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Lawsuits Target Restaurants That Play Music

Karen Ali | April 4, 2014

Plan B Burger Bar is one of three Hartford-area restaurant chains currently facing copyright infringement suits for playing music without paying licensing fees to the record companies.

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Norm Pattis: Judges Put Lawyers On Too Tight A Leash

By Norm Pattis |

Rumor has it that new federal judges are required to read a secret copy of a cult classic among jurists. Although the author of the text is unknown, it's title is known: It's called "The Fear of Lawyering."

Opinion: CBA Engaged In 'Continuous Pursuit' Of Diversity

To the Editor: Although the commitment of the Connecticut Bar Association to maintain and expand diversity in fact and in spirit has been a pledge of all recent presidents, we acknowledge that the CBA could and should be even more diverse and that the creation of full diversity within the association is a work in progress.

Robinson & Cole Unveils New Logo As Part Of Rebranding Effort

By JAY STAPLETON |

A law firm's logo is more than just something to decorate business cards and stationery. It can serve as an important marketing tool by conveying a message to prospective clients about the firm's goals and values.

Law Tribune Seeks Articles For Health Law and Employment Law Sections

The Law Tribune is seeking articles for two upcoming special practice sections. Articles should be about 1,200 words long, contain no footnotes and be written in such a manner that lawyers who practice any type of law can understand them.

On The Move: Legal Industry Job Changes

Heather J. Lange has been elevated to principal at Brody Wilkinson in Southport. She joined the firm in 2009 as counsel and is a member of the Trusts & Estates and Dispute Resolution groups.

On The Move: Legal Industry Job Changes

Heather J. Lange has been elevated to principal at Brody Wilkinson in Southport. She joined the firm in 2009 as counsel and is a member of the Trusts & Estates and Dispute Resolution groups. She practices in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, estate settlement, and probate, trust and fiduciary litigation.

New Leaders In The Law Nomination Application

Click below for the Connecticut Law Tribune's New Leaders in the Law 2014 Nomination Application. We will profile 50 individuals whose achievements to date, in our opinion, distinguish them from their peers.

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Mark Dubois: Innovative Practice Plans May Violate Rules

By Mark Dubois |

I get a lot of calls from lawyers who want to vet some creative (and some boneheaded) business ideas. Sometimes, when I tell them their plan is best avoided unless they want the experience of being my client in the disciplinary dock, they respond with a variation of "Where is the law that says I can't do this?"

Bill To Restrict Release Of Crime Scene Information Hits Snag

By Associated Press |

It's unclear whether Connecticut lawmakers will approve any legislation this session that would place additional restrictions on the public release of information from homicides as part of an effort to protect victim privacy following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Prosecutors Announce More Arrests In $80 Million Drug Heist

By Associated Press |

Three Florida men who federal authorities say stole about $80 million in prescription drugs from an Eli Lilly warehouse in Connecticut have been charged with conspiracy and theft, according to the the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Award Winner Helps Law Students With Identity Issues

By PATRICK R. LINSEY |

This year, the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity, an organization that promotes diversity in Connecticut's legal profession, is honoring an assistant dean of student services at the University of Connecticut School of Law for her efforts with its prestigious Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award.

Construction Company To Pay $2.4 Million Settlement

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

An attempt to take advantage of a U.S. Department of Transportation program designed to help socially disadvantaged small businesses has resulted in a $2.4 million settlement between a Plainville-based construction company and the federal government.

Editorial: NLRB Drops The Ball On College Sports Unions

By now, every collegiate sports fan is aware that the National Labor Relations Board's Chicago regional office has declared Northwestern University college football athletic scholarship recipients eligible for union representation.

Editorial: Fix Our Highways Now

As anyone who has driven on Interstate 84, I-91, and especially I-95 knows, our interstate highway system is rapidly deteriorating. And that's true not just of interstates in Connecticut, but nationwide. Potholes, crumbling pavement, and weakening bridge supports need to be repaired sooner rather than later.

