After three decades at the same midsized firm, a Stamford-based attorney has decided to branch out on his own to help families resolve their differences outside of court. Mark Henderson is retiring from Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky, and will be opening his own boutique firm in Stamford in July.
A welder who was badly burned on the job after three fire extinguishers all malfunctioned has been awarded $1.6 million by a jury after the U.S. District Court found the plaintiff to be 10 percent at fault, lowering the total verdict to $1,440,000.
Six of seven men sued in connection with the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl at a New Year's Eve party in Connecticut in 2009 when they were all middle school students have settled claims against them made in the victim's lawsuit.
A retired attorney was arrested after he allegedly drove on a sidewalk to get around parked school buses outside a Weston school. Afterward, he filed a lawsuit against town officials, accused a judge of bias and, recently, lost his claim.
'The credible testimony of the complainant demonstrates that respondent's discriminatory actions profoundly distressed the complainant, prompted him to seek psychiatric counseling immediately, and interfered with his ability to work,' the CHRO found.
A federal court jury in Bridgeport has rendered a defense verdict in the case of a man who sued Meriden police for sexual assault after they allegedly found four grams of crack cocaine in his buttocks.
Amy Benedict claims she was fired from her job at the Trumbull Cheesecake Factory after she was verbally and physically attacked by a supervisor. She filed a lawsuit, claiming negligence, wrongful termination, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A woman who claims she was discriminated against during her housing search because she is a parent will receive $65,000 following a settlement agreement between a real estate company and the Connecticut Fair Housing Center.
A man who went in for a routine vasectomy but instead ended up losing a testicle has been awarded more than $386,000 by a Hartford judge after suing the state and the University of Connecticut Health Center.
A woman who was involved in a head-on car crash and sustained multiple injuries, including a severely fractured wrist and several herniated discs, has been awarded $1.4 million by a jury in Litchfield County.
A Stamford jury has rendered a defense verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Stamford Hospital and one of its doctors after a 44-year-old man died of a bacterial infection. The plaintiffs had sought $7 million in damages.
A Hartford area hospital and the federal government have settled a dispute after a hearing-impaired patient reported that the hospital wasn't providing the necessary services to ensure adequate communication between the patient and staff.
A global pharmaceutical company has agreed to a $39 million settlement with the federal government and 49 states, including Connecticut, over allegations that its executives paid kickbacks to induce physicians to prescribe drugs.
A Waterbury company that makes specialty chemicals will collect $25 million settlement in a complex case involving allegedly stolen trade secrets and phony stock bids, its second huge litigation-related award this year.
Two former top executives for Colt's Manufacturing Co. have settled their multimillion-dollar wrongful termination claims against their former employer in a case that hinged on the validity of secretly drafted severance agreements.
A general contractor who broke his ankle while walking around at a condominium complex won a $149,000 verdict following a bench trial. However, the contractor was judged to be 25 percent at fault, leaving him with $112,000.
The federal government has reached a $32,000 settlement agreement with Quinnipiac University to resolve allegations that the school violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when placing a student who had been diagnosed with depression on a mandatory medical leave of absence without first considering other options.
Dozens of civil lawsuits are pending against the Boy Scouts of America across the country, many of them alleging sexual abuse by scout leaders decades ago. Few such cases have gone to trial before a jury.
Water problems in a high-end condominium complex built on a former industrial site on Stonington Harbor led to a long-running legal dispute between residents and architects after water began leaking into the condos.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld a trial judge's decision to toss out an injured Enfield woman's lawsuit against a neighbor whom the woman said was responsible for shoveling snow and ice on the public sidewalk near their home.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that Hartford police officers violated the constitutional rights of a family when they entered their yard without a warrant and shot a large Saint Bernard dog in front of a 12-year-old girl.
Sept. 16 marked the two-year anniversary of the implementation of the America Invents Act (AIA), which introduced multiple new tools for challenging the validity of issued patents at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
A Pennsylvania-based pharmaceutical company accused of improperly marketing drugs, including the popular attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication Adderall, has agreed to pay the federal government and states nationwide a total of $56.5 million.
A radio show host and his Stamford-based syndicated science radio show that airs on many National Public Radio stations have agreed to pay nearly $146,000 to settle civil claims that they misused money from a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
One lawyer's foray into a class action over public housing in New London started with a slip-and-fall case and ended with an unusual settlement that will see a Superior Court judge overseeing apartment complex renovations.
A building contractor who lost the vision in one eye after a retractable dog leash recoiled and struck his face has settled his product liability lawsuit against a Connecticut company for $1.3 million.
A federal magistrate judge in Connecticut has awarded $3.71 million to a former IBM executive who claims he was wrongly terminated because of his age, with the total including nearly $1 million in attorney fees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Bozak and William Lawson v. FedEx Ground Package System Inc.: A class action suit brought by employees of FedEx, who claim the company did not pay them overtime wages they were entitled to, has settled for $2 million.
Dimitrios Magriplis, et al v. Restaurant Depot LLC; RD America LLC, et al.: A soccer player from Greece who moved to Connecticut and was injured when a 200-pound pallet fell on his head at a Restaurant Depot warehouse store has settled his lawsuit for $1.18 million.
Marcia Chacon, et al. v. East Haven Police Department, et al.: Lawyers for nine East Haven Latinos who settled their lawsuit with the town for $450,000 called it a groundbreaking agreement that should serve as a model for other towns' immigration policies.
The town of East Haven has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit by Latino residents. But perhaps the more significant part of the agreement, according to lawyers involved with the case, is that the town has agreed to greatly limit its enforcement of immigration laws and communications with national immigration authorities.
Vivian Gagliano went into Danbury Hospital for what was supposed to be a routine hernia operation — an outpatient procedure. But the operation went wrong, and she spent 34 days in the intensive care unit, a total of 70 days in the hospital, had six more surgeries and amassed $1 million in medical bills.
The video went viral with nearly 171,000 views on YouTube. It shows three Bridgeport police officers kicking a defenseless suspect that they just apprehended. In the aftermath, the officers were placed on paid leave and the beating victim, Orlando Lopez-Soto, filed an excessive-force lawsuit in federal court.
The federal government and the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain have reached a settlement agreement over allegations that that the hospital refused to accommodate a child in its summer camp program in 2013 because the child had diabetes and required the use of an insulin pump.
The state of Connecticut and a subsidiary of NRG Energy have agreed to a $4.5 million settlement to resolve allegations that the subsidiary — which supplies electricity to consumers — used deceptive marketing practices to solicit customers.
Waterbury Hospital and hundreds of other hotels, restaurants and medical facilities across the country that claimed they were overcharged by a major food vendor will likely share in a $297 million class action settlement.
Dario Correa v. Miguel Rodriguez: A Hartford man who injured his back after getting rear-ended at a red light was awarded $65,600 by a jury recently after turning down a defense settlement offer of $19,000.
Jason Bissonnette v. Highland Park Market Inc.: A former employee of a Connecticut supermarket chain has been awarded about $536,000 after a jury decided that he was wrongfully terminated when he took time off to have back surgery for an injury he claimed to have suffered while on the job.
Gina DellaRose v. Blythe Greeno: A former high school track star who was injured when the car she was riding in rolled over after hitting a tree stump has settled a lawsuit against the vehicle's driver — who was intoxicated — for $1 million.
Iryna Dymskaya v. Orem's Diner of Wilton Inc.: A federal jury in Bridgeport has awarded a former Wilton diner waitress nearly $85,000 after she proved that she was sexually harassed and threatened by co-workers.
A jury has awarded $10 million to the family of a woman who was stabbed to death after police officers allegedly failed to enforce a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, leading one defense attorney to predict that Connecticut police departments will face a wave of lawsuits by domestic violence victims.
In a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Town of Plainville and two of its police officers, a Connecticut jury has awarded $10 million to the family of a woman killed by her ex-boyfriend on Valentine's Day 2009.
Joseph Dudas v. William Glass: A supervisor who fell off of a loading dock trying to shut the back door of a double tractor-trailer was unable to convince a jury the truck driver who pulled away from the dock was legally responsible for his permanent shoulder injury.
Thomas McCauley v. Devin Schreyer: A 9-year-old boy who was nearly killed after the vehicle he was riding in was struck head-on by a dump truck was awarded nearly $8 million by a Bridgeport jury recently.
Kristin Scepanski v Montoya Condo Association and Mario Campos: A woman who claims she sustained a permanent arm injury after tripping over a ladder lying in uncut grass at her condominium complex was denied damages after defense lawyers persuaded a jury that her claims were most likely fabricated.
An attempt to take advantage of a U.S. Department of Transportation program designed to help socially disadvantaged small businesses has resulted in a $2.4 million settlement between a Plainville-based construction company and the federal government.
Brenda Mazariegos v. City of Stamford: A woman who claims a Stamford police officer punched her in the face hard enough to cause a minor brain injury has settled her lawsuit for $230,000 after a trial resulted in a hung jury.
