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Conn.-Based Lawyers With Out-of-State Practices Can Run Afoul of UPL Rules

AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL | November 13, 2015

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.

Joseph McManus

Worker's Estate Receives $7.8 Million After Fatal Highway Crash

By Christian Nolan |

Lengthy litigation included dispute over who was driving company van.

Editorial: Rule of Law Jeopardized by Political Acts

There is a dangerous accumulation of acts and incidents that have the effect of undermining the notion that our nation is one of laws, and not men. We, as a profession, must speak out against this at every turn, every day.

Chief Court Administrator Patrick Carroll III has estimated that a $50 million reduction in the Judicial Branch budget would mean 1,000 layoffs.

Conn. Court Officials Say Governor's Budget Would Mean 600 More Layoffs

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

State Judicial Branch leaders are predicting that Gov. Dannel Malloy's latest budget plan would mean an additional 600 layoffs.

Antonio Ponvert

Federal Lawsuit Claims New Haven Rabbi Sexually Abused Teen

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

A New Haven rabbi has been accused in a federal lawsuit of sexually molesting a male student at a Jewish school hundreds of times over a three-year period beginning in 2002.

In a 2004 file photo, Douglas Perlitz talks about his missionary work with Haitian street children in a 2004 interview in Fairfield, Conn. Perlitz will be sentenced Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, after being convicting for sexually abusing eight boys at a school he founded in Haiti for street children. (AP Photo/Connecticut Post, Jeff Bustraan, File)

Conn. Judge Dismisses Sex-Trafficking Claim Against College, Former Chaplain

By MEGAN SPICER |

Decision marks rare win for defendants in Haiti sex abuse scandal.

Conn. Law Day Ceremonies Focus on Miranda Warning

By MEGAN SPICER |

The theme of this year's Law Day explored the "procedural protections, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principals is essential to our liberty."

Conn. Reaps $10 Million From Pharmaceutical Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

In a global settlement, drug-maker Wyeth will pay $784.6 million to resolve allegations that the company knowingly underpaid rebates to state Medicaid programs for the sales of drugs that treat heartburn and acid reflux.

Bankruptcy Attorneys Sue Colleges to Demand Return of Tuition Payments

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

For years, Robert and Jean DeMauro of North Haven made college tuition payments for their daughter to attend Johnson & Wales University.

White House Fence-Jumper From Conn. Challenges Arrest on Constitutional Grounds

By MEGAN SPICER |

Joseph Caputo's American flag cape billowed behind him as he scaled and leaped over the White House fence last Thanksgiving in his attempt to deliver President Barack Obama his rewritten version of the Constitution.

Barbara Izarelli

Update: Conn. Court's Tobacco Lawsuit Ruling Could Impact Other Products Liability Cases

By Christian Nolan |

A Norwich woman who developed cancer after years of smoking Salem cigarettes is one step closer to collecting a $28 million judgment against tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds.

Crime Victims Should Have a Voice, But Not at Pretrials

Victims of crime in Connecticut are well-represented by the state's attorneys, the Office of the Victim Advocate and the Office of Victim Services, as well as the judiciary.

Court To Decide Whether Conn. Can Force Murder Suspect to Take Medication

By Christian Nolan |

A former doctor who allegedly murdered another physician is challenging a trial judge's ruling to medicate him by force so that he is competent to stand trial.

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Norm Pattis: Voices of Discontent Dominate Chaotic Presidential Campaign

Donald Trump walked away from the so-called "Acela primaries" in the Northeast a complete winner, sweeping the Republican contests in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island in convincing fashion.

Long Island Sound, Montauk.

Conn. Clam-Poaching Dispute Raises Fourth Amendment Issues

By Christian Nolan |

An odd dispute involving Long Island Sound clams has resulted in a criminal trial and a civil lawsuit challenging the authority of state environmental police officers.

Court Upholds $100,000 Emotional Distress Award for Fired Therapist

By MEGAN SPICER |

Working in a nursing home can be stressful. But the job became even more so for an occupational therapist who reported alleged billing irregularities and was eventually terminated.

Conn. Bill Pits Domestic Violence Protection Against Second Amendment Rights

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

The General Assembly took a major step toward approving legislation that would allow the confiscation of firearms from people who are served with temporary restraining orders.

'Civil Gideon' Task Force Would Be an Important First Step

We have frequently commented on the paucity of affordable legal services for low- and moderate-income individuals facing serious legal problems.

UConn law students spent spring break helping undocumented immigrants who are detained in York, Pennsylvania. Among those helping with asylum applications were, from left, students Katelyn Donovan and Miriam Hasbun, alumni volunteer Meghann LaFountain, and students Bianca Slota and Hanna Tenison.

UConn Law Students Offer Hands-On Help To Immigrants Seeking Asylum

By MEGAN SPICER |

While many students opt to use their spring break to relax from the rigors of class work, more than 10 students from the University of Connecticut School of Law spent their time in Pennsylvania helping detained asylum seekers build compelling cases to eventually present to immigration judges.

Morris Glucksman

Stamford Attorney Resigns From Bar Following Theft Charge

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A long-time Stamford attorney who is facing charges that he stole thousands of dollars from an estate has resigned from the bar and waived his right to apply for reinstatement.

Conn. Judge Upholds $14.5 Million Verdict Against Fitness Center and Trainer

By Christian Nolan |

A Superior Court judge has denied post-trial motions which aimed to set aside a $14.5 million verdict awarded to a Greenwich doctor who suffered a massive stroke after his personal trainer pushed him to exercise too hard on a fitness center's exercise machine.

Proposed Layoffs Could Devastate Justice System

There has been a lot of publicity about how Gov. Dannel Malloy's Second Chance Society might affect the criminal justice system.

Judge's Ruling Sheds Light on Blight Ordinance Enforcement

By MEGAN SPICER |

Rocky Hill officials have referred to Anthony Straska's farm as "the town disgrace" because of the junked cars and piles of trash on the property.

Update: Psychiatric Nurse Held Liable As Patient's Suicide Results in $12 Million Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A New Haven jury has returned a $12 million verdict in a case brought by the estate of a man who committed suicide after his medication levels were reduced by Yale-New Haven Hospital and a psychiatric nurse allegedly failed to monitor his health.

Law Tribune Announces Lawyer of the Year Finalists

For several months, we asked bar members to submit nominations for attorneys who have had significant achievements in the law — ranging from litigation success to leadership in law firms and bar groups — since the beginning of 2015.

Jury Says Hospital, Nurse Must Pay $12 Million to Estate of Suicide Victim

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

A New Haven jury has returned a $12 million verdict in a case brought by the estate of a man who committed suicide after his medication levels were reduced by Yale-New Haven Hospital and a psychiatric nurse allegedly failed to monitor his health.

Lawyers Should Be On Lookout for Fair Housing Issues

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development annually declares April to be Fair Housing Month.

Feds Charge Former Conn. Bankruptcy Attorney With Embezzlement

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A longtime former New Haven bankruptcy attorney who recently resigned from the bar over allegations of mishandling client funds is now facing a federal criminal charge. Peter Ressler, 68, of Woodbridge, was charged April 25 with embezzlement of debtors' funds, according to the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office.

David Golub

Conn. Court Says State Law Doesn't Bar Smokers' Lawsuits Against Tobacco Companies

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who developed cancer after years of smoking Salem cigarettes is one step closer to collecting a $28 million judgment against tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds.

Benjamin Daniels and David Roth

Second Circuit Had a Busy First Quarter of 2016

By BENJAMIN M. DANIELS and DAVID R. ROTH |

Other rulings focus on subject-matter jurisdiction, attorney obligations.

State Launches New Type of Parole Hearings for Former Juvenile Offenders

By Christian Nolan |

Supreme Court rulings on juvenile punishment prompt scores of sentence reviews.

Steven Cash

Law Firms Find New Niche Conducting Sex Assault Investigations for Colleges

By MEGAN SPICER |

New Day Pitney partnership designed to ease burden on university GCs.

A Meriden mosque was hit by gunfire last fall, though the shooter later apologized for his actions. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)

Conn. U.S. Attorney Launches Panel To Address Backlash Against Muslims, Arabs

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The backlash against the Muslim and Arab communities following terrorist attacks hit home in Connecticut last fall, when a man fired several gunshots at the Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden.

Michelle Cruz: Second Chance 2.0 Based on Myths and Falsehoods

By Michelle Cruz |

What might the "justice system" look like if Second Chance 2.0 is approved?

Court Awards Stabbing Victim $124,000 for Pain and PTSD

By Christian Nolan |

A man who was stabbed in the chest by a neighbor and later sued has been awarded nearly $124,000 by a judge in Bridgeport.

New Haven State's Attorney Michael Dearington's many high-profile cases include prosecuting the defendants in the Cheshire home-invasion murders. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

State's Attorney Retires After More Than 40 Years as Prosecutor

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

New Haven's Dearington steps down after decades of handling big cases.

Donald Trump

Editorial: Trump's Views Show Disregard for Rule of Law

By The Connecticut Law Tribune |

Trump talks of loosening our laws to allow for such torture. Heeding him would not be loosening our laws, but a wholesale disregard for them and an abandonment of our enlightened moral stature in the world.

Feds Indict Conn. Lawyer Who Allegedy Defrauded Homeowners

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

A Bridgeport attorney has been indicted and charged with conspiring with another man to defraud homeowners who were facing foreclosure.

Dillon Stadium

City's Lawsuit Kicks Back at Soccer Stadium Developers

By MEGAN SPICER |

Lawsuit makes multiple claims against management companies.

