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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.

Quinnipiac Law Students Combat Human Trafficking

By KAREN ALI |

Law students at Quinnipiac University are training hospitality workers how to identify and report signs of human trafficking.

Bill Cosby.

Law Profs Offer Theories for Cosby Outcome

By KAREN SLOAN |

The school year is over, but law professors were seemingly everywhere this weekend helping media outlets unpack the mistrial in Bill Cosby’s closely watched sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania.

Fujifilm Faces Patent Suit Over Mammogram Technology

By ROBERT STORACE |

In its federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut Monday, Hologic Inc. claims Fujifilm infringed five of its mammogram technology patents.

Deployed Takata air bag

Takata Faces Conn. Wrongful Death Suit Over Defective Air Bag

By ROBERT STORACE |

The lawsuit claims a Connecticut woman was seriously injured and killed when her air bag "exploded" during an accident.

Vineyard Vines

Retailer's Use of Vineyard Vines Trademark Leads to Legal Spat

By ROBERT STORACE |

The clothing company claims the retailer is not an authorized distributor of its products, and is illegally using the company's pink whale trademark.

Day Pitney's summer associate class of 2017

Day Pitney Welcomes Summer Associate Class

Day Pitney has announced the arrival of its summer associate class of 2017. Five law students are working as residents in the firm's Hartford and Stamford offices for 10 weeks. Four others are working out of the firm's Parsippany, New Jersey, office.

Attorney Adrian Baron

Lawyer Nets $125,000 Settlement for His Mother Injured in Crash

By ROBERT STORACE |

Adrian Baron said he usually recommends not representing family members, but this case was different.

Overdoses killed more than 900 Connecticut residents last year.

Legislators Ask Lawyers for Help With Deadly Crisis

By MICHAEL MARCIANO |

With Connecticut ranked third in the nation in the rate of fatal opioid overdoses, legislators are asking attorneys to speak up and try to help reverse the worsening public health nightmare.

Connecticut Supreme Court.

Hooray to State Supreme Court's Equal Protection for Attorneys

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

In its recently released decision in "Disciplinary Counsel v. Elder," the Connecticut Supreme Court did the bar of this state a great service by quite properly ending the risk that an attorney facing a grievance complaint could end up defending an ancient claim made impossible to defend by the passage of time.

President Donald Trump

Connecticut Taxpayers Could Suffer Under Trump Proposal

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

The lost revenue from doubling the standard deductions would be funded by part of the increased revenue from eliminating the deduction for local and state taxes.

George T. Holler, founder of Milford, Conn.-based Holler Law Firm

Holler Wins National Leadership Award

Milford-based Holler Law Firm managing attorney George T. Holler received the October Research 2017 Leadership Award at the National Settlement Services Summit in San Antonio, Texas.

Alex Jones being interviewed by Megyn Kelly of NBC News.

Sandy Hook Victims' Families Getting Too Much Deference

By Chris Powell |

Deference to the families of the schoolchildren and educators murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in 2012 has gone much too far.

Alex Jones and Megyn Kelly

After Alex Jones Interview, Lawyers Dismiss Odds for Sandy Hook Lawsuit

By ROBERT STORACE |

An attorney representing several of the families of Sandy Hook victims vaguely threatened legal action in a letter urging NBC not to air Jones' interview with Megyn Kelly.

Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), speaking at the Financial Services Roundtable in Washington, D.C., on the subject of “Financial Regulation: What to Expect Next from the Trump Administration and Congress,” on June 21, 2017.

Trump and Cordray Are 'Two Bulls Circling Each Other,' GOP Lawmaker Says

By C. Ryan Barber |

Financial Services Roundtable hosted a regulatory reform panel Wednesday in Washington, where Covington & Burling partner John Dugan, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer of the House Financial Services Committee, and others offered observations about what's happening, and what's next.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Tensions Between Government Investigations and Attorney-Client Confidentiality

By SHARI KLEVENS and RANDY EVANS, Dentons |

What would you do if the FBI, or some other government agency, came knocking on your door asking questions about a client who is of interest, but not yet the subject of a formal investigation? Do you disclose details of your client's business? Do you show them financial documents and legal files?

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

Virtual Currency 'Miners' Ordered to Pay $12.4 Million

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

A Ponzi scheme involving online currency has come to a crashing halt with two Connecticut technology companies hit with a $12.4 million default judgment.

Richard Hayber of The Hayber Law Firm

FedEx Picks Up New Overtime Lawsuit From Drivers

By ROBERT STORACE |

The suit claims FedEx is illegally avoiding paying overtime by claiming delivery drivers are really employed by companies called independent service providers.

Three Tips for Avoiding Social Media Conflicts

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens, Dentons US |

While social media can be a valuable marketing tool, careless attorneys can undermine the benefits of social media in the time it takes to tweet.

Actor Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 5, 2017. in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo)

Cosby Case Ends in Mistrial, DA Plans Retrial This Year

By Lizzy McLellan |

Capping more than five days of jury deliberations and years of debate in the court of public opinion, Bill Cosby's criminal trial ended in mistrial on Saturday, after a Pennsylvania jury failed reach a verdict on charges that he sexually assaulted Andrea Constand. 

Bench Trial Clears Attorney of Mishandling Estate Eviction

By ROBERT STORACE |

A Stamford Superior Court judge ruled there was nothing wrong with the way attorney Thomas Drew handled the eviction proceedings.

Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch walks down the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court after his Investiture ceremony on June 15, 2017.