Barbara Speranza, personal representative and executrix of the estate of Robert Speranza, and Barbara Speranza, individually v. Stewart "Stew" Leonard Sr., Thomas P. Leonard and Carpe Diem Three LLC: The founder of Connecticut-based Stew Leonard's supermarket chain and the widow of a man who fell off of Leonard's boat near a Caribbean Island and drowned have settled a lawsuit that was filed in state court.
Federal authorities have agreed to pay $3.1 million to a trash hauler convicted in a price-fixing conspiracy to settle his claim that they violated their plea agreement with him by selling his companies but failing to pay him.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to a $3.5 million settlement with federal authorities last week over allegations that the helicopter maker violated federal law in inflating the costs of spare helicopter parts it sold to the Army.
While Connecticut consumers are beginning to receive payments from a prior partial settlement in the multistate e-book price-fixing lawsuit, a hearing on damages is expected to get underway against Apple this summer regarding the same case.
Freida Wilson v. Affinity Health Care Management Inc. d/b/a Alexandria Manor: A jury sided with a Bloomfield nursing and rehabilitation facility that had been sued for negligence by a former patient who contracted an infection in her newly replaced hip.
Customers of Aquarion Water Co. should reap the benefits in their monthly bill from a $29 million settlement reached between the state and water utility related to a change in the Internal Revenue Service's accounting regulations.
Jack Arisian v. 21st Century Insurance Co.: A man whose vehicle was hit head-on by a driver who ran a stop sign was recently awarded $100,000 by a Waterbury jury.
Jack Arisian, now 83, of Watertown, was driving on Northfield Road in Watertown at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 12, 2010 when another vehicle ran a stop sign and smashed head-on into Arisian’s car.
Edith Holmes, Administratrix of the Estate of Arnold Holmes v. Hartford Hospital: The state Appellate Court recently upheld a defense verdict in a lawsuit filed after a patient died of cardiac arrest in Hartford Hospital and none of the nurses noticed for about 20 minutes.
Initially, the Shahs weren't planning their own lawsuit. In fact, no one had asked Vinit Shah his side of the story. By the time he was released from the hospital, the police weren't interested in pursuing the matter.
United States ex rel. Ryan v. Endo Pharmaceuticals: A pharmaceutical company that promoted a prescription pain relief patch for purposes not intended by the Food and Drug Administration has agreed to pay $192.7 million, including more than $600,000 to Connecticut, to resolve criminal and civil allegations against the company.
United States of America and State of Connecticut v. City of West Haven: The city of West Haven must repair as much as 145 miles of sewer lines over the next five years as part of a settlement between the municipality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other state agencies.
In an unusual lawsuit accusing a religious monastery in Ashford of pretending to be affiliated with the Catholic Church when in fact it wasn't, a couple were awarded more than $278,000 in damages after donating $200,000 for a chapel to be built only to later discover the truth about the organization.
United States of America v. Durham Manufacturing.: A federal court judge has finalized a $2.9 million settlement between Durham Manufacturing Co. and the state and federal government over the past costs of removing contaminated soil at what is known as the Durham Meadows Superfund site.
James Cleveland v. Staples: A truck driver who claims that a piece of ice fell off the roof of a Staples warehouse in the Dayville section of Killingly and struck him in the head was unable to convince a jury recently that the office supply chain store was liable for an injury that has kept him permanently out of work.
EEOC v. The Food Farmacy and J&T Enterprises, d/b/a Foodworks: The ownership of a natural foods grocery store chain in Connecticut known as Foodworks has agreed to pay $25,000 to resolve a lawsuit alleging it discriminated against employees with disabilities.
William Kumah, et al. v. Town of Greenwich: William Kumah was left paralyzed following a collision on Interstate 95 in which his car smashed into a fire truck that was parked across two lanes of the highway in the middle of the night.
James Castelluccio v. International Business Machines Corp.: A Stamford man who claims that IBM dismissed him after 41 years because of his age stands to collect between $3.5 and $4 million following a federal court trial.
United States ex rel. Kirk v. CareFusion et al.: A medical device maker has agreed to pay $40.1 million to various states and the federal government, including $77,000 to Connecticut, to resolve civil claims by the U.S. government that it used unlawful marketing tactics and kickbacks to promote its products.
Laricha Langley, et al. v. City of New Haven, et al.: A teenager who was seriously injured after a Jeep being chased by a police cruiser crashed into her vehicle at more than 60 mph has settled her lawsuit for $727,000.
Margaret B. Fraser and Joseph T. Fraser v. Wyeth and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals: A Connecticut federal judge has upheld a jury verdict that totals nearly $5.8 million in the case of a Lakeville woman who claimed she developed breast cancer after taking the menopause drug Prempro.
Daniel C. Esty, Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection v. Suraci Inc.; Suraci Metal Finishing, LLC; Suraci Paint & Powder Coating, LLC; and Bruno F. Suraci Jr.: A judge has ordered three New Haven companies and their operator to pay nearly $750,000 in penalties for violations of the state's hazardous waste and air pollution control laws.
Three Southbury companies will pay $30,000 each to settle allegations of illegal boycott and bid-rigging involving snow removal and plowing services. The settlements resolve a lawsuit brought by Attorney General George Jepsen, who claimed violations of the Connecticut Antitrust Act and the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.
Isabel Modaffari v. Greenwich Hospital: A jury in Bridgeport recently decided that Greenwich Hospital did not violate a former phlebotomist's free speech rights after she reported that she had found contaminated vials in the hospital.
Mary Morrin, executor of the estate of James Morrin v. Carl Koplin: A former Tolland doctor and his nurse practitioner failed to treat James Morrin's mental illness, according to lawyers for Morrin's estate. They instead gave the man numerous sleeping pills for insomnia and never recommended counseling.
Three Branford-based dietary supplement companies and their owner that will provide millions of dollars in restitution to consumers harmed by the companies' alleged deceptive Internet marketing and sales practices, state officials said.
Paul H. Deutsch, M.D. v. Backus Corporation d/b/a The William W. Backus Hospital: A Norwich doctor was awarded $139,857 after a Hartford jury determined that a Norwich hospital acted in bad faith when it suspended the doctor for professional misconduct based on false information.
Maziarz v. Housing Authority of the Town of Vernon: A man who claims the Vernon Housing Authority discriminated against disabled, senior-citizen tenants has settled his lawsuit with the agency for $215,000.
A pair of Connecticut pharmacies have reached civil settlement agreements with the federal government over allegations that they fraudulently filled prescriptions. The two pharmacies will pay a combined $90,000 to settle the accusations.
A high school senior whose life was forever altered in 2006 when he was struck by a truck and thrown 20 feet in the air was awarded $12.2 million by a New Haven jury. With interest stemming from an earlier settlement offer, the verdict will cost the town of East Haven $15.85 million.
United States v. Conopco Inc. d.b.a. Unilever Home and Personal Care USA: Health and beauty product maker Unilever has agreed to pay $4.5 million in criminal penalties after pleading guilty to two felony environmental violations at its former manufacturing plant in Clinton.
The plaintiffs could not sue Chrysler because the automaker had filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and was protected by federal law from damages lawsuits. However, state law permitted the plaintiffs to go after the dealership that initially sold the vehicle.
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Sharif: A federal judge in Connecticut has ordered a man accused of running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of millions of dollars to pay more than $3 million in restitution and civil penalties.
It's not often that the family of a murder victim files a civil suit against a suspected killer. The O.J. Simpson civil case may be the most notable exception, though it's said that the civil action was less about collecting damages and more about proving that the former football star, who was acquitted in criminal court, actually killed his ex-wife and a male friend.
Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Company v. The United States: A federal court has awarded $235.4 million in damages to the owners of three decommissioned nuclear power plants in New England, including Connecticut Yankee in Haddam Neck, Conn., to reimburse the companies for the costs of storing spent nuclear fuel.
Amy Thornton v. Pitney Bowes Inc. & Indemnity Insurance Company of North America: A woman who suffered a fractured skull in an accident on her way to the airport for a business trip has recovered $1.2 million in a workers' compensation settlement with her employer.
Nicole Dzienis v. Pig's Eye Pub: A young woman who was left partially paralyzed following a car crash was unable to win a lawsuit against a bar that served alcohol to her underage friend, who was driving.
A North Branford trucking company has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor to withdraw what government officials consider to be a retaliatory lawsuit filed against two former workers who complained about on-the-job safety concerns. The company, Palumbo Trucking Inc., must also pay the two men $60,000 in damages.
Barbara Lucas v. Louis Tine et al.: A woman who claims a pickup truck backed into her vehicle in a drug store parking lot and caused her back and neck injuries was unable to convince a jury that the truck driver was at fault.
Barbara Lathan went to Bridgeport Hospital in October 2007 to receive treatment for a relatively minor urinary tract infection. Seventy-five days later, Lathan, then 66, was released from the hospital in a wheelchair with her bowels inflated to the size and shape of a bowling ball and protruding from her abdomen.
Shaquan Whitfield v. Beth Rosen: It took just 10 minutes for a New Haven jury to return a defense verdict in the case of a woman who claimed back and neck injuries after her vehicle was hit from behind while making a turn.
Mary Ann L. Ostop, Administratrix of the Estate of George C. Roselli v. Maximum Tree Service LLC: The family of a man who was killed after getting hit in the head by a tree that was being cut down will collect $950,000 after settling their lawsuit against the company hired by the town of Simsbury to do the work.
