There's a loophole in Connecticut law that rankles attorney John Klar.
Some lawyers are quietly voicing concerns that under Connecticut Practice Book rules they may be engaged in the unauthorized practice of law if they live in Connecticut but are licensed exclusively in New York.
The movie "Spotlight" tells the story of the Boston Globe's investigation into sexual abuse of children by priests. Its release has refocused the general public on a scandal that, by some measures, reached its peak nearly a decade ago.
Connecticut has reached a $90,000 settlement with Hartford Hospital and a contractor over allegations that private patient information was compromised three years ago, leaving nearly 9,000 residents to worry if that data had gotten into the wrong hands.
Think about Ferguson, Missouri, think about George Zimmerman, and then think about stereotyping. One would hope this is not an issue in the family courts.
Family lawyers should embrace early mediation as a creative tool that makes them more attractive to clients and helps them cast a net for a wider client base.
In this past year, the state Supreme Court family law decision that most departed from its predecessors was Dan v. Dan, 315 Conn. 1 (2014), a postjudgment alimony modification case.
Family cases almost always involve private matters that at least one party would prefer not to make public.
Understandably, there are occasions in a marriage when one spouse is unaware of certain income earned by the other spouse, or situations when moneys provided by one spouse to pay taxes are misappropriated by the other spouse. It is for these legitimate situations that the "innocent spouse" regulations of the IRC were implemented through three forms of relief: innocent spouse relief, separation of liability and equitable relief.
There is absolutely no need for mandatory continuing legal education in Connecticut. For many years, the state has had one of the most educated bars in the United States.
Felice Duffy didn't know it at the time, but her law career was set on course when she was 18 years old.
The retaining wall was constructed as a part of a federally funded Streetscape Project, which was designed to promote pedestrian safety and make easier to walk to businesses in the Redding section of Georgetown.
Not long ago, the 23 service plazas along Connecticut's highways were shabby and out-of-date. Kevin Nursick, a state Department of Transportation spokesman, said they were "dilapidated hellholes. They were dungeons. They were disgusting."
David L. Hall, co-chairman of Wiggin and Dana's cybersecurity group, was an assistant U.S. attorney who helped bring a Chinese software pirate to justice.
A Washington Post article published earlier this year, written by a Stanford law professor and supported by Bureau of Labor statistics, announced that "law is the least diverse profession in the nation."
For frustrated computer users, Click4Support seemed like a godsend.
The state's latest budget reduction proposals would include the closing of court facilities in Meriden and Bristol.
Any attorneys who would like to add guardian ad litem work to their practice need to undergo training first, but the state hasn't offered it in two years and no new trainings are scheduled.
As a scoutmaster in Ridgefield in the 1960s and 1970s, Donald Dennis went on frequent camping trips with young boys. And, according to a Stamford attorney, he molested them time and time again. One young scout was allegedly assaulted more than 1,000 times.
Calls for reform sounded as claims commissioner misses dozens of deadlines.
When, during public comments last month, FBI Director James Comey linked increased scrutiny of police conduct to an increase in violent crime, the White House almost immediately fired back that there was no evidence to back up his assertion.
Leonard Orland taught at the University of Connecticut School of Law for more than 30 years. He recently came back to his old stomping grounds to reveal what he has been up to in his retirement years.
A woman who was involved in a head-on car crash and sustained multiple injuries, including a severely fractured wrist and several herniated discs, has been awarded $1.4 million by a jury in Litchfield County.
Tanya Bovée has been named the new managing shareholder in the Hartford office of Jackson Lewis, a national firm whose 800 attorneys represent management in employment matters.
I imagine John Grisham, the best-selling author of plot-driven legal thrillers, channel surfing late one night on his 100-plus-acre farm in Oxford, Mississippi, and settling on an episode of "Better Call Saul."
About 50 workers who were not physically injured in the 2010 explosion at Middletown's Kleen Energy power plant, but who lost their jobs in the aftermath of the blast, will not be allowed to sue for lost wages, according to a unanimous state Supreme Court ruling.
A Connecticut federal judge's ruling will allow the discrimination lawsuit of a supermarket manager to move forward.
Stephen Krawitz has never been licensed to practice in Connecticut. Nevertheless, he's been disbarred by a state judge.
I am staging an intervention.
Should police officers and firefighters be permitted to sue people they encounter in the line of duty for negligent acts?
A Stamford law firm is suing two lawyers from Bridgeport's Ganim family, claiming it deserves a bigger share of the $2.55 million in attorney fees from personal injury litigation that ultimately settled for $10.65 million.
Seventeen former Boy Scouts have filed a lawsuit on claiming they were sexually assaulted by a Ridgefield troop master in the 1960s and 1970s.
Plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases are generally good candidates for structured settlements because such cases often involve a need to replace future income loss, a concomitant loss of future benefits such as retirement plans and a need to finance future medical needs or cash flow needs.
The tort system is frequently criticized for the unpredictability of its judgments, the stinginess (or, some say, profligacy) of its awards, and the slow pace, exorbitant cost and adversarial nature of its operation.
