Connecticut

  • January 22, 2024

    Kwok Trustee Questions Timing Of Newest Stay Bid

    Citing a looming Feb. 15 deadline for clawback actions and accusing the debtor of "ulterior motives," the trustee administering the Chapter 11 estate of accused fraudster Ho Wan Kwok has questioned the timing of the Chinese exile's latest bid in the Southern District of New York to stay his parallel bankruptcy case in Connecticut.

  • January 22, 2024

    NFL Coaches Push 2nd Circ. To Deny Attempt To Toss Appeal

    Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and his co-plaintiffs have argued before the Second Circuit that they are allowed to appeal a lower-court ruling compelling arbitration against the NFL in their racial discrimination lawsuit, contrary to the NFL's claim that they have no right to do so.

  • January 22, 2024

    Feds, States To Split Argument Time For EPA Smog Plan

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to split the argument time in four related cases challenging whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can implement a plan to reduce cross-state pollution, giving the U.S. solicitor general's office 20 minutes to argue on behalf of the EPA.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

  • January 19, 2024

    Conn. University Seeks Website's Databases In DMCA Suit

    A Connecticut university on Friday asked a judge to order CourseHero.com to provide internal databases that could detail the study aid website's compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a move the site has resisted, citing the sensitivity of the data and questioning its relevance.

  • January 19, 2024

    Kwok Daughter Says Trustee Can't Bill Her For Taking The 5th

    The daughter of exiled Chinese billionaire Ho Wan Kwok has objected to an attempt by the Chapter 11 trustee overseeing her father's bankruptcy estate to sanction and bill her $58,000 in attorney fees and costs for asserting her Fifth Amendment privileges during a deposition.

  • January 19, 2024

    2nd Circ. Grapples With Starbucks' Need For Union Info

    A Second Circuit panel on Friday appeared conflicted about whether a New York federal judge abused his discretion by granting Starbucks too-broad discovery into union intel in response to the National Labor Relations Board's bid for an injunction blocking labor violations nationwide.

  • January 19, 2024

    Client Marketing May Be 'Fair Game' In Atty Fight, Judge Says

    Courts might not have the authority to order an attorney to refrain from marketing to a competitor's clients, an "exceptionally skeptical" Connecticut federal judge observed Friday as he considered a dispute arising from a settlement between two former law partners.

  • January 19, 2024

    Conn. Panel Backs Mattress Co.'s Win In Pregnancy Bias Suit

    The Connecticut Appellate Court refused to reopen a former quality assurance worker's lawsuit claiming that a mattress spring manufacturer unlawfully refused to rehire her after she took maternity leave, ruling Friday she didn't show she'd applied for a new job when her old position was eliminated.

  • January 19, 2024

    Security Co. Lied About Ties With Affiliate, Toll Brothers Says

    A security firm falsely denied its ties to an affiliated company with bad online reviews when confronted about it, the home security arm of Pennsylvania-based homebuilding firm Toll Brothers alleged in a retooled lawsuit on Thursday.

  • January 19, 2024

    4 Firms Steer $1.8B Kaman Corp. Go-Private Deal

    Aircraft component maker Kaman Corp. said Friday it has agreed to be acquired by Arcline Investment Management in a take-private deal that carries a roughly $1.8 billion enterprise value, in a deal steered by four law firms.

  • January 18, 2024

    Kwok Trustee Says 'Shell Game' Is Foiling Clawback Timeline

    The Chapter 11 trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok on Thursday asked a Connecticut judge for more time to file clawback actions to recoup some of the $3.2 billion he says slid through accounts tied to the debtor, saying a "shell game" is prolonging the process.

  • January 18, 2024

    Conn. Hospital's Defenses Axed After Blunder In Billing Suit

    A Connecticut hospital's filing blunder has quashed all of its affirmative defenses to claims from an anesthesiologist group that the hospital failed to pay the group for $2 million in services, according to a series of notices issued Wednesday by a state court judge.