State of Connecticut v. Affinion Group Inc., Trilegiant Corporation, and Webloyalty.com, Inc.: A Stamford-based marketing company has reached a $30 million national settlement with 47 states, including Connecticut, and the District of Columbia after it was accused of using deceptive practices to attract members to discount clubs.
Norma Linke v. Heritage New London LLC et al.: A woman from St. Louis who shattered her elbow after falling in the lobby of a New London Holiday Inn has settled her lawsuit against the hotel ownership for $1 million.
Dimitrios Stefanidis v. Sherry M. Black and Francis D. Black: A man who was rear-ended in traffic and ended up with a neck and back injury, was awarded $470,000 recently by a Superior Court jury in Stamford.
Lamar McCarthy v. City of Hartford et al.: A federal jury recently sided with three Hartford police officers who were accused of using excessive force when arresting a man who had led them on a high-speed chase.
A Woodbridge psychiatrist has agreed to a civil settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations that he inappropriately prescribed strong pain medications for a person or persons who were not his patient.
Gary Strickland, Administrator of the estate of Marion Drezek v. The Bristol Hospital Inc., et al.: The family of a woman who died unexpectedly at Bristol Hospital has been awarded more than $2.5 million by a jury after proving the hospital was responsible for her death.
George Plamondon, et al. v. State of Connecticut, et al.: The parents of a University of Connecticut student who was struck and killed by a campus shuttle bus in 2011 has settled their lawsuit with the state for $5.5 million.
Jorell Alford v. Michael Steinbach: A single mother from New Haven was awarded a judgment of $78,162 for emotional and physical injuries she sustained after the moldy ceiling of her water-damaged apartment fell on her.
State of Connecticut v. Citibank, N.A.: Citibank has reached a $55,000 settlement with the state of Connecticut after hackers accessed the account information of more than 5,000 bank customers in-state and over 360,000 in North America.
Anthony Maio v. City of New Haven: A police officer who was cleared of charges that he groped two female college students in a bar has been awarded more than $235,000 following a civil suit against the city of New Haven for lost wages.
Colleen Bradley v. Long Wharf Drive Ownership LLC, 1-3, et al.: A woman who injured her back when she stumbled in a pothole in her employer's parking lot was awarded $520,000 by a Meriden jury recently.
Colleen Bradley v. Long Wharf Drive Ownership LLC, 1-3, et al.: A woman who injured her back when she stumbled in a pothole in her employer's parking lot was awarded $520,000 by a Meriden jury recently.
Margaret B. Fraser and Joseph T. Fraser v. Wyeth, Inc. and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc.: A U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut has awarded punitive damages of nearly $1.8 million to a woman who proved she developed breast cancer after taking a menopause drug.
Marion Tanyi v. Paul Labelle, III: A North Stonington woman who broke her neck and leg and injured her knees after a car crossed the center line and hit her head-on has settled her personal injury lawsuit for $800,000.
United States of America and Taika Bilbo, et al. v. Clifton Hylton, et al.: A federal judge has ordered a pair of landlords to pay more than $100,000 in damages after allegedly discriminating against prospective tenants because of their race.
Connecticut is slated to receive more than $400,000 as part of a $491 million national settlement between the government and Pfizer Inc. over the illegal marketing of an organ transplant drug named Rapamune.
Housatonic Wire Co. v. Jerry Grozik, et al.: The owner of an old factory building, much of which burned to the ground in 2010 and became an eyesore in Seymour, has been awarded more than $936,000 after suing two men who negligently started the blaze.
Peter Halvorson v. Kathleen Kennedy, M.D., et al.: A patient who claims his doctor prescribed an excessive dosage of a blood-thinning medication, resulting in a life-threatening hematoma, recently received a $1.65 million jury award.
Sandra Konesky v. Post Road Entertainment et al.: The state Appellate Court has overturned a jury verdict of $292,500 for a woman who fell and broke her foot inside a bar after slipping on the wet floor.
Heyman Associates No. 5 L.P., et al. v. FelCor TRS Guarantor L.P.: A long-running battle between two ownership groups with hotels in downtown Stamford just got a lot costlier after a judge ruled that the plaintiffs can collect $1.5 million in attorney fees.
Robert Peterson et al. v. Analise Tenney et al.: A man who was seriously injured after the motorcycle he was riding smashed into a vehicle that made a left turn in front of him has collected $975,000 in a settlement agreement.
State of Iowa v. Vertrue Incorporated: A Connecticut-based marketing company must pay more than $40 million in restitution and penalties for allegedly duping hundreds of thousands of Iowa residents into signing up for buying club memberships they mostly did not want or use, the Iowa Supreme Court recently ruled.
Kenneth Tulle, et al v. Connecticut Container Corporation: A group of five homeowners from North Haven who were subjected to years of "a constant and annoying noise" from a nearby cardboard box factory have been awarded $300,000 for the private nuisance following a bench trial.
Monte Friere v. U.S.S. Chowder Pot III, Ltd., et al.: A man who was stabbed in the neck at a Branford bar and nearly bled to death has collected $4.3 million after a New Haven jury decided that a bartender could have prevented the attack.
A group of parents who complained that a Hartford middle school wrongly disciplined their children has settled a federal complaint against the school. The students attend Achievement First Hartford Academy Middle School in Hartford.
Have you recently convinced a client that the pain and cost of litigation make litigation a poor choice compared to mediation, only to have the client unhappy with the mediation session? If so, your experience is not unique, some experts say.
Penny Hoyt v. James Kennedy, et al.: A woman who tried to help an injured dog, but was bitten in the process, lost her bid to receive compensation for her injuries, as jurors decided that she had been inadvertantly "tormenting" the animal.
The federal government and the City of New Haven have entered into a settlement that addresses allegations that city officials, including members of the police department, were not communicating effectively with the hearing impaired.
Connecticut and 21 other states have reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the major tobacco companies stemming from a 2006 dispute over how much the cigarette-makers should pay as part of a pre-existing settlement.
A former Yale University employee who was implicated by police, but never charged, in the highly publicized murder investigation of student Suzanne Jovin in 1998 has settled lawsuits with the university and the City of New Haven.
A Bridgeport federal court jury sided with the manufacturer of a tractor-trailer involved in a 2003 crash that killed four Yale students and injured five others in an Interstate 95 collision a decade ago.
A physical therapist who falsely billed Medicare for services that were not provided has settled a civil case with the federal government for nearly $330,000. He has also been sentenced on criminal charges.
The owners of a Pennsylvania power plant have agreed to stop burning coal in two generating units and to provide $1 million towards environmental mitigation in Connecticut and New Jersey as part of a clean air settlement announced by Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel C. Esty.
A man who was hit by a car while walking across a New Britain intersection in early evening darkness was recently awarded $150,000 by a jury, though the verdict was reduced by 25 percent for comparative negligence.
A woman delivering the morning newspaper in New Britain who allegedly slipped and fell on ice in a customer's driveway was unable to convince a jury that the owners of the property or a tenant should have been held liable for her injuries.
Dish Network LLC f/k/a Echostar Satellite LLC v. ESPN, Inc. and ESPN Classic Inc.: Dish Network sought $152 million from Bristol-based ESPN in a dispute alleging that the sports network gave competitors better rates than they gave the satellite television provider.
As part of a renegotiated settlement between the nation's largest electric power producer and eight states, Connecticut officials are hoping for better air quality, which would benefit those with respiratory conditions. Connecticut will get more than $714,000 as part of the agreement for pollution mitigation projects.
Joseph Fuscaldo v. Bradford Agonito, et al.: A man who was badly injured after his drunken pal smashed head-on into a stone wall in Greenwich settled lawsuits against his friend and a bar that served them, but he failed to win damages in a trial involving another establishment.
Gary Birkhamshaw, Administrator of the Estate of George M. Upton Jr., and Julie Upton v. Joseph Socha & United Parcel Service Inc.: The family of a man who was killed after his pickup was struck by a UPS tractor-trailer has been awarded nearly $4 million by a New London jury.
According to the Connecticut Attorney General's Office, Toyota concealed safety issues related to unintended acceleration on certain Toyota and Lexus model cars, including the Camry, Tundra, Tacoma and Prius hybrid.
Arrigoni Enterprises LLC v. Town of Durham, Durham Planning and Zoning Commission and Durham Zoning Board of Appeals: A land developer who sued after he was denied an application to build three industrial buildings in Durham was unable to convince a federal jury that the town violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution when making its decision.
Kathleen Durante, Administratrix of the Estate of Elizabeth Durante et al. v. Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority et al.: The family of a college student killed in a head-on highway collision with a drunk driver has settled a lawsuit with the nightclub that served the intoxicated patron for $4.2 million.
National pharmacy chain CVS has agreed to pay $800,000 to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to settle allegations that seven Connecticut stores violated regulations pertaining to hazardous waste and recycling.
Emanuel Di Teresi and Virginia Di Teresi, Executors of the Will of Santini Di Teresi and Virginia Di Teresi, individually v. Stamford Health System, Inc. and The Stamford Hospital: A jury has decided that Stamford Hospital was not negligent in its supervision of a nurse who sexually abused an elderly patient with dementia.