Rejected Police Recruit, 51, Wins $65,000 in Age Discrimination Case

By Christian Nolan |

Every few days, the training instructor would allegedly make statements that Gaul was 'stupid and old.' He would also frequently pull Gaul aside and tell him: 'Go home, old man, you are not going to make it.'

Trial Date Set for 2018 in Newtown Families' Lawsuit Against Gun Maker

By Law Tribune Staff |

State Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis has scheduled the trial to begin in two years, on April 3, 2018.

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Mark Dubois: Who Is the Client? Uncertainty Can Cause Ethical Issues

By MARK DUBOIS |

A trio of cases arising out of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse mess at Penn State reminds us of the complexities associated with defining client identity when dealing with corporate entities.

New Family Justice Center Puts Prosecutors, Private Lawyers and Counselors Under One Roof to Assist Victims

By MEGAN SPICER |

The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport is being billed as the first of its kind in the state. In reality, it's part of a national trend, a one-stop shop for women, men and children who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Court Upholds Arbitrator's Ruling, Orders Equity Fund Manager to Pay $7.8 Million

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A Superior Court judge has upheld a private arbitrator's decision to award $7.8 million to private equity fund investors and their lawyers.

Judge Tosses Out Vizio's Challenge to State's Recycling Fee Law

By MEGAN SPICER |

A federal judge has ruled that a Connecticut law that charges electronics makers fees in order to cover disposal costs of old products is constitutional, striking down a claim by television set maker Vizio.

Robert Keville

State Supreme Court Allows Workers' Comp Benefits for PTSD

By Christian Nolan |

The state Supreme Court has upheld a decision to grant workers' compensation benefits to a former FedEx employee who suffered a cardiac episode while delivering packages and claims he developed post-traumatic stress disorder as a result.

Conn. Court Bars Alleged Sex Offender from Withdrawing Guilty Plea

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

"We conclude that the Appellate Court properly determined that the defendant was not entitled to a further inquiry into the basis of his motion to withdraw his guilty plea under the facts of the present case," Justice Dennis Eveleigh wrote for the majority opinion.

Merrick Garland.

Editorial: Could Senate Consent to Garland Nomination Through Silence?

Gregory Diskant, a lawyer and member of the national governing board of Common Cause, recently made a novel suggestion for breaking through the gridlock on President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Conn. Recycling Companies Settle Environmental Allegations

By Christian Nolan |

Two Connecticut recycling companies have agreed to settlements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over allegations they violated federal laws regarding their handling of toxic substances.

David Golder and Allison Dearington

Changes Coming to Rules for White-Collar Workers

By DAVID R. GOLDER and ALLISON P. DEARINGTON |

Employees will have little time to evaluate exemption status.

Rebecca Goldberg

Major Rule Change for Salaried Employees Is Imminent

By REBECCA GOLDBERG |

Employers must either boost salaries or provide overtime compensation.

Janet Nahorney

Preparing for Audits of Employee Benefit Plans

By JANET M. NAHORNEY |

Companies should consider using external expertise to ensure compliance.

Annie Kernicky and Michael Homans

Courts' Revised Rules Affect Employment Litigation

By ANNIE KERNICKY and MICHAEL HOMANS |

Discovery limited to information relevant to parties' specific claims.

Cindy Cieslak

Transparency vs. Attorney-Client Privilege

By CINDY M. CIESLAK |

U.S. Department of Labor issues final 'Persuader' rule.

Erin O'Neil-Baker

Defense Counsel's Role in Representing Noncitizens

By ERIN O'NEIL-BAKER |

Rulings clarify duty to warn clients of immigration consequences.

Robert G. Brody and Alexander Friedman

Get Ready for Changes to White-Collar Exemption

By ROBERT G. BRODY and ALEXANDER FRIEDMAN |

For most employers, new rules will mean increased costs.

Robert C. Hinton

Taking Care of Our Service Members

By ROBERT C. HINTON |

Employers have legal obligations under USERRA.

Paige Quilliam

Judge Launches Legal Education Program for Middle Schoolers

By MEGAN SPICER |

Judges and lawyers go back to school to share civics lessons.

Wristy Business: Conn. Bracelet Maker Entangled in Trade Dress Dispute

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

Connecticut 'Loom Band' firm says California competitor copied packaging.

Attorney Howard Altschuler led his client through testimony alleging that a top trial attorney tried to change a fee retainer agreement just days before a $25 million settlement was to be distributed.

Contingency Fee Agreement Focus of Latest Hearings in Multi-Million-Dollar Malpractice Case

By THOMAS B. SCHEFFEY |

Clients continue to maintain firm overcharged them by millions of dollars.

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Norm Pattis: Police Often Reluctant to Return Property to Owners

By NORM PATTIS |

Lawmen are plenty aggressive when it comes to seizing money, and prosecutors are often aggressive in perfecting these claims. By an odd twist of law, one needn't be convicted of a crime to lose assets.

Elizabeth Acee

Conn. Law Firms Appoint Leaders, Announce New Hirings

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

LeClairRyan taps Conn. attorney to run national litigation department

Updated: CBA Leaders 'Distressed' as Judicial Branch Announces 126 Layoffs

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The Connecticut Judicial Branch has announced that it has issued layoff notices to 126 workers in anticipation of dramatic cuts in its annual budget.

Updated: Judicial Branch Announces Layoffs of 126 Employees

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The Connecticut Judicial Branch has announced that it has issued layoff notices to 126 workers in anticipation of dramatic cuts in its annual budget.

Joshua Koskoff

Conn. Judge Allows Newtown Lawsuit Against Gun Maker to Move Forward

By Christian Nolan |

Lawyers for the victims' families are calling the ruling a "huge victory" in their effort to hold Remington Arms, the maker of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used by Adam Lanza, responsible for the Sandy Hook massacre.

Shelley Graves

Maintenance Worker Settles for $735,000 After Pickup Truck Pins Him to Compactor

By Christian Nolan |

A maintenance worker who sustained severe leg injuries when he was accidentally pinned against a trash compactor on the Mitchell College campus by a pickup truck has settled with the New London school for $735,000.

John Bonee III

John Bonee III: Reflections on 20 Years as a CBA Delegate

By John Bonee III |

Twenty years ago, when completing my duties as Hartford County Bar Association president, I ran for the Connecticut Bar Association's House of Delegates from Hartford's District 12.

Chief Court Administrator Patrick Carroll III has estimated that a $50 million reduction in the Judicial Branch budget would mean 1,000 layoffs.

Conn. Chief Justice Says Layoff Notices Will Go Out Thursday

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Connecticut Chief Justice Chase Rogers braced state Judicial Branch workers for layoffs, saying that "the budget cuts we face are simply too large" to avoid workforce reductions in the court system.

Senior Citizen Pursues Legal Action After UConn Law School Rejection

By MEGAN SPICER |

Geoffrey Akers has seven college degrees, including a doctorate from the University of Connecticut. But he was denied admission by the UConn School of Law twice, in 2012 and 2013, and was put on the school's wait list in the 1990s.

John Morgan

Court Awards $62,000 to Conn. Inmate Who Challenged State Solitary Confinement Policies

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Federal judge sides with Conn. inmate who made constitutional claim.

Yale Law School

Editorial: State Constitution Bars Taxation of Yale Endowment

With hundreds of millions of dollars of debt looming over them, state lawmakers came up with a brilliant plan: let's make income on university endowments taxable.

Conn. Taxi Drivers Drop Lawsuit Against Uber

By Associated Press |

More than a dozen taxi and limousine companies have dropped their federal lawsuit accusing ride-hailing company Uber of failing to follow state laws and regulations on taxi services, a lawyer representing the companies said.

Hamden Lawyer Charged With Stealing Client's $50,000 Accident Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

A former Hamden lawyer has been charged with stealing $50,000 from a client, money he reportedly procured as a settlement for a car accident lawsuit.

A former meat cutter took photos of chicken that he said was improperly left out to thaw at room temperature in support of a whistleblower lawsuit against Whole Foods supermarkets.

Lawsuit Claims Whole Foods Fired Worker Who Alleged Sale of Tainted Meat

By MEGAN SPICER |

Meat cutter Angel Figueroa claims he was fired barely 24 hours after he called the Westport Health Department to complain about meat being sold in the Westport Whole Foods market.

Hartford Archdiocese Sues Insurer to Recover $1 Million in Priest Sex Abuse Settlements

By Associated Press |

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford has taken its dispute with an insurance company to trial, seeking reimbursement of more than $1 million in payments made to settle sexual misconduct cases involving priests and minors.

Updated: Pro Wrestler Drops Lawsuit Demanding WWE Streaming Video Royalties

By MEGAN SPICER |

The world of professional wrestling seemed like an odd place for a cutting-edge dispute over intellectual property. But for a few days, a federal lawsuit filed in Connecticut by a former WWE wrestler appeared likely to become part of an ongoing debate over the rights of performers of all types to collect royalties from streaming video services.

Federal Court Awards Conn. Nuclear Plant Owners $32.6 Million

By Christian Nolan |

A federal judge has awarded nearly $77 million to the owners of three decommissioned nuclear power plants in New England, including Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Co. in Haddam Neck, Connecticut, to reimburse the companies for the costs of storing spent nuclear fuel.

Jay Ruane

Conn. Bar Sees Many Benefits to Bail Reform Proposal

By Christian Nolan |

The governor's proposal to revamp the state's bail bond system, including the removal of bail for most misdemeanor crimes, would certainly affect people who are arrested and the bail bonds businesses they turn to. But bail reform could also have a wide-ranging impact throughout the legal community

WWE Lawsuit Raises Questions About Streaming Video Royalties

By MEGAN SPICER |

The world of professional wrestling may seem like an odd place for a cutting-edge dispute over intellectual property. But a lawsuit filed by a former WWE wrestler may become part of an ongoing debate over the rights of performers of all types to collect royalties from streaming video services.

