Connecticut

  • February 06, 2024

    'Surprise Billing' Law Can't Pin Insurer, Conn. Justices Told

    Violating Connecticut's surprise medical billing law cannot expose an insurance company to liability under the state's unfair trade practices act, counsel for Harvard Pilgrim told the Connecticut Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking the justices for a ruling that could help the insurer battle a federal lawsuit.

  • February 06, 2024

    Judge Says $1.4M Brokerage Employment Case Stays In Court

    Holding that an employment contract's FINRA arbitration provisions don't block state courts from considering prejudgment remedy requests, a Connecticut state court judge has agreed to proceed with a $1.4 million placeholder application against a former employee of a brokerage who is accused of siphoning business from the firm.

  • February 06, 2024

    McDermott-Led 3 Boomerang Nabs $375M For Debut Fund

    Healthcare-focused private equity firm 3 Boomerang said Tuesday that it had wrapped fundraising for its inaugural investment vehicle, 3 Boomerang Capital I LP, with over $375 million in capital commitments, led by McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • February 05, 2024

    Low-Power TV Stations Want Census Over Nielsen For Licenses

    Low-power television broadcasters are voicing support for a lawsuit filed last month in the D.C. Circuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission's decision to use Nielsen statistics rather than census data in determining whether a low-power TV station should receive Class A protections.

  • February 05, 2024

    2nd Circ. Revives General Motors' Trust Pollution Claims

    The Second Circuit on Monday revived a suit lodged by several entities General Motors created to keep cleaning up former industrial sites when the vehicle maker went into bankruptcy in 2009, saying a New York federal judge erred by concluding their contribution and cost recovery claims against several dozen other businesses are time-barred.

  • February 05, 2024

    Kwok Trustee Makes Case For $13.5M Private Jet Proceeds

    Chinese exile and accused fraudster Ho Wan Kwok joked about being "poor" on social media while funding and using a Bombardier private jet that was transferred through shell entities and later sold for $13.5 million, lawyers for a bankruptcy trustee told a judge on Monday.

  • February 05, 2024

    2nd Circ. Must Decide If YouTube Protects IP, Stream-Ripper Says

    The Second Circuit on Monday questioned if YouTube employs technological measures to protect copyrighted material, as it considers what one judge called a video stream-ripper's "big stakes" bid for a declaration that its download service isn't violating intellectual property law.

  • February 05, 2024

    Restaurant Gets 'Mandatory' Wine-Tasting Death Suit Tossed

    A Connecticut judge threw out a lawsuit brought against a New Haven restaurant by the estate of a deceased worker who died following a "mandatory" wine-tasting event, ruling the eatery had no duty to get her a ride home rather than let her drive while intoxicated.

  • February 05, 2024

    States, Enviro Groups Expand Suits Over USPS' New Vehicles

    Environmentalists and a coalition of states broadened their California federal court challenges to the U.S. Postal Service's decision to replace its aging delivery fleet with "gas-guzzling vehicles" powered by internal combustion engines, saying it failed to consider lower-emission alternatives.

  • February 05, 2024

    Deloitte Asks 2nd Circ. To Back Dismissal Of 401(k) Fee Suit

    Deloitte urged the Second Circuit not to bring back a proposed class action that accuses the global accounting firm of mismanaging its employee 401(k) plan, arguing the workers leading the suit relied on inapt comparisons to suggest the plan paid too much for recordkeeping fees.

  • February 04, 2024

    $118B Senate Bill Proposes Sweeping Border Changes

    A group of bipartisan senators unveiled a $118 billion border security package Sunday that would usher in sweeping changes to the asylum system and boost border security measures, while providing nearly $48.5 billion in aid to Ukraine.

  • February 02, 2024

    3 Arguments, Hearings Benefits Attys Should Watch In Feb.

    This month, the Fifth Circuit will hear a battle over the arbitration process for challenging surprise medical bills, the Federal Circuit will referee a NASA worker's bid to get his military leave suit back on track, and Clorox will try to sink a 401(k) forfeitures class action. Here are three court dates benefits attorneys might want to add to their calendars.