When It Comes to Judges, Style Matters

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

In deciding specific cases, judges often need to decide what complex or vague rules mean for similar cases. If the public can read an opinion and say, "Aha, now I know what that rule means," the rule of law is greatly enhanced.

Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of a shooting near a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot at a congressional baseball practice. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Connecticut Reacts to Va. Gun Attack as SCOTUS Confers Over Restrictions

By Michael Marciano and Marcia Coyle |

As FBI investigators sought to clarify the motive behind Wednesday's brazen shooting attack on congressional Republicans during practice for a charity baseball game in Virginia, key voices in Connecticut's gun-control debate sounded off Thursday, while the U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled to confer over a challenge to concealed-carry restrictions in California.

Legal Requiem for a Heavyweight

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

The bar of the state of Connecticut lost a legendary figure with the recent death of Raymond W. Ganim of Stratford. Few, if any, lawyers had his record for success in a courtroom, particularly in state and federal criminal cases.

Mark Dubois

The More Things Change ...

By MARK DUBOIS |

I feel like I'm caught is some weird, warped time loop — reliving, again and again, spectacular lawyer self-destructions. The last few weeks brought press reports of guilty pleas from several of our brethren. Change the names, and they could be any one of many, many I've seen before.

Xavier Pryor

Woman Injured in Emergency Exit Sues United Airlines

By ROBERT STORACE |

The lawsuit claims flight staff were negligent in failing to provide proper instructions when telling passengers to jump 6 feet off the plan.

Wiggin and Dana Welcomes 7 Summer Associates

Wiggin and Dana has announced the arrival of its 2017 summer associate class. The group is composed of six second-year law students, and one first-year law student who will split his time between Wiggin and Dana and the Yale-New Haven Health System.

James O. Ruane of Ruane Attorneys, Shelton, Connecticut.

Top Connecticut DUI Lawyer Eyes Pace of Change

By ROBERT STORACE |

An expert on DUI law in Connecticut, James O. Ruane has been an early adopter of the latest technology in defending Connecticut residents in DUI cases since 1988.

Harry Mazadoorian

Part II: Making Critical Decisions During Mediation

By HARRY N. MAZADOORIAN |

Early ex parte communications are permitted in mediation, and they can be extremely productive.

John R. Williams

JetBlue Sued Over Conn. Woman's Allergic Reaction to Dogs

By ROBERT STORACE |

The lawsuit claims the woman needed to be hospitalized after the airline ignored her requests for medical accommodations aboard a flight.

Keith Murray of Ansonia, Connecticut

Former Student Hit by Car Passing Stopped School Bus Gets $420K

By ROBERT STORACE |

The student's attorney claimed video of the accident showed the driver was doing twice the speed limit at the time of the accident.

Bushmaster AR15

Sandy Hook Families Claim Gun Makers 'Distorting' Negligent Entrustment Doctrine

By ROBERT STORACE |

The attorneys representing the Sandy Hook families in their lawsuit against gun manufacturers Remington and Bushmaster went after the gun makers' legal claims in their latest court filings, accusing them of being inaccurate, misleading and distorting the real meaning of negligent entrustment.

The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut. It was the home of Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) from 1874 to 1891.

Former Publicist With Anxiety Claims Mark Twain House Illegally Fired Him

By ROBERT STORACE |

The former museum employee claims he was fired after taking six weeks of leave to treat his anxiety.

From left, Quinnipiac Law School Dean Jennifer Brown, Ms. USA Universal Kristina Marinkovich, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Miss USA Princess Mara DeLuco and Mrs. USA Universal Kimberly Beaudoin celebrated the 2017 National High School Mock Trial Championship coming to Hartford during a visit to Dunkin Donuts Stadium, home of the Hartford Yard Goats baseball team.

Civics First Pulls Off National Mock Trial Event in Hartford

By MICHAEL MARCIANO |

Hundreds of students, volunteers, attorneys and judges took part in the National High School Mock Trial Championship hosted by Civics First in Hartford recently.

Michael Marciano, Bureau Chief, Connecticut Law Tribune/American Lawyer Media.

Marciano Settles Into Role as Law Tribune Bureau Chief

Connecticut-bred journalist Michael Marciano is the newest bureau chief at the Connecticut Law Tribune, a post he assumed in mid-March. He has previously covered news, entertainment and sports in Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven counties, most recently as managing editor of the New Britain Herald and Bristol Press newspapers.

Home-Schooled Children Don't Escape Regulation

By DEBORAH G. STEVENSON |

It is unfortunate that before the Connecticut Law Tribune's editorial board published the article "It's Time To Regulate Home Schooling" the board did not reach out to those who know the most and have the facts about home schooling. Had the board done so, it certainly would have been more informed, and the article published would have reflected more accurately existing history, law and custom.

US. District Judge Alfred V. Covello

Attorney Faces Prison for Ponzi Scheme That Used Client Funds

By ROBERT STORACE |

Peter Ressler, a former partner with Groob, Ressler & Mulqueen in New Haven, pleaded guilty to stealing funds from clients in what prosecutors called a Ponzi scheme.

Judge Cites Cruelty in Threats Against Sandy Hook Victim's Dad

By Curt Anderson |

U.S. District Judge James Cohn lectures a woman about "alternative facts" and sends her to prison after she admits sending threatening messages.

Joseph M. Porto, Parrett, Porto, Parese & Colwell partner

Pre-Existing Arthritis or Crash Injuries? Jury Sides With Conn. Man Over Liberty Mutual

By ROBERT STORACE |

The jury awarded the man $199,843 after he was injured in a crash with an underinsured driver.