Bar Foundation Leader Urges Support of Legal Aid Bill

Senate Bill No. 428 is the only avenue available to support those organizations that provide legal services to Connecticut's impoverished population.

John Morgan

Federal Lawsuit Raises Questions About State's Solitary Confinement Policies

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

'Without any specific, individualized findings that [the inmate] presented a risk to safety and security as a pretrial detainee, the restrictions as applied to him were excessive,' the judge wrote.

Kristan Peters-Hamlin

Despite Out-of-State Disbarment, Lawyer Continues Conn. Practice

By SCOTT FLAHERTY |

Wesport attorney Kristan Peters-Hamlin, who previously received a seven-year suspension in New York based on misconduct during a trade secrets case, has been disbarred in Maryland following a related disciplinary proceeding.

Conn. Court Officials Say Latest Budget Plan Would Lead to 'Dramatic' Cuts

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The legislature's Appropriations Committee has voted to allocate $561.2 million for the Judicial Branch for the fiscal year 2016-17, which starts July 1. Though lawmakers and court officials disgree on exactly how much lower that is than the current year's allocation, Judicial Branch officials said the figure would mean eliminating positions and closing courthouses.

Falun Gong members, whose spiritual practice includes yoga-like exercises, say they were subjected to beatings because of the reporting of a Chinese journalist who was sued in federal court in Connecticut. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Conn. Judge Says Journalist Can't Be Sued for Critical Coverage of Religious Sect

By Christian Nolan |

Journalist Zhao Zhizhen had argued that American free speech principles should protect him. He argued that his reporting on the Falun Gong was similar to that aired on '60 Minutes' and other U.S. programs.

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Mark Dubois: In Computer Age, Practice of Law Still Requires Human Touch

By Mark Dubois |

A Google computer program just beat one of the world masters at the game of Go. There's a lesson in that for us.

Sergei Lemberg

Conn. Company Hit With Class Action Over Advertising Text Messages

By MEGAN SPICER |

A federal lawsuit has been filed against Wallingford-based Edible Arrangements, accusing the fancy fruit franchiser of violating the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unwanted text messages to consumers over the course of four years.

Gugsa Abraham ‘Abe’ Dabela

Federal Lawsuit Claims Black Conn. Lawyer Was Murdered, Blasts Police Investigation

By Paul Sussman |

"He was murdered." So reads a snippet of a 31-page federal lawsuit filed by the family of Gugsa Abraham Dabela which claims police ignored substantial evidence that pointed to foul play and hastily classified the black Redding attorney's death as a suicide.

Patricia King

Patricia King: Dealing With Different Types of Problem Clients

By PATRICIA KING |

The ability to recognize a problem client can allow you to make an informed decision whether to decline the representation, or to undertake the representation with an understanding that it is going to take some extra work to manage the client along with his case.

Donald Papcsy

City Settles With Ex-Student Who Had Sex With Teacher

By Christian Nolan |

The recent Stamford School District sex scandal is going to cost the city and its school system more than just their reputations. The city has agreed to pay the student who had a sexual relationship with his teacher $750,000 to resolve any potential civil lawsuit.

Conn. Bankruptcy Attorney Resigns Bar License Amid Financial Allegations

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A New Haven bankruptcy attorney with more than four decades in the field has resigned from the bar amid allegations of mishandling several thousand dollars in client funds.

Security Firm Held Not Liable in $42 Million Conn. Warehouse Heist

By CELIA AMPEL |

A Florida-based security company has defeated an insurance company's attempt to recover a $42 million loss stemming from a prescription drug heist from a Connecticut warehouse.

Conn. Bankruptcy Attorney Resigns Bar License Amid Financial Allegations

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A New Haven bankruptcy attorney with more than four decades in the field has resigned from the bar amid allegations of mishandling several thousand dollars in client's funds.

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Norm Pattis: Civil Gideon Proposal Is A Bad Idea

By Norm Pattis |

While it sounds good in theory to say that no litigant should be kept from court on economic grounds, in practice, providing free, court-appointed counsel to all litigants is the equivalent of giving alcoholics carte blanche access to a gin mill.

Court Bars Immigration-Related Questions in Car Crash Case Deposition

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

When José Soriano Jimenez, who had been injured in a car crash, went to give a deposition in his lawsuit against the other driver, he didn't expect to be asked questions about his immigration status.

School Principal Awarded $500,000 After Botched Surgical Procedure

By Christian Nolan |

Connecticut's middle school principal of the year in 2014 has been awarded nearly $500,000 by a Waterbury jury after a botched gynecological procedure caused her to nearly bleed to death.

Rita Smith

Advocacy Groups Applaud After Conn. Domestic Violence Victim Is Acquitted of Murder

By MEGAN SPICER |

Cherelle Baldwin walked free March 31 after being found not guilty of murder. She had crushed her ex-boyfriend against a wall with a car, claiming that she was acting in self-defense against a man who had abused her time and again.

Editorial: Firms Should Launch Residency Programs to Train Next Generation of Lawyers

We as members of the bar have an obligation to make sure that the next generation of lawyers is adequately trained, has had appropriate work experience, and will serve the public good responsibly.

Fairfield County Law Firm Picks Up Roots, Moves to New Town

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A Stratford law firm will be moving to a new, larger space in Shelton this spring to accommodate its growing practice.

Attorney William Marohn says his client's life savings were wiped out by an East Haven man who was posing as an investment advisor.

Judge Awards $1.2 Million in Civil Case Filed by Ripped-Off Investor

By Christian Nolan |

A New Haven judge has awarded $1.2 million to an angry investor who filed a civil claim against an unlicensed investment adviser who ripped off close friends and family members.

Judge Says Deported Immigrants Can't Return to Testify Before Conn. Legislature

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A federal judge has dismissed the petition of two deported Italian immigrants who sought to enter the country and testify before the Connecticut legislature. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant, concluding the court lacks jurisdiction, refused to overrule the decision by immigration officials to bar the deportees' re-entry.

Alan Schwartz

Second Circuit Says Not All Businesses Are Subject To Conn. Court Jurisdiction

By ALAN SCHWARTZ and KEVIN SMITH |

Judges say business registration doesn't constitute 'consent' to state jurisdiction.

Michael Jefferson

Defense Lawyer's Novel Rewrites Post-Civil War Racial History

By MEGAN SPICER |

Plot puts black leaders in the South after the Civil War.

Proposed Task Force Would Consider 'Civil Gideon' Initiative in Conn.

By MEGAN SPICER |

Legislative task force proposed to study representation issue.

Widow Who Found Husband's Body Wants Courts to Allow Emotional Distress Claim

By Christian Nolan |

A widow who discovered her husband's dead body at work is attempting to sue his employer for bystander emotional distress even though she has already received benefits through the workers' compensation system.

Conn. Cookie Maker Settles Intellectual Property Lawsuit

By MEGAN SPICER |

A clash over chocolate-filled cookies has culminated in Trader Joe's settling a lawsuit filed by Pepperidge Farm.

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Norm Pattis: Disciplinary Authorities Go Too Easy on Prosecutors

By Norm Pattis |

Who holds prosecutors accountable when they err? The answer, surprisingly, is no one. That's one conclusion a recent study on prosecutorial misconduct nationwide reached.

U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Weigh in On Conn. 'Takings' Case

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

It has been more than a decade since a Middlefield-based company first tried to get the necessary approval from Durham's town land use boards to develop a 10-acre parcel it owns.

Law Tribune Announces Professional Excellence Award Winners

The Law Tribune is proud to announce the winners of its second annual Professional Excellence Awards.

Editorial: State Should Amend Laws Regulating Electroshock Therapy

Connecticut's shock therapy statutes raise serious due process concerns and need to be amended, especially because the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for people with psychiatric diagnoses is once again increasing in Connecticut.

Conn. to Share in $76 Million Settlement With 'Shameful' Cancer Charities

By Christian Nolan |

Connecticut and all 49 other states have reached a nearly $76 million settlement with two nationwide cancer charities and the man responsible for their operation.

Conn. Supreme Court to Decide Whether On-the-Job Pot Smoker Should Be Fired

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court will soon decide whether a state employee who was getting high on the job should have been fired.

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Mark Dubois: Bar Members Need to Step Up and Help Legal Aid

By MARK DUBOIS |

If nothing is done, an already meager and woefully understaffed attempt at providing legal services to those who need it most and can afford it least will be further pared down. At some point, it will be so small and ineffectual that some will wonder why we even pretend to care.

Yale Law School

U.S. Supreme Court Won't Hear Case of Yale's Controversial van Gogh Painting

By MEGAN SPICER |

A Vincent van Gogh painting will continue to hang on the walls of the Yale University Art Gallery after the U.S. Supreme Court decided to not hear an appeal from a man who claims his ancestor was the rightful owner of the masterpiece titled "Night Cafe."

Josephine Miller

Conn. Supreme Court Upholds Suspension of Civil Rights Lawyer

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The state Supreme Court has upheld a six-month suspension of a civil rights attorney who has previously alleged racial bias by the courts and the attorney disciplinary system.

Howard Fetner

Judge Allows Company to Withhold Benefits From Departing Employee

By MEGAN SPICER |

A Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of a Connecticut health care provider in a case where both a dentist and his former employer accused each other of breach of contract.