Attorney Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: DCF's Actions Justifiable In Transgender Teen Case

By DAN KRISCH |

I come to praise DCF, not to bury it. A magnet for criticism in the best of times, the state Department of Children and Families has drawn torrents of outrage over the past two weeks for its decision to transfer a 16-year-old transgender youth to an adult prison.

Sarah Poriss

Judge's Decision Angers Debt Negotiation Law Firm

By THOMAS B. SCHEFFEY |

After the 2008 economic crash, business boomed for companies that promised consumers help in addressing credit card debt. But it turns out some debt negotiation firms were much better at collecting fees than solving debtors' problems.

Garvin Ambrose

Official: State Isn't Great At Enforcing Victims' Rights

By KAREN ALI |

State Victim Advocate Garvin Ambrose says that Connecticut is a national leader when it comes to having laws that grant crime victims specific legal rights. But he thinks Connecticut can do better.

IP Law: Congressional Proposal Would Make It More Difficult To Enforce Claims

By WALTER B. WELSH |

Congress is again taking aim at patent trolls with a bill intended to curb alleged patent litigation abuses. The chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., introduced the bill, officially The Innovation Act, in 2013.

IP Law: The 'Atomic Bomb' Of Patent Law

By JOHN R. HORVACK Jr., JOHN L. CORDANI Jr. and DAMIAN K. GUNNINGSMITH |

Part of the complexity inherent in a patent infringement suit is that infringement (or noninfringement) and most defenses challenging the validity of a patent proceed on a claim-by-claim basis.

Pro Bono Honors

The Judicial Branch has chosen to honor the lawyers featured in this special section for their pro and low bono contributions. They will be recognized for their service at the Law Tribune's Honors Night in June.

Opinion: Medical Marijuana Act Not Preempted By Federal Law

Editor's note: The author's law firm represents an entity that was one of the successful applicants for a Connecticut license to operate a medical cannabis growing facility, and another entity that has obtained a license from the state to operate a testing laboratory for medical cannabis.

Governor Pushes For More Legal Aid Funding

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy paid a visit to the New Haven Legal Assistance Association on Friday, to reaffirm his support for a legislative proposal that would send a greater proportion of court filing fees to legal aid groups.

Pro Bono Honors: Lawyer Takes On Cases Involving Kids In Danger

By JAY STAPLETON |

Christopher Oakley first developed an interest in complex family legal matters even before he went to law school. His mother had been adopted, and her experiences inspired him to focus on family law issues while studying at Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Conn. Not Alone In Seeking GAL Reform

By JAY STAPLETON |

Everyone from a passionate group of self-represented litigants to Connecticut's chief justice has called for some reform of the state's guardian ad litem system. Members of the legislature seem receptive to some changes.

Lawyer Charged With Stealing $1 Million

By KAREN ALI |

A former Bristol lawyer who allegedly took more than $1 million from an elderly woman is facing 29 felony larceny charges.

Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland arrives with attorney Reid Weingarten at federal court, Friday, April 11, 2014, in New Haven, Conn.  A grand jury on Thursday returned a seven-count indictment alleging Rowland schemed to conceal involvement with congressional campaigns. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Rowland's Outspoken Lawyer Has Long List Of Rich, Powerful Clients

By JAY STAPLETON and PAUL SUSSMAN |

When he was arraigned the other day, officially charged with campaign finance law violations, you no doubt recognized John Rowland. Although his hair has grayed, he still looks much like he did when he was a boyish 38 years old and first taking office as Connecticut governor in 1995.

Woman Punched By Officer In Parking Lot Settles For $230,000

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Brenda Mazariegos v. City of Stamford: A woman who claims a Stamford police officer punched her in the face hard enough to cause a minor brain injury has settled her lawsuit for $230,000 after a trial resulted in a hung jury.

Court Backs Cops In Fourth Amendment Cases

By JAY STAPLETON |

The limits of privacy rights under the Fourth Amendment were the focus of two cases recent Connecticut Supreme Court decisions.

State To Expand Court-Sponsored ADR Programs

By JAY STAPLETON |

The state Judicial Branch has announced a host of initiatives to improve court-sponsored alternative dispute resolution in order to keep up with the demand to resolve civil cases short of trial.

