Connecticut

  • 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.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    Conn. Banking Brief: The Notable Compliance Updates In Q3

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    The most notable legal changes affecting Connecticut financial institutions in the third quarter of 2023 included increased regulatory protections for consumers, an expansion of state financial assistance for underserved communities, and a panoply of tweaks to existing laws, says Brian Rich at Barclay Damon.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Cos. Must Reassess Retaliation Risk As 2nd. Circ. Lowers Bar

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    After a recent Second Circuit decision broadened the federal standard for workplace retaliation, employers should reinforce their nondiscrimination and complaint-handling policies to help management anticipate and monitor worker grievances that could give rise to such claims, says Thomas Eron at Bond Schoeneck.

  • 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.

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