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U.S. Attorney's Investigation Results in Conn. Hotels Settling ADA Complaints

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

An ongoing push by federal officials to make Connecticut hotels accessible to guests with disabilities has resulted in another hotel agreeing to make changes and facility upgrades.

Plaintiffs attorneys Paul Thomas and Lewis Chimes (front row) helped two clients obtain $3.4 million in an employment discrimination case.

Conn. Jury Awards $3.4 Million to Black Workers Who Alleged 'Atrocious' Racism

By Christian Nolan |

A federal court jury in Connecticut has awarded nearly $3.4 million to two men who claim they were subjected to racial discrimination and slurs on the job.

Rita Smith

National Groups Say Prosecution of Conn. Domestic Violence Victim Highlights Flaws in State Law

By MEGAN SPICER |

Advocates from across the country are rallying behind a Bridgeport mother and domestic violence victim who is on trial for killing the man who allegedly abused her during their relationship.

Mark Dubois: Lawyers Struggled With Outdated Business Model

By Mark Dubois |

Since adopting the notion that the practice of law is a profession, as opposed to a business, American lawyers have been struggling with the tension between theory and reality which came with the choice.

Boy Scouts Gear Up for Conn. Supreme Court Battle in Challenge to $12 Million Sex Abuse Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A Connecticut Boy Scout who claimed he was sexually abused by his troop leader in the mid-1970s was awarded $12 million after a trial in late 2014.

Law Tribune Seeks Nominations for Lawyer of the Year

The Law Tribune is seeking nominees for its second annual Connecticut Lawyer of the Year award.

Theodore Heisey

Conn. Judge's Ruling May Open Door to More Transgender Discrimination Claims

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Dr. Deborah Fabian says the Hospital of Central Connecticut was prepared to hire her as an orthopedic surgeon, but at the last minute withdrew its offer. Though the hospital said it had some legitimate concerns about whether Fabian was a good fit for the position, the surgeon claims in a federal lawsuit that the hospital backed out of the deal after finding out she was transgender.

Editorial: Legislature Should Boost Legal Aid Funding

Legal services programs in Connecticut are once again facing the possibility of decreased funding and thus diminished resources for their clients.

Ryan Jayne

Conn. City Sued After Banning Anti-Religion Banner From Park

By MEGAN SPICER |

For years, legal battles have been waged over whether religious displays on public property are protected under the First Amendment or barred by it.

Scott Karsten

Appeals Court Says Police Aren't Liable for Delayed Response in Shooting Case

By Christian Nolan |

After Wilfredo Texidor Jr. got shot in front of a relative's home, he became upset. Not just because of his neck injury, but because of how long it took police officers to arrive.

Conn. Court to Decide Whether Drug-Sniffing Dog Violated Pot Grower's Rights

By Christian Nolan |

The Supreme Court will decide whether the use of a drug-sniffing dog in the common area hallway of an apartment building violated the Fourth Amendment rights of a tenant who was later charged with growing marijuana.

Aaron Bayer

Aaron Bayer: Supreme Court Affirmative Action Case Attracts Bevy of Amicus Briefs

By Commentary by Aaron Bayer |

Justice Antonin Scalia's untimely death has renewed speculation about how the Supreme Court may decide the fate of university affirmative action in Fisher v. University of Texas.

Holland & Knight

International Firm Expands Conn. Office With New IP Attorneys

By Law Tribune Staff |

It's only been two months since the international law firm of Holland & Knight announced the opening of its Connecticut office.

New Film Focuses on Conn. Lawyer's Prep School Drug Deal

By Associated Press |

It was three decades ago that Derek Oatis was busted at a New York airport with South American cocaine he intended to sell to his prep school classmates, a scandal that led to the arrest and expulsion of more than a dozen students at a prestigious Connecticut boarding school.

Trampoline Owner Held Not Liable for Boy's Injuries

By Christian Nolan |

A Waterbury judge has rendered a defense verdict in a lawsuit filed by a mother whose young son was injured while playing on a trampoline.

Amtrak train. Baltimore, MD. July 6, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Conn. Contractor Settles Amtrak Project Overbilling Allegations for $580,000

By Christian Nolan |

A Rocky Hill-based construction company has agreed to pay $580,000 to settle allegations that it overbilled the federal government on a bridge reconstruction project in Niantic.

Judge Rejects Defense Argument That Mosquitos Caused Crash

By MEGAN SPICER |

A defense lawyer argued that the driver of a state-owned vehicle shouldn't be held liable for an accident because mosquitos invaded the cab of his truck and caused him to lose control.

Probate Judges Urged to Use Mediation More Often in Emotionally Charged Cases

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Probate court cases are often emotionally charged, with family members arguing about such topics as the terms of a will or how to best handle an elderly parent's care.

Conn. Firm Mourns Partner Who Died in Cycling Accident

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A Danbury attorney who recently died from injuries in a bicycling accident is being remembered by his colleagues and friends for his skills as a lawyer, his ethics, his cycling achievements and his desire to help animals.

Former Nail Salon Employees Win Damages in Wage Dispute

By MEGAN SPICER |

Two former nail salon employees were awarded double damages after a judge concluded that the company's owner continued to pay below minimum wage and falsify time cards, even after a state Department of Labor investigation revealed the illegal practices.

Former Attorney Avoids Prison in Larceny Case Involving Disabled Client

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

John Fritz told a judge recently that his former attorney's theft of his money left him severely depressed, nervous, angry and distrustful of lawyers, the courts and people in general.

Conn. Firm Adds Attorneys, Opens New York Office

By Law Tribune Staff |

Connecticut-based Shipman & Goodwin is launching its second out-of-state office, with the firm opening a new location in New York City. At the same time, the 180-lawyer firm has announced that it is adding two veteran attorneys from the national firm of LeClairRyan.

Dan Klau

Dan Klau: Garland Nomination Likely To Set Off Epic Battle

By Dan Klau |

In the Supreme Court nomination battle, the stakes are enormous for both political parties and for the nation. When the stakes are that significant, we should expect nothing less than a battle royale.

William Tong

Court Hearing Scheduled as Feds Block Subpoenaed Immigrants From Testifying Before Conn. Legislature

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Federal court hearing set as state lawmakers seek to enforce subpoena.

U.S. Postal Service truck.

Conn. Judges Deal With Flood of Filings From Bogus 'Postal Court'

By Christian Nolan |

Federal jurisdictions across country flooded with 'incoherent' filings.

Vicki Hutchinson

Conn. Woman Who Killed Newborn Involved in Unusual Clemency Case

By MEGAN SPICER |

Panna Krom was only 16 when she got pregnant. Fearing her strict immigrant parents would disown her if they found out, she hid her pregnancy from them. Her boyfriend turned his back on her, and she felt alone: a child forced to face a very adult situation.

Injured Teen Awarded $360,000 After ATV Accident

By Christian Nolan |

Parents held liable for failing to supervise daughter's friends.

Governor Tells Courts, Prosecutors to Cut Spending by Nearly $10 Million

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The state court system is taking another budget hit. Gov. Dannel Malloy has asked state agencies to cut spending by $78.8 million between now and the June 30 end of the fiscal year, with the Judicial Branch being asked to reduce planned expenditures by $9.4 million.

As Lawsuits Pile Up Against Election Law, Conn. Legislators Consider Change

By MEGAN SPICER |

Lawsuits call residency requirement for petition circulators unconstitutional.

The family of a slain Milford student said that Christopher Plaskon, pictured here with criminal defense attorney Edward Gavin, should have taken steps to control his mental illness.

Slain Student's Family Files Suit Against School District, Killer's Parents

By MEGAN SPICER |

Civil suit targets Milford district and family of teenage killer.

Conn. Psychiatrist Settles Medicaid Fraud Claims for $400,000

By Christian Nolan |

A Tolland psychiatrist who allegedly submitted fraudulent Medicaid claims has agreed to a settlement with the state for just over $400,000.

Michelle Cruz: Erin Andrews' Case Puts High Value on Privacy Rights

By MICHELLE CRUZ |

With the advancement of technology and the explosive use of social media and cellphones with video capabilities, the right to privacy has come under attack.

Slain Student's Family Files Suit Against School District, Killer's Parents

By MEGAN SPICER |

Maren Sanchez had warned employeess at her Milford high school that Christopher Plaskon was dangerous and had threatened to hurt himself and others, according to a just-filed lawsuit. But, says Sanchez's family, officials at Jonathan Law High School took no action and Plaskon stabbed Sanchez to death in April 2014.

President Barack Obama, announces the nomination of chief judge Merrick Garland, right, to the U.S. Supreme Court, at the Rose Garden.  March 16, 2016.

D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland Nominated to Supreme Court

Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and a former U.S. Justice Department lawyer who led the investigation of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, was nominated Wednesday to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Editorial: Lawmakers Must Take Aggressive Steps to Protect Public Land

Will improved statutory or constitutional protections of state lands or giveaways of public lands win the day?

John Williams

Judge Rejects Real Estate Firm's Claim Against Attorney in Insurance Case

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Malpractice lawsuit centered on insurance settlement for damaged house.

James Clark

Girls Sexually Abused by Stepfather, Neighbor Awarded $1.2 Million

By Christian Nolan |

A Waterbury judge has awarded damages of $1 million and $200,000 in separate civil sex abuse lawsuits in which the adult perpetrators were close acquaintances of the young female victims.

Judge Allows Black School Principal's Discrimination Lawsuit to Move Forward

By MEGAN SPICER |

Principal Erik Brown, an African American, was accused of bullying faculty members and was demoted. He sued the school district, claiming that white principals weren't punished in the same manner. Recently, a U.S. District Court judge found enough merit in Brown's accusations to allow several complaints about the school board and superintendent to proceed to trial.