IP Law: Trade Secrets And Patent Reform

By JASON T. MURATA and JOHN M. TANSKI |

Much has been written about the impact the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, or AIA, is having on America's patent system. But changing the patent system has ripple effects beyond the world of patent prosecution.

IP Law: New Options For Challenging Patents

By SCOTT LYDON and MARINA CUNNINGHAM |

The America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011 significantly overhauled the U.S. patent system and, among other changes, introduced several new petition mechanisms for challenging patents through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

IP Law: Diagnostic Method Patents In Doubt

By LESLIE-ANNE MAXWELL and DEREK DENHART |

Are diagnostic methods patentable? Until quite recently, the answer to this question would have been an unqualified "yes." Recent court decisions concerning subject matter eligibility for patenting have changed the answer to this question to a hesitant "maybe."

IP Law: A New Swarm Of Music-Sharing Lawsuits

By DAVID BENOIT |

A new type of case involving a clash of Internet law, copyright law and hundreds of defendants identified only by their IP address has made its way into Connecticut courts.

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Norm Pattis: Client Communications Can Be Burden For Small Firms

By NORM PATTIS |

Words like "reasonable" are what assure that lawyers will never lack for work. We can endlessly debate, litigate and then decide what "reasonable" means without ever coming to agreement. Hence, the never-ending flow of cases involving the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizure.

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Gideon: Appellate Decisions Diminish Stature Of Judges

By GIDEON |

"A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate." So wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1774, foreshadowing his more famous quote about the "inherent and inalienable rights" of men, in the Declaration of Independence.

Editorial: Stop The Connecticut Chainsaw Massacre

The Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) has one last opportunity to put the brakes on a radical utility line-clearing proposal that would remove any tall tree growing within eight feet to the right and to the left of utility distribution lines, from ground to sky, regardless of the health of the tree.

Editorial: CBA Is Failing In Diversity Efforts

If the profession is to be successful in diversifying the bar, then the volunteer bar associations must take the lead. It is unreasonable for bar associations to sit back and publicly lament the lack of diversity among law firm partnerships or in the judiciary, all the while failing to elect a lawyer of color to lead their organizations.

Opinion: Better Oversight Needed For Guardians Ad Litem

By Michelle |

Recently, criticism of the state's guardians ad litem have hit an all-time high. GALs are reportedly withdrawing from their cases left and right, while grievances appear to be mounting. Family court, by definition, is charged with high emotions and children, unfortunately, are at the center of the storm.

Ronald Japha

Pro Bono Honors: Making The Courts Run A Little Faster

By Jay Stapleton |

For as long as Bridgeport lawyer Ron Japha has been representing clients in his general practice, he has been helping judges.

Retired Bristol Lawyer Charged With Embezzling $1 Million

A former Bristol lawyer who allegedly stole more than one millions dollars from an elderly woman who he represented in an estate case is now facing 29 felony larceny charges.

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Mark Dubois: Don't Try To Muzzle A Client With A Grievance

By Mark Dubois |

I saw an interesting ethics decision out of Kentucky the other day involving an attempt to buy silence in a grievance case. The case was called Kentucky Bar Association vs. Unnamed Attorney. (There are a lot of unnamed attorney cases in Kentucky. This one was Dec. 19, 2013. You can find it on the Google.)

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Mark Dubois: Resist Urge To Respond To Flaming Ex-Clients

By Mark Dubois |

The Internet is a cool thing. With a few clicks of the mouse, I can order groceries, pay bills, and find just about anyone I need to contact for my work. Unfortunately, it also provides a ready (too ready, perhaps!) platform for clients and nuts to take shots at us for our real or perceived shortcomings.

George Jepsen

Jepsen Cites Less Confrontational Style As He Launches Re-Election Bid

By JAY STAPLETON |

When George Jepsen was elected Connecticut attorney general in 2010, he came into office with a consumer protection agenda that sounded much like that of his predecessor, Richard Blumenthal.

Land Use Law: Navigating The 'Navigable' Waters

By EARL W. PHILLIPS JR. and EMILY DEANS |

How do you determine if waters or wetlands fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA)? Despite the fact that the CWA was passed more than 34 years ago, this question and others related to the act are still being asked.

