Connecticut

  • January 31, 2024

    8 Firms Lead $3.7B Sale Of Cigna Medicare Businesses

    The Cigna Group will sell multiple health benefits and Medicare units to Health Care Service Corp., the companies said Wednesday in an announcement detailing a deal valued at around $3.7 billion and steered by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, Rule Garza Howley LLP, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC and Sidley Austin LLP.

  • January 30, 2024

    Pharmacy Knew Conn. Kickbacks Broke Law, Founder Testifies

    The owners of a compounding pharmacy at the center of an $11 million drug kickback case knew that it was illegal to make payments to patients who got their prescriptions filled and recruited other customers, a Connecticut state court judge heard Tuesday before striking the witness testimony from the record.

  • January 30, 2024

    Gun Industry Avoids 'Gamechanging' 1st Circ. Mexico Ruling

    The First Circuit's recent decision to revive a suit by Mexico seeking to hold Smith & Wesson and other gunmakers responsible for thousands of weapons trafficked south of the border was a blow to the industry but not nearly as "gamechanging" as it could've been, experts said.

  • January 30, 2024

    Conn. Security Co. Says Toll Bros. Deal Caused $1.6M Loss

    The president of two Connecticut-based home security entities facing a $2.7 million prejudgment remedy bid in a contract feud filed by a Toll Brothers Inc. subsidiary on Tuesday testified that his companies lost $1.6 million by buying some of the nationwide home builder's accounts.

  • January 30, 2024

    Kwok Trustee Can Probe Law Firm Pick & Zabicki, Car Dealers

    The Chapter 11 trustee overseeing the case of Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok received approval from a Connecticut bankruptcy judge to probe Pick & Zabicki LLP, a law firm paid $37,500 by Kwok's son, and two luxury car dealers in connection with its asset recovery operation.

  • January 30, 2024

    2nd Circ. Rebukes Atty For Fake Citation In Latest AI Blunder

    The Second Circuit referred a New York attorney for punishment Tuesday for submitting a brief citing a fake case generated by ChatGPT and not checking over the brief to catch the mistake.

  • January 30, 2024

    Saudi Arabia's Lawyers Pressed On Subpoena Impasse

    Senators investigating Saudi Arabia's U.S. business ties have urged the kingdom to comply with their subpoenas, accusing the country's Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorneys of ducking their scrutiny on shaky legal grounds.

  • January 30, 2024

    Justices Urged To Review Nix Of FCA Sanction Evasion Suit

    A Wyoming company urged the U.S. Supreme Court to look into whether lower courts and the U.S. Department of Justice unlawfully snubbed its allegations that London's Standard Chartered Bank cleared roughly $56 billion in violation of U.S. sanctions targeting Iran.

  • January 30, 2024

    Latham-Led Amphenol Buying Carlisle Wiring Biz For $2B

    Latham & Watkins is representing Amphenol Corp. on a new agreement to purchase the high-performance wire and cable business of Kirkland & Ellis-guided Carlisle Companies Inc. for $2.05 billion in cash, the companies said Tuesday. 

  • January 29, 2024

    Expert's '180' Sinks Pol's Ballot Fraud Conviction, Court Hears

    Prosecutors didn't meet their burden of proving voting-related criminal charges against the former Democratic Party chair of Stamford, Connecticut, defense counsel told the state's intermediate appellate court during an oral argument Monday, claiming that a witness offered trial testimony that conflicted with his expert report.

  • January 29, 2024

    Conn. AG Seeks $25K Per Day Over Abandoned Power Plant

    Connecticut Attorney General William Tong on Monday announced an environmental lawsuit against The United Illuminating Co., now part of Avangrid Inc., seeking $25,000 per day for each alleged violation of a 2016 deal to clean up an abandoned power plant on an island immediately east of downtown New Haven.

  • January 29, 2024

    Conn. IP Atty Can Send Holiday Cards To Rival's Clients

    A Connecticut magistrate judge ruled Monday that while a settlement agreement barring an intellectual property attorney from contacting his ex-partner's clients extends to the attorney's new firm, it doesn't prevent the lawyer from sending holiday greetings because the prohibition's broadness flouted Connecticut state law.

  • January 29, 2024

    Conn. Hospital Blames Anesthesiologists In $2M Billing Feud

    A Connecticut hospital has fired back at an anesthesiology group's $2 million billing suit with its own allegations that the group has thwarted an audit to look into unapproved expenses charged to the hospital.

  • January 26, 2024

    Vince McMahon Resigns From WWE Amid Sex Trafficking Suit

    Vince McMahon, co-founder of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., has resigned, a WWE representative confirmed Friday, a day after a former employee claimed McMahon forced her to have sex, trafficked her to other executives and employees, and then forced her out with a nondisclosure agreement and hush money.