There can be no greater blight to the pursuit of justice. Unfortunately, it is apparent that some witnesses do not take the obligation of an oath seriously.
All residents of nursing homes in Connecticut are protected by a bill of rights specifically enumerated in Connecticut General Statutes §19a-550. This statute allows for both compensatory and punitive damages for its violation.
Measuring the value of a person's life, and the appropriate damages for the loss of that life, raises many ethical and philosophical dilemmas.
Who better than doctors and medical-malpractice carriers to create alternative medical excuses for avoiding 100 percent responsibility?
The constant refrain from politicians, doctors and the health care industry is that medical malpractice litigation is out of control.
Gov. Dannel Malloy's recent budget reduction proposals would include the closing of two state courthouses — facilities in Meriden and Bristol.
Competition for school district and college legal business continues to heat up in Connecticut with one of the state's largest law firms announcing another expansion of its education law practice.
The victim's family requested that Douglas Davis receive the maximum prison term, as did the prosecutor. But the other person who agreed that Davis deserved 25 years in prison came as a surprise.
Some lawyers are quietly voicing concerns that under Connecticut Practice Book rules they may be engaged in the unauthorized practice of law if they live in Connecticut but are licensed exclusively in New York.
When Gov. Dannel Malloy recently announced ambitious plans for juvenile justice reform, he said he wanted to start a conversation. And while there seems to be little consensus on his proposals, there is certainly plenty of discussion.
The family of a firefighter who died when he ran out of air while battling a house fire last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.
While many jurisdictions are reviewing solitary confinement's use, Connecticut is being used as a model. (The Department of Correction uses the term "administrative segregation.")
Two years ago, it appeared the sordid saga of Douglas Perlitz was winding down.
Families of three U.S. Army soldiers have filed a lawsuit against Sikorsky Aircraft.
A New Milford school board member has turned to the state Freedom of Information Commission to try to get the information, in a case which likely will impact whether school districts around the state have to release this data.
Gov. Dannel Malloy recently announced two new criminal justice proposals, one of which examines how we treat people aged 18 to upward of 24 in our system.
Months before a judge sentenced Stamford attorney Christopher Brecciano to prison and ordered him to pay millions of dollars in restitution for his involvement in a mortgage fraud scheme, he sold his interest in a condominium for $1.
A federal judge has ruled that a deaf former employee at a Connecticut Walmart store can move forward with his claim that coworkers and supervisors mocked him about his disability during the nine months he was employed.
Lots of people I meet at cocktail parties and other events roll their eyes when I say that I work in lawyer ethics.
The question of whether a defendant should wear shackles while standing trial poses a conundrum for judges and lawyers.
This year, for the first time, we are honoring lawyers who, over the course of their outstanding careers, have left an indelible mark on the Connecticut legal community.
A Connecticut federal judge says the "isolated" use of the N-word in the workplace is not enough to create a hostile work environment.
Just south of the New York state border in New Canaan sits a long, flowing glass building that seemingly blends into the hillside. From above, it would look like a river twisting and turning with the natural terrain.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed a number of criminal justice reforms, including raising the age when criminal offenders are treated as juveniles and revamping the bail bond system so arrestees aren't incarcerated for low-level offenses while awaiting trial.
The Editorial Board of the Connecticut Law Tribune recently expressed a position in favor of universal background checks for gun buyers ("Enough Is Enough: Constitution Is No License to Kill," Oct. 19). I do not disagree with that premise.
A new proposal to require Connecticut attorneys to complete continuing legal education courses is under consideration.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut has named new leaders of units and task forces that combat political corruption, financial misdeeds, cybercrimes and terrorism. Additionally, the office has announced the formation of a new human trafficking task force which aims to crack down on sex trafficking of minors.
The family of a Connecticut man who died shortly after he was released from the police custody has reached a settlement for $150,000.
The nation recently marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which wiped out much of New Orleans and other communities along Louisiana and Mississippi's Gulf Coast, leading to physical devastation and many deaths, particularly among the underprivileged citizens of the region.
A Connecticut public defender who represents two former death row inmates is unhappy with continued efforts by prosecutors to persuade the state Supreme Court to reconsider a recent decision to abolish the death penalty in Connecticut.
State attorney disciplinary officials are seeking an interim suspension for a Southbury attorney, claiming he collected exorbitant fees of more than $3 million while acting as executor and trustee for a now deceased client's estate.
If the recently argued case of Foster v. Chatman teaches anything, it is that there probably is no fail-safe way to police the conduct of lawyers during jury selection.
After his 17-year-old son died in a car crash, questions haunted attorney Timothy Hollister in the months that followed.
Respect for the judiciary is a battle that has been fought since Chief Justice Marshall's decision in Marbury v. Madison.
After a while, Nicole Walsh felt she had taken enough abuse.
A woman who was seriously injured in a car accident has been awarded nearly $200,000 by a Hartford jury after suing the bar she claims served alcohol to her noticeably intoxicated friend.
Yale Law School students who are trying to help military veterans are continuing to do battle with the U.S. Defense Department.
