Connecticut has joined in a $28 million state and federal settlement with a pharmaceutical company over alleged false claims related to the drug Depakote.
Connecticut has joined in a $28 million state and federal settlement with a pharmaceutical company over alleged false claims related to the drug Depakote.
A jury in Bridgeport considering a medical malpractice claim has awarded almost $25 million to a young Ansonia woman who lost her left leg below the knee because of a clot.
A Connecticut judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Newtown families against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, saying federal law shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.
The case, settled for an undisclosed amount, involved allegations that a priest sexually abused a 13-year-old in his own home.
Mylan N.V. recently announced it would pay $465 million to the U.S. Justice Department and other agencies to resolve regulatory questions about the company's alleged misclassification of the EpiPen device for purposes of Medicaid rebates.
State officials have announced that RBS Securities Inc. will pay $120 million to the state to resolve a probe into the underwriting of residential mortgage-back securities and the role it played in the economic crisis in 2008.
In a fractured decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court found that the trial judge had failed to give the jury an essential instruction.
A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court's ruling last year in a case involving ads on phony news websites that an online advertiser can be held liable for deceptive content that it did not produce.
Workers' compensation insurers paying out benefits to employees on an employer's behalf may sue the third party responsible for the injuries in order to recover the loss, according to a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling.
A Stratford narcotics detective who claims the department retaliated against him after he badmouthed the current police chief has been awarded $2.5 million by a jury in federal court in New Haven.
The estate of a man killed after his car collided with a speeding police cruiser has settled a lawsuit against Hartford for $2.9 million.
A judge has ordered Hartford to pay almost $6.3 million for the benefit of residents who were forced to leave their condemned homes but weren't given financial assistance to relocate.
In a rare instance of a dram shop litigation netting more than $250,000, the victim of a drunken driving accident has reached a nearly $6.5 million settlement.
A Connecticut dentist has agreed to pay over $1.3 million to resolve claims that he violated the federal and state false claims acts.
A 19-year-old college student struck by a car while crossing a neighborhood road in North Haven has settled her lawsuit against the vehicle's driver for $2 million.
The Connecticut Appellate Court has overturned a $12 million medical malpractice verdict against Danbury Hospital in the case of a patient who nearly died following a routine hernia operation.
A teen who was attacked by a dog at his friend's house and needed numerous surgeries has been awarded more than $1.4 million by a judge in New London. Owen Carbray, who is now 16, was bitten by a large black Labrador retriever named "Bubba" on Nov. 8, 2013. Carbray was visiting a friend at the rented home of Mariusz and Nicole Krys in Windham.
A judge has ordered a retired Winsted dentist to pay $717,046 after concluding that he violated state law by improperly billing the state Medicaid program for dental cleanings and fluoride treatments.
A federal judge dismisses a complaint that accused Priceline of failing to disclose extra resort fees imposed by a hotel.
AG George Jepsen's office teamed with 43 other states to recover $100 million over fraudulently set interest rates.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reversed a $64.7 million verdict in a long-running battle between Waterbury's MacDermid Printing Solutions and the now-defunct Cortron Corp. over thermal flexographic printing technology.
A Connecticut federal judge has ruled that it was wrong for an insurer to refuse to pay out a $10 million life insurance policy on a Hartford lawyer who died of brain cancer.
A Danbury-based psychiatrist and mental health practice accused of billing Medicare for brief patient "visits" over the phone agreed to pay over $36,000 to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act.
A jury in Bridgeport has rendered a defense verdict in favor of the town of Redding in a $1.5 million lawsuit filed by an intoxicated man who broke his leg jumping down from a retaining wall.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has reinstated the murder conviction and 60-year prison sentence of a man who shot and killed someone outside a New Haven nightclub in 2008.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that a blind sex offender should not have been removed from the state's rental assistance program because his name was on the state's sex offender registry.
In a rare maritime whistleblower case, the captain of a cargo ship fired for reporting safety violations to the U.S. Coast Guard has been awarded nearly $1.1 million by an administrative law judge with the Department of Labor.
