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Justices Weigh Legal Issues Raised By Avon Mountain Crash

CHRISTIAN NOLAN | April 25, 2014

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

Paul Greenan

Court Rules On How Fees May Be Pursued in Divorce Cases

By Jay Stapleton |

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

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

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

Gun Law Stand Reveals Split In CBA

By Jay Stapleton |

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

Kelly Reardon

Injured Harley-Davidson Rider To Collect $1.3 Million

By Christian Nolan |

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

Sarah Skubas

Employment Law: Top 10 Considerations for Multi-State Employers

By Margaret J. Strange and Sarah R. Skubas |

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

Judge Scolds Securities Trader During Fraud Case Sentencing

By Associated Press |

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

Norm Pattis: An Aging Trial Lawyer Welcomes Battle Against Mortality

By Norm Pattis |

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

New Rule Emphasizes Long Disbarments for Lawyer Theft

By Jay Stapleton |

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

Hair Stylist's Job Switch Triggers Flurry of Lawsuits

By Christian Nolan |

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

Yazmin Rodriguez and Danielle Robinson-Briand

Low-Bono Practice Puts Face on Central American Immigrant Issue

By Isaac Avilucvea |

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

Major Conn. Firm Announces Six New Hires

By Jay Stapleton |

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

Attorney Dan Krisch

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

By Dan Krisch |

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

Michael Skakel

Skakel Attempts to Suppress Evidence in Murder Retrial

By Associated Press |

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

Editorial: Efforts to Boost Professionalism Must Include Due Process

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

Conn. Housing Lawsuit Charges Insurers with Discrimination

By Law Tribune Staff |

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

Lawyers Note Rise in Pregnancy-Related Discrimination Cases

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

CBA House of Delegates Votes to Join Gun Law Amicus

By Jay Stapleton |

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

Mark Dubois

Mark Dubois: The DIY Approach is Transforming Legal Services

By Mark Dubois |

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

Meghan Freed

Ruling Endorses Novel Use of Loss-of-Consortium Claim

By Christian Nolan |

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

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

State Supreme Court Decision Could Change Pawn Industry

By Jay Stapleton |

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

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Children's Law Center Announces Eastern Conn. Expansion

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

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

Angelo Ziotas

New CTLA President Focuses on Birth Injuries

By Christian Nolan |

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

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

By Norm Pattis |

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

Pro Bono Effort Frees Inmate From Solitary Confinement

By Christian Nolan |

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

Lawyer Sues Town Police Department for False Arrest

By Jay Stapleton |

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

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

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

UConn to Pay $1.3 Million to Settle Sex Assault Claims

By Associated Press |

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

Terrorism Trial Suspects Sentenced

By Associated Press |

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

Editorial: Flexible Law Firms Should Consider Part-Time Positions

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

Conn. Ruling Expands Rights of Same-Sex Couples

By Associated Press |

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

Law School Debt Leads Some Grads to Consider Bankruptcy

By Jay Stapleton |

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

Gideon's Trumpet: Prosecutors Can Do More to Ensure 'Conviction Integrity'

By Gideon |

I had to double check to make sure I wasn't reading an article in The Onion a few weeks ago when Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane argued in the New Haven Register that the way to ensure "conviction integrity" was to give his prosecutors broader, unchecked power to conduct investigations and arrest citizens of Connecticut.

Attorney Faces Prison Term In Tax Law Case

By Law Tribune Staff |

A Woodbridge attorney has pleaded guilty to failure to pay about $400,000 in federal income taxes and faces up to six years in prison.

Editorial: Is U.S. Government Creating Home-Grown Terrorists?

On July 21st, HBO will begin airing "The Newburgh Sting," a documentary that focuses on four U.S. citizens prosecuted as "home-grown terrorists." The movie premiered at this year's TriBeCa's Film Festival.

Mark Dubois

Mark Dubois: Legal Jobs Market More Complex Than Ever

By Mark Dubois |

Everyone in the legal profession, from law school administrators to bar association leaders, is going to have to consider the ramifications of a smaller pool of practicing lawyers in the future.