Paul Clement of Kirkland & Ellis

Paul Clement, NRA File to Appear in Sandy Hook Litigation

By ROBERT STORACE |

The conservative-leaning Clement has been a go-to attorney for the NRA on gun issues.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Guarding Against Misconduct, Mistakes and Ethical Violations

By SHARI KLEVENS AND RANDY EVANS |

Law firms cannot be expected to micromanage employees, and instead they rely on attorneys and staff members to perform their duties in a legal or ethical manner. However, while firms may be confident that employees will conform their behavior to applicable standards, there are inevitably times when even those most outwardly competent employees may conduct themselves with less-than-perfect ethics or otherwise make a mistake.

Trucker Gets $425,000 Verdict for Wrongful Termination

By ROBERT STORACE |

The driver claimed he was fired after refusing to haul a load that exceeded federal weight limits.

State Announces Disciplinary Matters for April

The state Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel has announced the following actions for the month of April.

It's Time to Examine Regulating Home Schooling

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

Home schooling can be successful and healthy, work well for many families and should be an educational option available to parents. There are, however, instances of abusive or neglectful parents who are able to hide their mistreatment of their children because they home-school.

Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut.

News Media Should Be Helpful to DCF

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

Since 1965, Connecticut has had a statute designed "to require the reporting of suspected child abuse or neglect" to the Connecticut Department of Children and Families by certain individuals who care for or interact with children.

Adam Levitt, DiCello Levitt & Casey

Investors Claim Priceline Cheated Them by Hiding Acquisition

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

An investor in travel site Priceline.com's parent company has sued the company for allegedly defrauding it out of millions in investment opportunities.

Eric Wiechmann

Tips on Arbitration Advocacy, Part IV (Conclusion)

By Eric W. Wiechmann |

A quick way to lose credibility with the arbitrator is being too argumentative or trying to disparage opposing counsel or witnesses.

Making Critical Decisions in the Mediation Process

By Harry N. Mazadoorian |

As practitioners shift up to an expanded use of mediation and as increasingly sophisticated mediation nuances emerge, lawyers are faced with a wider range of decisions concerning how to proceed.

Danielle M. Bercury

Danielle Bercury Joins Brenner, Saltzman & Wallman

Brenner, Saltzman & Wallman has hired Danielle M. Bercury as a senior associate in its real estate and land use practice groups.

Safeco Reaches $100,000 Settlement in Wake of Accident

By Robert Storace |

Allstate could also face a lawsuit over another $150,000 tied to an underinsured motorist policy.

US. District Court Judge Alfred V. Covello.

Federal Courts Push to End Conn. Prisoner Civil Rights Backlog

By Robert Storace |

Nearly a quarter of the civil cases that are at least three years old are prisoner civil rights cases, many of which involve pro se representation.

David Quatrella

Attorney Gets Prison for Insurance Fraud

By ROBERT STORACE |

U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson handed down the sentence to 62-year-old David Quatrella, who pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

This was the scene of C. Andrew Riley’s Pomfret home after a fire gutted it in February 2009. While the town’s fire marshal concluded the fire was accidental, Traveler’s Insurance maintained that Riley set his own house on fire with a kerosene heater, which was found nearby. Traveler’s refused to pay for the damages and a jury awarded Riley $1.5 million. The state’s Appellate Court upheld that verdict this week..

Appeals Court Upholds $1M Emotional Distress Verdict

By Robert Storace |

C. Andrew Riley sued Travelers for breach of contract and negligent infliction of emotional distress for failing to cover his losses after a 2009 house fire.

Target Settlement Is Million-Dollar Win for Connecticut AG

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen's Office scored a lead role in negotiating an $18.5 million settlement between 47 states and the Target Corp. over a massive data breach at the company that jeopardized as many as 100 million customers.

Ivo Labar, Kerr and Wagstaffe, San Francisco.

Hartford Insurance Must Face Calif. 'Lowballing' Class Action

By Greg Land |

A federal judge has certified a class of nearly 20,000 California policyholders represented by Kerr & Wagstaffe in a suit claiming routine underpayment of damaged property claims.

Conn. Attorney Suspended for Mortgage Fraud Scheme

By ROBERT STORACE |

Bradford Barneys was suspended for working as the attorney on behalf of the man who defrauded homeowners struggling with mortgage payments.

Robert E. Kaelin

Murtha Cullina Attorneys Elected to HCBA Board

Murtha Cullina partner Robert E. Kaelin has been elected the 83rd president of the Hartford County Bar Association (HCBA), the oldest bar association in the United States. Joining him on the board is fellow Murtha Cullina attorney Melissa A. Federico.

Eric Wiechmann

Tips on Arbitration Advocacy, Part III

By Eric W. Wiechmann |

As arbitration is meant to be relatively expeditious and inexpensive, arbitrators are generally reluctant to encourage or allow the use of prehearing motions. There are times when such motions may aid the process and should be considered. Motions in aid of prehearing exchange of information are often wanted but parties should confer with each other before contacting the arbitrator to see if there would be agreement on a discovery issue.

Mark Dubois

There Ought to Be a Rule ...

By Mark Dubois |

A number of recent events have brought me to the conclusion that we'd all be better off with a rule that makes it mandatory that someone who has a beef with a lawyer first bring their complaint to the attention of whatever judge, court, board or body that has jurisdiction over the matter before going to the grievance committee. Here are some examples and why this might be a good idea.