The Connecticut Bar Foundation will receive nearly $2.87 million stemming from a settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities that led to the financial crisis.
A psychiatrist with offices in New Haven and Fairfield has reached a $400,000 settlement with the state over allegations that she and her husband fraudulently overcharged the state's Medicaid program.
The state Appellate Court has knocked $1 million off a verdict of nearly $1.3 million in the case of two business partners who had a falling out after more than two decades.
Connecticut is slated to receive more than $16 million as part of a $570 million national settlement between more than 40 states and Volkswagen over its emissions cheating scandal.
A woman who had the wrong fallopian tube cut by a doctor during surgery, rendering her infertile, has been awarded $1.8 million by a jury in New London.
Edible Arrangements and 1-800-Flowers, competitors in the fruit bouquet market, have agreed to settle their federal lawsuits against one another.
One of two men who killed a woman and her two daughters in a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire has dropped his appeal of his conviction.
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.
Competitors in the niche market of stormwater chamber manufacturing are also going head-to-head in a Connecticut federal court after one accused the other of patent infringement.
When do a texting ex's messages to his former girlfriend cross the line from bitter banter to stalking behavior? A Waterbury Superior Court judge has defined that line, in a win for the defendant.
A Bridgeport jury has rendered a defense verdict in the case of a woman who sued a Trumbull mall after breaking an ankle trying to walk up an escalator whose stairs were moving downwards.
A Hartford hospital has agreed to settle a lawsuit for $107 million over allegations that the Catholic Church-affiliated health system failed to comply with federal rules.
In a decadelong dispute that is not yet over, a Greenwich lawyer accused of breaching a commercial real estate deal has been ordered to pay $3.2 million.
Pending approval from a federal court judge, The Fresh Market grocery chain has struck a $5 million settlement with department managers who say they were shortchanged on overtime pay.
A judge in Putnam has awarded over $5.6 million to the estate of a severely mentally handicapped woman who was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a worker at a group home in Danielson.
A 75-year-old Newtown psychiatrist accused of improper billing practices has reached a joint federal and state civil settlement for nearly $423,000.
A worker who had his foot run over by an 8,000-pound trailer attached to a pickup truck has been awarded just under $2.9 million by a New Britain jury.
'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.
An NCAA Division I football player who broke his foot in a car accident, ruining any chance he had of playing professional ball, sued the car's driver and has recovered nearly $500,000.
A man who fractured his skull in a fall down a flight of stairs has been awarded $2 million by a Stamford jury.
Lengthy litigation included dispute over who was driving company van.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parents held liable for failing to supervise daughter's friends.
A Tolland psychiatrist who allegedly submitted fraudulent Medicaid claims has agreed to a settlement with the state for just over $400,000.
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.
Teen suffers eye damage from projectile in darkened school corridor.
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.
A man injured in a pit bull attack at a condominium complex has been awarded more than $76,000 by a judge in Waterbury.
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 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.
Attorneys make unsual decision due to client's drug abuse history,
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.
A woman who fell and broke her arm on a Bridgeport sidewalk has been awarded more than $416,000 by a Superior Court jury.
A fight between neighbors resulted in a fractured skull, a lawsuit and most recently, a $140,000 verdict in New London Superior Court.
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 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.
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 Hartford judge has awarded $2 million to the estate of a Central Connecticut State University student who was killed in an accident on the Charter Oak Bridge in 2011.
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 suffered 13 bone fractured when his car was rear-ended as he and friends helped a disabled vehicle on the Merritt Parkway has settled his lawsuit for just over $1 million.
A husband and a wife from Quaker Hill will split a $900,000 settlement to be paid by a trucking company as a result of an accident on Interstate 95.
An 89-year-old World War II veteran has been awarded nearly $1.8 million by a Hartford jury after breaking both hips when another driver allegedly ran a red light and hit his vehicle.
A nurse has been awarded more than $500,000 after a federal court jury found that her former employee violated the Family and Medical Leave Act.
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.
The U.S. Attorney's Office and Waterbury-based Webster Bank have reached a settlement in an Americans with Disabilities Act dispute stemming from a complaint by a deaf customer.
