Connecticut

  • March 08, 2024

    Connecticut Judge Nominees Vow To Avoid 'Robe-itis'

    A former Connecticut mayor, current and ex-partners at Halloran & Sage LLP, and the lieutenant governor's general counsel are among those who promised lawmakers Friday that they would not come down with "robe-itis" — a term used to describe an unprofessional temperament toward litigants and courthouse staff — if confirmed to the state bench, but each was encouraged to develop real systems of accountability.

  • March 08, 2024

    2nd Circ. Resurrects Bribery Case Against Former NY Lt. Gov.

    The Second Circuit sided with federal prosecutors on Friday and reinstated bribery charges against former New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin, finding in a published opinion that the indictment against him "sufficiently alleged an explicit quid pro quo."

  • March 08, 2024

    Yale Urges 2nd Circ. To Back Zero-Damages ERISA Jury Win

    Yale University told the Second Circuit there's no need to scrap a jury verdict denying damages for a group of employees who claimed their $5.5 billion retirement plan was burdened with high recordkeeping fees, arguing that no error was made on jury instructions to warrant a redo.

  • March 08, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Fried Frank, Latham

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, Viavi acquires Spirent, Cadence Design Systems purchases Beta Cae Systems International, and United Rentals buys Yak.

  • March 07, 2024

    2nd Circ. Keeps Nurse's Win In 'Loser Pays' Arbitration Row

    The Second Circuit said Thursday that a worker advanced "sufficiently serious" questions of whether a staffing company's arbitration provision requiring him to pay if he lost would impede on his rights, keeping a New York federal court's ruling.

  • March 07, 2024

    Sens. Tell Stores To Get Illegal E-Cigs Off Their Shelves

    Five U.S. senators on Thursday told the heads of major convenience store and gas station chains to stop sales of unauthorized flavored e-cigarette products, saying that their illegal sales pose a major threat to public health, especially children's.

  • March 07, 2024

    Conn. AG Probing If NY Real Estate Co. Duped Homeowners

    New York real estate company EasyKnock Inc. is under investigation for allegedly deceiving homeowners seeking home equity loans into entering sale-leaseback arrangements and then jacking up those families' rent once the transaction is complete, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong announced Thursday.

  • March 07, 2024

    Conn. Psychologist Agrees To Repay $2.65M For Billing Fraud

    A Connecticut psychologist already sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for his second alleged healthcare fraud scheme has agreed to a plan to repay $2.65 million in restitution under a proposed order that awaits approval from a federal judge.

  • March 07, 2024

    Town Can't Hide Docs Under Atty-Client Privilege, Court Says

    The town of Avon, Connecticut, cannot hide from disclosure a document created by a town employee detailing incidents involving Avon's former chief of police by claiming attorney-client privilege, the Connecticut Appellate Court has ruled.

  • March 07, 2024

    Spain's Iberdrola Lobs $2.5B Bid For Rest Of Avangrid

    Spanish renewable energy company Iberdrola SA has proposed to take its portfolio company, sustainable energy company Avangrid, private by purchasing the remaining issued and outstanding shares it does not already own in a $2.48 billion deal, according to Thursday statements from the parties.

  • March 07, 2024

    Moses & Singer Healthcare Atty Joins Day Pitney In Hartford

    Day Pitney LLP has added an experienced attorney to its Hartford office as counsel from Moses & Singer LLP in New York.

  • March 06, 2024

    Conn. Ex-Postmaster Gets 4 Years For Vehicle Repair Scheme

    The former postmaster of Danbury, Connecticut, must serve four years in prison for using a town post office to run a bribery, kickback and embezzlement scheme that defrauded the government out of nearly $1 million for overpriced vehicle repairs and other illegitimate payments, a federal judge has ruled.

  • March 06, 2024

    Kwok Trustee Asks For Ch. 11 Pause During NY Criminal Trial

    The Chapter 11 trustee overseeing the $374 million case of Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok has urged a Connecticut bankruptcy judge to pause a racketeering suit and roughly 270 avoidance actions, saying the stay would lighten the court's administrative burden while also allowing Kwok to face trial in New York.

  • March 06, 2024

    Connecticut Marshals Union Pushes For Lower Job Cap

    Connecticut law authorizes the appointment of far more state marshals than necessary, the workers' union told state lawmakers Wednesday, in support of a new bill that would lower the cap and give job candidates incentive to choose the marshals service as a career.

  • March 06, 2024

    Rape Accuser Says Ex-Yale Student Flouted Anonymity Order

    An anonymous woman facing defamation claims from a former Yale University student she accused of sexually assaulting her in 2015 has asked a Connecticut federal judge to issue a new protective order, saying her alleged attacker had "repeatedly, intentionally, and maliciously" exposed her name and cannot be trusted with confidential documents.

  • March 06, 2024

    Avenatti Trial Judge Didn't Coerce Jury, 2nd Circ. Says

    The Manhattan federal judge who oversaw Michael Avenatti's trial on charges he defrauded ex-client Stormy Daniels didn't act improperly when he gave the jurors an extra instruction reminding them of their duties after the panel appeared deadlocked, the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday.

  • March 06, 2024

    Challenge To Pfizer Diversity Program Fails At 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit declined Wednesday to revive an advocacy group's suit claiming a Pfizer diversity fellowship unlawfully discriminated against white and Asian workers, ruling the nonprofit had no legal foothold because it wouldn't specifically identify anyone allegedly harmed.

  • March 05, 2024

    Poland Springs Sued Over Microplastics In 'Natural' Water

    Poland Springs is being falsely marketed as "100% natural spring water," a description that isn't accurate thanks to the "dangerous levels of microplastics" found in the bottled water, according to a proposed class action filed Tuesday in New York federal court.

