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EDITORIAL: "What is the solution when Title IX protections afforded to one protected group disadvantage the other protec...
06/07/2019
Is There A Way To Protect All Females Under Title IX?

EDITORIAL: "What is the solution when Title IX protections afforded to one protected group disadvantage the other protected group?"

What is the solution when Title IX protections afforded to one protected group disadvantage the other protected group?

Title IX prohibits gender...

A man who says Bridgeport police officers beat him repeatedly after they responded to a noise complaint at his sister-in...
06/06/2019
Mayor, Chief Sued Over Allegations 46 Officers Responded to House Party, Beat Guests

A man who says Bridgeport police officers beat him repeatedly after they responded to a noise complaint at his sister-in-law’s house during a party for his 12-year-old niece has filed a federal lawsuit against 17 defendants, including the city, police chief and mayor.

In a federal lawsuit filed this week, Bridgeport resident Carmelo Mendez claims several officers who responded to a noise complaint at his...

Remembered as a trailblazer and someone who had incredible temperament on the bench, retired U.S. District Judge Ellen B...
06/05/2019
Ellen Bree Burns, Connecticut's First Female Federal Judge, Has Died

Remembered as a trailblazer and someone who had incredible temperament on the bench, retired U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns of the District of Connecticut died Monday afternoon in New Haven. She was 95 years old.

Retired Judge Ellen Bree Burns was a woman of many firsts: She was the first female Superior Court judge in Connecticut and the state's first...

The Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned a Superior Court jury’s $4.5 million award to a widow for loss of consort...
06/05/2019
Connecticut Supreme Court Overturns $4.5M Loss of Consortium Award Against Hospital

The Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned a Superior Court jury’s $4.5 million award to a widow for loss of consortium in a medical malpractice suit, and remanded the case back to Superior Court, where a judge will decide what the new award should be.

Citing an excessive jury award for loss of consortium, compared to economic and noneconomic damages awarded in a medical malpractice case, the state's high court overturned a $4.5 million loss of consortium award and remanded the case to a lower court, which will set a new award.

Procrastination is a powerful example of the power of feeling over thought, the triumph of the drive to avoid emotional ...
06/04/2019
Getting 'Round Tuit'—Learning How to Avoid Procrastination

Procrastination is a powerful example of the power of feeling over thought, the triumph of the drive to avoid emotional discomfort over the intellect’s recognition that some task must be attended to in a timely fashion.

Procrastination is a powerful example of the power of feeling over thought, the triumph of the drive to avoid emotional discomfort over the...

A Louisiana man has filed a federal lawsuit against Connecticut-based American Cruise Lines Inc., claiming a door slamme...
06/03/2019
Man Sues Cruise Line After His Thumb Is Partially Amputated During Vessel Collision

A Louisiana man has filed a federal lawsuit against Connecticut-based American Cruise Lines Inc., claiming a door slammed on his right thumb causing partial amputation after the vessel collided with a dock.

A Louisiana man whose right thumb was partially amputated while he was aboard a cruise ship last year has sued American Cruise Lines.

With five days before the end of the state legislative session, both sides agree there will not be a vote to legalize re...
05/31/2019
Puff, Puff Pass? Connecticut Legislature Changes Course on Marijuana Vote

With five days before the end of the state legislative session, both sides agree there will not be a vote to legalize recreational marijuana in Connecticut this year. It appears the voters might make that choice in a referendum in 2021.

With five days before the end of the state legislative session, both sides agree there will not be a vote to legalize recreational marijuana in...

05/31/2019
CT Attorney's Son Comes Close to Taking Down Historic 'Jeopardy' Champ | Connecticut Law Tribune

The son of a veteran Connecticut attorney became part of television history recently when he appeared on the game show “Jeopardy!” and came within striking distance of defeating famed current champion and winning-streak holder James Holzhauer.

Scheffey learned about the champion's aggressive betting strategy while awaiting his turn in the game show's green room and decided an offensive tack would be the only way to have a chance to win. I decided this was my shot and I was going to take it, he said.