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 woman who was seriously injured in a car accident has been awarded nearly $200,000 by a Hartford jury after suing the bar she claims served alcohol to her noticeably intoxicated friend.
A woman who was bitten on the hand by her neighbor's dog and required surgery to repair torn away skin has settled with the animal's owners for $250,000.
A woman who injured her neck after a jackhammer skidded across the roadway and struck her car has settled her lawsuit for nearly half a million dollars.
A federal jury recently ruled against a former Darien special education aide accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old student with Down syndrome in 2009.
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 Massachusetts woman who claims she was sexually abused by a priest in Norwich over the course of her entire childhood has settled her lawsuit against the diocese for $1.1 million.
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 Massachusetts woman who claims she was sexually abused by a priest in Norwich has settled her lawsuit against the Diocese of Norwich for $1.1 million.
A woman who broke her hip and wrist while working with a personal trainer at Planet Fitness has settled her lawsuit for $750,000.
A woman who broke her hip and wrist while working with a personal trainer at Planet Fitness has settled her lawsuit for $750,000.
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.
A man whose vehicle was sideswiped on a highway in Stamford, leaving him with an injured neck and back, has settled his lawsuit for $100,000.
A man who was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer while driving on Interstate 84 in Connecticut has settled his federal lawsuit against the rig's driver and the trucking company for $1.8 million.
A man who was assaulted by his girlfriend's stepfather with a baseball bat has been awarded more than $113,000.
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.
The state Appellate Court has upheld a $407,000 damages award to a Connecticut aviator who claimed his former employer maliciously prevented him from getting a job with another airline.
Timur Andiric v. Josh Kyle: An airline pilot who claims he was injured when a New Haven police officer used excessive force on him at a bar has settled his lawsuit against the officer for $130,000.
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 estate of a man who was killed when his motorcycle collided with a school bus has settled a lawsuit with the bus driver's employer for $1,225,000.
A woman who was spent months in the hospital following a head-on car collision that claimed the life of the other driver has settled her lawsuit for just over $6 million.
A digital advertising company accused of unlawfully circumventing the privacy settings in Apple Inc.'s Safari web browser has reached a $750,000 settlement with several states, including Connecticut.
A woman who was rear-ended and injured her neck turned down a $7,000 offer to settle her lawsuit and was rewarded with a jury verdict in Hartford of nearly $139,000.
A U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut has awarded a Waterbury-based printing business what plaintiffs lawyers believe is the largest punitive damages award in the state's history.
A contractor who accidentally caused a fire at a Stamford home that killed three girls and two of their grandparents on Christmas 2011 has agreed to settle part of a wrongful-death lawsuit.
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.
A woman who injured her neck in a rear-end collision during a snow storm was recently awarded $75,000 by a Derby jury.
A man who fell out of a friend's tree while attempting to cut branches has settled his lawsuit against his pal for $450,000.
A United Postal Service delivery person who was unable to work again after injuring an ankle on a customer's icy driveway has settled his lawsuit for $1.1 million.
David Walsh Jr. v. Peerless Insurance Co.: A high school girls' soccer coach who was permanently injured in a car accident was recently awarded $99,000 by a New London jury.
A man who fell 25 feet or more from a ladder while trying to trim tree branches, shattering vertebrae in his back, has recovered $1 million from the people who asked him to do the work.
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.
A jury in Waterbury has awarded $7 million to a former Connecticut Boy Scout who claims he was sexually abused by his troop leader and an older scout in the mid-1970s.
A Danbury jury has ruled that a local business was not liable for the alleged injuries suffered by a security officer who crashed into a light pole in its parking lot.
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.
A man who injured his back after his bicycle collided with a pickup truck was recently awarded nearly $800,000 by a Hartford jury.
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.
A Waterbury judge has determined that an employee at a company that made corporate training products did not steal trade secrets from his former employer, which runs a similar enterprise.
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 Russian billionaire who was sued by his ex-wife who claimed that he beat her on numerous occasions was vindicated in a defense verdict rendered by a Waterbury Superior Court jury.