Land Use Law: Wetlands Agencies Vs. Zoning Boards Of Appeal

By KEVIN M. TIGHE |

Development of real property in Connecticut will often require permits, licenses and approvals from several different municipal and state agencies. In some instances, the Connecticut General Statutes expressly provide for the order in which such permits, licenses and approvals must be obtained and the authority of such municipal and state agencies relative to each other.

Zoning Law: Zoning For A Health-Care Facility

By DIANE W. WHITNEY |

Admit it, your first thought was, why would anyone care if a health-care facility was built in their neighborhood? But you were thinking of a nice, quiet nursing home, where the most activity that might take place would be family members gently pushing their elders in wheelchairs around a lush green lawn. A well- manicured lawn, surrounding a tastefully designed Colonial building.

Environmental Law: Two Standards For Phase I Site Assessments

By ELIZABETH C. BARTON and RENÉ A. ORTEGA |

On Dec. 30, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule accepting the use of a revised industry standard for the conduct of an initial environmental assessment of properties by an environmental technical professional.

Zoning Law: Outcry Follows Appellate Court Ruling In McDonald's Case

By KENNETH R. SLATER Jr. |

There was much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth following the state Appellate Court's decision late last year in MacKenzie v. Planning and Zoning Commission of Monroe, 146 Conn. App. 406 (2013), in which the court ruled that zoning regulations that permit a zoning commission to apply flexible setback and landscaping requirements in approving development applications are invalid.

Trial Set For Ex-White House Lawyer Accused Of Attempted Murder

By Associated Press |

After four years of legal skirmishes, former Bush administration lawyer John Michael Farren is due to stand trial in June on charges of attempted murder and assault in connection with accusations he beat his wife nearly to death.

Supreme Court To Decide Bank's Liability In Catholic School Scam

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

Nine years ago, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that a ski resort couldn't limit its liability through contractual clauses. Now the court has to decide if the banking industry can be permitted to do what the winter recreational industry cannot.

Personal Injury Yearbook: 2013's Biggest Verdicts And Settlements

It was a year of many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. We’ve summarized nearly 90 cases of all types in the Personal Injury Yearbook, so we think you are getting your money’s worth. For details, click below.

Exonerated Ex-Inmates Want Millions

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

James Tillman served 18 years behind bars for a rape that DNA evidence later showed he did not commit. Tillman can never get those years back.

Legal Departments Of The Year Nomination Form

Use the following questionnaire to nominate a corporate legal department that is Connecticut-situated or with a nexus to Connecticut for the Connecticut Law Tribune's annual Legal Departments of the Year awards.

Convicted Ex-Mayor Can't Get Law License Back

By KAREN ALI |

To paraphrase one attorney: Joseph Ganim dug himself a hole too deep to climb out of. The state Supreme Court on April 9 rejected a bid by the former Bridgeport mayor to regain his law license, a license that was suspended after he was sentenced to prison in 2003 and served seven years on corruption charges.

Attorney Larry Riefberg

Head-Shaving Stunt Raises $67,000 For Hospice

By KAREN ALI |

Larry Riefberg says the decision he made to shave his entire head of hair was a small price to pay for a good cause: raising money for a new residential hospice building in Danbury.

Rowland Pleads Not Guilty In Federal Court

By Associated Press |

Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland has pleaded not guilty to charges that he broke election laws to pursue roles with two congressional campaigns.

Stew Leonard Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Barbara Speranza, personal representative and executrix of the estate of Robert Speranza, and Barbara Speranza, individually v. Stewart "Stew" Leonard Sr., Thomas P. Leonard and Carpe Diem Three LLC: The founder of Connecticut-based Stew Leonard's supermarket chain and the widow of a man who fell off of Leonard's boat near a Caribbean Island and drowned have settled a lawsuit that was filed in state court.

John WIlliams

Missing Man's Family Plans Another Appeal

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The state Appellate Court has upheld a judge's award of more than $52,000 to the former girlfriend of one of the state's best-known missing persons. Madeline Gleason had claimed the missing man's family harassed and defamed her while accusing her of being involved in his disappearance.