If you buy a book on Amazon, its "you-might-like" algorithm sends you a list of others that you might find interesting.
The Stamford-based law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell has expanded to the north by opening up offices in Waterbury and Danbury.
Ever since the death penalty was abolished in Connecticut, appellate lawyers in the Chief State's Attorney's Office have taken ambitious and unprecedented steps to keep it alive for the 11 men who were still on death row when State v. Santiago was decided.
Connecticut certainly is an outlier in one sense when it comes to jury selection: we require individual questioning pursuant to the state Constitution and a sequestered questioning by statute.
The state's former director of labor relations, who claims she was fired illegally for publicly criticizing state officials, has agreed to a settlement of about $325,000.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reaffirmed that employers can't terminate workers for critical comments made on social media, as long as they comments involve a discussion of working conditions.
Immigration laws by themselves can be daunting at times. Now consider when there is a direct relationship between immigration and criminal laws.
The U.S. Department of Labor recently released its much-anticipated proposed changes to the rules that govern overtime for salaried workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. If adopted, the new rules would extend overtime protections to nearly 5 million white-collar workers.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York scored a touchdown for the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution in National Football League Management Council v. National Football League Players Association.
Suppose an employee advises her employer that she is battling cancer and needs to undergo significant treatment. The employer willingly provides 12 weeks of medical leave, but once that time expires, the employer immediately terminates the employee without seeking additional information about her recovery and prognosis. That was the mistake an employer made when our firm first opened.
The Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted in 1938 and establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, record-keeping and youth employment standards. Nearly 80 years later, employers continue to struggle with compliance and mistakes prove costly.
The new chief of critical care at a small, cash-strapped Connecticut hospital discovers that some of her intensive-care unit's mechanical ventilators (basically, the machines that help patients breathe) are in danger of malfunctioning. With lives at risk, the chief immediately calls her boss, the hospital's chief medical officer. "We need to fix these machines," she says. "Stat! If you don't get them fixed now, I'll have to start transferring patients to other hospitals."
Most employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act must be paid at least one-and-one-half times their regular rate of pay for any hours they work beyond 40 in a workweek. An employer who requires or permits an employee to work overtime is generally required to pay the employee premium pay for such overtime work.
A Connecticut federal judge says the "isolated" use of the N-word in the workplace is not enough to create a hostile work environment.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has awarded a legal victory to the family of one of the state's best-known missing persons.
Causation, as trial lawyers know, is a notoriously difficult subject. We're taught, for example, what scientists know: two events apparently related in time may not be related as a matter of fact. Thus the old maxim: post hoc ergo propter hoc, loosely translated as "after this, therefore because of that." It is a logical fallacy.
A court battle over whether the state Democratic Party illegally spent money on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's re-election campaign last year is threatening the integrity of Connecticut elections and regulators' ability to investigate wrongdoing, according to the attorney general's office.
The discovery of toxic chemical compounds in Hartford schools has prompted the closure of one school building, and now the city is pursuing litigation to recoup the cost of remediation.
A federal judge, reversing a previous decision to dismiss the due process claim, has allowed the matter to go forward.
A woman who suffered a severe brain injury and numerous fractures after getting hit by a school bus while crossing the road has recovered $3.25 million in a settlement.
There's a theory of economics that suggests that the most accurate predictor of things like elections and sporting events is economic handicapping—the amount of money people will bet on a particular outcome.
A judge has ruled that a man who has AIDS can't collect damages against alleging his former employer violated his privacy by revealing his condition to his co-workers.
A Superior Court judge has ruled that a newspaper columnist for the New London Day did not defame a North Stonington attorney.
About a decade ago, when he was rounding up unsuspecting pedophiles on NBC's "To Catch a Predator," host Chris Hansen became famous for his catchphrase: "Have a seat."
A federal appeals court has awarded Yale University a victory in round two over a long-running wrestling match over a Van Gogh painting that is valued at $200 million.
A Connecticut wrongful death lawsuit headed to trial takes up the issue of when a fetus can be considered a person for legal purposes, rekindling a debate normally heard in discussions about abortion.
In a long-running legal dispute that's been followed by both plaintiffs lawyers and municipal attorneys, the state Appellate Court has upheld a jury's decision not to award damages to a man paralyzed on Interstate 95 after crashing into a parked fire truck responding to a prior accident.
Some time in or about 2040, Caucasians will become a minority in North America, according to projections from the U.S. Census Bureau. This change in demographics will alter the political landscape; indeed, things are already changing. Consider the concept of "white male privilege."
A former coach of the women's hockey team at Quinnipiac University has sued the school, claiming he was unjustly fired in April following accusations that he mentally and physically abused a player.
Those who pollute Connecticut waterways are responsible for paying to clean up their mess. That's the ruling of the state Supreme Court.
A former Woodbury attorney has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1.8 million from the estate of a former client that was earmarked to pay for improvements in the town of Oxford.
A woman who was bitten on the hand by her neighbor's dog and required surgery to repair torn away skin has settled with the animal's owners for $250,000.