  • January 18, 2024

    Solar Co. Went Dark Before Poaching Deal Talks, Atty Says

    The shuttering of a solar energy company has left its counsel without a company representative to participate in an upcoming mediation over an $11 million employee poaching claim brought by a direct competitor, according to a filing in Connecticut state court.

  • January 18, 2024

    2nd Circ. Urged To Overturn Landmark 'Scam Token' Loss

    A group of crypto investors has urged the Second Circuit to revive their suit against the decentralized exchange Uniswap and its venture capital backers, saying they were aware of "rampant fraud" on the site and chose not to stop it.

  • January 18, 2024

    2nd Circ. Revives Suit Over Metal Levels In Baby Food

    A suit alleging that baby food maker Beech-Nut Nutrition Co. sold products with heightened levels of toxic metals will be reinvigorated after a Second Circuit panel finding that U.S. Food and Drug Administration delays regarding an action plan for baby foods necessitate the case being litigated in the courtroom.

  • January 18, 2024

    Conn. Panel Probes Line Between Lawyering, Debt Settlement

    A Connecticut appeals court has ordered merits briefs to explain whether a superior court judge wrongly applied case law when ruling against the Connecticut Department of Banking last summer, specifically asking if the judge incorrectly determined that regulators "failed to overcome" a legal presumption that an attorney is "actively engaged in the practice of law" when negotiating a client's debts.

  • January 18, 2024

    20 Judicial Noms Advance To Full Senate After Heavy Debate

    Twenty of President Joe Biden's judicial nominations that were resubmitted to the Senate at the beginning of the year advanced out of committee Thursday, some with bipartisan support and others despite staunch Republican opposition — with particularly heavy debate on Third Circuit candidate Adeel Mangi.

  • January 17, 2024

    FDA Can't Publish Unsupported Concerns About Pharmacy

    In a sealed order, a Connecticut federal judge has granted a compounding pharmacy's request to block the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from publishing insights it made during a site visit last fall that could introduce unsupported concerns about the sterility of its facility.

  • January 17, 2024

    Wash. Law Firm Says Travelers Must Cover Employee Theft

    Seattle law firm Karr Tuttle Campbell has sued Travelers Indemnity Company of Connecticut in Washington federal court, accusing the insurer of violating the state's consumer protection law by denying coverage after a former firm employee allegedly made $136,000 in unauthorized charges on a credit card.

  • January 17, 2024

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive Investor Suit Against Chinese Insurer

    The Second Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a securities class action against Chinese health insurance company Waterdrop Inc., agreeing with the lower court that the suit failed to adequately allege that the company's initial public offering registration statement was materially misleading.

  • January 17, 2024

    State AGs Say AI-Generated Voices Fall Under Robocall Law

    Half the states in the union have banded together to tell the Federal Communications Commission they believe making unsolicited marketing calls using voices created with artificial intelligence violates federal telemarketing law.

  • January 17, 2024

    2nd Circ. Sinks TransPerfect's Trade Secrets Appeal

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive TransPerfect Global Inc.'s trade secrets suit against rival translation company Lionbridge Technologies Inc., saying there wasn't enough evidence to go to a jury.

  • January 17, 2024

    2nd Circ. Vacates Social Media Ownership Order In Bridal Suit

    The Second Circuit partially revived a trademark suit on Wednesday against a "Say Yes to the Dress" bridal designer, vacating a lower court's order modification giving JLM Couture sole ownership of social media accounts created by the designer after finding ownership of the accounts wasn't properly assessed.

Expert Analysis

  • AGs' Distaste For Food Bill May Signal Other State Issues

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    States' recent opposition to a proposed federal law that would block them from regulating out-of-state agricultural production could affect issues beyond this narrow debate, such as the balance of state and federal regulatory power, reproductive rights post-Dobbs, and energy production and water use, say Christopher Allen and Stephen Cobb at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Justices Could Use Purdue To Resolve Related Circuit Split

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    The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear Harrington v. Purdue Pharma to determine the validity of nonconsensual third-party releases in bankruptcy, but justices should also take the opportunity to resolve a related circuit split over the constitutional authority of bankruptcy judges to issue final rulings on such releases, says Benjamin Feder at Kelley Drye.

  • 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.

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