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

Fourth Amendment Exception Allows Customs to Search Personal Devices

By Joe Martini and James Glasser, Wiggin and Dana |

CBP agents can search cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices of those entering or leaving the country, regardless of citizenship.

Marc E. Kasowitz.

Trump Turns to Kasowitz, Rejecting DC Legal Vets

By David Bario |

In a characteristically unorthodox move, the president is reportedly poised to tap commercial litigator Marc Kasowitz to lead his personal legal team amid probes into his campaign’s alleged contacts with Russia.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Protecting Client Funds and Your Firm From Hackers

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens, Dentons US |

Cyberattacks can take many forms: phishing emails, greenmail attacks, Trojan Horses and others. Many law firms concerned about this issue focus primarily on safeguarding confidential information belonging to clients in an effort to meet their obligations under Rule 1.6 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. However, one recent trend in cyber scamming creates additional risks for attorneys: attacks that are targeted on law firm trust accounts.

Joseph R. Rossetti, an associate with the Middlebury law firm of Moore, O’Brien & Foti.

Motorcyclist Takes $1.3M Settlement in Crash Caught on Camera

By By ROBERT STORACE |

Jeffrey Cipriano, whose life was likely saved by his helmet, suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the crash.

Joe Lieberman.

Lieberman for FBI Gets Mixed Support From Conn. Attorneys

By Robert Storace |

Proponents of Lieberman's potential nominee as FBI director praised him for his independence. Opponents point out he is quick to placate to the president.

Michael Shea

Jury Orders Rabbi to Pay $20 Million for Sex Abuse

By Robert Storace |

The federal jury found Rabbi Daniel Greer was liable of civil chargers tied to the sexual abuse of a former student.

Eric Wiechmann

Tips on Arbitration Advocacy, Part II

By ERIC WIECHMANN |

One of the most important steps in ensuring an effective arbitration is to be fully prepared for the preliminary hearing that will be held by the arbitrators soon after they have been appointed.

Timothy P. Pothin of the New Haven firm of Faxon Law Group

Jury Ignores Cocaine Defense in $6.4M Accident Verdict

By ROBERT STORACE |

The key issue was whether cocaine allegedly used by the victim the night before was a factor in the fatal traffic accident.

Eric Seeger.

Connecticut Not Ripe for Major Firm M&A Activity

By MICHAEL MARCIANO |

Despite being home to many successful firms, Connecticut isn't particularly fertile ground for law firm mergers and acquisitions. The annual number of tie-ups never reaches double digits, according to consultant data, and experts seem to agree this trend will continue for the foreseeable future in the "Land of Steady Habits."

Charles Goetsch

Omnicare Settles 28-State Whistleblower Complaint for $8M

By Robert Storace |

The prescription drug company denied allegations that it falsely billed Medicaid and Medicare while agreeing to the settlement.

Joe Lieberman.

Shaghticoke Tribe: Sovereign Immunity Can't Get Conn. Out of $610M Case

By ROBERT STORACE |

The tribe claims it has standing to bring the lawsuit, which claims the state illegally took reservation land.

Legislature Votes Correctly Against Youth Conversion Therapy

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

We commend the state Legislature for its overwhelming vote in support of a ban on conversion therapy. This is about genetics; conversion therapy doesn't work and needed to be banned.

Not All Medical History Needs To Be Secret

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

If policymakers, out of a mistaken sense of delicacy, avoid setting reasonable limits on medical secrecy, the larger society will be worse off as a result.

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.

Gunmakers Urge Conn. Supreme Court to Toss Sandy Hook Case

By ROBERT STORACE |

Remington and Bushmaster claim the families lack standing to bring the liability lawsuit, and that they are protected by a federal law.

Sun Shade Backpack Beach Chair

Las Vegas Trade Show Ends in Conn. Patent Suit

By Robert Storace |

Rio Brands claims a competitor's product on display at the National Hardware Show violates its own patent for a beach chair that folds into a backpack.

(l-r) Michael Daly Hawkins, Ronald Gould, and Richard Paez.

What 9th Circuit Is Saying About Trump's New Travel Ban

By Ross Todd |

At the outset of the closely watched hearing, Circuit Judges Ronald Gould, Michael Daly Hawkins and Richard Pae kept their questions narrowly focused. But acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall was quickly called to defend Trump's motivation for the order and allegations that it discriminates against Muslims.

Stanley A. Twardy Jr.

5 Questions With Stanley Twardy Jr.: White-Collar Litigation and DOJ's Future

By ROBERT STORACE |

The Day Pitney partner discusses where he sees the Justice Department focusing its efforts going forward under Trump.

Robinson & Cole Lawyer Named National Insurance Fellow

Robinson & Cole lawyer Rhonda J. Tobin has been elected a fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.

U.S. Federal Courthouse in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Overtime Suit Seeks Backpay From 2 Conn. Hospitals

By ROBERT STORACE |

The prospective class action lawsuit would include advanced practice registered nurses and physician's assistants at Waterbury and St. Mary's hospitals.

Court Time Is Valuable — Don't Waste It

By Alexander J. Cuda and Yakov Pyetranker |

Connecticut's courts have long recognized the legal maxim that justice delayed is justice denied.

Eric Wiechmann

Suggestions for Effective Arbitration Advocacy, Part I

By ERIC WIECHMANN |

There is usually ample flexibility in working with the arbitrator in establishing an efficient process.

The Travelers Insurance Co. logo is displayed on the company's office building in Hartford, Connecticut.