  • February 02, 2024

    Conn. Agency Worker Deleted Bias Evidence, Jury Told

    Connecticut's environment and energy regulator told a federal jury Friday that a Black inspector who accused the agency of failing to remedy years of racial workplace hostility gave contradictory statements and deleted a photo that purported to document a noose tied near his desk.

  • February 02, 2024

    Russian Bank Chasing $900M Judgment Wins Conn. Appeal

    Connecticut's intermediate appeals court handed a Russian bank a win Friday as it pursues a $900 million damages award against a former majority owner who engaged in a Ponzi-like fraud scheme, refusing to order a lower court to open the U.K. judgment.

  • February 02, 2024

    Kwok 'Shell' Co. Held In Contempt For Holding Back Info

    A company that Chinese businessman Ho Wan Kwok allegedly used to hide money from creditors has been held in contempt by a Connecticut bankruptcy court for violating an order to turn over discovery documents to the Chapter 11 trustee.

  • February 02, 2024

    Conn. Eye Patient Drops Bausch & Lomb Implant Claims

    A Connecticut woman who said she was injured by an in-eye lens implant and her husband have agreed to drop their claims against Bausch & Lomb in federal court, according to a stipulation filed by the parties following multiple appellate decisions in the couple's favor.

  • February 02, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Simpson, Wachtell Lipton

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Rise Growth Partners receives a $250 million investment, a group of investors led by Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein acquires a controlling stake in MLB's Baltimore Orioles, The Cigna Group sells multiple Medicare businesses to Health Care Service Corp., and WillScot Mobile buys McGrath RentCorp.

  • February 01, 2024

    Conn. PFAS Water Pollution Suit Escapes Multidistrict Bid

    The federal multidistrict litigation panel has denied a Connecticut utility's attempt to funnel a lawsuit arising from PFAS "forever chemicals" into a broader nationwide case, concluding that the claims against Connecticut Water Co. are too different to be lumped into the MDL.

  • February 01, 2024

    Assa Abloy Nabs PTAB Win Against Biometric Security Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated all claims in a CPC Patent Technologies Pty Ltd. biometric security patent that was attacked in a pair of challenges by Assa Abloy AB.

  • February 01, 2024

    Policy Language Copyright Suit Must Continue, Court Told

    An insurance policy licensing group and an underwriting company told a Connecticut federal judge that their copyright claims alleging a competitor stole key and unique policy language cannot be tossed, saying a carrier's motion to dismiss raises a fact issue that precludes dismissal.

  • February 01, 2024

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive Suit Over Dating Site Debt Investment

    The Second Circuit has agreed with a lower court that a suit brought by two investment firms against adult dating network FriendFinder Networks Inc. and its founder should be tossed because, among other things, a federal Trust Indenture Act claim cannot be added to the action since it involves a private placement of securities.

  • February 01, 2024

    Conn. Supreme Court Snapshot: Sleepy Juror, Surprise Billing

    A gang member's murder conviction should be overturned because a juror was caught sleeping and the judge took no action to determine if he was still competent to serve, according to an appeal that the Connecticut Supreme Court will hear in its upcoming term. Here are three cases to watch as the term gets started Monday.

  • February 01, 2024

    $50M Tire Supply Demand Could Fall Flat, Conn. Judge Says

    A Hartford federal judge on Thursday said he was unconvinced that he could interpret an Iowa company's preferred supplier agreement in a way that would generate a nearly $50 million judgment against a longtime buyer, and asked for further briefing to justify the company's position.

  • February 01, 2024

    2nd Circ. Hints It May Revive Coinbase User Suit

    The Second Circuit appears ready to revive a proposed class action accusing crypto platform Coinbase of selling unregistered securities, with judges on Thursday casting doubt on the company's claims that it can't be sued because it doesn't own the cryptocurrencies that trade on its platform.

  • February 01, 2024

    State-Led Generic Drug Cases Removed From MDL

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has sent a trio of cases from state-level enforcers back to federal court in Connecticut, separating them from the sprawling MDL centralized in Pennsylvania over claims of price fixing in the generic drug industry.

Expert Analysis

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • 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.

  • Series

    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.

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