Connecticut

  • March 08, 2024

    Kwok Judge Lets Gov't Keep $302M In Crypto For Restitution

    A New York federal judge has denied a request to return more than $300 million in assets to holders of cryptocurrrency issued by bankrupt Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok's Himalaya Exchange, finding that the federal government has a continued interest in the property it seized.

  • March 08, 2024

    New Headache For Binance As 2nd Circ. Revives Investor Suit

    The Second Circuit on Friday revived a proposed investor class action against the embattled crypto exchange Binance Holdings Ltd. and its founder, disagreeing with a lower court that ruled the customers had not alleged their transactions were conducted in the U.S.

  • March 08, 2024

    Connecticut Judge Nominees Vow To Avoid 'Robe-itis'

    A former Connecticut mayor, current and ex-partners at Halloran & Sage LLP, and the lieutenant governor's general counsel are among those who promised lawmakers Friday that they would not come down with "robe-itis" — a term used to describe an unprofessional temperament toward litigants and courthouse staff — if confirmed to the state bench, but each was encouraged to develop real systems of accountability.

  • March 08, 2024

    2nd Circ. Resurrects Bribery Case Against Former NY Lt. Gov.

    The Second Circuit sided with federal prosecutors on Friday and reinstated bribery charges against former New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin, finding in a published opinion that the indictment against him "sufficiently alleged an explicit quid pro quo."

  • March 08, 2024

    Yale Urges 2nd Circ. To Back Zero-Damages ERISA Jury Win

    Yale University told the Second Circuit there's no need to scrap a jury verdict denying damages for a group of employees who claimed their $5.5 billion retirement plan was burdened with high recordkeeping fees, arguing that no error was made on jury instructions to warrant a redo.

  • March 08, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Fried Frank, Latham

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, Viavi acquires Spirent, Cadence Design Systems purchases Beta Cae Systems International, and United Rentals buys Yak.

  • March 07, 2024

    2nd Circ. Keeps Nurse's Win In 'Loser Pays' Arbitration Row

    The Second Circuit said Thursday that a worker advanced "sufficiently serious" questions of whether a staffing company's arbitration provision requiring him to pay if he lost would impede on his rights, keeping a New York federal court's ruling.

  • March 07, 2024

    Sens. Tell Stores To Get Illegal E-Cigs Off Their Shelves

    Five U.S. senators on Thursday told the heads of major convenience store and gas station chains to stop sales of unauthorized flavored e-cigarette products, saying that their illegal sales pose a major threat to public health, especially children's.

  • March 07, 2024

    Conn. AG Probing If NY Real Estate Co. Duped Homeowners

    New York real estate company EasyKnock Inc. is under investigation for allegedly deceiving homeowners seeking home equity loans into entering sale-leaseback arrangements and then jacking up those families' rent once the transaction is complete, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong announced Thursday.

  • March 07, 2024

    Conn. Psychologist Agrees To Repay $2.65M For Billing Fraud

    A Connecticut psychologist already sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for his second alleged healthcare fraud scheme has agreed to a plan to repay $2.65 million in restitution under a proposed order that awaits approval from a federal judge.

  • March 07, 2024

    Town Can't Hide Docs Under Atty-Client Privilege, Court Says

    The town of Avon, Connecticut, cannot hide from disclosure a document created by a town employee detailing incidents involving Avon's former chief of police by claiming attorney-client privilege, the Connecticut Appellate Court has ruled.

  • March 07, 2024

    Spain's Iberdrola Lobs $2.5B Bid For Rest Of Avangrid

    Spanish renewable energy company Iberdrola SA has proposed to take its portfolio company, sustainable energy company Avangrid, private by purchasing the remaining issued and outstanding shares it does not already own in a $2.48 billion deal, according to Thursday statements from the parties.

  • March 07, 2024

    Moses & Singer Healthcare Atty Joins Day Pitney In Hartford

    Day Pitney LLP has added an experienced attorney to its Hartford office as counsel from Moses & Singer LLP in New York.