  • January 26, 2024

    Boston Transit Authority Settles Claim Of Beating, Cover-Up

    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has settled a civil rights lawsuit brought by a homeless man who said he was beaten by a transit police officer, then falsely arrested in an attempt to cover up the assault, according to a filing Friday in federal court in Boston.

  • January 26, 2024

    2nd Circ. Backs Catholic Health System's Win In Bias Suit

    The Second Circuit refused to reinstate a psychiatrist's lawsuit alleging he was denied positions at a Catholic hospital system after raising concerns about its religious-based code of conduct for staff, saying he failed to show that his Russian Orthodox faith conflicted with the health system's principles.

  • February 08, 2024

    Law360 Seeks Members For Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.

  • January 26, 2024

    2nd Circ. Affirms New York Bridge Toll Penalties

    The Second Circuit on Friday slapped down an appeal from motorists challenging what they describe as exorbitant penalties incurred for not paying bridge and tunnel tolls in New York City, affirming a lower court's finding that the fees were not unconstitutionally excessive.

  • January 26, 2024

    Conn. Firm Accuses Copyright Case Foe Of Filing False Docs

    A Connecticut firm embroiled in a yearslong, multistate copyright battle over images on its website has told a California federal judge that the stock photo website accusing it of infringement submitted false and inaccurate information to the U.S. Copyright Office.

  • January 26, 2024

    Conn. Justices Won't Boost Car Buyer's $11K Lemon Award

    A used car buyer cannot recover more than the $11,000 that a jury awarded her in a lemon case even though she revoked her acceptance of the problematic BMW and the outcome left her tens of thousands of dollars in the red, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Friday.

  • January 26, 2024

    Off The Bench: McMahon Sued, 'Rock' Victory, USC Feels Heat

    In this week's Off The Bench, WWE founder Vince McMahon has been sued for sexual abuse and trafficking, "The Rock" reclaimed his name, and USC defended its claim that college athletes aren't employees. 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.

  • January 26, 2024

    High Court Asked To Review FDA Flavored E-Cig Denials

    Vape maker Magellan Technology Inc. is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's denial of its application to market flavored e-cigarettes, saying there's a circuit split on whether the FDA gave companies proper notice of the criteria it would use.

  • January 26, 2024

    Ex-Allied World Exec Denies Feds' $1.5M Fraud Charges

    A former vice president at Allied World National Insurance Co. who was recently ordered to pay $2.9 million to the company in its civil case accusing him of embezzlement has pled not guilty to federal prosecutors' 10 wire fraud charges against him in his parallel criminal proceedings.

  • January 25, 2024

    Chemours, 3M And Others Hit With Connecticut PFAS Suits

    Calling PFAS chemicals a "toxic menace to human health," Connecticut Attorney General William Tong on Thursday became the latest state law enforcer to seek penalties and environmental reimbursements over consumer products and firefighting foams containing "forever chemicals," filing twin lawsuits targeting Chemours Co., 3M Co. and more than two dozen others.

  • January 25, 2024

    9th Circ. Urged To Affirm Pause On Idaho Abortion Travel Ban

    States including Washington, Arizona and California have urged the Ninth Circuit to affirm a lower court's temporary pause on an Idaho law making it a criminal offense to help minors travel out of state to receive abortions, calling it an "unconstitutional regime" that doesn't square with U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 3 Personal Jurisdiction Questions Mallory Leaves Unanswered

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    The due process framework that has cabined personal jurisdiction over nationwide and global businesses for the last eight decades looks increasingly precarious after this summer's fractured U.S. Supreme Court decision in Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railway Co., which left three key questions unanswered, says Andrew Rhys Davies at WilmerHale.

  • Taking A Walk Down Mandamus Lane After 2nd Circ. Ruling

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    The Second Circuit’s recent decision to deny a writ of mandamus, filed by a law firm after a lower court barred it from representing a Salvadoran oil company, adds to the nuanced and sometimes conflicting mandamus case law that requires careful research before litigants seek appellate review, says Michael Soyfer at Quinn Emanuel.

  • Conn. Insurers Should Note Stricter Market Exit Oversight

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    The Connecticut Insurance Department recently issued a bulletin that reflects a unique and stricter approach to insurers' market withdrawals and reductions in property and casualty business, making clear that it will not assess compliance based on an insurer's intent, but on the effect of the insurer's actions, says Elizabeth Retersdorf at Day Pitney.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Why Standing Analysis Is Key In Data Breach Mediation

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    Amid a growing wave of data breach class action litigation, recent legal developments show shifting criteria for Article III standing based on an increased risk of future identity theft, meaning parties must integrate assessments of standing into mediation discussions to substantiate their settlement demands in data breach class actions, says Abe Melamed at Signature Resolution.

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