Policy Change

By Isaac Avilucea |

When President Barack Obama took to the airwaves last week to unveil an immigration reform proposal, a lot of people took notice. None more so, however, than Jose Luis Piscil.

Editorial: Banning Books Harms Education and Critical Thinking

Every year in the fall, First Amendment advocates join librarians, teachers, and journalists to celebrate Banned Books Week.

Timothy Corey

Owners of Leaky Luxury Condos Get $5.3 Million Arbitration Award

By Christian Nolan |

Water problems in a high-end condominium complex built on a former industrial site on Stonington Harbor led to a long-running legal dispute between residents and architects after water began leaking into the condos.

Guest Commentary: Political Correctness Runs Amok

By James B. Lyon |

According to Wikipedia, the term "political correctness" refers to enforced language, ideas or policies that address perceived discrimination against political, social or economic groups.

Frank Appicelli

In Bingham's Wake, Morgan Lewis Gains Conn. Foothold

By Jay Stapleton |

Nearly all of the attorneys in Bingham McCutchen's Hartford office will be absorbed by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius by the end of November, with more than 25 lawyers making the move to Morgan Lewis.

Judge Strikes Down Worker's Whistleblower Complaint

By Christian Nolan |

A decision by a Superior Court judge may bring some clarity to the state's whistleblower statute.

Father Pleads Not Guilty in Son's Hot Car Death

By Law Tribune and Staff Reports |

A Connecticut father charged with causing his 15-month-old son's death by leaving him in the car for hours on a hot July day has pleaded not guilty.

Lawyer's Writings Raise GOP Ire, Nearly Scuttle Judicial Nomination

By Christian Nolan and Paul Sussman |

After New Haven Corporation Counsel Victor Bolden was confirmed as a Connecticut federal judge on Nov. 20, his supporters spoke of him in glowing terms.

New Haven's Bolden Confirmed as Federal Judge

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

New Haven Corporation Counsel Victor Bolden was narrowly confirmed on Thursday, Nov. 20, for a judgeship on the U.S. District Court in Connecticut.

Bingham Disappears From Conn. As International Firm Swoops In

By Jay Stapleton |

Nearly all of the Hartford office of Bingham McCutchen will be absorbed by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius by the end of the month, with more than 25 lawyers making the move to Morgan Lewis.

A Gun Control Law That's Right on Target

What should happen when a person in possession of a firearm tells a family member or a counselor that he intends to shoot himself or someone else?

The Passing of A Giant

We mourn the passing of one of Connecticut's greatest citizens and a giant of the bench and bar. Judge John T. Downey died Nov. 17 at the age of 84

Stephen Murphy

Ruling Limits Homeowner Liability for Clearing Snowy Sidewalks

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld a trial judge's decision to toss out an injured Enfield woman's lawsuit against a neighbor whom the woman said was responsible for shoveling snow and ice on the public sidewalk near their home.

Pattis-Norm

Norm Pattis: No Need to Stew Over Heart Attack Scare

By Norm Pattis |

I was hoping to avoid the need to make this sordid confession, but Mark DuBois, former chief disciplinary counsel, now bar president and fellow Law Tribune columnist, makes it necessary. He referred the other day to my fear of having had a heart attack.

Conn. Electric Provider Faces $50 Million Class Action

By Jay Stapleton |

A Connecticut energy company faces a potential class action from consumers who are upset that their electric bills have gone up instead of down. The claim against Middlebury-based Starion Energy seeks $50 million.

ADA Lawsuit Demands Audio Recordings From Courts

By Isaac Avilucea |

The state Judicial Branch might need some aspirin—in addition to help from the Attorney General's Office—to defend it from a lawsuit filed by an East Lyme man who is suing because he says he suffers from debilitating headaches.

Law Firm Owner Arrested in Prostitution Sting

By Law Tribune Staff |

The head of a small criminal defense and personal injury law firm was among six people arrested Nov. 14 in an undercover prostitution sting in Southington.

Two More Well-Known Former Judges Pass Away

By Paul Sussman |

Judge Joseph Steinberg was perhaps known mostly for his work outside the courtroom, serving as a moderator for a Connecticut Public Television program. Judge John Maiocco Jr., meanwhile, also had an interesting non-legal career, serving in Bridgeport city politics and in the legislature before presiding for more than 30 years over criminal and civil cases in a Bridgeport courthouse.

Jury Returns $640,000 Verdict in High-Profile S&M Case

By Isaac Avilucea |

The estate of a disabled woman involved in a sadomasochistic relationship with a man she met online has been awarded nearly $640,000 by a jury following a lengthy trial. With offer of compromise interest added, the family of Caroline Kendall Kortner will receive more than $935,000.