In May 2015, the state of Connecticut received a $15,000 grant from the Macarthur Foundation to create a plan by December to shrink the state's prison population by reducing the pre-trial population.
It's been more than three decades since the first major Connecticut law firm launched its first Florida office. Since then, there's been a slow but steady parade of firms from the Nutmeg State that have set up shop in the Sunshine State.
Just hours after a federal appeals court upheld a Connecticut gun control law approved in the wake of the Newtown school shootings, lawyers representing a group of Second Amendment advocates say they plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.
A U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut has ordered the federal government to give back more than $52,000 that was seized as part of a Secret Service investigation into an alleged conspiracy to ship luxury vehicles overseas.
A criminal defense firm in Orlando, Florida, recently surveyed 1,500 people to learn how people find lawyers. Maybe this comes as no surprise, but the old-fashioned method of getting a referral from someone else carried the day.
A former student at Norwich Technical High School who aspired to become a carpenter has recovered $185,000 in a settlement with the state after losing parts of two fingers to a power saw during a school project.
The state Appellate Court will review an award of damages in a breach of contract case involving two lawyers who agreed to start a law firm. One of the attorneys backed out of the agreement before the firm ever opened its doors, leading to litigation and a trial court damages award.
The state Appellate Court has overturned the disorderly conduct conviction of an attorney who threatened to shoot two water company employees when they came onto his property. Laurence Parnoff, 73, of Stratford, had claimed that his statements were constituitionally protected and, in the course of a lengthy examination of what constitutes "fighting words," the three judge-panel agreed.
The names of those who passed the Connecticut bar examination offered in July.
A New York City woman went home empty-handed after a Bridgeport jury decided that she shouldn't be compensated for a broken wrist she sustained when a then-8-year-old nephew was a bit too aggressive with a hug.
A lawsuit which claims that men get better jobs than women at Connecticut's state universities, and make more money in those jobs, is employees is moving forward on the complex litigation docket in Waterbury Superior Court.
The Connecticut woman, known only as Jane Doe 1 in court papers, claimed that the multi-billion dollar company puts profits ahead of the safety of its riders.
There's a French expression "plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose" (the more that changes, the more it's the same thing), which might be the motto of my legal career.
Robinson & Cole has hired 10 new attorneys in recent months, including four new associates in the Hartford office.
A woman who injured her neck after a jackhammer skidded across the roadway and struck her car has settled her lawsuit for nearly half a million dollars.
The New Haven County Bar Association recently completed another successful LAW Camp for Teens with the assistance of volunteer lawyers from Greater New Haven.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has rejected a request by the state's top prosecutor to reconsider its decision to completely eliminate the death penalty in the state.
The Connecticut-based firm of Murtha Cullina has added seven attorneys to its 100-lawyer head count, including two new partners and a new appellate practice chairman.
As of Oct. 5, 754 people, or almost three people per day, were shot to death by police officers in the United States in 2015. This information was not compiled by a law enforcement agency, although it easily could have been. Instead, The Washington Post has been gathering the data and posting it daily on its website. You can find the tally by googling "Washington Post police shootings."
A medical business that assists patients with kidney disease has reached a settlement of more than $3.5 million with federal officials in Connecticut to resolve allegations that it falsely billed the Medicare health care program.
A Stamford attorney has been sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme that caused lenders to lose more than $8 million.
I recently wrote about Fiverr.com, the website selling goods and services, including legal writing and advice, in $5 increments. Now there is a new player in the $5 legal services market, the American Bar Association. Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit!
A Cromwell man unhappy about his divorce proceedings has been convicted of threatening a judge through statements made in an email.
Employees who report improper conduct by their company could enjoy greater protection from possible retaliation following a ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court.
A private arbitrator has awarded $7.8 million to private equity fund investors and their lawyers in a bitter dispute between involving two Stamford-based companies.
A Stamford jury has rendered a defense verdict in the case of a man who was assaulted in a parking garage by four men who were served alcohol at a nearby bar. The victim of the attack unsuccessfully tried to hold the bar responsible under the state's dram shop statute.
One matter that attorneys for the Sandy Hook School massacre victims and counsel for the gun industry have agreed upon is that the venue for the wrongful death claim filed against the makers of an assault-style rifle used in the shooting is critical to the fate of the litigation. Now plaintiffs' attorneys are claiming a procedural victory as a federal judge in Connecticut has ordered the lawsuit moved back to state court, where it was originally filed.
By February 2014, Alexis-Mae Hannigan claims, she had been bullied so much by classmates at Holy Trinity School in Wallingford that she was driven to cut herself with a razor. When she and her mother complained to school administrators and a priest about the alleged mistreatment, they were told Hannigan was "too sensitive" and "a sinner."
We previously have highlighted the importance of drone regulation in Connecticut and urged the General Assembly to act.
It is happening again, and just like the last time it happened, I am powerless to make it stop. We drone on day after day, the monotony of it all challenging me to find a ray of sunshine in the unremitting sameness of it all. After 11 days of jury selection, we have eight jurors. We have days more of jury selection scheduled before we get 12 jurors plus four alternates.