Pending approval from state hospitals, the attorney general and the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Ned Lamont a...
05/30/2019
Gov. Lamont, Connecticut Hospital Association Settle Litigation Over Provider Tax

Pending approval from state hospitals, the attorney general and the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Ned Lamont and the Connecticut Hospital Association reached a tentative agreement to resolve all outstanding legal claims the association had leveled against the state.

Pending approval from state hospitals, the attorney general and the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Ned Lamont and the Connecticut Hospital...

“The things that make you successful professionally can make you sick emotionally,” says wellness consultant Jarrett...
05/29/2019
Battling an 'Epidemic' of Loneliness Among Lawyers

“The things that make you successful professionally can make you sick emotionally,” says wellness consultant Jarrett Green. #MindsOverMatters

If you need someone to talk to, please the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. You can also visit our resources page: http://bit.ly/2XdccQh

“The things that make you successful professionally can make you sick emotionally,” says wellness consultant Jarrett Green.

JUST IN: The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of the town of Groton, which was the subject of a ...
05/28/2019
Connecticut Supreme Court Sides With Groton in Feud Over Home Assessments | Connecticut Law Tribune

JUST IN: The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of the town of Groton, which was the subject of a class action lawsuit by homeowners in the Long Point neighborhood who claimed the municipality unfairly valued their homes and hiked property taxes.

Groton resident John Tuohy led a class action against the town and its assessor, claiming properties in his neighborhood were unfairly assessed. The Connecticut Supreme Court sided with the town.

Connecticut has joined nearly two dozen states in suing to enjoin and overturn a Department of Health and Human Services...
05/24/2019
CT Joins Lawsuit to Overturn 'Ethically Dubious' Trump Health Dept. Rule

Connecticut has joined nearly two dozen states in suing to enjoin and overturn a Department of Health and Human Services rule allowing medical providers to deny health care coverage based on religious and ethical beliefs.

New York Attorney General Letitia James is leading a coalition of 23 cities and states, including Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, in...

The exceptional sum, awarded to 50-year-old Jorge Amparo, is one of the largest vehicular decisions in state history, ac...
05/24/2019
Stamford Jury Awards $14.2 Million For Injuries in Tractor-Trailer Wreck

The exceptional sum, awarded to 50-year-old Jorge Amparo, is one of the largest vehicular decisions in state history, according to plaintiff counsel Brenden Leydon, a partner with Stamford-based Wocl Leydon.

A jury returned the eight-figure award for Diva Amparo and her husband Jorge, who was injured in a crash with Jose Ayala, driver of a tractor-trailer belonging to Evans Delivery Co. Defense attorneys said they are assessing post-verdict options.

Robert Bailey suffered multiple rib fractures and had to undergo a laminectomy after two motorists struck his car. He re...
05/23/2019
Milford Lawyer Gets $375,000 for Portland Man Who Fractured Ribs in Car Crash

Robert Bailey suffered multiple rib fractures and had to undergo a laminectomy after two motorists struck his car. He received settlements from three insurance carriers.

Robert Bailey suffered multiple rib fractures and had to undergo a laminectomy after two motorists struck his car. He received settlements from...

The proposed schedule would push the dispute into mid-July, and during that time the House would agree to suspend the pr...
05/23/2019
DC Circuit Is Urged to Fast-Track Trump's Subpoena Appeal

The proposed schedule would push the dispute into mid-July, and during that time the House would agree to suspend the production of documents that are required by the subpoena to Mazars.

The proposed schedule would push the dispute into mid-July, and during that time the House would agree to suspend the production of documents that are required by the subpoena to Mazars.

A suspended Waterbury attorney accused of siphoning from clients at least $411,000, which remains untraced to this day, ...
05/20/2019
Waterbury Attorney Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Bilking Clients

A suspended Waterbury attorney accused of siphoning from clients at least $411,000, which remains untraced to this day, was sentenced Friday to 41 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

A federal judge Friday sentenced suspended Waterbury attorney Alan Giacomi to 41 months in prison for stealing from clients, including relatives....

