Connecticut

  • March 01, 2024

    Conn. Lawmakers OK $25.2M Deal For 2 Jailed In 1985 Killing

    The Connecticut General Assembly's bipartisan joint judiciary committee on Friday unanimously approved a $25.2 million settlement for two men who lawmakers agreed were improperly incarcerated for more than 30 years after a chain of failures led to wrongful convictions in a December 1985 New Milford murder.

  • March 01, 2024

    Off The Bench: NCAA Loses On NIL, DC Wins With Stadium

    In this week's Off The Bench, a judge unlocked the door to name, image and likeness money for college athletes, Shaquille O'Neal's Hollywood debut still rings true three decades later, and D.C. clears an early legislative hurdle in its bid to bring back its namesake NFL team. If you were on the sidelines over the past week, Law360 is here to clue you in on the biggest sports and betting stories that had our readers talking.

  • March 01, 2024

    In-House Atty, Ex-Hartford Mayor Among 22 Conn. Judge Noms

    Attorneys from Halloran & Sage LLP, Faxon Law Group, Brown Paindiris & Scott LLP and other Connecticut firms are among 22 nominees announced Friday for seats on the state trial court's bench, alongside an in-house counsel for The Hartford and nearly a dozen public servants, including a former mayor of the state capital.

  • March 01, 2024

    Kimberly-Clark Hit With Connecticut PFAS Class Action

    Three Connecticut residents have hit Kimberly-Clark Corp. with a proposed class action for allegedly contaminating private wells near its New Milford manufacturing plant with toxic "forever chemicals" emitted from the facility's smokestacks into the air and spread to the surrounding area.

  • March 01, 2024

    Conn. AG Tells Lawmakers To Ban MV Realty's 'Scam Deals'

    Connecticut's attorney general urged state lawmakers to protect vulnerable homeowners by passing legislation banning a business model used by MV Realty to rack up thousands in junk fees on people who sign their 40-year exclusive listing agreements.

  • February 29, 2024

    Black Detective Costume Not Protected Speech, Kraft Says

    A white manager who was fired by Kraft Heinz for wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume in which he dressed as a character from the television show "Miami Vice" doesn't have a viable retaliation suit because his costume wasn't protected speech, the company told a Connecticut federal court.

  • February 29, 2024

    Judge Bans Adviser From Lying To Clients In $5.9M SEC Case

    A federal judge in Connecticut has imposed additional protections after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said an investment advisor accused of fraudulently raising $5.9 million lied about his reserves and claimed he could quickly repay clients, despite a previous injunction freezing assets in four Chase Bank accounts.

  • February 29, 2024

    Ex-JetBlue Flight Attendant's Subpoena Battle Heads To NY

    A former flight attendant for JetBlue Airways Corp. and her husband have dropped a legal battle that they launched Feb. 9 in Connecticut to force the airline to turn over subpoenaed documents in an underlying toxic tort case, but the federal court fight is set to continue next door.

  • February 29, 2024

    Epstein Becker Guides Conn. Hospital, NY Nonprofit Merger

    Epstein Becker Green is steering Connecticut hospital owner Nuvance Health in its planned merger with Northwell Health, New York's largest healthcare provider, a union that will create a two-state system operating under the latter nonprofit's banner.

  • February 29, 2024

    Aetna Asks Judge To Force Arbitration In Aramark ERISA Feud

    Aetna Life Insurance Co. says Aramark Services Inc. and its affiliated employee health plans ignored arbitration requirements in their contract when they filed a lawsuit in Texas accusing Aetna of mismanaging Aramark's health insurance claims, and has asked a Connecticut federal court to force the parties to arbitration there.

  • February 29, 2024

    McCarter & English Wants Ex-Client To Cough Up Extra $1.8M

    McCarter & English LLP on Thursday asked a federal judge in Connecticut to hike a prejudgment remedy order against a former client by $1.8 million, which would nearly double the original remedy of $1.85 million, arguing that interest on subsequent jury awards continues to add up as the dispute spills from federal court to the Connecticut Supreme Court.

  • February 28, 2024

    Kwok Trustee Seeks Second Judge's Help With Clawbacks

    Offering four high-profile bankruptcies as examples, the Chapter 11 trustee overseeing the $374 million case of Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok has suggested that a second Connecticut bankruptcy judge could act as a mediator to help speed a deluge of 278 avoidance actions efficiently toward possible settlements.

  • February 28, 2024

    Conn. Mortgage Co. Says Partner Defected With Cash, Data

    A prospective business partner agreed to commit $100,000 to join a mortgage company and promised to bring along 15 employees, but once inside, they raided business assets for information and quickly left to start a competing venture, according to a lawsuit in Connecticut state court.

  • February 28, 2024

    Halkbank Immunity Gambit Doesn't Appear To Sway 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit did not appear keen Wednesday to dismiss criminal charges accusing Halkbank of laundering over $1 billion of Iran oil proceeds, after the U.S. Supreme Court directed arguments on the Turkish state-owned lender's assertion that common-law sovereign immunity protects it.

  • February 28, 2024

    TKO Reveals Ongoing Impact Of McMahon Issues In Filing

    WWE is not immune to the personal legal battles and controversies of disgraced founder Vince McMahon, who was recently accused of trafficking a former employee, according to a recent regulatory filing by parent company TKO.