Manuel Vasquez v. Road Service Network, et al.: A limousine driver from New York who was injured after wheels flew off of a large tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 has been awarded more than $930,000 by a Bridgeport jury.
Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities Ex Rel. Becky Palmer and Becky Palmer Individually v. Kenneth Burkamp: A state government program that enables low-income residents to avoid putting down a security deposit when renting an apartment was the basis for a $109,000 discrimination verdict against a Manchester landlord.
Becky McClain v. Pfizer Inc.: The U.S. Court of Appeals of Second Circuit has affirmed a Connecticut federal court award of $2.3 million to a former Pfizer employee who blew the whistle on the company for allegedly unsafe working conditions.
Federal officials claim that the funds from the five National Institutes of Health grants were improperly commingled in a corporate bank account, and some of the money was used to cover company expenses not legitimately related to a particular government grant.
Tyler Frohloff v. Demkowicz Management of Farmington LLC et al.: A man who had his jaw broken and was left unconscious after getting beaten in a strip club bathroom by three strangers was recently awarded more than $330,000 by a New Britain jury.
Narell Stallworth, Calvin Smalls, Larise King v. Town of Stratford, Officer John Therina, Trooper Paul Comensanas: Three people who claimed they were bitten by a police dog during a fight outside of a nightclub will not recover any damages, after a federal jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendants.
The estate of a teenager killed in a highly publicized crash involving a Milford police officer who was racing a colleague in the middle of the night will receive $4 million in a settlement with the city of Milford and the officer.
In re: Aetna UCR Litigation, MDL No. 2020: Hartford-based Aetna Inc. will pay as much as $120 million to settle a federal class action in which plaintiffs alleged that the insurer provided inadequate payments to consumers who visited out-of-network medical providers and to the doctors who treated them.
While lawyers for a Stamford woman who was attacked and disfigured by her friend's chimpanzee in 2009 still hope to get permission to sue the state of Connecticut for $150 million, they have reached a smaller, $4 million settlement with the estate of the chimp's owner.
Securities and Exchange Commission v. I. Joseph Massoud: A Westport-based business executive accused of insider trading has settled a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission by paying roughly $1.4 million and agreeing to leave the financial industry.
Andrew Cimmino v. Maria Marcoccia, Sally Lyddy, Ellen Tiedman, Bridgeport Board of Education. A former elementary school principal was awarded $126,000 in lost wages after a jury determined that false accusations by his former secretary and another school employee caused him to be fired.
Heyman Associates No. 5 L.P., et al. v. Felcor TRS Guarantor, L.P.: A lengthy, high-stakes legal battle between two hotel ownership groups is closer to resolution after a judge upheld a deed provision barring the opening of an upscale hotel in downtown Stamford.
Alexandra Smith, PPA, et al. v. Claude Errera: A 16-year-old girl who was injured after a car veered off the roadway and smashed head on into the horse she was riding was recently awarded nearly $268,000 by a New Haven judge.
United States of America, et al. v. Toll Brothers Inc. et al.: One of the nation's largest builders of luxury homes has agreed to pay the federal government to settle claims that the company violated the Clean Water Act.
Calogero J. Marino v. Linda Livieri, Administratrix of the Estate of Elaine Burgess: A Wallingford man who injured his neck, low back and knee in a car accident was awarded $125,000 following a bench trial in New Haven.
A Connecticut-based pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay $95 million to settle claims that the company promoted drugs for off-label uses and paid kickbacks to medical providers as an incentive for prescribing the drugs.
Douglas Brown et al. v. City of Bridgeport et al.: In a case involving an unusual set of circumstances, including a misidentified suspect, a Bridgeport police officer who shot an unarmed man in the back following a chase was cleared of wrongdoing by a jury after a month-long trial.
Jane Doe v. Norwich Roman Catholic Diocese et al.: A now 48-year-old woman who claims that a Catholic priest sexually abused her several times when she was a young girl in the mid- to late 1970s has recovered $1.1 million in a settlement.
Federal authorities claim that police officers in East Haven engaged in a pattern of discrimination and abuse toward Latinos. Now, a settlement agreement looks to put an end to the claim before a lawsuit is filed.
Tessa Scandariato Eichelberger v. Edward Borrelli: A Norwich woman who injured her neck in a car accident was recently awarded $316,000 by a jury, though the amount was reduced by 20 percent because she was found to be partially at fault.
Timothy Kesselring v. Gunna Voight, et al.: A former marathon runner who developed back problems after getting rear-ended on Interstate 95 was recently awarded nearly $273,000 by a New Haven judge following a hearing in damages.
Richard J. Clow Jr. v. Travelers Home & Marine Insurance Co.: An Enfield paramedic and firefighter involved in an on-duty accident was awarded $1.1 million by a Hartford jury earlier this month, though he will collect far less than that for a variety of reasons.
A Glastonbury-based national consulting firm specializing in retirement and employee benefits has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Labor $1.27 million to resolve allegations that it retained certain fees that should have been passed on to clients.
Two people badly injured when a Jet Ski crashed into them as they floated in the Connecticut River were recently awarded $3.2 million by a judge trial referee in Hartford, though the plaintiffs' lawyer says it's unlikely they will collect nearly that much.
Madeline Gleason v. Janice Smolinski and Paula Bell: A New Haven judge has awarded more than $52,000 to the former girlfriend of one of the state's best-known missing persons, ruling that the missing man's family harassed and defamed the woman while accusing her of being involved in his disappearance.
Jason MacDonald v. Patricia A. Doukas and John G. Zandy: A Buffalo, N.Y. man, who injured his neck and became severely depressed after being involved in a crash while a graduate student in New Haven was awarded more than $1.7 million by a jury earlier this month.
Edward J. Banas v. Lorraine A. Armbruster: A man whose vehicle was rear-ended but sustained no noticeable damage, developed back pain six months after the crash and was recently awarded $70,000 by a jury.
Lisa Alloggio v. Federal Insurance Company: A woman who claims she suffered a brain injury following a rear-end collision in Pennsylvania sought $3.2 million from a Middletown jury but was awarded only $58,000 after the defense successfully argued that her physical pain actually was caused by longstanding emotional issues.
The state of Connecticut will receive more than $3.5 million as part of the nation's largest ever multi-state consumer protection settlement with a pharmaceutical company. In total, 33 states and the District of Columbia will receive $181 million following a settlement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.
Rita Grant, et al. v. Norwich Discount Liquor LLC: The family of a young man with cerebral palsy, whose wheelchair fell more than three feet off a strip mall walkway with a missing railing, has recovered $1.2 million in a recent settlement.
Sara Socci, a now 36-year-old married mother of two from Norwalk, did not know what she was getting herself into when she took a part-time office job with Pasiak Construction Services in Stamford six years ago. Just over a week into her new job, she was tied-up, gagged and blindfolded in a robbery gone terribly wrong.
A group of former San Francisco area Edible Arrangements franchisees were recently awarded nearly $1.8 million following arbitration in Connecticut that centered on accusations that the international chain tried putting some of their own stores out of business.
A former Suffield police officer, who among her complaints accused the town police department of discriminating against her because she was pregnant, had her lawsuit tossed by a Connecticut federal judge last week.
According to both Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and the state's top federal prosecutor, David Fein, WellCare Health Plans Inc. will pay $137.5 million overall to nine states and the federal government.
The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on July 18 announced its first enforcement action, charging Capital One Bank with deceptively marketing add-on credit card services including credit monitoring and payment protection plans.
A group of Hartford area students who were passengers on a school bus that plummeted down an embankment on Interstate 84 after being struck by another vehicle have settled their legal claims for $6.5 million.
Last year, JP Morgan Chase & Co. agreed to settle claims of anticompetitive and fraudulent conduct in the municipal bond derivatives industry for $92 million. According to Connecticut's Attorney General George Jepsen, the state will begin cashing in on the settlement. In all, 10 Connecticut municipalities, agencies or not-for-profit entities will collect more than $1 million in restitution. Those entities include Yale, Quinnipiac and Fairfield universities and the towns of Stratford and Fairfield.
Connecticut will receive $11.1 million from a national settlement between state and federal officials and the pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline, in what's being billed as the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history.
A New Haven jury recently ruled that a doctor at a rehabilitation facility was not responsible for the death of a 40-year-old Nigerian man who died of a blood clot after he was taken off of blood-thinning treatments.
In what officials are calling a big win for environmental advocates and people with breathing problems, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached a settlement with Connecticut and 10 other states who sued over national air quality alert standards.
In an unusual legal battle that pitted two universities from opposite parts of the world, a federal judge has dismissed claims that Yale University damaged the reputation of a South Korean university embroiled in a political scandal.
In Ansonia, federal investigators accused the city there of discriminating against people with mental disabilities or addiction issues. In August 2010, Recovery Network of Programs (RNP), which runs methadone clinics, sought to place a clinic in Ansonia that would provide drug treatment and counseling services to its clients.