The Connecticut Law Tribune has named Murtha Cullina partner Dana Bucin Connecticut’s 2019 Attorney of the Year.
05/20/2019
Connecticut Law Tribune Names Attorney of the Year

The Connecticut Law Tribune has named Murtha Cullina partner Dana Bucin Connecticut’s 2019 Attorney of the Year.

Attorney of the Year Dana Bucin helped secure the release of two Cuban nationals from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody last year and has...

The Connecticut House of Representatives voted to pass legislation to strengthen the Office of the Attorney General's ab...
05/17/2019
House OKs Civil Rights Division Within Connecticut Attorney General's Office

The Connecticut House of Representatives voted to pass legislation to strengthen the Office of the Attorney General's ability to enforce civil rights laws.

The Connecticut House of Representatives voted to pass legislation to strengthen the Office of the Attorney General's ability to enforce civil rights laws.

EDITORIAL: "How very sad it is that parents of some students have found it necessary to cheat to get their children into...
05/16/2019
College Admissions Scandal Leaves Lasting Scars

EDITORIAL: "How very sad it is that parents of some students have found it necessary to cheat to get their children into college."

How very sad it is that parents of some students have found it necessary to cheat to get their children into college.

As a result of the new rule, argue both Connecticut and the other states, the unionized workers would be harmed and, in ...
05/16/2019
Connecticut Joins Multi-State Suit Opposing Trump Medicaid Rule

As a result of the new rule, argue both Connecticut and the other states, the unionized workers would be harmed and, in the words of Connecticut, "undermined," as the infrastructure relied on by the unionized workers for union deductions is harmed.

As a result of the new rule, argue both Connecticut and the other states, the unionized workers would be harmed and, in the words of Connecticut, undermined, as the infrastructure relied on by the unionized workers for union deductions is harmed.

Former state assistant attorney general and Cigna privacy officer Matthew Fitzsimmons has rejoined colleagues from the A...
05/15/2019
Former Assistant AG Fitzsimmons Joins Team at Shipman & Goodwin

Former state assistant attorney general and Cigna privacy officer Matthew Fitzsimmons has rejoined colleagues from the AG’s office to become part of the new State Attorneys General team at Hartford’s Shipman & Goodwin.

Matthew Fitzsimmons most recently was Cigna's lead cybersecurity counsel and joins his former boss and immediate past Attorney General George Jepsen in the new practice group.

Two extraordinary death row opinions—one belatedly issued six weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court granted the inmate a ...
05/14/2019
Death Penalty Feud Exposes Tension and Private Deliberations at SCOTUS

Two extraordinary death row opinions—one belatedly issued six weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court granted the inmate a stay of execution—opened new windows Monday into the private, often tense and conflicting deliberations among the justices.

Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday bluntly declared he was writing “to set the record straight” amid a feud involving Justice Stephen Breyer.

NEWS TODAY: Connecticut Attorney General William Tong is leading a 44-state coalition in an antitrust lawsuit against 20...
05/13/2019
44 AGs File Antitrust Lawsuit Against Pfizer, Teva for Allegedly Fixing Prices of Generic Drugs | Connecticut Law Tribune

NEWS TODAY: Connecticut Attorney General William Tong is leading a 44-state coalition in an antitrust lawsuit against 20 makers of generic drugs and 15 individuals, claiming the companies conspired to fix prices for more than 100 medications.

Connecticut is leading a 44-state coalition, alleging price-fixing by 20 makers of generic drugs. Their lawsuit seeks payments of billions of dollars to these states.

A former actor who’s now a litigator with Bridgeport-based Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder is leading the litigation against ...
05/13/2019
Actor-Turned-Connecticut Attorney Sues Conagra Over Exploding Cooking Spray Cans | Connecticut Law Tribune

A former actor who’s now a litigator with Bridgeport-based Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder is leading the litigation against packaged food giant Conagra, alleging the company’s cooking sprays, including Pam, are dangerous and have caused injuries by exploding.