  • February 28, 2024

    Conn. State Worker Wants Atty Fees After Noose Trial Win

    A Black employee of Connecticut's state energy and environmental regulator is asking a federal judge to award more than $200,000 in attorney fees after he prevailed in a lawsuit alleging that he was racially tormented and exposed to nooses in a hostile work environment.

  • February 28, 2024

    2nd Circ. Revives Asylum Bid Over Testimony Interruption

    The Second Circuit ruled that an immigration judge wrongly faulted an asylum-seeking Eritrean man for not testifying about being tied up and left outside after being interrogated by the Eritrean military, saying the judge didn't give the man a chance to.

  • February 28, 2024

    Plastic-Maker Says Insurers Must Cover Worker Death Suit

    Ohio-based manufacturer Encore Plastics took Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America and American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Co. to federal court, claiming both companies are violating their policies by refusing to defend or indemnify it in an underlying suit over one of its workers' death in an industrial accident.

  • February 27, 2024

    Conn. Restaurant Rejects Revamped Wine-Tasting Death Suit

    Citing the statute of limitations and an alleged failure to plead a valid case, a venerable New Haven restaurant has asked a Connecticut state judge to reject an amended lawsuit accusing it of recklessly overserving alcohol at a "mandatory" employee wine tasting event and allegedly causing a worker's drunk driving death.

  • February 27, 2024

    Conn. Mortgage Biz Rips 'Maximalist' CFPB Licensing Stance

    Shuttered East Hartford mortgage company 1st Alliance Lending LLC and its co-owners have argued a Connecticut federal court should throw out the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's claims that they deceived borrowers by letting unlicensed consultants create and manage their loans, asserting that the agency's "maximalist position" goes beyond the law.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ex-NESN Exec Gets 3½ Years In Fraud Scheme

    A former executive at the Massachusetts cable network that broadcasts Red Sox and Bruins games was sentenced Tuesday to 3½ years in prison for embezzling nearly $600,000 from his employer through an elaborate invoicing scheme, crimes a judge called both "deliberate" and "insidious" and the government called "brazen."

  • February 27, 2024

    Connecticut Atty's Fishy Email Prompts Trust Account Audit

    A Connecticut Superior Court judge has ordered an attorney to cooperate with an official audit of his Webster Bank lawyer trust account after he responded to an overdraft notice and a commensurate disciplinary inquiry with an email saying the issue wasn't a priority because he was on a fishing trip.

  • February 27, 2024

    Conn. Agency Asks Judge To Rethink Tuition Refund Pause

    The Connecticut Office of Higher Education has asked a state judge to vacate a ruling that paused the agency's refund process for students affected by the abrupt shutdown of Stone Academy, arguing the judge shouldn't have exercised jurisdiction over the matter and that the ruling interferes with the agency's statutory authority to implement the program.

  • February 26, 2024

    Clement, Prelogar Odd Bedfellows In Social Media Showdown

    After GOP-led states targeted perceived stifling of conservative voices on social media, Monday's oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court could have featured predictable partisan fissures. But the case instead illustrated that legal ideology in the digital age is sometimes surprising.

  • February 26, 2024

    MetaBirkins NFT Maker Tells 2nd Circ. 'Artwork' Is Protected

    The creator of the MetaBirkins non-fungible token collection has told the Second Circuit that his use of the iconic Hermès bag's name and likeness was relevant to his artwork but said the New York court misapplied the test of whether it was protected speech when it found that the digital assets infringed on the fashion house's trademarks.

Expert Analysis

  • 2nd Circ. OT Ruling Guides On Pay For Off-The-Clock Work

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    While the Second Circuit’s recent holding in Perry v. City of New York reiterated that the Fair Labor Standards Act obligates employers to pay overtime for off-the-clock work, it recognized circumstances, such as an employee’s failure to report, that allow an employer to disclaim the knowledge element that triggers this obligation, say Robert Whitman and Kyle Winnick at Seyfarth.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • Cases, Issues That May Shape The Intersection Of AI And IP

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    Courts dealing with the current, and likely growing, onslaught of intellectual property litigation concerning artificial intelligence will determine whether certain common forms of AI training constitute IP violations, while the government works to determine whether AI-generated output is itself protectable under the law, say Robert Hill and Kathryn Keating at Holland & Knight and Meghan Ryan at Southern Methodist University.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • What To Know About Calif.'s Cybersecurity Draft Regulations

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    If adopted, California’s recently proposed privacy regulations would require businesses already subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act to conduct new, independent audits of their cybersecurity programs, which could have a sweeping effect on companies operating in the state, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • State Privacy Laws: Not As Comprehensive As You May Think

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    As more U.S. states enact privacy laws, companies must be aware that these laws vary in scope and content, meaning organizations should take a stringent approach to compliance by considering notice, choice and data security obligations, among other requirements, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • Avoid Telehealth Pitfalls In A Post-Pandemic Environment

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    As federal and state governments roll out various changes to regulation of telehealth services, health practitioners should remain vigilant and ensure that necessary professional standards — such as proper note-taking and documentation — are not neglected in a remote environment, say attorneys at Kaufman Borgeest.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

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