Connecticut

  • May 07, 2024

    Insurer Seeks Hearing Cancellation In Arbitrator Bias Dispute

    An insurer seeking the removal of an arbitrator in a Bermuda reinsurance coverage dispute told the Second Circuit on Tuesday that a hearing on the issue should be canceled as an award was issued in the arbitration, rendering the dispute moot.

  • May 07, 2024

    Yale Can View Deposition In Fraudulent Insemination Suit

    Entities tied to Yale University can see a transcript of a deposition taken from a retired fertility doctor accused in two court actions of secretly using his own sperm for inseminations in the 1980s, as the school tries to shield itself from possible litigation, a Connecticut judge ruled Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    Shell Violated Order By Refusing Docs, Enviro Group Says

    Shell Oil Co. violated a federal court order and civil procedure rules by raising "artificially restrictive and hypertechnical interpretations" of discovery demands in a Conservation Law Foundation Inc. lawsuit over the petroleum producer's preparedness for floods, the environmental watchdog group has told a Connecticut judge.

  • May 07, 2024

    1st Circ. Questions SEC Walk-Back In Conn. Atty's Fraud Case

    A First Circuit panel indicated Tuesday that the Securities and Exchange Commission is trying to have it both ways by avoiding a retrial of a fraud case against a Connecticut attorney while keeping in place an earlier win.

  • May 07, 2024

    Birth Control Cos. Can't Dodge Conn. Injury Suit, Court Told

    An Illinois woman who sued after her Filshie Clip birth control device migrated inside of her and "wreaked havoc on her body" has urged a state court not to let the manufacturers of the device and the seller's parent companies dodge her claims.

  • May 06, 2024

    Kwok Ch. 11 Trustee Pounces On Co-Defendant's Guilty Plea

    The Chapter 11 trustee seeking to wrangle a company from an individual who allegedly received it from Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok's former chief of staff Yanping "Yvette" Wang says Wang's guilty plea in New York criminal court negates her attempt to slow-walk a Connecticut bankruptcy court adversary proceeding.

  • May 06, 2024

    Sikorsky's Forum Stance In Crash Suit Loses Teeth, Court Told

    A member of the Canadian Armed Forces has decided not to pursue "bystander claims" against Connecticut-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Lockheed Martin entities over a fatal helicopter crash off the coast of Greece, plaintiffs told a Pennsylvania federal court, noting that the development should pare down a forum dispute plaguing the matter. 

  • May 06, 2024

    2nd Circ. Hints At Reviving Suit Against 'Insider' Hedge Fund

    The Second Circuit on Monday appeared ready to revive a derivative lawsuit against a hedge fund alleged to have profited from its status as a corporate insider of 1-800-Flowers, with a majority of the court casting doubt on the fund's argument that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision defeats the case on standing.

  • May 06, 2024

    Bridgewater Fights To Keep Bias Claims Under Wraps

    Connecticut asset management firm Bridgewater Associates LP fought Friday to keep dispute with two terminated employees over alleged discrimination in arbitration, saying the Federal Arbitration Act bans its ex-workers from using state court procedures contrary to private dispute resolution agreements, and from airing grievances in public.

  • May 06, 2024

    Class Actions Target Conn. Dealership Prices For 'VIN Etching'

    Three proposed class actions seeking to represent thousands of automobile buyers have accused Connecticut dealerships of overcharging for a service called VIN etching, which is designed to make it harder for thieves to offload stolen vehicles.

  • May 03, 2024

    The Privacy Report: Legislative Moves You May Have Missed

    Tennessee's enactment of new restrictions on teens' social media use led the charge this week amid a flurry of state and federal efforts to increase protections for minors online, while Connecticut faces a looming deadline to become the first state with a comprehensive framework for regulating artificial intelligence. 

  • May 03, 2024

    HR Biz Kelly Buys Talent Solutions Co. MRP For Up To $485M

    Human resources consulting services company Kelly, guided by Jasso Lopez PLLC, on Friday unveiled plans to buy BakerHostetler-advised Motion Recruitment Partners LLC from Greenwich, Connecticut-based private investment firm Littlejohn & Co. LLC for up to $485 million, marking Kelly's largest-ever acquisition.

  • May 03, 2024

    'Reckless' NY Developer Owes Investor $3M+, Suit Says

    A real estate investor is owed at least $3 million tied to its stake in a commercial development project in Shelton, Connecticut, according to a lawsuit in state court that accuses a Brooklyn-based developer of misusing money.

  • May 03, 2024

    Adopted Great-Grandnieces Can Share In Trust, Panel Says

    Two adopted great-grandnieces can receive distributions from a trust that inventor and businessman Joseph M. Merrow established for his siblings' children when he died in 1947, Connecticut's intermediate appellate court ruled Friday, concluding that distant adoptees were no longer "strangers" to a testator's gifts.

  • May 03, 2024

    Arbitration Exemption Doesn't Cover Cos., Conn. Judge Rules

    Two food distributors who created corporate entities while working for a food service business must arbitrate claims they were misclassified as independent contractors because a Federal Arbitration Act carveout doesn't apply to businesses, a Connecticut federal judge has ruled.