The judges have spoken and the Connecticut Law Tribune is proud to announce its New Leaders of the Law for 2015. For the first time, we recruited members of the legal community to rate our nominees. Our desire was to get a fresh perspective on exactly what traits and achievements enable attorneys who are under 40 years old to rise above their peers.
A former tax collector for the town of Oxford who was convicted of stealing nearly $250,000 from taxpayers through her job has been ordered by a judge to pay nearly $406,000 to resolve a subsequent civil lawsuit.
A former Yale University doctor who was sued for sexual harassment by six employees of a private dialysis company in February has filed a counterclaim, arguing that the sexual harassment charges were invented to force him out of his position.
As I write this, I am sitting in my Provincetown pied-a-terre, watching out the window for the unauthorized practice police. I have now fully joined the ranks of lawyers who practice (or are at least available to practice) 24/7 from wherever we are. Unfortunately, the licensing and regulatory regimes reflect a simpler time, and we do so at our peril.
A Superior Court judge has imposed a two-year suspension on an immigration attorney whose alleged failure to provide adequate representation resulted in two clients being detained by immigration officials for several months.
Ralph Nader stood in a refurbished bank building in his small hometown of Winsted, in Connecticut's sparsely populated Northwest Corner. Behind him was the type of car that helped launched his career as a consumer activist—a gleaming red Chevrolet Corvair, the model that Nader famously described in the 1960s as "unsafe at any speed."
A Waterbury-based attorney who was involved in a mortgage fraud scheme has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison.
A judge's recent ruling in a legal malpractice case against a Madison attorney allows a former client's claim of negligent infliction of emotional distress to remain, a decision which some in the legal malpractice defense field call "troubling."
Plaintiffs' lawyers have a new weapon in their arsenal. The state Supreme Court, in a split decision, has ruled that Connecticut children have the right to sue for loss of consortium in personal injury cases. Previously, only spouses were eligible to collect such damages.
When you're working in the legal department of a behemoth global bank, there's no shortage of pressure-filled situations and stress from high expectations. But James M. Esposito, general counsel at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Stamford, has a remedy for his lawyers who work so many hours providing legal services – spend even more hours helping people in a different way.
Over the course of two decades, the legal department at Terex Corp. in Westport went from having a small staff and often relying on outside counsel to handling almost all legal matters in-house.
Less than a year after he joined Kaman Corp. in 2011, Shawn G. Lisle and the rest of the legal department saw two stalwarts retire and take 60 years of combined legal expertise with them. The departure of Chief Legal Officer Candace A. Clark and then-General Counsel Glenn M. Messemer in 2012 started Lisle's ascension to his current role as general counsel, with plenty of challenges ahead.
When recognizing the legal department that best manages litigation, it's what you don't see in court filings that separates LEGO Systems Inc. of Enfield from others.
Many people think of information technology as a vast collection of infrastructure, software and programming that has no real face or personality. But at Stamford-based Gartner Inc., a global leader in IT research and advisory services, it's actually the face and personality the staffers puts on IT that defines the company.
If you're looking for an insider's take on the growth at Norwalk-based EMCOR Group Inc., since the 1980s, Sheldon I. Cammaker is your man.
Like father, like son. Longtime criminal defense attorney James J. "Jim" Ruane served as president of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association a little over a decade ago, heading the bar group from 2003 to 2004.
A nonprofit organization that provides programs for autistic adults has filed a lawsuit against a town's planning and zoning commission, alleging that officials violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying the organization use of an empty building.
Steven Ginsburg, a lawyer who helped rebuild the judicial system in Bosnia after the 1990s war in the Balkans, was recently hired to be the new executive director of the Connecticut chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.
A national intellectual property law firm is expanding its Connecticut presence by adding two attorneys to its Westport office.
The survivor of a botched 2008 police raid in Easton has settled his lawsuit with five towns and 16 police officers for $1.25 million.
The state banking commissioner's authority to oversee law firms that hold themselves out as debt negotiators was short-lived.
Legislators tend to lash out at whistleblowers, activists and investigators when favored businesses — or entire industries — are caught doing something bad. A recent decision from the U.S. District Court in Idaho should be instructive to Connecticut legislators when the temptation to penalize, or criminalize, protected speech may arise.
A grievance panel has found probable cause that Branford attorney Christian Shelton knowingly participated in preparing a "sham or bogus" contract intended to deceive the public regarding the involvement of former Gov. John Rowland in a recent congressional campaign.
One of the state's top appellate attorneys is switching firms, with Proloy Das moving from Rome McGuigan to 130-lawyer Murtha Cullina.
It is difficult for me to understand why U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey Meyer thought it necessary to refer attorney Josephine Miller for professional discipline.
The state Judicial Branch has been asked to reduce spending in the current fiscal year budget by $3.1 million, though court officials say they don't yet know what cuts they will be making. Gov. Dannel Malloy's office announced cuts across state government in an effort to avoid a projected budget shortfall.