In an unusual dispute involving an ongoing feud between neighbors, a Middletown jury ruled against a woman who claimed she severely hurt her back when a man purposely screeched his tires and spooked the horse she was riding.
The federal government, Connecticut and 42 other states want the public to know that simply sporting a pair of Skechers' fitness shoes is not going to get you Kim Kardashian's curves or Brooke Burke’s toned tush.
<i>Linda Szollosy v. Hyatt Corp.</i>: At first glance, the extent of 11-year-old Dean Szollosy's brain injuries isn't readily apparent, his family's attorney admits. But his school teachers are well aware of the significant blow he suffered more than seven years ago when a family vacation to the Cayman Islands ended with Dean being airlifted to a Miami hospital.
<i><b>Conservators of Mia Michelle House v. Norwalk Hospital, Jay D. Angeluzzi, et al.</b></i>: In what is believed to be one of the largest medical malpractice settlements in Connecticut history, Richard A. Silver of Stamford's Silver, Golub & Teitell, won nearly $17 million for a former Peoples Bank teller.
<b><i>Maureen Kelsey v. Frederick Cowern</i></b>: The fatal drunk driving case of Wallingford constable Robert Kelsey settled on the eve of trial for $1,625,000. <b><i>Alba Cartagene and Robert Delgado v. Johanna Mackles and Ralph Desenna</i></b>: Defense Wouldn't Budge On $1K Split.
<p><b><i>Michelle Pryde v. Lester Silverstone</i>:</b> A Bridgeport single mother, struck by vehicle driven a former city school superintendent, was recently awarded $1.3 million after the jury deliberated for an hour-and-a-half.</p>
Estate of Oleen Wilson v. Rock LLC et al: Four days before the infamous Avon Mountain dump truck crash last summer, another out-of-control truck killed Oleen Wilson, 69, of Southington, on July 25, 2005. She was driving with her daughter, Pamela Kirsch, 39, in the passenger seat and her granddaughter, 9-year-old Jamie Kirsch, in the back.
On the night of Feb. 28, 2004, defendant Elizabeth Gessinger, of New Canaan, apparently dozed off, losing control of her Ford Explorer. It came to rest in the left and part of the right southbound lanes of Interstate-95 in Old Lyme.
Darelyn Haynes v. Fountain View Condominiums: When she fell down a stairwell in the common area of her Groton condominium in December 2003, Darelyn Haynes suffered a herniated disc. The railing had been repaired with duct tape, and gave way when she was using the stairs to visit another tenant. A different tenant testified that, three years earlier, she had repaired the railing temporarily with duct tape and reported it to an officer of the condominium association.
Carmen Frontanez, et al. v. Betsabeth Rivera, et al.: The estates of a 68-year-old grandmother and her six-month-old granddaughter got through two days of evidence in litigation before settling their wrongful death claims for $410,000.
The estate of a 60-year-old woman who died after laparoscopic hernia surgery recently received a $1.2 million settlement, under which the names of both the plaintiff and the doctor sued for medical malpractice are being kept secret.
Anthony Land v. Town of Weston: The termination proceeding, under C.G.S. § 7-278, to determine probable cause for firing Weston Police Chief Anthony Land has been wrapped up in a $250,000 settlement, subject to approval by two town governing boards.
Debra Perez v. C. Donald Lane Jr., d/b/a DL Tractor Trailer School: The plaintiff, Debra Perez, claimed she was subjected to sexual and racial harassment at work, in violation of the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act. After she brought a complaint through the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, her employer Donald Lane allegedly retaliated by bringing a late appeal of Perez's unemployment benefits he had never contested before. Lane claimed he was never notified of his right to appeal his payments.
biTimothy L. Brennan v. Groton Dental Group, et al:/b/i A New London County jury last month returned a $50,000 verdict for Timothy Brennan in a four-day dental malpractice trial against Dr. Dennis Flanagan and the Groton Dental Group.
Omega Flex v. Parker Hannifin: In a lengthy trial before U.S. District Court Judge Michael Ponsor in Springfield, Mass., lawyers at Bloomfield-based Cantor Colburn have won a patent infringement case against a major Cleveland, Ohio manufacturer.
A New York federal court has approved a $30 million settlement of a suit Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. shareholders had filed claiming the company's founder and other executives lied about the risks posed to the company by the investigation into her stock trading.
Irianne Rodriguez v. Stamford Antiques Center: Stamford consignment store worker Irianne Rodriguez was investigated by local police in 2000 after her employers found watches and other small valuables missing from a locked cabinet, which was subsequently relocked.
ibTatyana Prishchep v. Dora Wilber Moscosco/i:/b A Stamford woman whose neck was injured in an accident caused by a driver who ran a red light was awarded $100,000 last week even though her lawyer sought roughly $20,000 and Allstate Insurance Co. offered $3,000 to settle the case, according to the plaintiff's attorney.
biCarolyn Costello v. Neurological Associates/i:/b Glastonbury homemaker Carolyn Costello was hoping to get relief from leg and back pain on her left side when she agreed to a spinal fusion procedure in 2002. Dr. Bruce Chozik recommended the treatment. But, according to Costello's lawyer, another doctor assisted in the surgery and installed a bone screw that was supposed to secure a plate to stabilize a portion of the woman's spine. Instead, said bPaul T. Edwards/b of bStratton Faxon/b in New Haven, the screw "skewered" a spinal nerve.
Carolyn Costello v. Neurological Associates: Glastonbury homemaker Carolyn Costello was hoping to get relief from leg and back pain on her left side when she agreed to a spinal fusion procedure in 2002.
bElaine Wiseman, administrator v. John J. Armstrong, et al/b: On June 28, after a five-week trial, a Hartford jury found "indifference" by workers at the Garner Correctional Facility in the death of 28-year-old inmate Bryant Wiseman, but concluded that did not cause his death on Nov. 17, 1999.
Despite hearing graphic details about how a young restaurant worker lost an index finger and thumb while using a meat grinder, a jury in Suffolk County, Mass., has sided with the grinder's maker, which was represented by a Glastonbury attorney.
The Archdiocese of Chicago has paid $6.65 million to settle claims made by 14 people who say they were abused by Catholic priests. The settlements were reached between March 2006 and March 2007 and cover lawsuits filed against 12 current and former priests for abuse that allegedly occurred from the 1960s to the early 1990s.
A federal judge has thrown out a $2.5 million jury award against the town of East Haven in connection with the police killing of a 21-year-old man in 1997. In doing so, U.S. District Court Judge Alvin W. Thompson cited a U.S. Supreme Court decision that municipalities are immune from punitive damages.
biCindy Smith v. Diane Bowe, Executrix of the Estate of Dwight Chernauskas:/b/i An Oxford woman claimed her older brother sexually molested her for eight years in the 1960s and 1970s. But for roughly three decades, she waited to file a lawsuit against her brother in a bid to collect monetary damages.
A Milford Superior Court judge has awarded $2.25 million to the parents a 13-year-old Shelton boy who died from a heroin overdose. The default award was issued Aug. 6 against James and Angela Krasowski, who were each sentenced in June to 17 years in prison. The Krasowskis were sentenced for manslaughter for their roles in the 2006 death of Frank Korondi.
biEric Stiggle Sr. v. Kristine Stiggle:/b/i The pro se plaintiff sued his ex-wife for slander, false arrest, denial of parental rights and violation of constitutional rights, requesting a jury trial. When she defaulted, he sought a hearing in damages, because his factual allegations were deemed proved.
A convicted burglar has been paid $44,000 to settle his claims of police brutality filed against the Norwalk police department. As part of the settlement, the city agreed that police supervisors will read a memo from the chief at the daily lineup, reminding officers they must comply with department policies on the use of force.
biRobert Franco v. Interstate Mill and Lumber Yard/i:/b A building contractor was shopping for supplies at Stamford's Interstate Mill and Lumber Yard when an employee threw a 70 pound bundle of insulation from the second story of a barn. The bale of six rolls knocked Robert Franco to the ground. Left dazed, he refused immediate medical attention. But over the next few days, he developed neck pain and other symptoms.
biNancy Martino v. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store:/b/i An employee of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, who was seriously injured after a slip-and-fall accident, will be compensated $37,000 annually for the rest of her life following a recent settlement agreement.
The Trump Taj Mahal, one of Donald Trump's three Atlantic City casino resorts, reached a $1.2 million settlement with an elderly woman injured after her hotel room toilet broke away from the wall while she was sitting on it. The settlement covered Taj Mahal's liability for the injuries Jean Ciocci, 74, of Philadelphia, sustained from two separate falls: the fall from her toilet on Oct. 8, 2004, and a fall she took one-and-a-half years later, which her attorney argued came about because of the significant physical disability in her left arm caused by the earlier bathroom fall.
Torrington officials have agreed to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit brought against city police by three deaf Torrington residents. The lawsuit claimed police used excessive force during an arrest at a home involving a dispute over child custody in 2002.
biStephen Harris M.D. v. Bradley Memorial Hospital:/b/i A New Britain jury awarded a Cheshire doctor $50,000 in economic damages and $200,000 in non-economic damages, on breach of contract grounds, after he sued for loss of his surgical privileges. But that was before a judge sliced the non-economic damages in half.