Pro Bono Honors: Grandmother's Advice Reflected In Good Deeds

By KAREN ALI |

Stamford family law attorney Lisa Kouzoujian traces her generous spirit to her grandmother's teachings.

Judge Dismisses Charges In Sandy Hook-Related Case

By ANDREW KESHNER |

A New York state judge has dismissed the indictment of a woman who posed as the relative of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim, concluding that while her conduct was "without question, reprehensible," the charges were barred on statutory double jeopardy grounds and legal insufficiency.

State Levies $36,000 In Penalties Against Contractor

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The state Department of Consumer Protection has levied more than $36,000 in civil penalties against a New Britain paving company that was either not doing its work right or not doing it at all.

Environmental Law: The Importance Of Choosing Your Words Wisely

By CINDY J. KARLSON |

"The devil is in the details" is a familiar motto when it comes to legal drafting. Too many times attorneys make seemingly innocuous edits, such as "including but not limited to…" in contracts, or are not mindful of their time entries in terms of a client's potential future claims for cost reimbursement.

Bill Would Ban Nude Photos Posted By Jilted Lovers

By JAY STAPLETON |

During recent meetings of the Legislature's Judiciary Committee, there were two words no one wanted to utter in mixed company: revenge porn. All blushing aside, the increasing tendency of jilted lovers to post nude pictures of their former soul mates online was considered by the committee to constitute behavior worthy of being labeled a crime.

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Norm Pattis: The Tax On Taking Cases To Trial

I was in the chambers of a judge I respect a great deal trying to reach a plea bargain in a complex case the other day. Well before trial, he made an offer of a given period of years in a case involving many alleged victims. After a trial in several of the cases, a trial in which my client was convicted, we were trying to settle the case all over again.

State Ponders Ways To Offer Low-Cost Legal Services

By JAY STAPLETON |

A Judicial Branch work group is looking into how the state might provide low-cost legal representation for people who lack the resources to pay standard legal fees but who have too many assets to qualify for legal aid.

Connecticut Hedge Fund Sentenced To Pay $1.8 Billion

By Associated Press |

A prosecutor called a $900 million fine — part of the $1.8 billion that Stamford-based SAC Capital must pay — 'the largest fine imposed in an insider trading case in history.'

Edward Meyer

From Mobs To Racquets, Senator Has Had Colorful Career

By Christian Nolan |

He was appointed as a federal prosecutor by Robert F. Kennedy, put members of the Genovese crime family behind bars, married a tennis pro and then spent decades as a lawmaker in both New York and Connecticut. Now after 50 years of public service, state Sen. Ed Meyer, D-Guilford, is retiring as he approaches age 80.

Opinion: Granting Lawsuit Immunity Erodes Fundamental Rights

By DOUGLAS P. MAHONEY |

In each session of the Connecticut General Assembly, there is an occasional legislative proposal which extends immunity from liability to a select class of persons engaged in specific activities (such as doctors, architects, athletic trainers, etc.).

Editorial: Time To Serve Clients Of Modest Means

Much has been written about the simultaneous shortage of employment opportunities for lawyers and affordable legal services for persons of moderate means. Less has been said about the opportunities that this market situation might provide for addressing both of those problems.

Attorney Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: If That Stuff On Those Walls Could Talk...

By Dan Krisch |

I'm imagining a "Night At My Office." When I was young, I yearned to one day have a workspace like my father's: walls and doors and nearly every other available flat surface decorated to the nines with objects de intelligentsia. But now that I have Henry-fied my office—hardly a square foot of bare wall or door to be found—sometimes I wonder what happens when I turn off the lights and depart for the night:

City of Stamford Settles Police Abuse Lawsuit For $230,000

The city of Stamford has agreed to pay $230,000 to settle a lawsuit by a Norwalk woman who accused a police officer of punching her in an altercation outside a nightclub.

