Connecticut

  • 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.

  • February 01, 2024

    DLA Piper Should Face State Malpractice Suit, 2nd Circ. Told

    A Chinese technology company on Thursday told a Second Circuit panel during oral arguments that onetime lawyers at DLA Piper should face a malpractice lawsuit in state court, arguing that it timely filed its claims after it lost a securities lawsuit and that the feud involved no substantial federal questions.

  • February 01, 2024

    Publicis Reaches $350M Opioid Settlement With All 50 States

    Publicis Health LLC settled a lawsuit on Thursday with all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories for $350 million over claims that it helped exacerbate the opioid crisis through its work with Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer behind OxyContin.

  • February 01, 2024

    Conn. Lawyer Wants Claim Cut From $450K Malpractice Suit

    A Connecticut attorney has asked a state court judge to cut a breach of contract claim from a $450,000 malpractice lawsuit against him, calling the claim a "mislabeled regurgitation" of his former client's negligence claim.

  • February 01, 2024

    NY Strip Club Loses PPP Suit Despite 'Discriminatory' Claim

    A New York federal judge tossed a suit brought by a Buffalo-area strip club that was denied Paycheck Protection Program loans during the COVID-19 pandemic, agreeing with a magistrate judge's reasoning that the government was within its rights to exclude adult entertainment businesses from the program.

  • February 01, 2024

    2nd Circ. Backs Wall Street In Treasury Auction-Rigging Case

    The Second Circuit declined Thursday to revive antitrust litigation accusing major Wall Street banks of conspiring to rig U.S. Treasury auctions and defend their secondary-market middlemen roles, ruling that the pension funds and other investors behind the case failed to paint plausible pictures of collusion.

  • January 31, 2024

    Security Co. Prez Downplays AG Probes In Toll Bros. Lawsuit

    The president of a Connecticut-based home security company quibbled Wednesday with a Toll Brothers Inc. subsidiary's attempt to use government enforcement actions to bolster a $2.7 million prejudgment remedy bid in a contract feud, at one point correcting his opponent on the fine one state collected by some $4 million.

  • January 31, 2024

    When Managing Partners Watch, Trial Attys Face 2 Juries

    When top managing partners show up in court to sit in on trials, it can provoke angst for rank-and-file trial lawyers, but a recent example in an employment trial against Robert De Niro gave three name partners the rare treat of seeing their team in action.

  • January 31, 2024

    Atlanta Restaurant Co. Sues Conn. Brewery With Similar Name

    A Connecticut brewery is using a name, signage and designs similar to that of the two-location, Georgia-based 5Church restaurant even after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the brewer's own registration attempt, according to a new trademark infringement lawsuit.

  • January 31, 2024

    Sanctions Sought Over 'False' Testimony In Exxon Death Suit

    The estate of a man who died of leukemia allegedly as a result of exposure to defective gasoline is asking a Connecticut state court to sanction ExxonMobil Corp., arguing one of its experts provided false testimony that won the gas company the case.

  • January 31, 2024

    Estate Blames AAA For Conn. Driver's Death On NC Highway

    The estate of a Connecticut woman who was hit by a car on the side of the road in North Carolina after running out of gas is suing AAA Northeast Inc. and an affiliate towing company for negligence, saying their alleged carelessness caused her "untimely death."

  • January 31, 2024

    CFPB Says Mortgage Biz Can't Deny SAFE Act Claims

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has asked a Connecticut federal judge to grant it an early win in a case against a now-shuttered mortgage company accused of violating the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act.

  • January 31, 2024

    Ex-Credit Union Compliance Officer Admits To AML Failures

    A former banking compliance officer from Connecticut copped Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court to a count of failing to install anti-money laundering controls at a New York City credit union, after prosecutors said he facilitated big-dollar transactions through the now-shuttered institution.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • How Legal Teams Can Prep For Life Sciences' Tech Revolution

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    The life sciences and health care industries are uniquely positioned to take advantage of new efficiencies created by cloud computing and generative artificial intelligence, but the sensitivity of their data also demands careful navigation of an expanding legislative and regulatory landscape, say Kristi Gedid, Zack Laplante and Lisa LaMotta at Ernst & Young.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • Employer Takeaways From 2nd Circ. Equal Pay Ruling

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    The Second Circuit 's recent decision in Eisenhauer v. Culinary Institute of America reversed a long-held understanding of the Equal Pay Act, ultimately making it easier for employers to defend against equal pay claims brought under federal law, but it is not a clear escape hatch for employers, say Thelma Akpan and Katelyn McCombs at Littler.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Opinion

    Civil Litigation Against Gun Businesses Can Reduce Violence

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    With mass shootings skyrocketing, and gun control legislation blocked by powerful interest groups, civil litigation can help obtain justice for victims by targeting parties responsible beyond the immediate perpetrator — including gun manufacturers, dealers and retailers, says Tom D'Amore at D'Amore Law Group.

  • 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.

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