TD Bank has agreed to pay an $850,000 settlement with nine states, including Connecticut, to resolve an investigation into a 2012 data breach that affected thousands of consumers.
A Hartford jury has awarded nearly $7.3 million to the estate of a state Department of Transportation supervisor who was killed while working on Route 8 near Waterbury in 2012.
A Connecticut construction company on the hook for a nearly $16 million verdict in Pennsylvania is planning to appeal, according to a company spokeswoman.
A man who suffered 10 cracked ribs and a concussion, and also aggravated preexisting neck and back injuries, was recently awarded nearly $252,500 by a judge trial referee.
A woman who injured her neck, back and leg in a car accident in Bridgeport was recently awarded $115,000 by a Bridgeport jury.
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 Superior Court judge has added $76,000 to a recent $1.5 million jury verdict in the case of a man who sued his insurance company for failing to cover his losses after his home caught fire.
A federal jury in Connecticut awarded a Waterbury-based printing business $35.4 million in a hotly contested intellectual property battle that focused on printing words on product packaging.
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.
A woman who sustained back injuries and needed surgery after a car ran a red light and crashed into her pickup truck has settled her lawsuit for $672,500.
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 former Storrs resident has settled for $1.6 million her lawsuit against a Domino's Pizza driver who plowed into the car she was riding in.
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 Newington couple who were attacked by a pair of angry bullmastiff dogs was awarded $309,000 following a bench trial recently.
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.
Robert Majewicz and Gene Kasica started a business together more than 20 years ago.
The state alleges that TicketNetwork falsely created the impression that its websites were "officially" authorized to sell tickets for concerts and sporting events at face value.
A federal jury in Bridgeport has awarded $940,000 to a former minor league catcher who claimed he was struck in the head with a baseball bat by former Major League all-star Jose Offerman.
A Plainfield man who went out for a motorcycle ride on an unusually warm December day and then crashed into a backhoe that turned in front of him has collected $1.3 million in a settlement.
A Woodbridge attorney has pleaded guilty to failure to pay about $400,000 in federal income taxes and faces up to six years in prison.
A woman whose leg was snapped into four pieces by a large dog that ran into her at a dog park has been awarded nearly $2.6 million by a state jury in Stamford.
A man on a motorcycle who suffered multiple injuries after crashing into a car that pulled in front of him in Middletown has recovered $465,000 in a settlement.
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.
Dawn Andalora v. Joseph Falanga: A woman who as a child was sexually abused by her mother's boyfriend was awarded $2.75 million by a state court jury in Willimantic.
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.
John Coccomo, III v. Robert Tyndall: A man who was rear-ended on the Merritt Parkway has settled his lawsuit for $1.67 million after suffering ankle and back injuries that required several surgeries.
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.
Anita Habrat v. George Talboys, et al.: A woman who suffered a significant neck injury during a hit-and-run accident was recently awarded $326,500 by a Stamford jury.
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.
The state Department of Consumer Protection has levied more than $36,000 in civil penalties against a New Britain paving company that was either not doing its work right or not doing it at all.
A prosecutor called a $900 million fine — part of the $1.8 billion that Stamford-based SAC Capital must pay — 'the largest fine imposed in an insider trading case in history.'
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.
A Hartford man who injured his shoulder after a car ran a stop sign and crashed into his vehicle was recently awarded more than $122,000 following a jury trial.
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.
The stressful job of a 911 dispatcher involves handling one emergency call after another, and often making life-and-death decisions armed only with information gathered from the caller.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned an $11.4 million jury verdict against the town of Clinton stemming from the lawsuit of a man injured in a 2005 car crash.
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.
The Stamford public school system has agreed to provide better language programs for non-English-speaking students as part of a civil settlement agreement with the federal government.
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.
There were 20 students in the pool that day. Police viewed surveillance footage of the pool and noticed no water splashing that would indicate someone might be struggling beneath the surface.
Brenda Rose v. Town of East Hartford: An East Hartford woman who slipped on ice and suffered a permanent shoulder injury has settled her lawsuit against the town for $75,000.
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.