  • March 05, 2024

    Conn. Justices Punt Hartford Cop's Feud With Local Blogger

    Connecticut's highest court on Tuesday put off deciding whether a statutory shield law for the "news media" squarely protects bloggers, instead concluding an independent writer cannot appeal a superior court judge's initial nod favoring a Hartford police officer's bill of discovery without waiting for a final trial court judgment.

  • March 05, 2024

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive Stanley Black & Decker Power Fight

    A Second Circuit panel on Tuesday declined to revive proposed class claims alleging that Stanley Black & Decker Inc.'s Craftsman vacuum cleaner labels overstated the products' achievable horsepower, reasoning that the consumers' "fine print" argument was too weak to support their challenge.

  • March 05, 2024

    Conn. Healthcare Trade Group Drops Staffing Rule Challenge

    A healthcare trade group has dropped its suit seeking to stop Connecticut health officials from implementing new nursing home staff allocation controls in the wake of a new law increasing per-patient staffing hours.

  • March 05, 2024

    Settlement Cools Off Conn. Pizza Chain's Trademark Fight

    The parties in a long-running trademark dispute involving the Connecticut-based pizza chain Colony Grill, which twice was delivered to the Second Circuit, have permanently dropped their claims against each other in the wake of a recent settlement.

  • March 05, 2024

    2nd Circ. Hears Ex-Law Clerk's Bid To Revive Harassment Suit

    The Second Circuit is considering how to move forward with a former New York law clerk's attempts to revive her sexual harassment suit after hearing from the parties on Tuesday, one day after a lower court said it would not reconsider its decision to toss the case.

  • March 05, 2024

    Aetna Accused Of 'Reprehensible' ER Services Underpayment

    Multiple Aetna health insurance entities were hit with a lawsuit in Ohio accusing them of "reprehensible systemic underpayments" to healthcare workers who provide emergency services, underpayments that the complaint said were damaging to the medical system.

  • March 04, 2024

    Snapchat Lures Victims As Bitmoji 'Co-Publisher,' Suit Says

    Two weeks after a state court judge shredded the case, two parents and a minor renewed a lawsuit against Snapchat alleging the girl was sexually assaulted by two men she met online, arguing that their case targets the platform's own cartoon-like content and not third-party posts falling under federal immunity law.

Expert Analysis

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • High Court Bakery Driver Case Could Limit Worker Arbitration

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    Employers that require arbitration of worker claims under the Federal Arbitration Act should closely follow Bissonnette v. LePage Bakeries as it goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, which could thoroughly expand the definition of “transportation workers” who are exempt from compulsory arbitration and force companies to field more employee disputes in court, says Nick Morisani at Phelps Dunbar.

  • State Regs Sow Discord Between Cannabis, Hemp Industries

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    Connecticut, Maryland and Washington are the latest states choosing to require intoxicating hemp products to comply with the states' recreational marijuana laws, resulting in a widening rift between cannabis and hemp as Congress works on crafting new hemp legislation within the upcoming 2023 Farm Bill, say attorneys at Wilson Elser.

  • Series

    Playing In A Rock Cover Band Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Performing in a classic rock cover band has driven me to hone several skills — including focus, organization and networking — that have benefited my professional development, demonstrating that taking time to follow your muse outside of work can be a boon to your career, says Michael Gambro at Cadwalader.

  • How Cos. Can Prioritize Accessibility Amid Increase In Suits

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's notice of proposed rulemaking on digital accessibility and recent legal proceedings regarding tester plaintiff standing in accessibility cases show websites and mobile apps are a growing focus, so businesses must proactively ensure digital content complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, say attorneys at Hinckley Allen.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Series

    In Focus At The EEOC: Advancing Equal Pay

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    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recently finalized strategic enforcement plan expresses a renewed commitment to advancing equal pay at a time when employees have unprecedented access to compensation information, highlighting for employers the importance of open communication and ongoing pay equity analyses, say Paul Evans at Baker McKenzie and Christine Hendrickson at Syndio.

  • Balancing Justice And Accountability In Opioid Bankruptcies

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    As Rite Aid joins other pharmaceutical companies in pursuing bankruptcy following the onslaught of state and federal litigation related to the opioid epidemic, courts and the country will have to reconcile the ideals of economic justice and accountability against the U.S. Constitution’s promise of a fresh start through bankruptcy, says Monique Hayes at DGIM Law.

  • Fintech-Bank Partnerships Hold Potential, But Tread Carefully

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    A study recently released by the Federal Reserve Board highlights the federal preemptions that financial technology lenders can take advantage of to lend profitably in certain states, though fintech-bank partnerships face some regulatory challenges as well, say attorneys at Venable.

  • 2nd Circ. Ruling Clarifies Title VII Claim Standards

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    The Second Circuit's recent opinion in Banks v. General Motors, although it does not break new ground legally, comes at a crucial time when courts are reevaluating standards that apply to Title VII claims of discrimination and provides many useful lessons for practitioners, says Carolyn Wheeler at Katz Banks.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • 3 Personal Jurisdiction Questions Mallory Leaves Unanswered

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    The due process framework that has cabined personal jurisdiction over nationwide and global businesses for the last eight decades looks increasingly precarious after this summer's fractured U.S. Supreme Court decision in Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railway Co., which left three key questions unanswered, says Andrew Rhys Davies at WilmerHale.

  • Taking A Walk Down Mandamus Lane After 2nd Circ. Ruling

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    The Second Circuit’s recent decision to deny a writ of mandamus, filed by a law firm after a lower court barred it from representing a Salvadoran oil company, adds to the nuanced and sometimes conflicting mandamus case law that requires careful research before litigants seek appellate review, says Michael Soyfer at Quinn Emanuel.

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