A $150,000 settlement has been accepted by the family of a girl who claimed she had been fondled by her art teacher at a Westport school five years ago. The town of Westport, the school board and school officials agreed to the settlement with the family of the girl who was 12 at the time. The teacher named in the suit, Paul Held, taught art at Bedford Middle School. He was sentenced last month in a separate case to more than 10 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography.
Burlington Resources Inc., a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips, has agreed to pay $97.5 million to settle a whistleblower's claims that it underpaid royalties owed for natural gas produced on federal and Indian lands during a 17-year period.
Relatives of the 100 people killed by a 2003 nightclub fire offered mixed views last week on whether the man whose pyrotechnics ignited the blaze should be let out early from prison, with some saying he had done enough time and others calling his sentence pitifully short. "Daniel Biechele has robbed us of so much," Eileen DiBonaventura, who lost her 18-year-old son Al, told the parole board at a hearing for victims' families. It was held two weeks before the former rock band tour manager comes up for parole. "We have no sympathy for him whatsoever," she said.
biLeticia Belton v. Ann Patterson et al./i:/b In June 2006, physician's assistant Letitia Belton was loading her children into a car in front of their Brush Street home in Bridgeport. Her neighbor's black and white pit bull, Spike, had wrapped his lead around a tree in Belton's backyard. When the neighbor, Ann Patterson freed the animal, he charged after Belton and mauled her leg, removing skin and flesh.
biJames D. Fish v. Norwich Roman Catholic Diocese et al./i:/b In a letter from Bishop Michael Cote read to parishioners at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Pawcatuck on Oct. 28, the diocese announced the latest in what now totals $4.6 million in settlements from priest abuse cases.
A law firm, mortgage company and real estate broker have agreed to pay $700,000 in fines, forfeitures and restitution to settle allegations that they engaged in kickback schemes that cheated hundreds of home buyers for mortgage-related services, state officials said Monday.
Law has been called the best-documented of all the professions. Before and after a law is made, lagoons of ink are often spilled in discussing, evaluating and analyzing it. More and more case law is being reported, and the advent of the computer terabyte is continuing to improve the breadth and depth of legal information. One glaring exception is the realm of verdicts and settlements, where even the best knowledge continues to be anecdotal and unofficial. The Law Tribune staff was reminded of that fact as we collected data for our annual yearbook listing Connecticut personal injury verdicts and settlements. That publication is inside this week's newspaper.
bSharon Church v. Big E Cleaning LLC Mac Cleaning LLC:/b A former Raymour Flanigan sales associate injured after slipping on a wet floor inside one of the company's furniture stores settled her lawsuit against the cleaning company for $650,000.
bIn re Pet Food Products Liability Litigation, MDL-1850:/b A Canadian manufacturer has come to terms with plaintiffs lawyers in litigation over pet food that allegedly caused death or injury to thousands of dogs and cats.
Four Connecticut companies have agreed to pay $613,000 to resolve legal matters for violating the state's Clean Water Act. A fifth company is being served with state court action by the attorney general's office.
After a seven-week trial, a Stamford jury found obstetrician Corinne de Cholnoky liable for $38.5 million in damages for deciding too late to deliver an oxygen-deprived infant by Cesarean section. At the same time, it cleared co-defendant Stamford Hospital.
bA.M. v. Mahmoud M. Hussein/b: A young girl referred to in court documents as C has cerebral palsy and emotional disabilities. Her doctors agreed that the best thing to help her navigate stairs, avoid falling and generally improve her spirits was a big service dog named Rock.
bRichardo Garcia v. Edward J. Fox, et al.:/b While stopped in heavy traffic on Interstate 95 in Fairfield, passenger Richardo Garcia's vehicle was struck from behind by another truck on Aug. 10, 2001. He was on the job for Quality Glass Works of Waterbury at the time. The tractor trailer that struck him was owned by Logistics Express Inc., of Orange, Calif., and driven by Edward J. Fox. The impact injured Garcia's neck, right arm and back. Before surgery, he was given a rating of 12 percent permanent partial disability to his lumbar spine, and a 10.8 percent whole person disability.
bPeter Murrugarra et al. v. Jason Takacs/b: Fairfield police officer Jason Takacs was following a car that looked a little suspicious mdash; the plates didn't match the make and model mdash; while traveling west on the Post Road in Fairfield.
bJohn Pragosa V. Jules Wernick, et. al.:/b A South Windsor man with past drug and larceny convictions was awarded just over $193,000 following a bench trial that netted him less than he was seeking in a settlement.
Ablicia M. Howe v. Christopher McAllister./b In May, 2004, Alicia Howe, then a 24-year-old psychology student from Prospect, was stopped at a toll booth on the New Jersey Turnpike on her way to Argosy University in Washington, D.C. Without warning, she was struck violently from behind by a 2003 Ford conversion van with enough force to cause her to spin and collide with a third vehicle in front of her. She had to be mechanically extricated from the car and was rushed by helicopter to Cooper University Hospital Trauma Center in Camden, N.J.
bPatricia Goldsmith v. Patricia Font:/b Last Dec.15, Patricia Goldsmith was doing some Christmas shopping at a Newtown Road shopping center in Danbury. As she walked across a lane of traffic in front of the Payless shoe store, she was struck by a vehicle that had backed out of a parking space and was attempting to enter the traffic lane.
bLeo Fisher III v. Big Y Foods Inc./b A Big Y patron who slipped on a spilled liquid won a verdict of $57,197.53 from the supermarket chain. But both lawyers say what's most interesting is the judge's use of what's known as the mode-of-operation doctrine.
bCornish Contracting and Real Estate LLC v. The Travelers Indemnity Co./b: The owner of a New London apartment building who spent approximately $43,000 to repair a partially torn roof after a storm lost his lawsuit against his insurance company.
bTiffany Spencer v. United States of America/b: U.S. District Court Judge Vanessa L. Bryant has never been criticized for lacking backbone or being easy to manipulate. In a recent hearing for damages before Bryant, chiropractor Mark Lepensky, of Orange, got more than he could handle-and nothing he could pocket.
bThomas Henry v. Allstate Insurance:/b A former state Department of Transportation employee, who came within six feet of a potentially fatal crash, was awarded $50,000 in "close call" damages following a bench trial in New Haven.
bBrian Toms v. Willie Price, et al.:/b Plaintiff Brian Toms was a 17-year-old junior at Ridgefield High on the morning of April 23, 2003. Ironically, he was participating in a school safety drill, and was asked to stand behind a bus and escort other students to safety. While doing so, an unattended second bus, its brakes off, rolled toward him and hit him as Toms attempted to squirm out of the way.
bRobert Myer v. Connecticut Distributing et al./b A Waterbury truck driver with brain injuries agreed to a $1.8 million mediated settlement after sustaining brain and back injuries in a fall at a Bridgeport loading dock.
bBurritt Real Estate LLC v. New Britain/b: On July 7, 1997, long after a real estate and banking shakeout that caused Burritt Savings Bank to be sold by federal authorities, the two New Britain buildings that served as the bank's headquarters sold for $111,000.
bGeoffrey Muggleton et al. v. Volkswagen of America:/b The restraint system in a 1989 Volkswagen Jetta was the focal point of an international battle of titans in a Waterbury courthouse. At issue was whether faulty seat belt design, or the violent impact of a crash, caused the death of Marilyn Muggleton.
Supermarket worker John Hoyt, of Waterbury, was unloading a shrink-wrapped pallet of loose dairy items when the load began to shift. Unable to get out of the way, he was pinned against the inside of a tractor-trailer and forced to the floor, injuring his spine.
For the seasonal residents of the Plainville Campground Association, the vacation retreat of 87 Victorian cottages surrounding a central green was normally a welcome refuge from the cares of the world.
bNorwalk Federation of Teachers Local 1723 v. Norwalk Board of Education, et al./b The Norwalk teachers' union filed an unusual freedom of speech claim when it felt its officers were denied a chance to comment on a proposed school superintendent's contract. The union and the city's school board ultimately settled the matter out of court.
bJonathan Love v. Colonial Builders LLC et al:/b An electrician who fell a couple flights onto a concrete basement floor while working on a newly constructed home being built in Harwinton settled his case for $695,000.
iBrian Guimond v. Newfield Construction Inc. and Midstate Site Development LLC/i: Canton school custodian Brian Guimond, 30, was checking doors to make sure they were locked about 9:45 p.m. on March 1, 2005. A layer of snow covered the ground, obscuring a gravel-covered walkway that had been installed three months earlier. The path was raised from two to five inches above the surrounding ground and, Guinmond tripped and fell over it.
biEdward Sherman v. Polymer Resources Ltd./b/i A driver for a Glastonbury trucking company, Edward Sherman, was struck on the shoulder by an overhead loading door in Farmington. He was picking up pallets of plastic raw materials from Polymer Resources Ltd., which owned and was responsible for maintaining the 170-pound door, manufactured by Overhead Door Inc.