Carlos Prada et al. v. Robert Maloy et al.: The family of a boy who was struck and killed by a town truck while walking to school has recovered $4.1 million in a settlement with the town of Stratford.
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 railroad will pay $1.25 million to the family of an 18-year-old man who was killed four years ago when his truck was struck by a freight train at a crossing in Plainfield.
These are complicated times in criminal law. The death penalty as a ultimate punishment has been repealed in Connecticut, but new ways to commit crimes continue to created.
One of the nation's largest mortgage servicing companies has agreed to pay $2.1 billion in a joint state-federal settlement that could be worth more than $40 million to Connecticut borrowers.
Chad Roman v. ADF Industries: A Pennsylvania man who survived an accident that killed another truck driver on Interstate 95 has recovered $715,000 in a lawsuit settlement.
A railroad will pay $1.25 million to the family of an 18-year-old man who was killed four years ago when his truck was struck by a freight train at a crossing in Plainfield.
Gustavo Gomez v. Alberto Stefanacci: A postal carrier who injured his back when his mail truck was rear-ended was awarded $138,000 by a jury in Bridgeport recently.
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.
The defendant driver claimed it would have been much easier for the plaintiffs to see him and get out of his way than for the driver to see the pedestrians and stop in time.
An acupuncturist accused of falsely billing Medicare for his services has agreed to a $300,000 civil settlement agreement with the federal government.
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.
Leanne Hellyar v. James Crowley, et al.: A woman who broke her foot and collarbone after getting hit by an all-terrain vehicle at a party has settled her lawsuit for $225,000.
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.
What began as the largest known plaintiff's verdict in a lawsuit against the state of Connecticut has ended up as a smaller, though still hefty, settlement.
Jane Doe v. Mario Fusco Jr.: A woman who was sexually abused as a teenager by a relative who had promised to tutor her was awarded approximately $1 million in damages by a judge in Waterbury recently.
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.
Hartford attorney Alan Dembiczak said video from a police cruiser dashboard camera showed a suspect 'desperate' to escape and no evidence of excessive force by officers.
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.
Tyler Pollock, PPA v. Michael Lambert, et al.: A high school student who suffered a severe head injury after he was struck by a car driven by a classmate recovered $1.2 million in a recent settlement.
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.
Naomi Odell v. Wallingford Municipal Federal Credit Union: It's about to get expensive for a Wallingford credit union that took a woman's social security disability check to settle an old debt.
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.
Donna Antczak v. Fred Lathrop, et al.: A woman who was severely injured in a crash in Waterford after a town van allegedly ran a stop sign has recovered $2.5 million in a settlement.
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.
Connecticut Water customers are expected to save $10 million over the next two years as part of a recent settlement agreement between the water supplier and the state of Connecticut.
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.
Charles Maclean v. Roger Perry, et al.: A man who was so badly injured in a head-on collision in Montville that he was put into a medically induced coma has recovered $1.2 million in a settlement.
State of Connecticut v. Gary Anusavice, et al.: A man who lost his Massachusetts dental practice in the late 1990s for submitting false claims to government programs is in trouble again.
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.
An 82-year-old English teacher at Stamford High School was unable to convince a jury that a fall that caused a broken hip was caused by a custodian who drove close to her in a snowy parking lot.
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 mother and daughter who were severely injured after the vehicle they were riding in was struck head-on by a pickup truck were awarded more than $8.1 million by a Hartford jury recently.
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 former University of Connecticut student who was rear-ended in traffic around Easter time a few years ago and suffered a low back injury was awarded more than $38,500 recently by a Litchfield jury.
A Hartford jury awarded $15.7 million to the plaintiffs on April 26 following a nearly month-long trial. The case stemmed from a 2007 crash involving a fuel tanker.
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.
The owners of a day-care facility in Branford that literally closed up overnight has agreed to pay $55,000 in restitution to the customers.
Fevronia Fatse v. Stew Leonard's LLC: A woman who fell on a crack in the concrete at a Stew Leonard's store and injured her foot and hip was recently awarded nearly $120,000 by a Bridgeport jury.