Umbrella Logo Leads to Trademark Fight With Travelers

By ROBERT STORACE |

The insurance giant claims a Nashville financial management company is infringing its iconic red umbrella mark.

Dubois-Mark

Handicapping Disciplinary Cases

At best, handicapping our Supreme Court is an inexact science, but if several recent cases give any indication, I think the pendulum there is swinging in favor of attorneys in discipline matters.

Mother Accepts $1.2M Settlement in Death of 5-Year-Old Son

By ROBERT STORACE |

The boy was accidently struck and killed by his grandfather while playing in the driveway of his home.

Aetna

Aetna Class Action Granted for Denying Mental Health Claims

By ROBERT STORACE |

The insurance provider is accused of improperly denying claims for transcranial magnetic stimulation used to treat severe depression.

Support for Anti-SLAPP Legislation

Of the many laudable bills wending their way through the Judiciary Committee of our Legislature, one in particular deserves our attention and support. Senate Bill 981, An Act Concerning Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation And A Special Motion To Dismiss, is an attempt for Connecticut to join some 29 other states and the District of Columbia in having a so-called anti-SLAPP statute.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump — A Clear and Present Danger to America

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

On May 9, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the official who was leading a federal investigation into questionable, and possibly illegal, connections between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. The firing is eerily reminiscent of the "Saturday Night Massacre," the evening in October 1973 when President Nixon ordered the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox.

James Comey

What's Next For Ex-FBI Director James Comey?

By Cogan Schneier |

Citing his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey. His actions may weigh heavy on his future employment prospects, as big law firms may be wary of questions that would accompany his hiring. Still, as a prominent attorney with high-level experience in government and business, he may find a home at a law firm, as some other former FBI directors have.

Attorney Gets Prison Sentence for Bilking Clients of Nearly $1M

By ROBERT STORACE |

John O'Brien, 53, pleaded guilty to wire fraud in December for using funds from one client to pay debts owed to others.

Connecticut Supreme Court.

State Justices Rule Family Pet Doesn't Qualify as 'Service Dog'

By ROBERT STORACE |

The 7-0 decision overturned a Superior Court judge who ruled the dog, Mellow, qualified as an emotional support animal under federal laws.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Protecting Clients Through Joint Defense and Common Interest Agreements

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens, Dentons |

In many situations, co-defendants to a litigation may find that their interests are aligned and that they share a common goal: defeating the plaintiff's claims.

Connecticut Supreme Court.

State Justices Reverse Attorney Suspension

By ROBERT STORACE |

The trial judge was wrong to sanction Hartford attorney Joseph Elder because of a six-year statute of limitations for most attorney discipline cases, the high court ruled.

'Edible' Trademark Infringement Case Settled

By ​MICHAEL MARCIANO |

A trademark dispute between Wallingford-based Edible Arrangements and a New Hampshire-based company using "Edible" in its name has been settled.

Settlement Agreement That Released Insureds Doomed Plaintiff's Bid for Excess Policy Proceeds

By Steven A. Meyerowitz, Esq., Director, FC&S Legal |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ruled that a settlement agreement between insureds and a personal injury plaintiff that assigned the insureds’ rights against their excess insurer to the plaintiff, but that also released the insureds from liability, did not trigger the excess insurer’s duty to indemnify.

Richard Hayber of The Hayber Law Firm

After Two Hung Juries, Overtime Pay Suit Settles for $1.9M

By Robert Storace |

Both sides portrayed the deal as a win. The settlement, if approved in July, will end eight years of litigation.

inhaler for asthma

Fatal Asthma Attack Results in $290,000 Settlement

By Robert Storace |

The family of Marcial Torres claimed they were never notified that landscaping work involving mulch was being conducted at their apartment complex.

Jonathan H. Dodd of The Dodd Law Firm in Cheshire, CT.

Jury Awards Coca-Cola Deliveryman $855,408 for Fall

By Robert Storace |

Mauricio Boez suffered back injuries when he fell down the stairs in the basement of a Connecticut restaurant.

Attorney Zbigniew S. Rozbicki.

Lawyer Accused of Dissing Judges Says He Did Nothing Wrong

By Robert Storace |

Attorney Zbigniew S. Rozbicki told the Connecticut Supreme Court that none of the judges he allegedly insulted accused him of violating professional conduct rules.

Attorney Zbigniew S. Rozbicki.

Lawyer Accused of Dissing Judges Says He Did Nothing Wrong

By Robert Storace |

Attorney Zbigniew S. Rozbicki told the Connecticut Supreme Court that none of the judges he allegedly insulted accused him of violating professional conduct rules.

Linda Hadley, left, and Gerald Garlick, right, of Seiger Gfeller Laurie in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Seiger Gfeller Laurie Acquires Three-Lawyer Hartford Firm

By Michael Marciano |

West Hartford's Seiger Gfeller Laurie has acquired Krasow, Garlick & Hadley of Hartford, bringing on three attorneys and two staff.

Mark Dubois

Normalizing the Normal

By Mark Dubois |

I was reading an article in the New York Times a few days ago about how the death of Prince, without a will, highlighted the importance of estate planning. The story did an OK job of explaining how the laws of different jurisdictions make some things tricky and explained the consequences of doing things wrong. What was missing was any suggestion that folks should talk to a lawyer.