Charles Grimes

Attorney Makes Real Money Marketing Fictional Characters

By Jay Srapleton |

While many intellectual property lawyers spend their days defending design patents for high-tech products, Norwalk's Charles Grimes often finds himself in deep conversations about some of the worlds' most-beloved cartoon characters.

Woman Collects $2.6 Million After Run-in with Big Dog

By Christian Nolan |

A woman whose leg was snapped into four pieces by a large dog that ran into her at a dog park has been awarded nearly $2.6 million by a state jury in Stamford.

Matthew Davis Gordon

Putting Limits On Online Comments

By Karen Ali |

Websites that allow users to review businesses are often plagued by negative online comments. "Words do have consequences," said West Hartford lawyer Matthew Dallas Gordon. "You think in today's world you can say whatever you want, and that's not true."

James Roberston, Fatima Lahnin,  John Horvack, Jennifer Peschell

Company Wins $35 Million Verdict in Trade Secrets Case

By Christian Nolan |

The feud between two competitors in the niche business of product printing technology fueled a hotly contested intellectual property battle that came to a head in the U.S. District Court.

Attorney J. Michael Farren, 57, of New Canaan, Conn, is on trial for trying to murder his wife.

Former White House Lawyer Convicted in Absentia

By Karen Ali |

As in any other serious criminal trial he's handled, Bridgeport criminal defense lawyer Eugene Riccio cross-examined witnesses and stood to make objections to prosecutor's arguments.

Keith Trantolo

Motorcycle Rider Settles Crash Lawsuit for $465,000

By Christian Nolan |

A man on a motorcycle who suffered multiple injuries after crashing into a car that pulled in front of him in Middletown has recovered $465,000 in a settlement.

CBA Considers Amicus in Second Amendment Case

By Jay Stapleton |

The Connecticut Bar Association is currently weighing a proposal to join in the defense of Connecticut gun control measures that were passed in wake of the Newtown school massacre in December 2012.

Colleen Murphy

Ruling Allows Police to Limit Release of Information

By Christian Nolan |

In a 7-0 decision, the state Supreme Court ruled that state law allows police to release only the most basic information about an arrest while prosecution is pending.

Jonathan Tabasky

Conn. Firm Sued Over Expired Microscope Patent

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The role of lawyers in protecting the IP output of universities is at the center of a lawsuit Brown University has filed against its outside counsel for allegedly letting expire a patent for a high-resolution scanning, magnetic microscope.

Judith Sheindlin

Hartford Attorney Hits 'Judge Judy' with Counterclaim

By JAY STAPLETON |

A Hartford personal injury lawyer is trying to turn the tables on television's "Judge Judy." John Haymond and his Haymond Law Firm recently filed a counterclaim against Judith Sheindlin, who stars on the syndicated daytime television series. This past March, Sheindlin had sued Haymond and his law firm, claiming they unlawfully used Sheindlin's image in the firm's television and internet advertising.

Orange Lawyer Sentenced To 51 Months For Insurance Fraud

By Karen Ali |

Former personal injury lawyer Joseph Haddad, who prosecutors say used his "bar license as a license to steal," was sentenced Thursday to 51 months in prison for his role in an extensive insurance fraud scheme.

Opinion: 'Drone Memo' Ruling a Model of Judicial Skepticism

By David McCraw |

Shortly before Christmas in 2011, I called a lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union and told him I was thinking about filing a suit on behalf of The New York Times against the U.S. Department of Justice. My plan was to ask the court to compel DOJ to reveal its secret legal memoranda justifying targeted killings of Americans and others abroad. I wanted to know whether he thought we had a chance of winning.

Amy Goodusky: Taking Aim at an Obstinate Opposing Counsel

By Amy Goodusky |

Lately, it seems that there is a lack of collegiality in the profession. When I began practicing, it was possible to forget one's concerns with another's behavior or the dilemma du jour on the courthouse steps, and to adjourn with an opponent for a cup of coffee after having vigorously disputed his position moments earlier.

Box-Cutter Attack Results In $468,000 Verdict

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Loretta Cooper v. India Fitzpatrick: A woman who was attacked with a box-cutting tool and left with permanent scars all over her face was recently awarded more than $468,000 by a state judge in Bridgeport.