United States v. Sikorsky Aircraft Company: To settle allegations that Sikorsky Aircraft Co. failed to test armor plating on Black Hawk helicopters manufactured for the U.S. Army, the Stratford-based company agreed to pay nearly $3 million in damages.
biEbonee Johnson v. Gargiulo Construction Co./i/b: Plaintiffs' lawyer Gerard McEnery has a pretty good idea why Peerless Insurance fired its Halloran Sage lawyers just six weeks before a critical hearing date. He used to be an insurance defense lawyer himself.
ibDonna Yeager v. Maria Alvarez, et al:/b/i A licensed practical nurse won a $1.4 million jury award after a car accident in a case that was complicated by workers' compensation law and a judge's unusual striking of an offer of compromise. Nurse Donna Yeager was injured in a rear-end collision while she was working for Patient Care Inc. She sued the driver of the other vehicle, Maria Alvarez, who carried a $300,000 liability insurance policy. The policy wasn't offered in settlement immediately because Yeager's injuries were not immediately apparent. She previously had lower back injuries, and the accident complicated those problems. Yeager also sustained new injuries to the part of her spine within her neck.
ibGeorge A. D'Ambrosio v. Brian E. Donaton et al.:/b/i A top-level trainer of horses for the Olympic sport of show jumping received nearly $300,000 from a jury earlier this month after he was injured in a car accident. George A. D'Ambrosio was driving west on Route 35 in Ridgefield in June of 2005 when he was injured in a crash. The defendant turned into his path, and both cars were totaled.
ibMichael Santopietro v. Elizabeth Lach-Pasko et al.:/b/i Patients who think they have been victims of medical malpractice can face a daunting battle getting the evidence - even when the evidence is literally their own flesh and blood. Such was the case for Torrington school bus driver Michael Santopietro, who was diagnosed with lung cancer at Charlotte Hungerford hospital in his hometown. A radiologist took a tiny biopsy with a vacuum needle, inserted through Santopietro's side, guiding the point to the small dot on his lung while using a CAT-scan. The chief of pathology at the hospital, Dr. Elizabeth Lach-Pasko, unequivocally diagnosed the biopsy material as cancerous.
Marianne Varunes v. Janet Battey, et al.: A Hamden bookkeeper who broke her ankle in a fall at a restaurant lost her lawsuit after she was unable to prove there were problems with the establishment's dance floor.
ibScarlett Pipkin v. AIU Insurance:/b/i Retired Bridgeport schoolteacher Scarlett Pipkin, 58, sustained back injuries when she was struck in a low-impact collision by an uninsured motorist. Her uninsured motorist carrier, the AIU Insurance Co., initially offered to pay her $24,000. New Haven plaintiff's lawyer bWilliam S. Palmieri,/b whose initial demand for his client was $75,000, took the matter to trial before New Haven Superior Court Judge bMark Gould/b. During jury selection, said Palmieri, "Potential jurors expressed surprise that people have to sue their insurance companies for the coverage that one contracts for.The court informed them that this was appropriate, if the [insurer] contests liability. It's just a contract."
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport has settled a lawsuit with the former bookkeeper of a Darien parish who raised concerns about an ex-priest who stole more than $1 million. The two sides declined to disclose terms of the settlement reached on Monday, Sept. 14, which was the day the case was supposed to go to trial. Had the case gone to trial, plaintiff's attorney bMark Sherman/b said he planned to subpoena Bridgeport Bishop William E. Lori to testify.
ibJohn O'Dell, Administrator v. L.C.B. Entities LLC et al.: /b/i New Britain personal injury lawyer Ronald Murphy has handled plenty of "dram shop" cases, which hold bars liable for serving alcohol to patrons who are later involved in accidents. The lawsuit against the bar involved in Patrick O'Dell's alcohol-fueled death seemed a prime candidate for a settlement. Instead, it went to a full trial, ending in a largely symbolic $4 million verdict. By statute, the plaintiff can collect no more than $250,000. Now defense lawyers say they're planning to appeal on the controversial ground that the bar could not be held liable for any damages unless the driver of the vehicle in which O'Dell was riding was visibly intoxicated.
ibEileen Kelleher v. Dr. Ramon Mabasa New Milford Hospital:/b/i A woman who went into the hospital for elective back surgery in 2005 ended up losing her left leg from a procedure gone horribly wrong and, eventually, collecting a settlement of more than $5 million. Eileen Kelleher, 63, of Harwinton, was a registered nurse with the Visiting Nurses Association of Litchfield County. She had hurt her back but wanted to return to work.
ibMarc Daniels and Laura Daniels v. Joseph D'Amico and Francine D'Amico./b/i The morning of July 31, 2007 was peaceful and promising for East Haddam welder Marc Daniels and his wife, Laura. They headed out early for a restaurant breakfast and a pleasant drive, taking their 2001 Corvette - the car for special occasions. At the same time, 20-year-old Joseph D'Amico, who had only had a driver's license for five weeks, had just ended his overnight shift job at a local Stop Shop. He was hurtling southbound on Route 154 in a Mazda sedan. Ignoring the double-yellow line, witnesses said D'Amico passed several cars on the two-lane road, and was attempting to pass another as he was cresting a hill on a curve. He slammed head-on into the Danielses' oncoming Corvette, severely injuring the husband and wife.
The U.S. government and Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs entered into a civil settlement agreement late last month to resolve allegations that the infirmary violated the False Claims Act. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut alleges that Johnson Memorial Hospital overcharged Medicare for infusion therapy, chemotherapy administration, and blood transfusions between 2000 and 2005.
ibHeidi Laudenat v. Autec Inc.:/b/i A social worker whose foot got crushed in a drive-through car wash was recently awarded $80,000. On July 17, 2004, Heidi Laudenat, a young woman in her 20s, went to Sparkle Car Wash in Waterford, an enterprise owned by Warrant Equities. According to her lawyer, Robert I. Reardon Jr., of the Reardon Law Firm in New London, Laudenat drove into the car wash, put her Jeep Liberty in park and remained in the vehicle as the machinery began to tug the SUV forward.
ibPhillip Torres v. Angel L. Torres: /b/iA former McDonald's employee who was hit by a pickup and seriously injured while crossing a dark road in Fairfield was awarded more than $150,000 after a four-day trial. Bridgeport resident Phillip Torres, 19, was struck by a 1999 Ford Ranger truck just before 10 p.m. on March 31, 2007. He was leaving work at the McDonald's in Fairfield, between the Post Road and the King's Highway Cutoff.
ibLiz Cyr v. Maritime Properties Corp.:/b/i A woman who has been unable to work since mailboxes lining the wall of an apartment complex fell on her foot couldn't to convince a jury that the building owners were liable for the accident. Liz Cyr, 45 of Milford, was delivering mail for the U.S. Postal Service on July 15, 2005 at the Corset Factory, an upscale apartment complex owned by Maritime Properties in South Norwalk.
ibLewis McQuarrie et al. v. Town of Bristol:/b/i The family of a Bristol woman who died of an asthma attack after police confusion delayed the arrival of an ambulance has received $1.75 million in a settlement. On the morning of March 28, 2002, Bristol homemaker Kathleen McQarrie-Doucette, 29, suffered an asthma attack at home and called 911. She had a long history of respiratory ailments, and controlled her condition with an inhaler.
The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. will pay Connecticut $150,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from an advertisement for Camel cigarettes that appeared in iRolling Stone/i magazine. State officials had claimed the ad violated the nationwide settlement reached between tobacco companies and many states in 1998.
ibEstate of Arkady Mikhelzon v. The State of Connecticut: /b/iThe estate of a Russian immigrant collected about $1.5 million from the University of Connecticut's hospital after claiming that doctors failed to implant a device that might have prevented a fatal heart attack. At age 9, Arkady Mikhelzon moved from Russia to the U.S. with his parents, and they moved to Connecticut when he was 15. Growing up, he was active and healthy, but he had a heart condition that can strike young people unexpectedly.
ibJane Doe et al v. Gerald Terry et al:/b/i A 16-year-old mentally handicapped girl who claims she was raped in a taxi cab in 2007 was awarded just over $1 million by a jury late last month. According to the victim's lawyer, Timothy Donahue, of Donahue, Durham Noonan P.C. in Guilford, the teen attended an after-school program in North Haven for special needs students to help improve her social and adaptive skills. She was transported by Metro Taxi of West Haven several times a week from school to the site of the after-school program and then from that facility back home.
U.S. ex rel. Dr. Mark Ruderman v. Dr. Barbara Kage and Rheumatology Allergy Institute of Connecticut LLC: A Manchester rheumatologist must pay more than $200,000 as part of a civil settlement agreement with the government for allegedly submitting false claims to Medicare.
ibDebbie Becker v. Salon de Oasis:/b/i A woman who went to a salon for a Brazilian wax but left with burns from hot wax has settled her lawsuit for $100,000. Debbie Becker, an Arizona resident who used to live in Connecticut, went to Salon de Oasis in Madison in early July 2007. According to her lawyer, Pamela Levin Cameron, of Sinoway, McEnery, Messey and Sullivan in New Haven, Becker went to get a Brazilian wax treatment, which is used to remove pubic hair.