  • March 06, 2024

    Conn. Ex-Postmaster Gets 4 Years For Vehicle Repair Scheme

    The former postmaster of Danbury, Connecticut, must serve four years in prison for using a town post office to run a bribery, kickback and embezzlement scheme that defrauded the government out of nearly $1 million for overpriced vehicle repairs and other illegitimate payments, a federal judge has ruled.

  • March 06, 2024

    Kwok Trustee Asks For Ch. 11 Pause During NY Criminal Trial

    The Chapter 11 trustee overseeing the $374 million case of Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok has urged a Connecticut bankruptcy judge to pause a racketeering suit and roughly 270 avoidance actions, saying the stay would lighten the court's administrative burden while also allowing Kwok to face trial in New York.

  • March 06, 2024

    Connecticut Marshals Union Pushes For Lower Job Cap

    Connecticut law authorizes the appointment of far more state marshals than necessary, the workers' union told state lawmakers Wednesday, in support of a new bill that would lower the cap and give job candidates incentive to choose the marshals service as a career.

  • March 06, 2024

    Rape Accuser Says Ex-Yale Student Flouted Anonymity Order

    An anonymous woman facing defamation claims from a former Yale University student she accused of sexually assaulting her in 2015 has asked a Connecticut federal judge to issue a new protective order, saying her alleged attacker had "repeatedly, intentionally, and maliciously" exposed her name and cannot be trusted with confidential documents.

  • March 06, 2024

    Avenatti Trial Judge Didn't Coerce Jury, 2nd Circ. Says

    The Manhattan federal judge who oversaw Michael Avenatti's trial on charges he defrauded ex-client Stormy Daniels didn't act improperly when he gave the jurors an extra instruction reminding them of their duties after the panel appeared deadlocked, the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday.

  • March 06, 2024

    Challenge To Pfizer Diversity Program Fails At 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit declined Wednesday to revive an advocacy group's suit claiming a Pfizer diversity fellowship unlawfully discriminated against white and Asian workers, ruling the nonprofit had no legal foothold because it wouldn't specifically identify anyone allegedly harmed.

  • March 05, 2024

    Poland Springs Sued Over Microplastics In 'Natural' Water

    Poland Springs is being falsely marketed as "100% natural spring water," a description that isn't accurate thanks to the "dangerous levels of microplastics" found in the bottled water, according to a proposed class action filed Tuesday in New York federal court.

  • March 05, 2024

    Conn. Justices Punt Hartford Cop's Feud With Local Blogger

    Connecticut's highest court on Tuesday put off deciding whether a statutory shield law for the "news media" squarely protects bloggers, instead concluding an independent writer cannot appeal a superior court judge's initial nod favoring a Hartford police officer's bill of discovery without waiting for a final trial court judgment.

  • March 05, 2024

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive Stanley Black & Decker Power Fight

    A Second Circuit panel on Tuesday declined to revive proposed class claims alleging that Stanley Black & Decker Inc.'s Craftsman vacuum cleaner labels overstated the products' achievable horsepower, reasoning that the consumers' "fine print" argument was too weak to support their challenge.

  • March 05, 2024

    Conn. Healthcare Trade Group Drops Staffing Rule Challenge

    A healthcare trade group has dropped its suit seeking to stop Connecticut health officials from implementing new nursing home staff allocation controls in the wake of a new law increasing per-patient staffing hours.

  • March 05, 2024

    Settlement Cools Off Conn. Pizza Chain's Trademark Fight

    The parties in a long-running trademark dispute involving the Connecticut-based pizza chain Colony Grill, which twice was delivered to the Second Circuit, have permanently dropped their claims against each other in the wake of a recent settlement.

  • March 05, 2024

    2nd Circ. Hears Ex-Law Clerk's Bid To Revive Harassment Suit

    The Second Circuit is considering how to move forward with a former New York law clerk's attempts to revive her sexual harassment suit after hearing from the parties on Tuesday, one day after a lower court said it would not reconsider its decision to toss the case.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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