George Jepsen

Jepsen Fears Sandy Hook Ruling Undercuts CUTPA Standing

By Robert Storace |

In an amicus brief filed this week, the state attorney general urged the Connecticut Supreme Court to remand the case on the grounds that the Superior Court used the wrong gauge to measure whether the families of those killed in the shooting have standing to sue the gunmakers.

Dan Barrett

State ACLU Seeks Police-Commissioned Racial Profiling Traffic Study

By ROBERT STORACE |

The ACLU of Connecticut filed a Freedom of Information Act request April 26 to all Connecticut police departments seeking every alternative, police-commissioned study of traffic stop data.

Kevin Ferry

Woman Burned by Propane Heater Awarded $1.4 Million

By Michael Marciano |

An Avon woman has been awarded nearly $1.4 million for burns she suffered while standing near a propane heater at a bible camp in Warren.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Yale Students, Marine Vet Advance on VA Class Action

By ROBERT STORACE |

A decision this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has paved the way for attorneys to—for the first time ever—bring class action lawsuits on behalf of veterans.

Matthew Wagner and Jane Christie of Diserio Martin O'Connor & Castiglioni

Conn. Copyright Right Bolstered by Cheerleader Uniform Decision

By ROBERT STORACE |

A case involving copyrighted images of nail polish bottles stitched onto bags has ties to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in "Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands."

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

US Supreme Court Overrules Connecticut on Sovereign Immunity

By Robert Storace |

The unanimous decision to overturn a Connecticut Supreme Court decision hinged on whether a tribe’s limousine driver was entitled to sovereign immunity in a personal injury claim.

Connecticut Supreme Court.

Bad-Mouthing Lawyer Readies for Conn. Supreme Court Hearing

By ROBERT STORACE |

The appeal of Zbigniew Rozbicki is among eight cases that will be heard by the court during its final term of the year.

Joanne Rapuano

Robinson & Cole Hires New Business Attorney

Hartford's Robinson & Cole has hired Joanne J. Rapuano to serve as counsel in the firm's business litigation and manufacturing industry groups, with a focus on international trade, federal regulatory compliance matters and government enforcement.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Litigating Debt Collections May Subject You to Liability

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

Enacted in 1977 as an amendment to the Consumer Credit Protection Act, the FDCPA bans a "debt collector" from engaging in deceptive and abusive debt collection practices.

Deadline Extended: Connecticut Legal Awards

The Connecticut Law Tribune is accepting nominations in seven categories The Law Tribune is seeking nominees for its third annual Professional Excellence Awards.

Lawyer Gets 6-Year Suspension for 3rd Drunken Driving Offense

By ROBERT STORACE |

Jasmin Rojas was a labor lawyer who previously clerked for several Connecticut Superior Court judges.

Mark Dubois

Attorney's Imprisonment Should Serve as Lesson

By MARK DUBOIS |

Attorney Corey Brinson is going to prison, and that's a shame.

Kimberly Sudnick of the Haymond Law Firm in Hartford

Motorcyclist Struck by Pickup Truck Settles for $1.5M

By ROBERT STORACE |

The driver of the truck struck a bicyclist in a similar accident the year before.

Former IBM Director Takes $15M Accident Settlement

By Jason Grant |

The woman was in a crosswalk when she was struck by a delivery truck driven by a contracted employee.

Essex Financial Adviser Banned Over Securities Violations

By Robert Storace |

John W. Rafal attempted to conceal secret and improper referral payments.

Conn. 'Collaborative' Seeks Shift in Dispute Resolution

By Michael Marciano |

A satisfying expression for litigants may be "see you in court," but seasoned attorneys and judges will acknowledge some matters are better resolved before they end up on the docket.

Daniel Petroskey of the Law Office of Eugene DeFronzo in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Low-Speed Accident Settles for $390,000

By Robert Storace |

Two people injured in the rear-end collision initially sought $575,000 for medical costs.

State of Connecticut Superior Court Raymond E. Baldwin Courthouse in Middletown, Connecticut.

Law Firm Claims Managing Member Pilfered $2M in Profits

By Robert Storace |

McHugh, Chapman & Vargas filed the lawsuit in Superior Court against Sean McHugh.

University of Connecticut School of Law professor Alexandra Lahav

Litigation Gets Bad Rap, UConn Law Prof Argues

By KAREN ALI |

The idea for "In Praise of Litigation" came to University of Connecticut School of Law professor Alexandra Lahav when she went looking for a book to recommend to her students on the benefits of litigation, and came up empty.

Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut

Law Profs Say Gun Makers Should Be Liable for Sandy Hook Shooting

By ROBERT STORACE |

Professors from some of the nation’s top law schools filed an amicus brief with the Connecticut Supreme Court saying case law clearly shows negligent entrustment applies, even in cases involving guns.

Harry Mazadoorian

Quinnipiac and Bar Association Event Knocks It Out of the Park

By By HARRY MAZADOORIAN |

Increasingly sophisticated and readily available early processes have proven themselves to be highly effective, but they need to be further developed and refined in both the administrative and legislative arenas.

U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden of the District of Connecticut

Town Accused of Using Tax, Zoning Laws to Block Home for Disabled

By By ROBERT STORACE |

The lawsuit claims a home that was supposed to house six men with mental disabilities was forced to close its doors after the town violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act.

Joseph Rossetti of the Middlebury-based law firm Moore, O'Brien & Foti.

Man Awarded $1.4M After Roofing Accident

By ROBERT STORACE |

The award was reduced to $977,802 after the jury also found the man partially responsible for falling off a ladder while examining a roof covered in ice and snow.

Von Sanborn of Day Pitney.