Female Teacher Sexually Abused Student, Lawsuit Claims

By Associated Press |

A Connecticut school was negligent in failing to prevent a female staff member from sexually abusing a 16-year-old emotionally disturbed male student, a lawsuit alleged Wednesday.

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Mark Dubois: The Pros and Cons of Giving New Powers to Paralegals

By MARK DuBOIS |

The field of paralegal enterprise is getting a lot of attention today. A recent report by a Connecticut Bar Association committee on the "problem" of law schools included a suggestion that some of what folks call the justice gap — the lack of access on the part of many to resources necessary to meet their basic legal needs, could be met by empowering paralegals to offer direct-to-the public service.

Editorial: Proper Valuation of Art Work May be Controversial

At its best, a great work of art is an object which consoles the spirit in difficult times, and inspires one's life in better times. Unfortunately, to a great extent it has now become a "commodity," bought, sold, and donated primarily because of its inherent value.

Teacher's Name-Calling Considered Child Abuse By Court

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Sometimes words can be as harmful as physical abuse. At least that's what the state Supreme Court ruled recently when it decided that a teacher who routinely made fun of a young boy in front of his classmates warranted placement on a registry of child abusers.

Ex-White House Lawyer Remains Absent from Attempted Murder Trial

By KAREN ALI |

The first two days of the attempted murder trial of former White House lawyer J. Michael Farren has been notable for its dramatic testimony -- and the absence of the defendant.

Editorial: No Tolerance for School Zero Tolerance Policies

In what will hopefully be the death knell of an ill-conceived and poorly executed policy, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division recently have warned local and state departments of education that the application of zero tolerance in student discipline policies is a potential basis for a finding of discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin.

Monique Ferraro: Ruling Limits Cell Phone Searches — But Not Enough

By MONIQUE FERRARO |

Lady Liberty rejoiced recently when a rare unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held that police may not rummage through an arrestee's cell phone without a warrant. For years now, police officers have riffled through arrestees' mobile devices with impunity. That is, until June 25, 2014 when the decisions in David Leon Riley v California and United States v Brima Wurie were issued by the court.

Jewish Group Sues Town Over Synagogue Denial

By Associated Press |

A synagogue has filed a federal lawsuit alleging Greenwich violated its civil rights and made a discriminatory decision by denying its plan to build a house of worship. Greenwich Reform Synagogue this week sued the wealthy town and its Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals, accusing officials of discrimination on the basis of religion.

Ex-White House Lawyer Absent from Attempted Murder Trial

By KAREN ALI |

The first two days of the attempted murder trial of former White House lawyer J. Michael Farren has been notable for its dramatic testimony -- and the absence of the defendant.

Christine O'Sullivan

Limited-Scope Representation Program Off to a Cautious Start

By JAY STAPLETON |

It's been nearly six months since the state launched a pilot program that allows lawyers to handle portions of family law cases and then bow out. And while state court officials say it's too soon to pass judgment on the success of the limited-scope representation initiative, private practice lawyers and legal aid leaders are weighing in with observations about the program and thoughts about making it better.

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Norm Pattis: Blogging Judge Should Not be Muzzled

By NORM PATTIS |

Richard Kopf, a U.S. District Court judge in Nebraska, writes a blog. The other day, he vented about the Supreme Court's recent decision in Hobby Lobby, the decision that extended the fiction of corporate personhood to the point of now offering the law's protection to "corporate" beliefs. The owners of Hobby Lobby can have their corporation opt out of providing contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act.

Napping Yankees Fan Sues ESPN

By Associated Press |

A New York Yankees fan has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Bristol-based ESPN and two ESPN announcers, contending that the announcers mocked him when he was caught on national television sleeping in his seat during a game at Yankee Stadium.

State Considers New Approach to Uncovering Wrongful Convictions

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

As state officials wind up a five-year effort to try to identify wrongly convicted individuals in Connecticut, there is talk of creating a permanent "public integrity unit" to review innocence claims made by inmates.

Rival Restaurants Avoid Chicken Fight, Settle IP Case

By KAREN ALI |

The chicken wars are over. On one side was Greenwich-based Garden Cartering, which had filed an intellectual property lawsuit against a former employee who opened a new restaurant that had menu items similar to those of Garden Catering. On the other side was Wally's Chicken Coop in Storrs, whose owners denied doing anything improper in naming and cooking their sandwiches and combo platters.