Editorial: Campaign Finance Ruling A Boon For New Robber Barons

In October 1902, in the midst of a months-long strike by the United Mine Workers Union, the coal operators' representative, George Baer, flatly refused to meet with the UMW's president, John Mitchell. Baer said that Mitchell was "only a common coal-miner, who worked with his hands for 15 years, and was now a labor agitator."

Supreme Court Rejects Ganim's Bid To Regain Law License

By KAREN ALI |

The state Supreme Court has rejected a bid by former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim to regain his law license. Ganim has been trying to regain his license after being released from prison in 2010 after serving seven years on corruption charges.

Employment Suit Accuses Company Of Supporting Gaddafi Regime

By JAY STAPLETON |

A financial services executive from Stamford has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, claiming he was defrauded by an employer that misrepresented itself and was actually a money-laundering operation for the regime of former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Lawmakers Debate Drug-Free School Zones

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

During the crack epidemic of the 1980s, it seemed like a commonsense move to help protect the young and the innocent. The state would add enhanced penalties for drug possession and drug trafficking within 1,500 feet of schools, day-care facilities and public housing complexes. Drug defendants faced an extra three years on their prison sentence if convicted of the extra charge.

Editorial: Marijuana And The Rule Of Law

We have heard quite a lot of late about the rule of law in Connecticut and elsewhere. The Connecticut Bar Association even sponsored two seminars in recent years on that precise subject. One of the speakers, a top business leader in Connecticut, raised many eyebrows when he said one of the reasons he would prefer to do business in China rather than in Russia is that China, in spite of all the differences from our legal system, takes the rule of law more seriously than Russia does.

Prosecutors Claim Man Planned Conn. Drone Bombings

By Associated Press |

A Moroccan national was detained without bail in Connecticut after FBI agents discovered his plot to fly bombs on drone-like devices made out of radio-controlled airplanes into a school and a federal building, according to federal authorities.

Law Tribune Seeks Verdict And Settlement Results

If you or your firm has been involved in an interesting lawsuit, we would like to hear about it. We welcome equally plaintiffs' victories, defense verdicts, out-of-court settlements and alternative dispute resolution results,

Wesley Horton

CBA Considers Major Changes To Constitution

By Jay Stapleton |

The Connecticut Bar Association is considering some of the broadest changes to its constitution in more than 65 years. Among the proposals is whether the current governance structure should be changed.

Charla Nash, right, talks with attorney Matthew D. Newman before for a hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.  Nash who was mauled in a 2009 chimpanzee attack is attending a hearing to determine whether she may sue the state for $150 million in claimed damages. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Woman Mauled By Chimp Blocked From Suing State

By Christian Nolan |

It looks like Charla Nash, mauled and disfigured by her friend's 200-pound pet chimpanzee in 2009, will not get her day in court.

Feds To Pay $3.1 Million To Convicted Trash Hauler

By Associated Press |

Federal authorities have agreed to pay $3.1 million to a trash hauler convicted in a price-fixing conspiracy to settle his claim that they violated their plea agreement with him by selling his companies but failing to pay him.

Attorney General Jepsen Prepares To Launch Re-Election Bid

Attorney General George Jepsen has told a Hartford radio station that he plans to run for re-election. As reported on the CT News Junkie website, Jepsen said he planned to file the paperwork to run for a second term on Monday, April 7.

Judge Brightens Day For Teeth-Whitening Businesses

By Associated Press |

A federal judge has backed a teeth-whitening business in its fight with Connecticut over rules that made it illegal for people who are not dentists to provide certain procedures.

Sikorsky Pays $3.5 Million To Settle Parts Allegations

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to a $3.5 million settlement with federal authorities last week over allegations that the helicopter maker violated federal law in inflating the costs of spare helicopter parts it sold to the Army.

E-book Settlement Payments Made In Advance Of Trial

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

While Connecticut consumers are beginning to receive payments from a prior partial settlement in the multistate e-book price-fixing lawsuit, a hearing on damages is expected to get underway against Apple this summer regarding the same case.

Peter Szymonik

GAL Reform Bill Moves Forward

By Jay Stapleton |

The Legislature's Judiciary Committee has approved a bill proposing reforms for the state's guardian ad litem system that would give parents a greater say as to who would represent their children during custody proceedings, as well as new authority to request the removal of a GAL from a case.