Five Questions: Von Sanborn on Art Law, Insurance and the IRS

By Robert Storace |

Sanborn, an art attorney, recently joined Day Pitney in Hartford.

Allie Jacobs, left, and Silas Levine, right.

Sexual Orientation and Title VII: Defining Sex Discrimination

By SILAS LEVINE and ALLIE JACOBS |

No federal law expressly prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. However, recent judicial trends have given credibility to the argument that such a prohibition exists within Title VII.

Jessica Wragg, left, and Padric F.S. Noonan, right.

Contractually Shortening Employee Filing Periods for Workplace Claims

By JESSICA Z. WRAGG and PADRIC F.S. NOONAN |

Connecticut employment attorneys can easily recite the operative filing periods for the most common claims of discrimination that stem from terminations: 180 days under Connecticut's Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA) and 300 days under applicable federal anti-discrimination laws (Title VII and ADA).

Pamela Moore

Take Care When Offering Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation

By PAMELA MOORE |

One of the thorniest legal issues facing employers today involves employee requests to telecommute.

MARY A. GAMBARDELLA and CHRISTINE SALMON WACHTER

When Water Cooler Talk Gets Political

By MARY A. GAMBARDELLA and CHRISTINE S. WACHTER |

There can be no doubt that the recent presidential election was extraordinarily divisive, causing real friction between even the closest friends and relatives.

Robert Brody, left, and Katherine Bogard

EEOC Updates Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

By ROBERT G. BRODY and KATHERINE M. BOGARD |

At the end of last year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for the first time in 14 years updated its Guidance on national origin discrimination.

Social Media Video Leads to Copyright Fight

By ROBERT STORACE |

A clothing and accessories company claims another business stole a video posted on Facebook to promote sales of an incense burner.

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

Electrocuted Trespasser's Suit Against Metro-North Moves Forward

By MICHAEL MARCIANO |

A federal judge in Connecticut has declined to dismiss a suit against Metro-North Commuter Railroad Co. and associated defendants on behalf of a man who was electrocuted while trespassing on railroad property.

Lawyer A. Twillie II of Hartford-based The Haymond Law Firm

Man Hit by Driver Changing Car Radio Awarded $46,722

By ROBERT STORACE |

The jury deliberated for six hours before handing down the award to a man who suffered injuries to his back, arms, legs and chest in a rear-end collision.

Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Gregory T. D’Auria

Newest State Supreme Court Justice Seen as Consensus Builder

By ROBERT STORACE |

This marks the first time Justice Gregory D'Auria has sat on a bench, but he does bring more than two decades of experience working for the state attorney general.

U.S. District Court in Hartford, Connecticut.

Sporting Good Supplier Sues to Block Threatened Patent Suit

By ROBERT STORACE |

The patent fight is tied to a shelter people can use to stay out of the weather during outdoor games.

Technology a Double-Edged Sword for Conn. Firms

By MICHAEL MARCIANO |

Representatives of some of Connecticut's top firms said they enjoyed positive growth last year and are striving for greater successes, despite a national trend toward self-representation, spurred by rapid technological advances.

Connecticut Supreme Court.

Food Delivery Drivers Covered by Minimum Wage, Court Rules

By ROBERT STORACE |

The Connecticut Supreme Court rejected an argument that the drivers should be exempt from the $10.10 minimum wage law because they can receive tips.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Who Can Sue Independent Counsel?

By J. RANDOLPH EVANS and SHARI L. KLEVENS |

When disputes arise out of an attorney's handling of a legal matter, the parties involved are generally the attorney and the client. It is a basic concept that attorneys are only liable to their clients for their errors and omissions. But, as is the case with most rules, there can be gray areas.

U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden of Connecticut

Aetna Sued for Axing Woman's Long-Term Disability Policy

By ROBERT STORACE |

The woman claims the insurance provider ended her policy after she was diagnosed with a degenerative disease.

Mark Dubois

Judging the Judges

By MARK DUBOIS |

When testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Neil Gorsuch pointed out that judges are supposed to be more than politicians wearing robes. Amen to that. Unfortunately, in most of the country, where trial and appellate judges and justices are elected, too many times they are just that.

Michael Shea

'No Deal' on Sherwin-Williams Separation Pact, Judge Rules

By MICHAEL MARCIANO |

U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea has rejected an effort by Sherwin-Williams to use an unsigned separation agreement as the basis to dismiss a former employee's race discrimination and retaliation suit.

The Ripple Rug

Cat Toy Infomercial Leads to 'Bait-and-Switch' Lawsuit

By ROBERT STORACE |

The makers of the Ripple Rug claim a competing company didn't even bother to remove their trademark before selling their cat toy in infomercials.

Joel Faxon

Move to Freeze Assets Marks Start of Human Trafficking Litigation

By ROBERT STORACE |

The request to freeze $10 million in assets is meant to serve as an insurance policy for the alleged victims caught up in the trafficking ring.

Harry Mazadoorian

Connecticut Must Adopt Revised Arbitration Law

By By Harry N. Mazadoorian |

It's time to bring our state arbitration act to the next level and the RUAA provides the mechanism to do that.

Scaffolding Collapse Ends in $3.6M Jury Verdict

By Robert Storace |

A Superior Court judge will hear a motion to set aside the verdict next week, with both sides pledging to appeal if they lose.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Enforceable and Effective Attorney-Client Agreements

By J. RANDOLPH EVANS AND SHARI L. KLEVENS |
U.S. Federal Courthouse in Bridgeport, Connecticut

NHTSA Safety Recall Sparks Breach of Contract Suit

By ROBERT STORACE |

The maker of the Terex Hi-Ranger, a truck with a hydraulic platform used to lift people into the air, claims a supplier's part can fail, which poses a safety hazard to anyone suspended in the air.