Rowland Seeks To Limit Details Of Conviction

By The Associated Press |

Former Gov. John Rowland is seeking to prevent jurors from hearing details of his previous corruption conviction during his upcoming trial on charges that he tried to create secret consultant roles with two congressional campaigns.

Old Colleagues Get Together To Launch New Firm

By JAY STAPLETON |

When Mark Shipman, his son and two other lawyers they worked with in Farmington decided to launch a new firm, the first question they asked was, "How fast can we call David Shaiken?"

Quintin Johnstone

Influential Yale Law Professor Passes Away

Quintin Johnstone, an influential presence in Connecticut's legal community for more than a half century and a longtime professor at Yale Law School, has died at age 99. Johnstone was also a member of The Law Tribune's Editorial Board from its inception in 1987 until 2011, and chaired the board, which produces opinion pieces for the newspaper, for about a decade.

Arrest Warrant Issued for High-Profile Lawyer

By JAY STAPLETON |

About two weeks ago, high-profile trial lawyer Michael Stratton stepped down from his position on the New Haven Board of Aldermen. The next day, news broke that a young woman Stratton had been dating was arrested during a reported domestic dispute at Stratton's apartment.

Connecticut Attorneys Chosen to Draft Federal Business Legislation

By JAY STAPLETON |

With its proximity to New York City, access to top educational institutions and a large number of well-to-do investors, Connecticut has long been a place where startup companies can be successful.

Taser Excessive Force Case Ends in Defense Verdict

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Gregg Marchand v. Erik Simonson: A federal court jury in New Haven has rendered a defense verdict in the case of a man who claims police used excessive force when subduing him with a Taser at his home in front of his elderly mother.

Ruling Upsets Advocates for Military Sex Assault Victims

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

As many as 30 percent of women serving in the military are raped or experience an attempted rape, advocates say. But relatively little detailed documentation has been made public, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and the Service Women's Action Network, backed by a Yale Law School legal clinic, have had a long-running legal battle with the Department of Defense over access to millions of pages of military records.

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Mark Dubois: From the Office of the President

By Mark Dubois |

To those of you who have better things to do than keep track of my career, I just became the president of the Connecticut Bar Association. Some will wonder as to the wisdom of any organization that would choose me to lead it. Point well taken. It may have had something to do with supply and demand. I am as surprised as anyone.

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Norm Pattis: An Outcast's View Of A Patriotic Holiday

By Norm Pattis |

Over the many years I've written this column – I think it is now 14, but who is counting? – I've taken pride in never missing a week. (Except for the couple of months years back when I impetuously quit, and then returned.) Only once has a column been spiked, or not used by the editor, and that was a wise call as I had more than the usual intemperance when it came to describing a certain clerk of the Superior Court.

Stamford Bank Settles Bias Claim for $169 Million

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

United States v. Synchrony Bank: Stamford-based GE Capital Retail Bank, which changed its name to Synchrony Bank in June, has agreed to pay $169 million to settle claims that it discriminated against Hispanic credit card customers.

Editorial: The Problem of Workplace Arbitration Clauses

Over the last decade, employers have more and more often incorporated jury waiver or mandatory arbitration clauses into their employment arrangements to avoid the perceived horror of facing jury review of the way they treat their employees. These clauses are often presented in circumstances that many argue are deceptive, if not downright coercive.

Editorial: Senate Inaction Thwarts Juvenile Reform Again

In a pathetic display of political posturing on both sides of the aisle, the Connecticut Senate, for the second year in a row, failed to raise the juvenile-sentenced-as-an-adult "second-look" bill. Oftentimes when one wants to look at systemic inertia and the barriers to enacting sound criminal justice policy, one can usually lay the blame on political gamesmanship.

Stamford Bank Settles Bias Claim for $169 Million

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

United States v. Synchrony Bank: Stamford-based GE Capital Retail Bank, which changed its name to Synchrony Bank in June, has agreed to pay $169 million to settle claims that it discriminated against Hispanic credit card customers.

