Connecticut

  • 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.

  • January 17, 2024

    UnitedHealth Beats In-Office Surgery Fees Suit At 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday sided with UnitedHealth Group and upheld the dismissal of a class-action suit that had accused the insurer of illegally refusing to pay certain fees for in-office surgeries, rejecting claims by medical providers who sought to overturn the lower-court decision.

  • January 17, 2024

    Racing Co. Worker Sues Over Tire Explosion Comp Pay

    An employee of a Connecticut racing team who was seriously injured in a tire explosion at a NASCAR track is claiming his employer threatened to fire him if he attempted to file for workers' compensation, according to a complaint filed in Connecticut state court.

  • January 17, 2024

    Alex Jones Spars With Creditors Over Competing Ch. 11 Plans

    Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and the unsecured creditors committee in his Chapter 11 case exchanged objections over their rivaling reorganization plans in Texas bankruptcy court filings this week, each side asserting that the disclosures made by the other are inadequate or inaccurate.

  • January 17, 2024

    Willkie Partner's Critique Doesn't Back Claim, Atty Says

    A Connecticut attorney has asked a federal judge to toss a Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP partner's lawsuit accusing him of orchestrating a negative news story in retaliation for an attempt to disqualify him from handling a lease lawsuit, arguing he did nothing wrong while representing the BigLaw partner's landlord.

  • January 17, 2024

    Ex-OpenSea Staffer Tells 2nd Circ. Fraud Verdict Can't Stand

    A former manager at non-fungible token market OpenSea urged the Second Circuit to reverse his conviction for profiting from insider information, saying his thoughts about what image should be displayed on OpenSea's website were not the "property" of the platform.

  • January 17, 2024

    High Court Majority Shows No Eagerness To Overturn Chevron

    U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared split about whether decades-old precedent that favors federal agencies' legal interpretations in rulemaking infringes on judges' rightful authority to decide questions of law.

  • January 16, 2024

    No 2nd Circ. Redo For Doc In Jackson Lewis Defamation Row

    The Second Circuit has refused to rehear a doctor's defamation lawsuit against Jackson Lewis PC after the law firm sent a report detailing an internal sexual assault investigation at a Connecticut hospital to key employees at the facility, leaving intact a three-judge panel's decision freeing the firm from the claims.

  • January 16, 2024

    2nd Circ. Wary Of Nixing Award In Telecom Shareholder Fight

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday appeared disinclined to vacate an arbitral award ordering the sale of a Latin American telecommunications tower operator, with one judge telling an attorney for several of the company's shareholders that it sounds like they have "buyer's remorse" about the arbitration.

  • January 16, 2024

    Alex Jones, Creditors To Present Ch. 11 Plans Next Week

    Right-wing radio personality Alex Jones will present a Chapter 11 plan disclosure statement to a Texas bankruptcy court next week, competing with a proposal from the official committee of unsecured creditors in the case as they each seek to move forward with their own plan to resolve more than $1.5 billion of defamation liabilities.

  • January 16, 2024

    Conn. Judge Doubts Common Law Allows Wine Tasting Death Suit

    A Connecticut state court judge on Tuesday appeared skeptical of a lawsuit by the estate of a restaurant employee who died in a car crash after a "mandatory" wine tasting, questioning whether exceptions in workers' compensation and dram shop statutes made it impossible for common-law claims to move forward.

  • January 16, 2024

    3 Firms Assist With Sale Of The Honey Pot Co. In $380M Deal

    Compass Diversified will acquire a majority stake in The Honey Pot Co. at a $380 million enterprise value, with existing owners and management retaining a "significant minority" claim in the feminine care business, according to a Tuesday announcement.

  • January 16, 2024

    Ex-Exec Made Timely 'Bridgegate' Fee Request, 2nd Circ. Told

    A former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive and now-exonerated defendant in the notorious "Bridgegate" criminal case urged a three-judge Second Circuit panel to revive his suit pinning his $4 million legal defense bill on his former employer, arguing Tuesday that he gave the agency timely notice.

  • January 16, 2024

    Justices Won't Upend 'Conspiracy Jurisdiction' Claims

    The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Tuesday from two London-based metals trading banks fighting to upend the Second Circuit's revival of antitrust allegations of manipulation of platinum and palladium markets.

  • January 12, 2024

    Conn. AG Revises Settlements For Drug Kickback Defendants

    The latest agreement between the Connecticut Attorney General's Office and the suspected ringleader of a purported $11 million drug kickback scheme involving two pharmacies and a handful of state government retirees omits a requirement that the defendant testify against remaining defendants, according to a motion filed Friday.

  • January 12, 2024

    2nd Circ. Judge Blasts 'Messy' Agency Rulings Amid Cruise Case

    Government agency findings are never entirely right and never entirely wrong, a Second Circuit judge griped Friday while covering an administrative law case concerning a Connecticut company's challenge to a Mississippi River charter granted to European cruise line operator Viking Cruises Ltd.