Rotator Cuff Tear Yields $122,000 For Crash Victim

By Christian Nolan |

A Hartford man who injured his shoulder after a car ran a stop sign and crashed into his vehicle was recently awarded more than $122,000 following a jury trial.

Lawsuits Target Restaurants That Play Music

By Karen Ali |

Plan B Burger Bar is one of three Hartford-area restaurant chains currently facing copyright infringement suits for playing music without paying licensing fees to the record companies.

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Mark Dubois: Overwhelmed By Old Papers

By Mark Dubois |

I am engaged in an epic project. As part of my duties as incoming president of the Connecticut Bar Association, I have been working in the basement of CBA global headquarters in New Britain trying to winnow essential records and historically significant ephemera from the heaps, piles, drifts and dumpsters of paper accumulated over the last century or so.

Former Governor Faces New Legal Problems

By Associated Press |

Once a heavy hitter in Republican politics, former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland finds himself again in the crosshairs of federal investigators.

Josephine Smalls Miller

Attorney Claims City Refuses To Pay Her Fees

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Civil rights litigator Josephine Miller represented parents who objected to the state's decision in 2011 to replace members of Bridgeport's elected school board with its own appointees. Now Miller also has her own legal complaint pending — against the Bridgeport City Attorney.

Attorney Judith Dixon and Judge James Ginocchio

Pro Bono Honors: Finding A Way To Pay It Forward

By JAY STAPLETON |

For any lawyer who has dedicated a substantial amount of time to pro bono work, there is one case that stands out as a shining example of the reason they continue to donate their legal expertise.

National Firm Relocation To Hartford May Foreshadow Trend

By JAY STAPLETON |

When Anthony Cicchetti talks about his law office moving from Simsbury to Hartford, he gets excited. From a business perspective, the main reason for the move, Cicchetti said, was to be closer and more convenient for its clients, many of whom are in the insurance and financial services industries.

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Norm Pattis: Great Divide Separates Judges From Lawyers

By Norm Pattis |

I saw U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Meyer on the bench in Bridgeport the other day, and my heart was filled with sorrow. Oh, he looked happy enough, all right, sitting atop justice's pyramid, parsing the arguments of the litigants who appeared before him. He's a brand-spanking-new federal judge who already looks as though he has been presiding forever over other people's troubles.

Editorial: UConn Fundraisers Need To Be Wary Of Legal Issues

All of us in Connecticut should be proud of the rising prestige of our University of Connecticut, originally founded as an agricultural college in Storrs in 1881. The 2014 edition of "Best Colleges," published by U.S. News & World Report, ranks UConn as the 57th best national university in the country, obviously behind such eminences such as Princeton, Harvard and Yale, but ahead of Syracuse, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Rutgers, etc.

Public Defender: 'I Can't Live' With Death Sentence For Killer

By KAREN ALI |

Assistant Public Defender Corrie-Ann Mainville made headlines this past weekend when she was quoted as saying that the state of Connecticut would have to kill her before she allows it to execute a convicted murderer whom she says is mentally ill.

Attorney Joseph Geremia

Pro Bono Honors: Joseph Geremia's Low-Bono Practice Focuses On Children In Need

By JAY STAPLETON |

Joseph Geremia has spent much of his 30 years as a lawyer representing children in some of the most harrowing circumstances imaginable. The bulk of his practice, the lion's share of his day, is spent working as a court-appointed lawyer representing children who have been victimized.

Attorney Casey Healey

Pro Bono Honors: A Volunteer Effort That Hits Home

By JAY STAPLETON |

For Cheshire lawyer Casey Healey, building a career—and a pro bono practice—representing people whose homes are in foreclosure was a natural response to the housing downturn that peaked right after she passed the bar exam.

Attorney Thomas Fiorentino

Pro Bono Honors: Responding Positively To Taps On The Shoulder

By KAREN ALI |

Manchester lawyer Thomas Fiorentino noticed the trend before a lot of others did. It really started a decade or so ago, he says, and the pace picked up about five years ago.