Attorneys with Bridgeport-based Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder hit packaged food giant Conagra with six separate lawsuits, alleging the spray cans made by the company have exploded and caused injuries.

A federal judge has ruled against setting aside a default judgment against a surgeon who was accused of sexually assault...
05/09/2019
Case to Proceed Against Bristol Hospital, Surgeon Accused of Sex Assault | Connecticut Law Tribune

A federal judge has ruled against setting aside a default judgment against a surgeon who was accused of sexually assaulting an employee and patient at Bristol Hospital.
http://ow.ly/s3HE50u5qM3

A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit alleging sexual assault by a surgeon against an employee who was also a patient can move forward. Judge Stefan Underhill denied Dr. Olakunle Oluwole's request to set aside a default judgment against him.

Pushing forward with plans to remake America’s health care system, Walmart Inc. on Wednesday announced it has named Je...
05/09/2019
Walmart latest employer to add health and wellness legal counsel | Connecticut Law Tribune

Pushing forward with plans to remake America’s health care system, Walmart Inc. on Wednesday announced it has named Jeanine Jiganti, an experienced health care lawyer, to the post of senior vice president and general counsel for health and wellness. http://ow.ly/Ecg350u4cXs

Several other corporate giants, including Google, Apple and Amazon, are also exploring ways to make health care more accessible.

“Calling drug addicts ‘scum of the earth’ will guarantee that I become the poster child for liberals who want to d...
05/09/2019
'Abusers Die': Emails Allegedly Show Ex-Purdue Pharma Chief Blaming Victims of Opioid Crisis | Connecticut Law Tribune

“Calling drug addicts ‘scum of the earth’ will guarantee that I become the poster child for liberals who want to do just want (sic) to distribute the blame to someone else, as you say.” - Richard Sackler, in an email to an acquaintance. http://ow.ly/VJzB50u4c3l

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong on Tuesday released an unredacted version of the state's lawsuit against Purdue Pharma over the...

The 24-page federal lawsuit in Connecticut accuses the Big Pharma company of conducting “an extensive, widespread, com...
05/09/2019
Class Action Claims Boehringer Ingelheim Misled Users About Popular Asthma Inhaler | Connecticut Law Tribune

The 24-page federal lawsuit in Connecticut accuses the Big Pharma company of conducting “an extensive, widespread, comprehensive and uniform nationwide marketing campaign” that misrepresented the dosage of its Combivent inhalers. http://ow.ly/DKDY50u4bW0

Connecticut-based Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. has been hit with a prospective class action lawsuit that alleges its Combivent asthma...

A Bridgeport Superior Court jury has awarded $1.2 million to a teenage boy’s mother, who alleged staff at a mental hea...
05/09/2019
Jury Awards Mother $1.2 Million After Center's Failure to Report Son's Sexual Abuse by Older Woman | Connecticut Law Tribune

A Bridgeport Superior Court jury has awarded $1.2 million to a teenage boy’s mother, who alleged staff at a mental health facility failed to act upon her claims that an older woman was sexually assaulting her son. http://ow.ly/KF7a50u4bOt

A mother claimed she raised concerns to the Boys & Girls Village that an older woman was sexually abusing her teenage son, but staff took no...

More than 400 former federal prosecutors across Republican and Democratic administrations issued a statement Monday sayi...
05/06/2019
‘Multiple Felony Charges’: Ex-Federal Prosecutors Call Out Trump’s Conduct | Connecticut Law Tribune

More than 400 former federal prosecutors across Republican and Democratic administrations issued a statement Monday saying President Donald Trump would face an obstruction of justice charge were he not the sitting U.S. president. http://ow.ly/MmHf50u0SBB

Many of the signatories, crossing Democratic and Republican administrations, hold white-collar posts in Big Law now. To look at these facts and say...

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