  • January 12, 2024

    12 State AGs Urge DEA To Move Cannabis To Schedule III

    A coalition of 12 Democratic state attorneys general on Friday released a letter urging the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to loosen federal restrictions on marijuana by moving the drug to the Schedule III tier under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

  • January 12, 2024

    Judge Nixes Native Fragrance Co.'s Bid To Snuff Jury Verdict

    A Connecticut state court judge has refused to throw out a jury verdict after a Native American-controlled supplier failed to recover an alleged $8 million in damages from a fragrance manufacturer, outlining why the jury probably determined that a confusing contract existed but that no breach occurred.

  • January 12, 2024

    Up Next At High Court: Chevron Deference, Corp. Filings

    The U.S. Supreme Court will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and will begin a short oral argument week Tuesday, during which the justices will consider overturning Chevron deference, a decades-old doctrine that instructs courts to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous statutes. 

Expert Analysis

  • How Rate Exportation Is Shifting Amid Regulatory Trends

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    All banks and their partners, including fintechs, that wish to lend to borrowers in multiple states and charge uniform interest rates should heed regulatory developments across the country and determine how best to mitigate risks in their efforts to offer credit to consumers on a nationwide basis, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • 2nd Circ. Goldman Ruling May Hinder Securities Classes

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    The Second Circuit's recent Arkansas Teacher Retirement System v. Goldman Sachs decision, decertifying a class of investors and seemingly resolving a decadelong dispute, makes it substantially more difficult for plaintiffs to certify securities classes based on generic misstatements — a significant win for the defense bar, say attorneys at Willkie.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • 10 Legal Subject Matters Popping Up In AI Litigation

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    The past five years have brought judicial opinions addressing artificial intelligence in many different legal areas, so a study of existing case law is an important first step for in-house counsel addressing how to advise on the uncertainty driving many of the AI legal disputes, says Mark Davies at Orrick.

  • Conn. Ruling Highlights Keys To Certificate-Of-Need Appeals

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    The Connecticut Supreme Court's recent decision in High Watch Recovery Center v. Department of Public Health, rejecting rigid application of statutes concerning certificate-of-need procedure, provides important guidance on building an administrative record to support a finding that a case is contested, say attorneys at Robinson & Cole.

  • What's Notable In Connecticut's New Cannabis Laws

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    The Connecticut Legislature recently passed four bills containing cannabis provisions — ranging from applicable tax credits to labor agreement requirements — that may prove to be a mixed bag for state operators, say Sarah Westby and Deanna McWeeney at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Elrod On 'Jury Duty'

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    Though the mockumentary series “Jury Duty” features purposely outrageous characters, it offers a solemn lesson about the simple but brilliant design of the right to trial by jury, with an unwitting protagonist who even John Adams may have welcomed as an impartial foreperson, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

  • Upcoming High Court ADA Cases May Signal Return To Basics

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    Recent cases, including Acheson Hotels v. Laufer, which will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in October, raise a fundamental question of whether Americans with Disabilities Act litigation has spiraled out of control without any real corresponding benefits to the intended beneficiaries: individuals with true disabilities, says Norman Dupont at Ring Bender.

  • 4 Business-Building Strategies For Introvert Attorneys

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    Introverted lawyers can build client bases to rival their extroverted peers’ by adapting time-tested strategies for business development that can work for any personality — such as claiming a niche, networking for maximum impact, drawing on existing contacts and more, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • Prepping For OSHA Standard On Violence Risk In Health Care

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    Though the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has yet to create a new standard to address violence against health care workers, employers can prepare for coming federal regulatory changes by studying existing state rules and past OSHA citations, then taking steps to improve their safety programs, say attorneys at Ogletree.

  • Opinion

    Has The NCAA Not Learned NIL Policy Lessons Of The Past?

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    The NCAA has applied its heavy hand — which has been slapped back by courts and legislatures — again, saying that colleges must comply with its name, image and likeness policies even if they conflict with state laws, but recent antitrust decisions might caution against its reasoning, says Kenneth Jacobsen at Temple University.

  • Opinion

    3 Ways Justices' Disclosure Defenses Miss The Ethical Point

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    The rule-bound interpretation of financial disclosures preferred by U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas — demonstrated in their respective statements defending their failure to disclose gifts from billionaires — show that they do not understand the ethical aspects of the public's concern, says Jim Moliterno at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.

  • Cannabis Plain Packaging Rules: Examples And Opportunities

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    States that have legalized adult-use cannabis in recent years have adopted stringent requirements for product packaging and labeling in an effort to protect minors, and these rules may provide a vehicle for compromise between proponents and opponents of legalization, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • What Courts' Deference Preference Can Mean For Sentencing

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent U.S. v. Vargas decision deepens the split among federal appeals courts on the level of deference afforded to commentary in the U.S. sentencing guidelines — an issue that has major real-life ramifications for defendants, and is likely bound for the U.S. Supreme Court, say Jennifer Freel and Michael Murtha at Jackson Walker.

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