Law Tribune Seeks Nominees for Professional Excellence Awards

The Law Tribune is seeking nominees for its second annual Professional Excellence Awards.

Fired Anesthesiologist Files Sex Discrimination Suit Against Hospital

By MEGAN SPICER |

An anesthesiologist with 30 years of experience has sued Stamford Hospital, saying she was retaliated against and then fired after complaining of sexual discrimination.

Governor Appoints Legislative Attorney as New Claims Commissioner

By Christian Nolan |

Gov. Dannel Malloy has appointed a legislative lawyer as the state's next claims commissioner. Christy Scott, of West Hartford, has been appointed to fill the position vacated by J. Paul Vance Jr., whose resignation took effect earlier this month.

Conn. Plaintiffs Denied Long-Term Care Coverage Pursue Class Action Against Insurer

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Francis and Barbara Coughlin purchased a long-term care insurance policy in 1992. Two decades later, they needed it. Francis was suffering from multiple ailments and Barbara had Alzheimer's disease. In April 2012, they moved into an assisted living facility in Darien, but their insurance company refused to pay for their care.

James Harrington

Appellate Court Says Tribal Employee Has Immunity In Personal Injury Case

By Christian Nolan |

Injured motorists thwarted in claim against Mohegan limo driver.

Darnell Crosland

NAACP Leader Makes Mark As Attorney With High-Profile Civil Rights Cases

By MEGAN SPICER |

Darnell Crosland is focusing on two cases involving the controversial deaths of young black men. As a litigator, he's representing the estate of a black man who died after police shot him with a stun gun. As an NAACP official, he's leading the investigation into the controversial circumstances surrounding the death of a young black lawyer in Redding.

James Clark

Judge Bars Sex Abuse Victim's Attorney From Pretrial Conferences

By Christian Nolan |

Stratford case leads to skirmish between defense bar and ex-prosecutor.

Letter: Scalia's Judicial Views Weren't Friendly Toward Women

A grave or at least serious injury to the legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia is being done by those (media, colleagues, legislators and scholars) who ignore his original constitutional position about rights of women

Rapper 50 Cent was called into a Connecticut bankruptcy court on March 9 to explain social medial photos showing him with piles of cash. He claims the money is fake.

Conn. Bankruptcy Judge Questions Rapper About Assets

By Associated Press |

A bankruptcy court official has urged a federal judge in Connecticut to order an independent review of rapper 50 Cent's assets, after questions were raised about his financial reporting and photos of him with piles of cash were posted online.

Military Spouses May Be Allowed to Practice

By MEGAN SPICER |

A proposed Practice Book amendment would allow licensed attorneys married to active military members to practice law without sitting for the state bar exam.

Conn. FBI Agent Injured in 9/11 Attacks Pursues Bias Suit Against Justice Department

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A Connecticut FBI agent who sustained injuries in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be allowed to proceed with a federal lawsuit in which he claims he was discriminated against at work and then subject to retaliation when he complained about it.

Diana Urban

Conn. Law Students May Be Enlisted to Represent Animals in Abuse Cases

By MEGAN SPICER |

If state Rep. Diane Urban's bill is approved, abused animals in the state will have access to some unlikely allies: Connecticut law students.

Conn. FBI Agent Injured in 9/11 Attacks Pursues Bias Suit Against Justice Department

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A Connecticut FBI agent who sustained injuries in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be allowed to proceed with a federal lawsuit in which he claims that he was discriminated against at work and then subject to retaliation when he complained about it.

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Mark Dubois: Should Legal Profession Embrace Change or Stand Firm?

By Mark Dubois |

Several events recently brought home the fact that, in the words of one wag, "this ain't our fathers' bar anymore."

Student With Armed Drone Files Lawsuit Seeking Reinstatement to College

By Associated Press |

A former Central Connecticut State University student expelled after equipping a drone with a gun has filed a lawsuit seeking reinstatement to the school.

John Cordani

Conn. Court Rejects Convicted Bomb Maker's Request for New Trial

By Christian Nolan |

Kenneth Jamison is serving a 32-year prison sentence for allegedly making a homemade bomb. The key witness against him was his ex-girlfriend who he says lied in order to prevent charges against her. But the state Supreme Court has ruled that Jamison got a fair shake at his first trial.

Robert Holzberg

Conn. Lawmakers Consider Tougher Penalties for Threats Against Judges

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that calls for more severe penalties for anyone convicted of threatening a judge.

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Norm Pattis: Make the Plea Bargaining Process More Transparent

By Norm Pattis |

Last week's column on plea bargaining had more than a few heads shaking. One wag had this to say: Deprive judges of the fantasy of a bargain, and plea offers will go up. Leave well enough alone, I was advised. I was playing with fire. Really? Let's juggle the torches some, and see what happens.

Dog Bite at Animal Shelter Leads to $300,000 Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

A man who went to an animal shelter looking to adopt a dog, but ended up being bitten by one, has settled his lawsuit against Stamford and the animal control shelter manager for nearly $300,000.

Wilton-based Blue Buffalo pet food company has accused Kmart and its house brand, Grey Wolf, of trade dress infringement.

Conn. Pet Food Maker Locks Horns With Kmart in Intellectual Property Case

By MEGAN SPICER |

The Blue Buffalo pet food company is locking horns with another industry giant. Already entangled in litigation with industry leader Purina, the Wilton-based business has filed an intellectual property lawsuit against Kmart and its parent company, the Sears Corp.

Judge Rejects Spoiled Turkey Claim in Product Liability Case

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A woman who claimed that spoiled turkey wings she purchased at a Price Rite supermarket made her sick has lost her lawsuit, as a judge concluded that she failed to provide evidence that her illness was due to food poisoning.

Schaghticoke Tribal Nation Chief Richard Velky told reporters that the state was violating the tribe’s 14th Amendment due process rights in not allowing it to bid on a proposed casino project. In the background is the tribe’s lawyer, Christine Montenegro of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman in New York.

Conn. Indian Tribe Sues State Over Casino Plans

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A proposal to build a third casino in Connecticut continues to attract lawsuits.

Appellate Court Slashes Damages in Dispute Between Would-Be Law Firm Partners

By Christian Nolan |

The state Appellate Court has greatly reduced the damages in a breach of contract dispute between two lawyers who had planned to start a new law firm together until one of them backed out at the last minute.

Photo by TaxRebate.org.uk via Flickr.

Appeals Court Upholds Conn. Attorney's Money Laundering Conviction

By MEGAN SPICER |

In upholding an attorney's money laundering conviction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said federal judges have broad discretion to decide if criminal defendants can share defense counsel duties with another lawyer, an arrangement known as hybrid representation.

Rob Dunne

Judge Awards $1 Million to Student Partially Blinded by Thrown Water Bottle

By Christian Nolan |

Teen suffers eye damage from projectile in darkened school corridor.

Conn. Factory Demolition Dispute Leads to Lawsuit, Counterclaim

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Lawsuit leaves town worried about fate of old factory site.

Bar Exam. Photo By Hewlett Askew

Editorial: Requiring Professional Competency for Bar Admission

The skills competency provision requires law schools to certify that their new graduates have demonstrated basic competence in outcomes that the schools themselves have identified as essential to ensuring that the graduates are "practice-ready and prepared to meet the myriad—and emerging—demands of the legal profession in the 21st century."

Sikorsky Aircraft Targeted by Dozens of Workers in Asbestos Class Action

By Christian Nolan |

In what plaintiffs lawyers are describing as the worst workplace asbestos exposure case in Connecticut's recent history, more than 40 workers involved in a Sikorsky Aircraft renovation project have filed a class action lawsuit after being exposed to the cancer-causing substance in 2010.

Mike Clark

New Conn. Business Will Certify Expert Witnesses for Trial Lawyers

By Christian Nolan |

A group of investors from Connecticut's legal and expert witness community has established a new for-profit business that vets potential experts.

Court Says Conn. Hospital Can Be Considered Both 'Rural' and 'Urban'

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

It is not often that a business — or anything else — can be classified as "urban" and "rural" at the same time. But one Connecticut hospital has managed to achieve the seemingly contradictory designations, fighting back a legal challenge from federal authorities.

John Cirello

John Cirello: Jesus, Jury Trials and Passing the Buck

By John Cirello |

When we think about our courts, many of us want to believe that the jury system is the purest form of democracy.

Lash Harrison

National Employment Law Firm Merges With Hartford-Based Practice

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The already competitive Connecticut employment law market just gained another major player, as Atlanta-based Ford Harrison has acquired a five-attorney, Hartford-based practice.

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Norm Pattis: Plea Bargains, the Trial Tax and Judicial Candor

By Norm Pattis |

There are some judges in Connecticut who genuinely appear to believe that there is no such thing as the trial tax.

Lauren Caldwell

Wesleyan Professor's Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Harassment by High-Ranking Dean

By MEGAN SPICER |

Federal lawsuit says high-ranking officials downplayed complaints.

Court Says Dentists Can't Claim Emotional Distress for Sewage Backup

By MEGAN SPICER |

Often, it's patients who leave a dental office feeling a bit distressed. But dentists in one Berlin-based practice said that a real estate company that allegedly allowed sewage to get into their office inflicted emotional distress on them.

Former Student's Lawsuit Alleges Years of Sex Abuse by Vice Principal

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

In the past few years, there have been a number of lawsuits filed against Connecticut private schools alleging that faculty members molested students back in the 1970s and 1980s. Now a similar accusation is being made against a public school district.