  • May 03, 2024

    2nd Circ. Upholds Adidas TM Trial Loss To Thom Browne

    The Second Circuit upheld a jury verdict that found fashion brand Thom Browne's shoes and apparel did not rip off Adidas' iconic three-stripe logo, saying Friday that a Manhattan federal judge did not make a mistake with the instructions he provided jurors.

  • May 03, 2024

    Conn. Dentists Settle Govt's Illegal Patient Recruiting Suit

    Two Connecticut dental practices and their co-owners have settled a federal false claims lawsuit accusing them of making illegal payments to a patient recruiter to generate business through Medicaid, agreeing to fork over about $187,000 over five years, plus 4% interest.

  • May 03, 2024

    Kwok's Ex-Chief Of Staff Pleads Out Before $1B Fraud Trial

    The former chief of staff to exiled Chinese billionaire Ho Wan Kwok pled guilty in Manhattan federal court on Friday to participating in a $1 billion investor fraud, less than three weeks before she was scheduled to go to trial alongside her erstwhile boss.

  • May 02, 2024

    Conn. Venue Did Not Taint Malware Conviction, 2nd Circ. Says

    The Second Circuit on Thursday upheld a Russian citizen's conviction for his role in supporting hackers to infect hundreds of thousands of computers with malware, saying the government provided sufficient evidence while also rejecting his argument that the Connecticut federal district court was the wrong venue for the matter.

  • May 02, 2024

    Conn. Gaming Co., Bingo Supplier Settle Soured Deal Suit

    A Connecticut gaming company and the bingo products supplier it accused of withholding assets it had promised to sell in a $1.2 million acquisition agreement settled their dispute the day before they began jury selection, according to a new notice filed in federal court.

  • May 02, 2024

    Financier Says Colo. Cannabis Growers Made Off With Plants

    A private equity firm is looking to claw back some $117,000 in emergency funding it gave to struggling cannabis entrepreneurs in Denver, saying the growers breached the debt agreement by selling off plants and equipment without sharing the revenue with the financier.

  • May 02, 2024

    2nd Circ. Skeptical About Ex-TD Bank Manager's Bias Suit

    The Second Circuit appeared unwilling Thursday to wipe out TD Bank's win over a former manager's suit alleging he was ousted because he asked for parental leave and had anxiety, with an appellate panel seeming unconvinced that the bank's claim that unethical conduct got him fired was dishonest.

  • May 02, 2024

    Split Conn. Supreme Court Says No To 'Ratio' Utility Bills

    In a rare 4-3 opinion, the Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a corporate landlord cannot use a ratio utility billing system to divide monthly costs among units not equipped with precise individual meters, stressing a legislative policy of protecting tenants from fluctuating fees beyond their immediate control.

  • May 01, 2024

    Split 2nd Circ. Backs Arbitration Denial In ERISA Suit

    A divided Second Circuit panel ruled Wednesday that a group of financial services companies can't compel individual arbitration of a proposed class action accusing them of overcharging an employee stock ownership plan, saying that doing so would prevent a plan participant from seeking planwide remedies authorized by federal benefits law.

  • May 01, 2024

    Oil Drilling Workers Urge High Court Not To Review PPE Suit

    The Third Circuit's view that time putting on and taking off personal protective equipment becomes compensable if the gear is integral and indispensable to employees' work actually aligns with a Second Circuit's standard, oil rig workers told the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • When Patients Have Standing For Hospital Antitrust Suits

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    Brown v. Hartford Healthcare Corp., recently decided by a Connecticut state court, provides a useful examination of how antitrust standing issues may be analyzed when patients directly sue a healthcare system for anti-competitive conduct, says Charles Honart at Stevens & Lee.

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    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • Series

    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • 7 Critical Copyright And AI Questions Courts Need To Address

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    U.S. courts have yet to rule on many copyright issues regarding generative artificial intelligence technologies, so developers and users should consider several questions when evaluating risks, developing risk mitigation plans and making decisions about particular use cases, say John Delaney and Sean West at Perkins Coie.

  • How Purdue High Court Case Will Shape Ch. 11 Mass Injury

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent arguments in Harrington v. Purdue Pharma, addressing the authority of bankruptcy courts to approve nonconsensual third-party releases in Chapter 11 settlement plans, highlight the case's wide-ranging implications for how mass injury cases get resolved in bankruptcy proceedings, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • 2nd Circ. Defamation Ruling May Chill NY Title IX Reports

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    The Second Circuit’s recent decision, holding accusers in Connecticut Title IX sexual misconduct cases are not immune to defamation claims, means that New York higher education institutions should reassess whether their disciplinary hearing procedures both protect due process and encourage victim and witness participation, says Nicole Donatich at Cullen and Dykman.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Title IX Grievance Rules Raise Due Process Questions

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    The U.S. Department of Education’s proposed Title IX regulations for campus disciplinary proceedings would ease the administrative burden on institutions, but raise fairness and due process questions that will likely lead to follow-on litigation, say Markus Funk and Christopher Wilkinson at Perkins Coie.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

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