Landlords who sued an insurance company for allegedly terminating their property insurance policies because they rented to tenants paying with Section 8 housing vouchers have settled their federal lawsuit for $475,000.
A small technology company in Simsbury is taking on one of the largest technology companies in the world.
A Tennessee man who suffers from depression has filed a federal lawsuit against the Aetna insurance company, alleging that the Hartford-based insurer refuses to cover a magnetic therapy treatment for his condition.
For almost 40 years, ever since the U.S. Supreme Court gave its constitutional blessing for the states to promulgate death penalty legislation that would not in theory and practice be arbitrary and capricious, the criminal defense bar in Connecticut, consisting of a public defender/private criminal defense partnership, has doggedly and unflinchingly attacked the death penalty machinery.
The state Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a woman who swindled thousands of dollars from an elderly woman and later argued that her constitutional rights were violated when police recorded several of her telephone conversations with the elderly victim.
A New Haven public works employee has filed a federal lawsuit against the city after a supervisor allegedly spread word that a vulgar photo she received on her phone came from the employee. That allegation proved to be untrue.
Nasheba Barzey's decision to go to law school came at a low moment in her life, when she was living in a shelter with her two young children after her husband had abandoned them. An immigrant, she was in constant fear of being deported.
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman recently vacated the four-game suspension of New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady for his alleged role in the (frankly overblown) "Deflategate" saga. In a June article in the Law Tribune, I noted that Brady had a good chance of winning his federal court challenge.
Former Yale Law School Dean Anthony Kronman acknowledges that some people will question the university's decision to accept a $10 million gift to launch an Islamic law center.
The public may never find out exactly what went on in the mind of Amy Archer Gilligan.
Newtown and its schools are putting up a stiff fight against a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of two children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, questioning whether the lawsuit was filed on time and objecting to information requests by the parents' attorney.
When a former University of Connecticut women's hockey player sued her former coach earlier this month, she became one of a growing number of college athletes to bring claims over alleged hazing incidents.
"The fact that Sikorsky flatly refused to meet Mr. Cadoret's communication needs and left him to fend for himself, shocks the conscience," Rozynsky said in a prepared statement. "Mr. Cadoret through his hard work and dedication, worked his way through the ranks of Sikorsky only to have it taken away from him all because of his insistence on having the equal access to communication that he was entitled to under the law. This case is not just about issues of accommodation; it's about having the right to be treated fairly and equally in society."
According to the lawsuit, coach Christopher MacKenzie was well aware of the "culture of drinking" on the team.
An inmate claims his life was threatened by gang members but prison officials refused to protect him. So he assaulted a deputy warden in order to get transferred to another prison. Now his lawyer is challenging the assault conviction, which added two years to his prison term, by claiming he committed the offense out of necessity.
After the shooting in Ferguson and the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, there has been an understandable call for more police accountability. However, it is important to keep in mind that there is a dispute as to whether there is an "epidemic" of unjustified police shootings or just an increase in reporting.
A Danbury civil rights attorney is suing two members of the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel, seeking an injunction to prevent them from pursuing allegations of professional misconduct against her.
Videos taken inside the state's two juvenile detention centers show staff members forcefully taking children down, subduing them and placing them alone in padded rooms.
More than 40 workers who weren't injured but lost their jobs after a deadly power plant explosion in Middletown are hoping the state Supreme Court allows them to sue several contractors for hundreds of thousands of dollars in missed wages.
A 30-year employee of the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. who describes himself as deaf has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the helicopter manufacturer violated the Americans Disabilities Act by refusing to make requested workplace accommodations.
Two former University of Connecticut professors have received $1 million in a settlement for injuries sustained in an apartment building fire after they claimed the building's owners failed to comply with fire codes.
Hartford-based Shipman & Goodwin has opened an office in New Haven, with leaders of one of the state's biggest law firms say there are doing so in order to be near existing clients in southern Connecticut and also to take advantage of the region's healthy business environment.
The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that the Hartford Symphony Orchestra violated federal labor laws by significantly reducing rehearsal and performance schedules without telling the musicians' union.
Yale is concerned that students facing sexual misconduct charges might not fully understand the manner in which such complaints are handled. So the university is creating a list of advisers who can assist both complainants and respondents, according to a recent article in the Yale Daily News.
After receiving a $10 million donation from a Saudi businessman, the Yale University Law School will launch a new Islamic law center.
A Connecticut man who spent more than 12 years in prison for a crime to which another man later confessed has been awarded just over $4 million by the state. Lawrence Miller Jr., who now lives in Branford, received the funds under a Connecticut law that allows compensation for those who file claims of wrongful incarceration and can validate their cases.
The Connecticut Supreme Court just released an opinion in a case called Persels that goes a great ways towards filling the lacunae in definition of the practice of law jurisprudence. And, to boot, they pinned back the ears of the state Banking Commissioner in his efforts to regulate lawyers. Fun stuff. Here's the background.
The Appellate Court has upheld a four-month suspension imposed on a Middlebury attorney who called a Superior Court judge a "disgrace to the bench" during an interview with media outlets.
