Connecticut

  • March 13, 2024

    Split 2nd Circ. Frees Ex-Apollo Exec From SEC Fraud Fine

    A split Second Circuit panel on Wednesday released a former Apollo Management senior partner from a $240,000 civil penalty in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit alleging he used phony expense reports to fund a lavish lifestyle, saying there was no way for him to know that his customers would ultimately be charged.

  • March 12, 2024

    Bolt Financial's Chairman Is Controlling Board, Suit Says

    Stockholders of Bolt Financial Inc. on Monday updated their derivative complaint against the company's board of directors, alleging chairman, controlling shareholder and former CEO Ryan Breslow purposely defaulted on a $30 million loan that was secured by Bolt and that he has repeatedly appointed and removed directors for his personal interests.

  • March 12, 2024

    Retired Judge, 2 Trustees To Handle Conn. Clergy Abuse Claims

    A Connecticut bankruptcy judge has appointed Salvatore C. Agati, a retired Connecticut Superior Court judge and current partner at Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, one of the Constitution State's largest law firms, to review abuse claims against the bankrupt Norwich Roman Catholic Diocesan Corp. of eastern Connecticut.

  • March 12, 2024

    2nd Circ. Revives Parts Of McKesson Whistleblower Suit

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday revived parts of a lawsuit brought by a McKesson Corp. whistleblower who accuses the pharmaceutical company of a kickback scheme, finding that the lower court should reconsider the claims that were brought under state anti-kickback laws.

  • March 12, 2024

    InBev's Modelo Tells 2nd Circ. Hard Seltzer Isn't Beer

    Anheuser-Busch InBev SA's Grupo Modelo on Tuesday asked the Second Circuit to set aside a jury's finding that its trademarks weren't infringed by rival Constellation Brands when it sold hard seltzer under the Corona brand, saying badly instructed jurors were wrong in finding that it's beer, pursuant to a contract between the two companies.

  • March 12, 2024

    Pharmacy Calls $11M False Claims Case A 'House Of Cards'

    A compounding pharmacy and its president trashed the Connecticut attorney general's $11 million false claims and kickback allegations against them as a "house of cards" that awarded "a sweetheart cooperation deal" to an alleged co-conspirator and improperly benefited private attorneys, calling instead for a judgment against the state.

  • March 12, 2024

    Businessman Hid $20M In Swiss Accounts, US Says

    A Brazilian-American businessman hid $20 million from the Internal Revenue Service over 35 years using accounts at Swiss banks including UBS and Credit Suisse, the U.S. government said in a criminal complaint that accuses him of conspiring to defraud the U.S. and lying to authorities.

  • March 12, 2024

    Customers Drop PFAS Claims Against Conn. Water Co.

    A trio of consumers who accused a Connecticut water company of overcharging them and providing water containing toxic "forever chemicals" withdrew their proposed class action from state court after the company argued it did not get to set its own price rates to begin with.

  • March 11, 2024

    Mexico Says High Court Long Shot Not Worth Halting Gun Suit

    The Mexican government asked a Boston federal judge to keep its lawsuit against gun manufacturers moving along while the companies float what they referred to as "sky is falling" arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court challenging a First Circuit ruling that they are not immune from claims they aid and abet drug cartel violence.

  • March 11, 2024

    More Women Accuse Conn. Fertility Doc Of Using Own Sperm

    Two more former patients of a retired fertility doctor in Connecticut have filed accusations in state court that he secretly impregnated women with his own sperm, seeking to learn how many people knew about the formerly Yale-affiliated physician's conduct and how they managed to keep it hidden for decades.

  • March 11, 2024

    Firefighter Denied Promotion After Bender Loses Bias Suit

    The Second Circuit won't revive a Black firefighter's suit alleging his race cost him a promotion, ruling Monday that he failed to overcome the department's argument that the job offer was yanked because he was found half-naked at a Dunkin' store following a night of drinking.

  • March 11, 2024

    Ethics Watchdog Eyes Conn. Atty Who Slapped Lawyer

    A Connecticut lawyer who has faced previous disciplinary actions is expected to be scrutinized by an ethics panel after being convicted of slapping an attorney outside a Nutmeg State courthouse and other criminal infractions.

  • March 11, 2024

    Conn. Judge Pick Takes Heat As Other Nominees Advance

    The Connecticut legislature's joint judiciary committee voted to issue favorable reports Monday on 21 of Gov. Ned Lamont's nominees for the state court bench, but several lawmakers raised concerns about one pick's reputation, with a Democratic leader saying that holding a vote on assistant state prosecutor Devant J. Joiner's nomination was "a real slap in the face" given questions about his temperament.

  • March 11, 2024

    Covington Holdout Drops SEC Cyberattack Appeal

    The anonymous Covington & Burling LLP client who objected to a demand that they reveal themselves to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a victim of a 2020 hack on the law firm agreed on Monday to drop the appeal of the subpoena enforcement action.

  • March 11, 2024

    SEC Can't Rely On 'Flawed' Ruling To Avoid Retrial, Atty Says

    A Connecticut lawyer facing retrial in a securities fraud case told the First Circuit that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission can't lean on a summary judgment finding that was also flawed.

  • March 11, 2024

    US Chamber Backs Dismissal Of Citigroup 401(k) Suit

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce backed Citigroup's efforts to shut down a suit in which workers claimed mismanagement of their 401(k) plan, telling a Connecticut federal court that these types of suits cherry-pick data and should not stand in court.

  • March 11, 2024

    Pfizer Defeats French Group's Bid For Vax Docs At 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit said Monday that Pfizer doesn't need to give a French nonprofit the communications between its CEO and the European Commission's president related to a COVID-19 vaccine development agreement, ruling the materials are irrelevant to a jurisdictional issue in the group's legal challenge to the pact in France.

  • March 08, 2024

    Aircraft Parts Co. AeroCision Begins Ch. 11 Liquidation

    AeroCision, a troubled supplier of airplane components, has informed Delaware's bankruptcy court its Chapter 11 liquidation plan has gone into effect, distributing remaining assets of the business after it went on the auction block late last year.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Employer Takeaways From 2nd Circ. Equal Pay Ruling

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    The Second Circuit 's recent decision in Eisenhauer v. Culinary Institute of America reversed a long-held understanding of the Equal Pay Act, ultimately making it easier for employers to defend against equal pay claims brought under federal law, but it is not a clear escape hatch for employers, say Thelma Akpan and Katelyn McCombs at Littler.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Opinion

    Civil Litigation Against Gun Businesses Can Reduce Violence

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    With mass shootings skyrocketing, and gun control legislation blocked by powerful interest groups, civil litigation can help obtain justice for victims by targeting parties responsible beyond the immediate perpetrator — including gun manufacturers, dealers and retailers, says Tom D'Amore at D'Amore Law Group.

  • 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.

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