Connecticut

  • March 11, 2024

    Firefighter Denied Promotion After Bender Loses Bias Suit

    The Second Circuit won't revive a Black firefighter's suit alleging his race cost him a promotion, ruling Monday that he failed to overcome the department's argument that the job offer was yanked because he was found half-naked at a Dunkin' store following a night of drinking.

  • March 11, 2024

    Ethics Watchdog Eyes Conn. Atty Who Slapped Lawyer

    A Connecticut lawyer who has faced previous disciplinary actions is expected to be scrutinized by an ethics panel after being convicted of slapping an attorney outside a Nutmeg State courthouse and other criminal infractions.

  • March 11, 2024

    Conn. Judge Pick Takes Heat As Other Nominees Advance

    The Connecticut legislature's joint judiciary committee voted to issue favorable reports Monday on 21 of Gov. Ned Lamont's nominees for the state court bench, but several lawmakers raised concerns about one pick's reputation, with a Democratic leader saying that holding a vote on assistant state prosecutor Devant J. Joiner's nomination was "a real slap in the face" given questions about his temperament.

  • March 11, 2024

    Covington Holdout Drops SEC Cyberattack Appeal

    The anonymous Covington & Burling LLP client who objected to a demand that they reveal themselves to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a victim of a 2020 hack on the law firm agreed on Monday to drop the appeal of the subpoena enforcement action.

  • March 11, 2024

    SEC Can't Rely On 'Flawed' Ruling To Avoid Retrial, Atty Says

    A Connecticut lawyer facing retrial in a securities fraud case told the First Circuit that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission can't lean on a summary judgment finding that was also flawed.

  • March 11, 2024

    US Chamber Backs Dismissal Of Citigroup 401(k) Suit

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce backed Citigroup's efforts to shut down a suit in which workers claimed mismanagement of their 401(k) plan, telling a Connecticut federal court that these types of suits cherry-pick data and should not stand in court.

  • March 11, 2024

    Pfizer Defeats French Group's Bid For Vax Docs At 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit said Monday that Pfizer doesn't need to give a French nonprofit the communications between its CEO and the European Commission's president related to a COVID-19 vaccine development agreement, ruling the materials are irrelevant to a jurisdictional issue in the group's legal challenge to the pact in France.

  • March 08, 2024

    Aircraft Parts Co. AeroCision Begins Ch. 11 Liquidation

    AeroCision, a troubled supplier of airplane components, has informed Delaware's bankruptcy court its Chapter 11 liquidation plan has gone into effect, distributing remaining assets of the business after it went on the auction block late last year.

  • March 08, 2024

    Kwok Judge Lets Gov't Keep $302M In Crypto For Restitution

    A New York federal judge has denied a request to return more than $300 million in assets to holders of cryptocurrrency issued by bankrupt Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok's Himalaya Exchange, finding that the federal government has a continued interest in the property it seized.

  • March 08, 2024

    New Headache For Binance As 2nd Circ. Revives Investor Suit

    The Second Circuit on Friday revived a proposed investor class action against the embattled crypto exchange Binance Holdings Ltd. and its founder, disagreeing with a lower court that ruled the customers had not alleged their transactions were conducted in the U.S.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • 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.

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