In the last legislative session, lawmakers considered a bill that would have banned registered sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a Connecticut school. The measure prompted enough opposition from civil rights advocates that legislators decided to take a step back and look at the state's 16-year-old sex offender registry.
In the 2014-15 court year, the Supreme Court interpreted three statutory regimes that all impact the business community. As discussed below, the court rendered noteworthy decisions with respect to the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, the Uniform Partnership Act and the Fair Employment Practices Act.
From a First Amendment and freedom-of-information perspective, the Supreme Court's 2014-15 term was fairly benign, although but for a mootness issue discussed below it could have produced a major decision on the law of prior restraints on speech and the press.
Although the list of significant family law cases decided by the Connecticut Supreme Court in the past year is not extensive, a few key cases had great impact and more appear to be on the horizon.
While this had overall been a quiet year for environmental matters at the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate courts, two cases released this summer significantly clarify the scope of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's authority and the scope of intervention under Connecticut General Statutes §22a-19.
On July 14, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a decision in Handsome v. Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Monroe, 317 Conn. 515 (2015), that broadly relates to the issue of standing and, more specifically, emphasizes the absolute nature of the conveyance of title to real property after the passing of the law day pursuant to a judgment of strict foreclosure.
Under the rubric of medical malpractice, this past year included a handful of decisions from the Connecticut Supreme court, some of which will certainly have broader application.
This Connecticut Supreme Court term was relatively quiet in the area of labor and employment, with only a few decisions that impact employers and the labor, employment and benefits law advice practitioners give their clients.
The Connecticut Supreme Court heard 43 criminal law cases during the 2014-15 term (the same number as last year) and has released decisions in 31 of them. Below are some of the highlights. But, first, two blockbuster decisions that were carryovers from prior terms.
The explosive relationship between Justice Carmen Espinosa and a majority of the other justices has dominated the headlines this year, although there are a number of other general themes in 2015 that also demand our attention.
Connecticut has always been a good place for land use lawyers, because it has more than its fair share of land use cases. Connecticut, along with Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Florida and California, is a leader not only in the amount of litigation, but in the influence through its cases and occasional policy reaction on the development of the law.
A federal appeals court hearing a Connecticut white-collar case will tackle key questions for criminal probes in the computer age: Can investigators armed with a narrow warrant seize all information on a computer? And how long can they hold onto it without violating a suspect's Fourth Amendment rights?
The family of an inmate killed in prison by a fellow inmate is asking the state Supreme Court to reinstate their appeal seeking state reimbursement for his funeral expenses.
In July, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reversed years of contrary decisions in a case where the complainant alleged he was not promoted because he was gay.
Curtis Cunningham v. Thomas Northup and the City of New London: An unarmed man shot several times by a New London police officer and who later filed an excessive-force lawsuit has recovered $2 million in a settlement agreed to by city officials.
In separate decisions, a Superior Court judge and an arbitrator recently ruled that a Naugatuck used car dealership violated state and federal laws, including forcing customers to purchase additional services in exchange for financing.
I am sure that in the rarefied atmosphere federal judges call home, gargantuan restitution orders look fair, just and reasonable. After all, what can be more just than requiring a defendant to pay back what he has stolen? The problem is the law's unreasoning way of calculating loss amounts.
Litchfield County had the nation's first law school, which opened two years before the United State gained independence in 1776. Now, 240 years later, the largely rural county is going to have another legal first: the nation's first law museum is opening in the small town of Winsted, about 20 miles north of the historic school.
A Connecticut environmental advocacy group is welcoming two lawyers to its legal staff, including a veteran of the state Attorney General's Office. Additionally, officials with the Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE) and its sister organization, Save the Sound, say they will be able to step up their legal initiatives thanks to a sizable donation.
Aaron Wood may jingle all the way back to his jail cell after the Appellate Court found that his disagreements with his public defender, his decision to croon Christmas carols in court and other odd behavior didn't taint a hearing on his parole status.
For two decades, potential jurors in Connecticut's state courthouses have been watching an orientation video made long before the proliferation of texting, social media and iPhones. Now, the state Judicial Branch has introduced a new video that takes the advancement of technology and its potential impact on the trial process into account.
The issue of "unpublished" decisions received national attention earlier this year when the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari taken from an unpublished opinion.
The state's top prosecutor wants the Connecticut Supreme Court to reconsider its recent landmark decision to completely eliminate the death penalty in the state.
Edgar Sandoval spent almost two years working at 116 Crown, a restaurant in New Haven. The dishwasher says he regularly worked more than 40 hours a week, and on some occasions topped 80 hours. Yet, he claims he never once received overtime pay.
A former University of Connecticut women's hockey player has sued her former coach, alleging that he allowed the student to be hazed by the older players and created a hostile environment that caused her to become depressed.
In what may be the hollowest victory since King Pyrrhus defeated the Romans at Heraclea and Asculum during the Pyrrhic War, David Lola's case against Skadden Arps was recently given judicial CPR by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He will live to fight another day, though I suspect, as did King Pyrrhus, he will lose in the end.