Attorney Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: Court Takes Leap of Faith into Hobby Lobby Land

By Dan Krisch |

I'm 0 for 2. Earlier this year, I wrote of my fear that the U.S. Supreme Court would permit the warrantless search of arrestees' cell phones and my hope that the court would reject a company's faith-based challenge to the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act. As it happens, I feared for naught, but hoped in vain: With the court's recent decisions in Riley v. California and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, both the secrets in our iPhones and the religious beliefs of our corporations are sacrosanct.

John Browning

Opinion: Researching Jurors On The Internet Is Not Just Permissible, But Necessary

By JOHN G. BROWNING |

On June 30, the Law Tribune published an editorial "A Troublesome Opinion Regarding Juror Internet Research," in which it lamented recent American Bar Association Formal Opinion 466. This opinion concluded that there was nothing wrong with a lawyer reviewing a juror's internet presence as long as the lawyer does not initiate contact with the juror (such as by sending him or her a "friend" request).

Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland arrives with attorney Reid Weingarten at federal court, Friday, April 11, 2014, in New Haven, Conn.  A grand jury on Thursday returned a seven-count indictment alleging Rowland schemed to conceal involvement with congressional campaigns. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Rowland: High Court Ruling Undermines Campaign Finance Charges

By Associated Press |

Lawyers for former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland are arguing that some of the federal charges he faces are unconstitutional. They responded to government arguments in U.S. District Court with new briefs on June 30 in support of motions to have much of the case against the 57-year-old former governor dismissed.

Judge Orders Arrest of 'No-Show' Waterbury Lawyer

By KAREN ALI |

A Waterbury lawyer accused of failing to show up at clients' court dates faces arrest after missing his own disciplinary hearing in Superior Court in Waterbury. A judge issued an arrest warrant June 25 for Raymond Kotulski, who had his license deactivated last year after repeatedly failing to show up to represent clients, some of whom filed complaints with state disciplinary officials.

Law Tribune Seeks Employment, Construction, and Energy Law Articles

The Connecticut Law Tribune is seeking lawyer-written articles for several upcoming special practice section. Articles should be about 1,200 words long, contain no footnotes and be written in such a way that attorneys in any practice area can benefit from them.

Beatrice Codianni and Susan Rosenberg, who were formerly incarcerated at FCI in Danbury

Former Female Federal Inmates Push For Sentencing Reforms

By JAY STAPLETON and KAREN ALI |

About 1,000 former women inmates, most of whom had served time in Danbury's Federal Correctional Institution, rallied on June 21 in Washington, D.C., where they spoke about how changes need to be made in regards to how the criminal justice system deals with women.

Stamford Case Could Set Precedent As Postal Service Downsizes

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

In the early 1900s, federal buildings tended to be monumental—beautifully designed and built with high-quality construction materials so they would last. One hundred years later, the result is an inventory of historic post offices that are often larger than the U.S. Postal Service requires due to the declining volume of mail and increased automation.

Second Amendment Case Focuses On Open Carry Law

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Richard Burgess walked into a Wallingford pool hall with a gun and two magazines of ammunition. A bartender said some patrons felt uncomfortable and left. Another scared customer called 911.

Federal Court Warns Of Jury Duty Scams

By Karen Ali |

Pay a fine and avoid jail. That's the type of call some Connecticut residents are getting from scammers who are pretending they are calling from the federal jury administrator's office.

Jailed Transgender Teen Moved To Psych Center

By The Associated Press |

A troubled transgender girl detained in the Connecticut adult women's prison for two months without criminal charges was moved Tuesday, June 24, to a psychiatric center for children following an outcry by her supporters.

Family Sues State Over Inmate's Meningitis Death

By Associated Press |

The family of a Connecticut prison inmate who died of bacterial meningitis has filed a lawsuit alleging prison officials allowed him to suffer for more than a week before sending him to a doctor.

Former Wall Street Exec Beats Arson Accusation, Collects $1.5 Million

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

C. Andrew Riley is a former Wall Street executive who purchased an ornate Victorian home in the Windham County town of Pomfret after his honeymoon 31 years ago. One day in February 2009, a fire broke out in the room where Riley stored family photos and mementos from his career. In addition, his wife had just received a $30,000 bonus check from her employer. That, too, was reduce to ash. In fact, much of the home's interior sustained extensive damage.