State Supreme Court Concludes Convicted Killer Wasn't Denied Right to Counsel

By Christian Nolan |

Convicted killer wanted state to pay for defense lawyer at retrial.

Editorial: Ruling Could Alter Dynamics of Document Review

There is a crack in the dam holding back the countless night and weekend hours expended by bleary-eyed associates who really just want to start "practicing law" and stop sorting documents.

Ray Rigat

Police Beating Victim to Collect $450,000 in Decade-Old Excessive Force Case

By Christian Nolan |

A man who claims he was beaten by Hartford police officers more than a decade ago has been awarded more than $450,000 by a federal court jury.

Donald Wharton

Conn. Attorney Sentenced After Stealing Money From Foreclosure Clients

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A New Milford attorney who stole about $113,000 from a couple who hired him when their home was going into foreclosure has been sentenced to two years in prison.

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Mark Dubois: Courts Will Feel Impact of Conn's Fiscal Train Wreck

By Mark Dubois |

Ben Barnes, the governor's budget director, recently described Connecticut government as being in a state of permanent fiscal crisis.

John Robinson and Cullen Guilmartin

State's Asbestos Docket Finally Shrinks to Manageable Level

By JOHN J. ROBINSON and CULLEN W. GUILMARTIN |

Once 'elephantine' caseload now reduced to manageable number.

Veteran Attorney Launches Conn. Law Firm Consulting Business

By MEGAN SPICER |

Newtown-based attorney hopes to attract clients from eastern U.S.

Conn. Attorney Who Had Firearm Confiscated Loses Appellate Court Challenge

By Christian Nolan |

In a Second Amendment challenge, the state Appellate Court has upheld the confiscation of a West Hartford lawyer's guns after police determined that he was at risk of harming himself or others.

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Norm Pattis: The FBI's Outrageous Attempt to Conscript Apple

By Norm Pattis |

Framing the dispute between Apple Inc. and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as the need to balance security and liberty tilts the debate in favor of the government. A more candid framing destroys the government's assertions: the conflict pits slavery against freedom. Who favors slavery?

Court Considers Whether Blind Sex Offender Should Lose State Housing Subsidy

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A legally blind Hartford man had been receiving benefits through a rental assistance program for years when state officials kicked him out because he's on the state's sex offender registry.

Reginald Dwayne Betts served prison time for carjacking and then became an author and an activist before entering Yale Law School.

Ex-Inmate, Activist and Author Thrives as Yale Law Student

By MEGAN SPICER |

Former inmate was a writer and activist before coming to Yale.

Legal Battle Over Energy Plant's Property Taxes Could Cost City $60 Million

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

Property valuation techniques are at heart of Supreme Court case.

Judge Awards $76,000 for Pit Bull Attack Injuries

By Christian Nolan |

A man injured in a pit bull attack at a condominium complex has been awarded more than $76,000 by a judge in Waterbury.

Lawyer-Boater Takes Yacht Club Dispute to Court

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Judge denies injunction in case focused on organization's bylaws.

Editorial: Eminent Domain Laws Provide Too Little Protection for Businesses and Homeowners

Connecticut should do better for its homeowners and small businesses. Economic development is desirable, but so is security in the ownership of private property.

Stephen Goldman

Robinson & Cole Taps Experienced Litigator as New Managing Partner

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

In his new role as managing partner of Robinson & Cole, Stephen E. Goldman says he plans to continue building the Hartford-based firm's culture of "collaboration and loyalty. It is a key reason why Robinson & Cole has continued to exist for 170 years."

Patricia King

Patricia King: Substance Abuse Among Lawyers Is No Joke

By Patricia King |

While many of our colleagues joke about the stress of being a lawyer, often followed by some reference to drinking, a recent study should cause us all to stop and take these so-called witticisms seriously. As Shakespeare said, "Jesters do often prove prophets."

Dorothy Moxley (foreground), whose teenage daughter was murdered in Greenwich in 1975, talks to reporters at the Connecticut Supreme Court on Feb. 24. Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who had been convicted of killing Moxley, is seeking a new trial.

Lawyer Tells Justices That Skakel's Brother Was the Likely Killer

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

It was Michael Skakel's request for a new trial that was on the line during a state Supreme Court hearing. But for much of the time it felt like two other people were on trial: defense attorney Mickey Sherman and Skakel's brother, Thomas.

Victoria de Toledo

Doctor's Massive Stroke After Gym Workout Leads to $14.5 Million Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A Stamford jury has returned a $14.5 million verdict in a civil case brought by a Greenwich doctor who suffered a massive stroke after his personal trainer reportedly pushed him too hard on an exercise machine.

Retired Conn. Attorney Pleads No Contest to Larceny Charge Involving Disabled Client

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A former Newington attorney charged with stealing about $48,000 from a disabled client while acting as the man's conservator has entered a no contest plea to a larceny charge.

Paul Slager

Misdiagnosed Tumor Near Brain Leads to $1.2 Million Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A misdiagnosed tumor that allegedly caused a woman to have surgery that could have otherwise been avoided has resulted in a $1.2 million verdict in a medical malpractice case on the Waterbury complex litigation docket.

Conn. Lawsuit Joins Thousands of Complaints About Birth Control Device

By MEGAN SPICER |

In the past year, Bayer Healthcare has come under increasing fire for the marketing and distribution of Essure, a birth control implant which has allegedly caused more than 300 fetal deaths and has been the subject of more than 16,000 complaints since it entered the market over a decade ago

Joshua Komisarjevsky

Judge Says Prosecutors Didn't Give Police Recordings to Lawyers for Cheshire Defendant

By Associated Press |

A Connecticut judge has ruled that three police recordings were not given to lawyers for convicted killer Joshua Komisarjevsky before his trial, bolstering his pending appeal before the state Supreme Court.

Joshua Koskoff

Gun Maker's Lawyer Tells Judge That Federal Law Bars Lawsuit by Newtown Families

By MEGAN SPICER |

For more than a year, the parties in a lawsuit against the maker of a military-style weapon used in the Newtown school massacre have skirmished in the press and in court briefs. On Feb. 22, the opposing counsel had their first opportunity to make their case to a judge.

Gideon

'Yes Means Yes' Bill Would Eliminate Due Process on Campuses

By GIDEON |

What is an active agreement? What is an unambiguous agreement? What is an informed agreement?

Paul Vance

Conn. Claims Commissioner Steps Down Amid Criticism of Wrongful Conviction Awards

By Christian Nolan |

Attorney J. Paul Vance Jr. has resigned as the state's claims commissioner amidst criticism from some lawmakers and state officials of his decision to award $16.8 million to four men who were exonerated after serving 16 years in prison for a gang-related shooting.

Kathleen Nastri

Lawyers Face New Ethical Misconduct Allegations in Multimillion-Dollar Fee Dispute

By THOMAS SCHEFFEY |

Two of Connecticut's most successful trial lawyers, Michael Koskoff and Kathleen Nastri, have been charged with new ethical misconduct allegations arising from a dispute over $4.6 million in legal fees from a medical-malpractice case.

Morris Glucksman

Conn Attorney Arrested After Alleged Theft From Deceased Mother, Son's Estate

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A Stamford-based attorney is facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from an estate trust. Morris Glucksman, 68, has been charged with first-degree larceny and second-degree forgery.

Joe Williams

Court Rebuffs Used-Car Dealership in Long-Running Zoning Case

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

Attorneys say ruling signals change in 'practical confiscation' zoning cases.

PETA's Pursuit of UConn Researchers' Names Goes to Supreme Court

By Christian Nolan |

Debate over safety concerns heads to state Supreme Court.

Former Michael Skakel defense attorney Michael Sherman testifies at during Skakel's appeal trial at Rockville Superior Court in Vernon, Conn., on Friday, April 26, 2013.  Skakel is challenging his 2002 murder conviction on the grounds that he had ineffective legal representation when Michael Sherman was his attorney. Testimony ended Friday, but a ruling is not expected for months. Skakel, the 52-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy, is serving 20 years to life for the 1975 golf club bludgeoning of Martha Moxley when they were 15-year-old neighbors in Greenwich.(AP Photo/The Stamford Advocate, Jason Rearick, Pool)

Skakel Murder Case Heads to Conn. Supreme Court

By Christian Nolan |

Justices to decide whether defense lawyer's conduct was inappropriate.

Thomas Siconolfi (left), director of administrative services for the Judicial Branch, and Chief Court Administrator Patrick Carroll III told lawmakers that a proposed $70 million budget cut would affect 'every one of the core services we provide.'

Conn. Court Officials Predict Hundreds of Layoffs, A Half-Dozen Courthouse Closings Under Governor's Budget Plan

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Proposed budget cuts would require slashing hundreds of state Judicial Branch jobs and closing at least six courthouses and a juvenile detention center, according to Chief Court Administrator Judge Patrick Carroll III.

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Mark Dubois: Re-Thinking the Concept of Cross-Border Practice

By Mark Dubois |

A parting gift from Jonathan Lippman, New York's recently retired chief judge of the Court of Appeals, was the adoption of Model Rule 5.5, which allows New York lawyers to engage in cross-border practice.

Edward Heath

Former Conn. Lawmaker Could Be on Hook for $5 Million in Family Probate Battle

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Former state lawmaker accused of 'looting' father's estate.

The Jewish group Chabad Lubavitch wants to expand the 2,700-square-foot Victorian home it owns in Litchfield and add a sanctuary, two kosher kitchens, a ritual bath, a rabbi's residence, a coffee bar, classrooms and an indoor swimming pool.