A member of a church youth choir who was sexually abused by the choir's director has been awarded $400,000 in damages by a judge.
It's nearly impossible to get an exoneration for a client who has confessed to the crime. But that didn't stop New Haven attorney Kenneth Rosenthal from undertaking what turned out to be a successful effort to free Bobby Johnson, who is almost 25 and was convicted in 2006 for the murder of 70-year-old Herbert Fields in New Haven's rough Newhallville neighborhood.
Alleged improprieties involving seized drugs held in the New London Police Department's evidence room are affecting dozens of cases in southeastern Connecticut. Several New London-area defense attorneys report having received letters from the state indicating evidence in a particular defendant's case may have been compromised. They have been told to direct questions to the New London State's Attorney's office.
The state Supreme Court will review a long-standing dispute between Branford neighbors who live near the shoreline and are arguing over whether property can be used as a public park rather than just a walkway to the beach.
How often has the Connecticut Supreme Court stated that "supervisory authority is an extraordinary remedy that should be used sparingly. … Although appellate courts possess an inherent supervisory authority over the administration of justice … [that] authority … is not a form of free-floating justice, untethered to legal principle. … Our supervisory powers are not a last bastion of hope for every untenable appeal. [Rather] they are an extraordinary remedy. … Constitutional, statutory and procedural limitations are generally adequate to protect the rights of the defendant and the integrity of the judicial system. … Thus, we are more likely to invoke our supervisory powers when there is a pervasive and significant problem … or when the conduct or violation at issue is offensive to the sound administration of justice." Well, look again.
Earlier this year, the state Supreme Court justices adopted certain revisions to the Connecticut Code of Evidence to better address the prevalence of various types of electronic or computer evidence.
When anyone is injured due to negligence, it is necessary to acquire the medical records of their care and treatment for proof of injury. These records are also needed in any medical malpractice claim to determine if negligence occurred.
Internal Revenue Service Code §104(a)(2) states that gross income does not include the amount of any damages (other than punitive damages) received (whether by suit or agreement and whether as lump sums or periodic payments) on account of personal physical injuries or physical sickness.
Tamar Louis was struck and killed by a New York City-bound Metro-North train on the morning of Aug. 7. Witnesses told investigators that she had been sitting on the platform, legs hanging off the side, swinging back and forth.
Another Connecticut man sent to prison for murder is about to be exonerated, his lawyer says.
Deflategate certainly hijacked a lot of ink on sports pages this summer and provided a hot topic for football fans and alternative dispute resolution practitioners alike.
Matthew Shafner, a New London lawyer who practiced law for 56 years, handling high-profile cases involving asbestos, maritime injuries and the Sept. 11 attacks, passed away on Sept. 3. He was 80 years old and had apparently been ill for several weeks.
For more than a decade, catchy phrases would come to Dan Klau. Oftentimes, he'd reach for a scrap of paper or his cellphone to write down the ideas before he forgot. Other times, the potential song lyrics would stay with him for weeks, months or even years.
A Bridgeport restaurant's use of a logo with the letters BBQ against a flame backdrop has an out-of-state restaurant chain fired up.
A married couple from Westport is suing the town and several of its police officers for what they claim is unlawful video surveillance of their home.
Often when a federal prosecutor moves to a private law firm, he or she launches a white-collar defense practice, the better to take advantage of all that inside knowledge of government investigations. But that's not the case with Connecticut Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Mattei, who has been hired by one of the most successful plaintiff law firms in the state.
Of the thousands in pretrial detention in Connecticut on any given day, more than 500 are held on bonds of $20,000 or less, meaning they cannot come up with the money to contract with bondsmen who typically charge 10 percent.
In the 25 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, many public buildings like schools and courthouses have been upgraded to be accessible to those with disabilities. But the law also extends to "places of public accommodation" such as hotels, and federal officials have been pushing in recent months to make hotels around the state accessible too.
A Branford law firm run by a well-known Democrat that focuses on real estate is expanding to Fairfield County with a satellite practice in Bridgeport.
A woman who was injured after her vehicle was rear-ended at an intersection in Milford has been awarded nearly $52,000 by an arbitrator.
A former attorney charged with first-degree larceny for allegedly stealing from a now-deceased military veteran has been accepted into a supervised diversionary program. If Andrew F. Bonito Jr., 56, of Cheshire, successfully completes the yearlong program, the larceny charge will be dismissed.
It was once generally agreed on that a college scholarship was sufficient compensation for college athletes who received the benefit of a college education in exchange for their hard work and dedication in representing their colleges and universities on the athletic fields.
For years, criminal defense lawyers in the state have made abolishing the death penalty their No. 1 priority.
An osteopathic physician from Ridgefield who was convicted of health care fraud has agreed to pay the federal government $270,000 to settle similar civil allegations, including charges that he sent bills to Medicare for the treatment of patients he never saw.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Connecticut Supreme Court recently provided sound guidance and continued support to the arbitration process of dispute resolution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The family of a young black attorney from Redding has taken the next step in investigating his death.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.