Opinion: Funding Issues Threaten Community Mediation Centers

It's often difficult to watch the local news on television. Tales of conflict and breakups of relationships leading to unfortunate, often violent, conclusions seem commonplace. How could this be we ask as we watch or read about a terrible outcome? How did the situation get so out of hand? Was there no one there to intervene we wonder?

Woman Collects $2.75 Million In Sex Abuse Case

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Dawn Andalora v. Joseph Falanga: A woman who as a child was sexually abused by her mother's boyfriend was awarded $2.75 million by a state court jury in Willimantic.

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Gideon: Hillary Clinton And The Act Of Defending Guilty People

By Gideon |

People hate lawyers. That's a scientific fact. While some 65 percent of people will, at some point, need a lawyer, 100 percent of them will always make lawyer jokes and consistently rank us between corporate fatcats and congressmen on the "most hated people in America" list.

Opinion: Racial Data Aids Cause Of Justice

To the Editor: Chris Powell writes that the tracking and reporting of traffic stops and police Taser deployment, as advocated by the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, constitute a distraction from more pressing problems, such as racially discriminatory drug-free zones. ("Traffic Stops, Stun Guns Aren't The Race Problem," Connecticut Law Tribune, June 23.)

Opinion: Abolish The Attorney-Client Privilege

By Eugene R. Licker and Amanda J. Sherman |

One of the great myths of the legal profession is that the attorney-client privilege promises absolute confidentiality to ensure clients' full disclosure to their counsel. However, as most lawyers know too well, clients have a natural propensity to engage in self-protective selective disclosure, which may be justified given the many exceptions to the supposedly clear, certain and reliable rule and the vigor with which most counsel attack their adversaries' invocation of the privilege.

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Pro Bono Honors 2014: Sharon Dornfeld's Efforts Have Earned Her Hugs And Leadership Roles

By KAREN ALI |

Sharon Dornfeld said that a recent chance encounter reminded her why she donates so much time to help children. "I went a little late to a Danbury Bar Association meeting at a local restaurant, asked the young host to point me in the right direction, and was surprised when he said, 'Attorney Dornfeld?' When I said 'yes,' he threw his arms around me and gave me a big hug. I had no idea who he was. Turns out he was a kid I had represented in his parents' divorce about 10 years ago."

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Mark Dubois: Mortgage Scams Are Bad Risk for Lawyers

By Mark Dubois |

One of the many things I do a lot lately is talk. I am the floor show for many bar meetings. I recently did two of these with a very nice lawyer from the U.S. Attorney's Office, David Huang. They were both about mortgage fraud and how easily some lawyers got ensnared in a federal criminal prosecution.

Judges Vote To Allow Lawyers To Represent Medical Marijuana Growers

By JAY STAPLETON |

Connecticut's legalization of medical marijuana has caused ethical concerns among lawyers who are interested in the business opportunities they might gain from potential growers and sellers, but reticent about providing professional services tied to the sale of a substance that is still considers illegal under federal law.

Law Tribune Seeks Verdict And Settlement Results

If you or your firm has been involved in an interesting lawsuit, we would like to hear about it. We welcome equally plaintiffs' victories, defense verdicts, out-of-court settlements and alternative dispute resolution results,

'People's Court' Session Can't Stop Neighbors' Feud

By JAY STAPLETON |

The reality TV show "The People's Court" serves a function beyond entertainment by providing an outside-the-courtroom venue for arbitration of hundreds of small claims cases across the country each year.

Conn. Plays Key Role In National Mortgage Settlement

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

SunTrust, a mortgage lender and servicer, has agreed to pay nearly $1 billion to resolve allegations that it underwrote and endorsed faulty mortgage loans, according to government officials. Connecticut, 48 other states and the District of Columbia will share $550 million, according to state Attorney General George Jepsen.

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Norm Pattis: State Endorses Accused Killer's Goofy Defense

By NORM PATTIS |

There is something perversely delightful about the state Supreme Court's decision in the case of State v. Lishan Wang. Call it the revenge of informed consent in legal ethics.