Conn. Judge Gives Jewish Group Boost in Synagogue Expansion Dispute

By MEGAN SPICER |

'When a religious entity seeks to construct a single building with multiple uses, the inquiry as to whether the construction of the building constitutes religious exercise becomes complicated,' wrote U.S. District Judge Janet Hall.

Full Video Coverage Proposed for Conn. Supreme Court and Appellate Court

By THOMAS B. SCHEFFEY |

The state's small public affairs television network, CT-N, has plans to dramatically increases coverage of all three branches of state government, a proposal that includes video coverage of all cases argued before the Supreme and Appellate courts.

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer discussed his new book at a Yale Law School symposium on Wednesday, but dodged questions about the appointment of a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia.

Speaking at Yale, Justice Breyer Calls Scalia 'Titan of Law'

By MEGAN SPICER |

Just five days after Justice Antonin Scalia's death, Justice Stephen Breyer was the first justice to make a public appearance. He spoke at the 2016 Brennan Center Jorde Symposium about his new book "The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities."

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Norm Pattis: Justice Scalia, Originalism and Dark Money

By Norm Pattis |

Antonin Scalia's death should, I suppose, have come as no surprise. All men are, after all, mortal, and Scalia, well, he was a man. But his death surprises me nonetheless. It's as though a dark star suddenly imploded.

Norwalk Hospital to Pay Nearly $1 Million to Settle Medicare Claims

By Christian Nolan |

Feds crack down on Medicare billing for spinal procedure.

Lawyer Shot By Conn. Police Operated Small Firm for Nearly Two Decades

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Christopher J. Andrews had been a lawyer for more than 20 years and operated his own small law firm in Manhattan. Beyond that, few details are available about the life and career of Andrews, the Fairfield resident who was shot and killed by town police after allegedly attacking his wife and three children in their home.

Fired University Librarian Brings Age Discrimination Suit

By MEGAN SPICER |

As Deborah Gwiazdowski tells it, she could see what was happening at the library at Fairfield University right up until the day she was fired.

Editorial: Obama, Senate Should Not Wait to Fill Scalia Vacancy

Suggestions that President Barack Obama should not fill the vacancy left by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death and that the Senate should not confirm anyone should be rejected.

Conn. Judge Dismisses Claim by Veterinarian Who Faces Discipline Over Vaccine Doses

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a veterinarian facing possible disciplinary action for giving smaller vaccine doses to small pets, a practice the veterinarian asserts reduces the chances of an adverse reaction.

Conn. Court Awards Forklift Driver $5.3 Million After Injury Leads to Amputation

By Christian Nolan |

A woman whose leg was crushed and later amputated after a forklift accident at work has recovered $5.27 million in a products liability lawsuit from a U.S. District Court jury in Bridgeport.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

The Death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

U.S Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is dead at 79. His death triggers immediate questions for the high court and the nation on the outcome of significant challenges this term -- including on immigration, affirmative action and access to abortion clinics. Battle lines are being drawn over whether President Barack Obama or the next president should name his replacement. In addressing the nation, the president said he would make a pick to replace Scalia.

U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia (2011)

Justice Antonin Scalia, Leader of Court's Conservative Wing, Dies at 79

U.S Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the intellectual leader of the court's conservative wing, is dead at age 79. According to official reports from Texas, he died overnight at a ranch in west Texas where he had gone quail hunting. Scalia's death sets up a major battle over his successor.

Editorial: Bar Should Take Note of Military Justice Reforms

The bar ought to gear up to review and comment on a legislative proposal that would make significant changes in the military justice system.

Gregory Hayes

$100,000 Probate Bills? Bar Wants Lawmakers to Reduce Estate Fees

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Lawmakers consider capping estate costs as wealthy threaten to relocate.

Flomo Freeman

Update: Quarantine Policies Raise Constitutional Issues in Conn., Other States

By MEGAN SPICER |

Connecticut's strict quarantine policy faces legal challenge

State Prosecutors Says Budget Cuts Could Mean 50 Layoffs

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Malloy seeks to trim $70 million from planned court system expenditures.

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Norm Pattis: Practicing Law In an Era of Diminished Returns

By Norm Pattis |

There's a reason Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are doing so well in the polls: both men speak to the frustration of a people who know something is broken.

Lawyer Helps Village Address Vulgar T-Shirt Controversy

By MEGAN SPICER |

Hartford attorney helps keep vulgar apparel out of sight of children.

Conn. Whistleblower Lawsuit Claims Hedge Fund Squandered $2 Billion

By Christian Nolan |

On one side is a Norwalk lawyer, whose client claims that a private equity firm mishandled nearly $2 billion in investor money. On the other side is the Washington, D.C.-based Carlyle Group, which emphatically denies the accusations, calling them "baseless and frivolous."

Laura Shattuck

Conn. Law Firms Announce Partner, Counsel Promotions

By Law Tribune Staff |

As usual, the early months of the new year bring about a large number of law firm hirings and promotions.

Joel Faxon

Hartford Diocese Settles Priest Sex Abuse Lawsuit for $500,000

By Associated Press |

The Archdiocese of Hartford has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle sex abuse allegations against a Connecticut priest.

Joseph De Lucia and Nicole Levine

Plaintiff With Drug History Wins $156,000 Verdict Without Testifying at Trial

By Christian Nolan |

Attorneys make unsual decision due to client's drug abuse history,

Editorial: Conn. Supreme Court Should Make Quick Decision on Death Penalty

Once again we wait for a death penalty decision from our Supreme Court. Hopefully, we won't have to wait two-and-a-half years as we did in 'State v. Santiago'.

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Editorial: The Death Penalty and Stare Decisis

In our view the reason 'Santiago' should be followed is that it was correctly decided, not because of stare decisis.

Susan Bysiewicz

Former GOP Candidate Sues Town Officials Who Kicked Her Out of Party

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Brookfield Republicans have booted a former school board member out of the party, prompting a federal lawsuit filed by a former Connecticut Secretary of the State.

Patricia King

Patricia King: How to Break Bad News to Your Clients

By Patricia King |

If you are like most lawyers who have been practicing for any length of time, you have had the unfortunate assignment of being the bearer of bad news.

Joey Lee Miranda

Conn. Law Firm Launches New Team To Focus On Environmental Sustainability Issues

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

With many of Robinson & Cole's business clients focused on how to be more eco-friendly, the law firm has dedicated a new team to help with any legal matters associated with the quest to go green.

Miguel Roman is escorted past a battery of TV cameras and media as he leaves Superior Court in Hartford, Conn., Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. Roman, 52, who had been imprisoned for 20 years in the 1988 death of 17-year-old Carmen Lopez, was ordered freed and granted a new trial on the basis of new DNA evidence. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

State Awards $6 Million to Man Wrongly Convicted of Teen's Murder

By Christian Nolan |

One of the first men exonerated through the efforts of Connecticut's Innocence Project has been awarded $6 million by the state.

The Ebola virus under a microscope

Conn. Officials Face Class Action Over Ebola Quarantines

By MEGAN SPICER |

A Yale University Law School legal clinic has filed a federal class action against Gov. Dannel Malloy on behalf of people who were forced into quarantine after traveling from Africa during the Ebola outbreak.

Ben Brafman, right, counsels his client Martin Shkreli during his appearance before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Feb. 4.

Letter: Congress Versus Shkreli

Benjamin Brafman writes: I accompanied Martin Shkreli to a congressional hearing on pharmaceutical pricing that he was compelled to attend, despite advance knowledge that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege. Indeed, in my judgment, the only reason for the committee to force Shkreli to appear in person was to try to publicly humiliate him.

Lender Reaches Multi-Million Dollar Settlement With Government

By Christian Nolan |

Banking giant HSBC has reached a $470 million settlement with the federal government and 49 states including Connecticut over mortgage lending and foreclosure abuses that officials say contributed to the country's economic meltdown.

Alex Meyerovich

Belarus Immigrant Comes Long Way to Open Conn. Law Firm

By Christian Nolan |

Native of Belarus builds U.S. practice helping immigrants.

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Mark Dubois: Practicing Law in the New 'Gig' Economy

By MARK DUBOIS |

These are crazy times, and some parts of law and lawyering seem to be moving in very different directions.

Technician's Lawsuit Says Surgeon Hit Him During Operation

By MEGAN SPICER |

The first time Robert Beamon was elbowed by a colleague, he was working in the operating room during the brain surgery of a 7-year-old boy in June 2014. He was certain the head surgeon had hit him by accident.

Howard Altschuler

Updated: Tempers Flare at Grievance Hearing in Multimillion Dollar Fee Dispute

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Grievance panel hears arguments involving multimillion-dollar dispute.

Barry Schaller

Conn. Judge's Novel Mixes Lethal Combat With Legal Intrigue

By Christian Nolan |

Former Supreme Court Justice Schaller turns focus to fiction writing.

Parental Rights of Mentally Ill at Stake in Conn. ADA Case

By MEGAN SPICER |

On one side is the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, whose mission is to protect the welfare of children. On the other are a handful of advocacy groups who object to DCF's handling of a long-running case involving two parents with mental health issues.

Governor Proposes $70 Million Cut in State Court System's Budget

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

In the aftermath of Gov. Dannel Malloy's call for across-the-board budget reductions, Judicial Branch officials are still mulling over what impact spending cuts will have on the state court system.

Paul Iannaccone and Sean Stokes

Attorneys Encounter Ethical Issues As They Sift Through Social Media Posts

By PAUL M. IANNACCONE and SEAN J. STOKES |

Bar groups reach different conclusion on exactly what's acceptable.

Ryan Barry

Hundreds of Conn. Homeowners Could Join in Class Action Involving Crumbling Concrete Foundations

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Potential class action says insurers won't cover damages.