The estate of a man who was hit by a car and killed while out jogging in Farmington has recovered $975,000 as part of a settlement reached following mediation.
A man who suffered a bad leg injury after his vehicle was struck head-on by a drunk driver was unable to recover damages from one of the restaurants that had served the intoxicated woman.
A lawyer for a railroad worker who won a lawsuit under a federal whistleblower statute was recently awarded the largest attorney fee in the history of Connecticut's federal court.
A Cox Cable employee collected nearly $119,000 after sustaining back injuries when his SUV was rear-ended in a traffic tie-up on Interstate 84 in East Hartford.
A man vacationing with his wife in Westbrook was hit by another driver in a collision that broke his hip, ankle and led to a heart attack. The couple won $2.8 million.
A jury has awarded $35 million in damages to the estate of a man who died from cancer after years of inhaling asbestos at his job.
A Connecticut judge has approved a $2.8 million settlement between Fairfield and an investment firm that the town sued in 2009 over pension fund losses tied to financier Bernard Madoff's fraud scheme.
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.
A woman who was injured in a rear-end collision in Windsor in 2008 and ended up needing two major back surgeries was recently awarded more than $976,000 by a Hartford judge.
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.
Rinh Thach, et al. v. City of Bridgeport, et al.: A Vietnamese immigrant who lost his wife and three children in a 2005 apartment fire has settled a lawsuit with the city of Bridgeport for $825,000.
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.
Patricia Zigler v. City of Hartford: A woman who was injured after a tree fell on her while she was shoveling snow has settled her lawsuit against the city of Hartford for about $25,000.
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.
Connecticut dentists will receive $3.8 million as part of a settlement stemming from a lengthy battle between dentists, a dental association and an insurance provider.
The family of a West Haven man who was struck and killed by a hotel van has been awarded nearly $2.3 million.
A Norwalk woman who was injured after her vehicle was forced over a highway embankment by a tractor-trailer was recently awarded nearly $371,000 by a Stamford jury.
An elderly woman who suffered a brain injury as a result of a car wreck with a homeless drunk driver received a jury award of more than $1.1 million.
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.
Dennis L. Winger, et al. v. Life Technologies Corp.: Five high-ranking executives at a Norwalk company who were fired after the business changed ownership have been awarded $17.4 million.
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.
Rebecca Smith v. PFS Fitness LLC: A fitness center worker who claimed she was wrongfully terminated after a foot injury landed her in a wheelchair was recently awarded nearly $243,000 by a jury.
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.
Dyan Salemi v. Luke Parker et al.: A Madison woman who needed multiple abdominal surgeries to correct a hernia caused by a car accident was recently awarded nearly $445,000 after a bench trial.
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.
Vincent Yaccarino v. Jarett Matlock, et al.: A North Haven salesman who was injured in a car accident on Interstate 95 was recently awarded $162,000 in damages by a judge.
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.
Bank of America Corp. has agreed to pay $2.43 billion to settle alleged federal securities law violations in its acquisition of Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. in 2009.
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.
Dana Van Der Jagt v. Elise Carlton, et al.: A champion equestrian who can no longer ride horses after sustaining injuries in a car accident was awarded $408,000 following a jury trial in Hartford.
A train conductor who fell on a patch of ice was unable to prove to a Bridgeport federal jury that his employer was responsible for a foot injury.
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.
A Waterbury man who claimed to have been twice injured by electricity while repairing trains was unable to persuade a federal jury that his employer should be held responsible.
To calculate the impact on Peter Gaudioso's earning capacity, his lawyer, Gerard McEnery, called upon a vocational rehabilitation specialist.
A 96-year-old woman seriously injured in a head-on collision in Guilford has settled her lawsuit for an even $1 million.
The state Supreme Court has upheld a $5 million jury verdict for a terminal cancer patient who claimed that her doctor failed to warn her that she had an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.
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 Middletown-based energy information company has reached a civil settlement agreement for $50,000 with the federal government over allegations they fraudulently billed the U.S. Department of Energy.
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.
A man who was studying to be a doctor but had his career aspirations derailed after sustaining a head injury in a rear-end collision has settled his lawsuit for just over $1 million.