Abbott Laboratories and the French company Fournier have agreed to pay $22.5 million to 24 states - including Connecticut - to settle claims that the drug makers illegally blocked generic versions of the cholesterol-reducing drug TriCor. Connecticut will receive $224,714 from the agreement. A portion of the money will reimburse the state's Medicaid program for TriCor prescriptions it covered.
ibThe United States v. The May Institute Inc.:/b/i A behavioral health-care provider in Manchester has agreed to pay the U.S. government nearly $110,000 to settle claims it violated the False Claims Act.
ibCheryl Betkoski v. Marlene Albini:/b/i A Wolcott hairdresser received more than $250,000 for injuries suffered in a car accident, after her attorneys managed to persuade a jury to overlook a past drug addiction that led the woman to lie to doctors in the past.
A pediatric medical practice with offices statewide has agreed to pay the U.S. government nearly $75,000 to settle allegations it had improperly billed patient visits. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut, Pediatric Healthcare Associates, with offices in Trumbull, Bridgeport, Stratford, Southport, Shelton and Fairfield, violated the False Claims Act for improper billing.
ibRoberta Williams v. Jud Repko:/b/i An East Windsor newspaper delivery woman who sustained back injuries when her car was rear-ended received $100,000 after a trial in which the other driver appeared in court in an orange prison jumpsuit.
ibVickie Flanagan v. Metro-North Commuter Railroad:/b/i A longtime railroad engineer who was injured when a Waterbury-bound train derailed three years ago has settled her lawsuit for $1.2 million. Vickie Flanagan, 51, of Milford, was engineer of a Metro-North Railroad four-car train that was headed north from Bridgeport on June 21, 2007 at about 1:30 p.m.
Joyce Brown, executrix v. Shawn Maia et al.: On a drizzling and foggy night in November 2008, a semi-retired scientist, Robert T. Brown, 67, picked up a large pizza from an eatery on Manchester's Main Street. The unusually wide street runs north and uphill through the center of the downtown business district. Brown parked on the west side of the street, according to court documents, and headed to Mulberry Street Pizza, on the east side of the street. His receipt showed the pizza was picked up at 7:04 p.m.
Archie Campbell v. PEH I et al.: A Hartford Superior Court jury recently ruled against a North Carolina man who filed a lawsuit after injuring his back when a bar stool at an East Hartford hotel collapsed.
ibMichael Tomick v. United Parcel Service, et al:/b/i A Superior Court judge has eliminated $500,000 in punitive damages from a verdict awarded to a United Parcel Service worker who claimed that the courier company had wrongly fired him.
ibBetty-Jean Landeen v. Kate Dibble et al.:/b/i A woman whose vehicle was hit head-on in a car crash two years ago has recovered nearly $250,000 in damages following a trial in New Britain. Betty-Jean Landeen, 50, of Bristol, was driving east on Meriden Avenue on her way to work in Southington at around 7 a.m.
The Vermont Attorney General's Office says a Connecticut-based health insurance company is ready to pay $55,000 to settle a complaint that it didn't inform customers that personal information had been lost along with an unencrypted computer hard drive.
ibRonald Cassella v. Jennifer Lenches, et al.:/b/i A Branford man has been awarded nearly $50,000 after a negligent driver damaged his rare sports car. Ronald Cassella was driving his 1971 Steel City Grey Corvette Stingray LT-1 on Route 146 in Branford in the early afternoon May 26, 2007.
ibRichard Plawecki v. Richard Franklin, et al.:/b/i A 59-year-old man whose shoulder was injured after his vehicle was rear-ended was awarded more than $800,000 by a jury in New Britain. Richard Plawecki, of the Terryville section of Plymouth, was driving his pickup on Farmington Avenue in Bristol at 3:45 p.m. on Feb. 2, 2009.
A doctor of osteopathic medicine with a practice in Suffield has entered into a civil settlement agreement with the Government in which he will pay nearly $380,000 to resolve allegations that he violated the False Claims Act.
biRenay Emmanuele et al. v. Lawford Howell et al.:/i/b A woman who was seriously injured after her car collided with a tractor-trailer driven by a man who had been on the road for 19 of the previous 36 hours was awarded nearly $5 million by a Hartford jury.
Nancy Diaz v. Hartford Housing Authority: A Hartford woman who hurt her ankle after falling on ice and snow in her apartment complex was recently awarded more than $200,000 following a bench trial. In 2007, Nancy Diaz, 51, lived at Nelton Court in Hartford, an apartment complex with 122 units spread over 14 buildings and controlled by the Hartford Housing Authority. The complex has since been torn down and is being rebuilt.
Barbara Eannarino, et al. v. Lizabeth Fiedler, M.D.: A Danbury woman who had her spleen ripped apart during a routine colonoscopy was recently awarded nearly $250,000 by a jury. On the morning of June 22, 2006, Barbara Eannarino, 62, went to the Danbury Surgical Center, where she had a colonoscopy performed by Dr. Lizabeth Fiedler, a gastroenterologist.
Angelina D. Ekenbarger v. Evanna Holloway: A psychic medium who injured her neck in a car accident has recovered just over $500,000 following a December trial in Hartford Superior Court. Angelina Diana, 47, of Enfield, whose last name was Ekenbarger when the lawsuit was filed prior to a divorce, was injured in a two-car crash in East Hartford on the morning of July 30, 2009. According to her lawyer, Brian Flood, of Cheshire's Moore, O'Brien, Jacques Yelenak, Diana was driving a 2009 Nissan Murano and traveling east on Governor Street in East Hartford.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut has reached a nearly $472,000 civil settlement agreement with New Milford Hospital after allegations that the hospital overbilled the government, later discovered its own mistake, and still kept the additional funds.
Habibah Abdul-Hakeem v. Cara Parkinson and Corrine McCarthy: A federal judge has dismissed claims by a former Norwich court clerk who said her bosses treated her differently than her white colleagues. Habibah Abdul-Hakeem, 36, of New London, had filed a lawsuit May 13, 2010 in U.S. District Court in New Haven against her supervisors at the Norwich Superior Court building -- Deputy Chief Court Clerk Cara Parkinson and Deputy Clerk Corrine McCarthy -- alleging racial discrimination.
Jaroslaw Brzostek v. Michael Simpson et al.: A man from Poland who was thrown down a flight of stairs by a bouncer at a Stamford nightclub has been awarded more than $376,000 by a judge. Jaroslaw Brzostek, 33, a native of Poland who now resides in Stamford, was at MOR Nightlife after midnight with his friends on Sept. 23, 2003. According to Brzostek's lawyer, Matthew M. Maddox, of Stamford, closing time was drawing near, but Brzostek and his friends apparently weren't leaving fast enough to appease the bouncers.
Three Connecticut medical providers recently settled allegations that they violated the False Claims Act, among them a Norwich oncology practice that paid more than $316,000 to the federal government in response to accusations it allowed unlicensed medical assistants to administer injections to patients.
Mary P. Morris v. Loren G. Ross, Maurice A. McGeehan and Nancy Hess: A ski instructor whose knee was seriously injured when another car slammed head-on into her vehicle recently recovered $88,000 in a jury verdict.
Andrew Barati v. Metro-North Railroad Co.: A Waterbury man was awarded more than $1 million after a federal jury decided his railroad employer had wrongfully retaliated against him for reporting an injury when fixing a track. According to the man's lawyer, it's the first verdict in the country awarding punitive damages to an employee who was retaliated against by a railroad company since Congress enacted a new law in 2007 called the federal Rail Safety Act.
Merlin Sutton, et al. vs. Soul for Real LLC, d/b/a Sandra's Place: A dozen workers at a New Haven business who all contracted food poisoning within 90 minutes of a corporate luncheon recently collected $370,000 in a post-trial settlement. In August 2006, the United Illuminating Co., the New Haven-based electric distribution company, held a luncheon for two of its customer service employees - Carol Jones and Delphine Blakely - who had worked there for more than 25 years.
Sharon Pabey v. Kevin Lawrence: A woman who was pregnant when she was injured in a 2009 car crash in Wolcott was awarded nearly $131,000 by a judge following a trial on damages, although she will collect somewhat less, due to limits on an auto insurance policy.
Margaret B. Fraser and Joseph T. Fraser v. Wyeth Inc. and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc.: A retired elementary school principal and her husband recovered $4 million after a federal jury in Connecticut decided that the woman developed breast cancer as a result of taking a menopause drug.
Susan Boudreault, Executrix of the Estate of Richard A. Boudreault v. Esteban Pacheco and Jarmoc Tobacco LLC: The estate of a man who was killed when the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a tobacco farm tractor has recently recovered $1 million from a jury in Hartford.
Anthony Piland v. Frank Esposito, and Town of Watertown: A lawsuit filed by a man who claimed that a Watertown police officer unlawfully detained him following an altercation with a prank-pulling teenager resulted in a recent defense verdict in Connecticut federal court.
Connecticut will receive $6 million as part of a massive $1.5 billion civil and criminal health care fraud settlement between a large pharmaceutical company and federal and state governments over allegations the company promoted a drug for unauthorized uses.
Elizabeth Erickson v. City of Stamford: A female police officer of 24 years who sued the city of Stamford for discrimination after she was passed over for a possible promotion to captain has reached a settlement that includes the promotion.