Connecticut

  • 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.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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