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.
A woman who injured her back in an eastern Connecticut Walmart store while sitting on a fitting room bench that collapsed was recently awarded more than $650,000 by a New London Superior Court jury.
A Hartford Superior Court jury recently ruled that an amateur volleyball league and host of a tournament were not liable for head and spinal injuries suffered by a female player during a match.
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.
A teenager with a neck injury caused by a driver who left the scene of a crash was recently awarded more than $86,000 by a jury in Waterbury.
A federal jury in Hartford recently ruled in favor of two police officers who had been sued for allegedly shooting a dog in front of a 12-year-old girl.
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>Bruce Weed v. Metal Management Connecticut of North Haven</i>
<i><p>Joseph Alfano v. Montowese Health and Rehabilitation et al. </i>; </p> <i>Death Of David "Bubba" Guerrera</i>
<i>Shawn Pouliot v. Paul Arpin Van Lines, et al</i>
<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.
<i>Heather Bosco v. Daniel B. Regan, et al</i>
<i>Bonnie Testa v. Ossama Bahgat</i>; <i>Ronald Vancour v. Bozzuto's Inc.</i>
<i>Mark Raynock v. Forward Manufacturing Company Inc.</i>; <i>James Peterson v. Greenwich</i>
<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.
<i>Ana Prado v. Antonio Macatol</i>; <i>Thomas Roome v. Shop Rite Supermarkets Inc</i>
<i>Ian O'Connor, administrator v. David Leff, conservator, et al</i>.
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.
<i>Ralph Callahan v. Robert J. Johnson; </i> <i>Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. David Lerner Associate;</i><i>W. James Rice v. The Meriden Housing Authority</i>
Plaintiff lawyer Joseph McManus, of Hartford's Trantolo & Trantolo, had substantial hurdles to overcome, going into his first solo jury trial Feb. 27.
A wrongful death case brought against a Subway sandwich shop in Salem over a store manager's role in a fatal car accident has been settled for $2.2 million.
A car crash that caused the re-aggravation of a preexisting condition landed the plaintiff a $630,000 settlement following mediation by Judge Frederick A. Freedman in Norwalk.
A defective retractable dog leash purchased at a dollar store has netted nearly $150,000 for a Shelton woman following a three-day trial in late March.
A potential lawsuit involving a woman injured by a drunk driver heading the wrong way on Interstate 95 has been settled for nearly $500,000 before any claim was actually filed in court.
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 D
A New London woman will press forward with a civil rape case against her uncle, a well-known New London judicial marshal, even after a judge declared a mistrial earlier this month.
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.
Cardinal Health Inc. agreed to pay $600 million to settle a lawsuit filed by shareholders accusing the medical products and services company of accounting irregularities and inflated earnings.
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.
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.
A jury has ruled in favor of a New London orthopedic surgeon who was accused of not treating pain under a teenager's leg cast, a situation that developed into a skin ulcer.
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.
A lawsuit brought by a woman injured after slipping on ice in the parking lot at work has settled for $150,000 after mediation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jerry Crutchfield v. Stanley Works et al. A construction worker left partially paralyzed from a nail gun accident received $3.4 million from a jury in Hartford.
A former Somers prison inmate who sued the state after correction officers beat him in 2004 will be awarded $500,000 under a settlement of the case.
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.
Court testimony about bondage and pornography
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.
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.
A New Haven medical clinic has agreed to pay the government nearly $300,000 as part of a settlement for allegedly billing Medicare for phony health services that never occurred.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
U.S. ex rel. Dr. Mark Ruderman v. Dr. Barbara Kage and Rheumatology
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.
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.
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.
A Danbury-based construction company has reached an out-of-court settlement with federal authorities over allegations it committed fraud when securing a contract for a federal water project.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Irfan M. Kahn v. Richard G. Anderson: A man who injured his shoulder in a head-on car crash in Bridgeport has recovered more than $68,000 following a bench trial.
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.
A health care staffing company headquartered in Wilton has settled allegations with the federal government that it posted discriminatory job ads on its web site and other job search sites.