Conn. Judge Says Blight Ordinances Can Cover Messy Farms

By MEGAN SPICER |

Anthony Straska's Rocky Hill farm is a mess and he must clean it up. That's the decision of a Superior Court judge who ruled that the town's municipal blight ordinance applies to agricultural settings as well as residential property.

Prep School Sex Abuse Suit Ends With $500,000 Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

A man who claims he was repeatedly sexually abused by a faculty member of a Western Massachusetts prep school has settled a federal lawsuit in Connecticut for $500,000.

Town's Mayor Steps Down After LEGO Legal Department Promotion

By MEGAN SPICER |

Scott Slifka has been a busy man. He's simultaneously worked in LEGO System's legal department in Enfield and served as West Hartford's mayor. But with a recent promotion within the global toy company, Slifka had to make a tough decision.

Judge Says Common-Law Doctrine Allows Tribal Business to Miss Filing Deadline

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Nearly four years after the state Supreme Court invoked nullum tempus to Connecticut's benefit in a law library case, a tribal court is ruling that the same doctrine applies to the much smaller Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a caucus night rally, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. Cruz sealed a victory in the Republican Iowa caucuses, winning on the strength of his relentless campaigning and support from his party's diehard conservatives. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Is Ted Cruz a 'Natural Born' Citizen? Founding Fathers Wouldn't Think So

By Robert M. Casale |

In 2016, there is no compelling reason why a person born of American parents should not satisfy the 'natural born' requirement of Article II, Section I, but that is decidedly not how the framers of the Constitution understood that qualification.

Glenn Formica

Woman's Fall on Sidewalk Leads to $416,000 Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who fell and broke her arm on a Bridgeport sidewalk has been awarded more than $416,000 by a Superior Court jury.

State Funding Boosts Small Real Estate Firm Staff

By MEGAN SPICER |

When George Holler looked to add new employees to keep his Milford-based real estate law firm running smoothly, he found a funding source not every small law firm leader would consider: the government.

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Norm Pattis: Lawyers Should Be Free to Say 'No' to Clients

By Norm Pattis |

Lawyers sell their services on an open market. Lawyers also have a duty to be zealous advocates for their clients. That means that lawyers should be free to say "no" when a potential client poses a conflict.

After Disbarment, Former Conn. Lawyer Again Accused of Financial Fraud

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A disbarred Glastonbury attorney faces up to two years in prison for embezzling over $200,000 from his employer, a nutritional supplement company.

Skull Fracture From Fight Leads to $140,000 Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A fight between neighbors resulted in a fractured skull, a lawsuit and most recently, a $140,000 verdict in New London Superior Court.

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Last Day for 'New Partners Yearbook 2016' Submissions

The deadline to submit your new partners' profiles for inclusion in our "New Partners Yearbook 2016" is Wednesday, Feb. 3.

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Religious-Themed CLE Not Necessarily A Bad Thing

By MARK DUBOIS |

I read the other day about a tiff between Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas state bar president Allan DuBois over whether a class offered by St. Mary's University School of Law should get state continuing legal education credit. Much as it pains me to criticize a guy with such a proud name, I have to say that DuBois is wrong.

Multimillion-Dollar Fee Controversy Heads to Statewide Grievance Hearing

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

In December 2014, a solo attorney representing two parents and a handicapped child made a shocking accusation: one of Connecticut's most successful plaintiffs firms had collected $4.3 million more in legal fees than it was entitled to following the settlement of a high-profile medical-malpractice case.

Global Firm Moves Into Conn. to Focus on Equity Funds, Corporate Law

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Connecticut's large cluster of private equity funds has attracted the global law firm of Holland & Knight, which has opened a Stamford office which will initially be staffed by a group of Connecticut-based lawyers who had been working at Dickstein Shapiro.

Update: Conn. Justices Hear Arguments in DNA Databank Case

By Christian Nolan |

It's no secret that the use of DNA evidence and testing has become invaluable in solving crimes. But how far can authorities go in obtaining DNA samples from a known criminal? The Connecticut Supreme Court has been asked to answer that question.

Appellate Court Rejects UConn Health Worker's Discrimination Claim

By Christian Nolan |

A discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Connecticut Health Center by a former employee with a back injury has been dismissed. The latest ruling in the case came from the state Appellate Court, which upheld a workers' compensation commissioner's decision to toss the case.

Attorney's 'Scarf Bombing' Project Warms Up New London's Needy

By MEGAN SPICER |

Notes are affixed to the scarves letting people know that the garments are meant for those who need extra warmth during the winter months. Often the scarves are draped over fence posts, or placed on park benches, or even wrapped around the necks of statues.

Lawyers Play Key Role in Shaping Youth Violence Prevention Plan

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

It's a complicated problem: how can the state help stop inner-city youths from getting ensnared in a cycle of violence, which can lead to incarceration or even death?

Student Awarded $40K Following Scissors Injury

By MEGAN SPICER |

A New Haven student who received a permanent facial injury when he was 11 years old was awarded more than $40,000 after a Superior Court judge found one of the city's magnet schools was negligent.

Editorial: Court Rulings Suggest That Police Should Consider Nonlethal Alternatives

As we see more and more innocent people being killed by police officers, we hear a recurrent question: should less intrusive means in use-of-force cases be required by law?

Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Plan Clears Hurdle

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Mandatory continuing legal education is a step closer to becoming a requirement in Connecticut. At its meeting in January, the Rules Committee of the Superior Court approved submitting to a public hearing a proposal which would require 12 hours of CLE annually.

Donald Richter

Murtha Cullina Mourns Recent Deaths of Two Partners

By Law Tribune Staff |

Attorneys and staff at Murtha Cullina are mourning the deaths of two longtime partners, Michael McDonough and Donald P. Richter, who were both well-known for their contributions to the legal profession.

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Court Upholds Conviction of Defendant Who Used Computer-Altered Voice to Tamper With Jurors

By Christian Nolan |

The state Appellate Court has upheld the conviction of a woman who called jurors on the telephone during her criminal trial and, using a man's voice with the help of computer "spoofing" technology, urged a not-guilty verdict.

Mark Kochanowicz

Plaintiff's Neck Injury, Wedding Plan Delay Lead to $200,000 Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who injured her neck in a car accident has been awarded $206,000 by a jury in Rockville. A key issue in the case was whether a fracture discovered in the plaintiff's neck was preexisting or was caused by the crash. Even her doctor was unsure.

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Gideon: Bail Reform Should Be Next Step in State's Criminal Justice Reforms

By GIDEON |

As the new year dawned on us Gov. Dannel Malloy took to podiums to remind us of the tremendous strides Connecticut has made in the criminal justice arena, firmly putting us in the midst of a "smart-on-crime" era.

Stan Twardy.Day, Berry & Howard LLP.rec'd 08/02

Federal Judge Gives Conn. Libertarians Election Law Victory

By MEGAN SPICER |

A federal judge has issued an injunction allowing the Libertarian Party to use people who aren't Connecticut residents to collect signatures necessary to get party candidates on this year's state election ballots.

Mark Dubois

Mark Dubois: ABA's Anti-Discrimination Rule Could Be Problematic

By Mark Dubois |

The American Bar Association is going to be considering an amendment to Rule 8.4 making it an ethical violation to discriminate. How can anyone argue with that? On the other hand, how far down that slippery slope are we ready to go?

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Norm Pattis: Best-Seller About Race Isn't an Easy Read

By Norm Pattis |

I have a confession to make: Try as I might to start and to complete a reading of Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me," I cannot. Like Peter, I've thrice betrayed the lord, apparently. I thought I was alone in my sin.

 Keepers Gentlemen's Club in Milford

Updated: Exotic Dancers Seek Class Action on Employment Status

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Exotic dancers who perform at the Keepers Gentlemen's Club in Milford claim they haven't been paid fairly. They say they haven't received minimum wage and aren't even allowed to keep all the tips customers give them.

State Says Town Attorney Didn't Break Law by Barring Candidate's Dumpster Diving

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A town attorney who sent a letter to a school board candidate admonishing her not to rummage through an elementary school dumpster did not violate election laws, according to the State Elections Enforcement Commission.

Conn. Court to Consider Whether Felons Can Be Forced to Give DNA Samples

By Christian Nolan |

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments this week on whether prison officials can use reasonable force to take DNA samples from convicted felons who refuse to provide them.

 Keepers Gentlemen's Club in Milford

Conn. Judge Says Exotic Dancers Must Arbitrate Wage Claims

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Exotic dancers who perform at the Keepers Gentlemen's Club in Milford claim they haven't been paid fairly – they say they haven't received minimum wage and aren't even allowed to keep all of the tips customers give them.

Editorial: Proposed Bill a Dangerous Threat to LGBT Rights

The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), a bill sponsored in the House by U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and in the Senate by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is another dangerous effort by GOP lawmakers and social conservative groups to deal with the supposed threat to their religious liberty posed by the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in 'Obergefell v. Hodges'.

Ex-Manager's Lawsuit Alleges Large Wholesaler Sold Expired Beer

By MEGAN SPICER |

A former manager of a major Anheuser-Busch distributor in Connecticut has filed a federal lawsuit, saying he was fired for investigating whether the boss' son sold beer that had passed its expiration date.

Court Says Conn. Ambulance Company Had No Grounds to Fire Union Official

By MEGAN SPICER |

An appeals court has upheld a National Labor Relations Board's ruling that a Connecticut ambulance company violated federal law by abruptly changing company policies without speaking to a local union leader, and then firing the union steward for arguing against the changes.