President Donald Trump

10 States Sue Trump Administration for Delaying Energy Rules

By Robert Storace |

The predominantly blue states include New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and California.

'Simms' Rule on Appellate Procedure Must Be Undone

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

The experience of the 23 years since ‘Simms’ shows it to be a disaster.

Tobacco Cases Missed Chances to Update Tort Law

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

Perhaps Izzarelli, which was an oddball factually, was not the most appropriate case to decide whether the Restatement (Third) should apply, but Bifolck, which was a case about ordinary cigarettes, certainly was.

Waterbury solo practitioner Leslie Gold McPadden

Attorney Accused of Poaching Clients From Former Firm

By ROBERT STORACE |

Attorney Leslie Gold McPadden is accused of soliciting three clients as she left Biller, Sachs, Raio & Zito. She claims the clients wanted to leave with her.

Judge Janet Bond Arterton

Man Denied Jobs Over Alleged False Report Files Federal Suit

By ROBERT STORACE |

A New Britain man who was denied job opportunities at two well-known businesses because a consumer reporting agency allegedly sent his prospective employers information detailing a false criminal background has filed a federal lawsuit.

Attorney Owes $447K for Chopping Down Neighbor's Forest

By ROBERT STORACE |

Attorney Jon B. Biller was seeking a better view of the Connecticut River. Instead, he was hit with a six-figure judgment after a judge ruled he should have known an old property easement did not apply to him.

Pamela Cameron of Moore, O’Brien & Foti

Delayed Glaucoma Diagnosis Ends in $2.2M Jury Verdict

By ROBERT STORACE |

Two ophthalmologists testified that Opticare Eye Health Centers repeatedly failed to order a test that would have diagnosed a Connecticut woman's glaucoma, a disease that eventually caused partial blindness.

As Connecticut Considers Expanding Marijuana Laws, Attorneys Watch DOJ

By ROBERT STORACE |

While some attorneys fear the Justice Department will crack down on states with legalized marijuana laws, few believe it will target attorneys who specialize in the field.

Immigration

Detention and Deportation Will Open Foster Care Floodgates

We hope that child safety will remain a bipartisan issue in Congress, and that there will be bipartisan support for enforcing immigration law in a way that is not only humane, but that also upholds the safety and well-being of children.

Michael Skakel, left, Father Abbott Joseph Boyle, center, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at the Benedictine Trappist monastery.

5 Questions: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Talks Environmental Law, Skakel Murder

By ROBERT STORACE |

As Kennedy prepares to step down after 34 years at Pace University Law School, he discusses the future of environmental litigation under a Trump administration and his thoughts on the murder conviction of his cousin, Michael Skakel.

Mark Dubois

Jacoby & Meyers Case—Not Only Unsuccessful but Moot, Too

By MARK DUBOIS |

The Second Circuit just put to rest Jacoby & Meyers' lawsuit challenging New York's prohibition in Rule 5.4 on nonlawyer investment in law firms. It's not surprising, as the challenge seemed fatally flawed in some respects

Donald Trump

Yale Clinic Leads Legal Fight to Unseal Docket Tied to Trump Associates

By Robert Storace |

The underlying docket involves alleged ties between Felix H. Sater, the Russian mafia and Trump insiders.

Monte Frank

Lawyers Warn Against 'Devastating' Cuts to Legal Services

By Michael Marciano |

Stunned by the news that President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget provides for completely eliminating federal funding for the nation's main source of legal aid for low-income litigants, members of Connecticut's legal aid community are taking the proposal seriously.

Lowe’s at 50 Boston Post Rd., Orange, Connecticut

Lowe's Suit Claims Shopper Suffered Traumatic Brain Injury

By ROBERT STORACE |

A Connecticut woman claims the store failed to keep its sidewalk clear of snow and ice, which caused her to slip and fall.

Law Tribune Seeks Submissions for Employment Law Special Section

The Law Tribune is seeking articles for a special supplement on employment law, which is scheduled to be published next month.

Connecticut Supreme Court.

A Look at the State Supreme Court Session That Kicks Off Monday

By ROBERT STORACE |

The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear 15 cases, including several criminal matters and two that deal with liability related to severe illnesses, in its seventh session, which begins on Monday and ends April 6. The eighth and final session of the court's season begins on May 1.

Kelly Reardon

$880K Settlement Reached in Nurse's New London Car Crash Case

By ROBERT STORACE |

Attorneys for a 31-year-old Ledyard woman and the city of New London have agreed to an $880,000 settlement package in the wake of a rear-end collision that left the woman partially disfigured.

The White House

Freedom of the Press Will Trump Excess and Abuse

"Don’t tread on me" should not be confused with treading on the press.

Mind the Line Between Jury Research and Tampering

Thorough and exhaustive research to learn more than the limited information a juror provides about himself is not only the lawyer’s right, it is his obligation. But ex parte attempts to influence an entire pool of potential jurors is to be condemned in the strongest terms.

Connecticut U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant

Navy Veteran Sues Connecticut VA for Missing Cancer Diagnosis

By ROBERT STORACE |

The lawsuit, which seeks $5 million, says the veteran's health history should have raised red flags prompting his doctor to seek a biopsy months sooner than he did.