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Law Alert: Recent Connecticut Supreme Court Decision Demonstrates Importance of "End of Representation" Terms in Engagement Agreements

In its recent decision in Flannery v. Singer Asset Finance Co., LLC, 312 Conn. 286 (2014), the Connecticut Supreme Court provided a perfect illustration of how important it is for a law firm to have in place a mechanism for…more

Client Services, Contract Interpretation, Engagement Letters, Statute of Limitations

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Bankruptcy Beat: The US Supreme Court Clarifies the Role of the Bankruptcy Court in Stern v. Marshall-Type Proceedings

On June 19, 2014 the Supreme Court of the United States in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, 134 S. Ct. 2165 (2014) affirmed and clarified its prior decision in Stern v. Marshall, 131 S. Ct. 2594 (2011) which held…more

Article III, Chapter 7, Commercial Bankruptcy, Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, Fraudulent Conveyance

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Senate Bill No. 35: An Act Concerning Notice of Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Affiliations of Group Medical Practices

At the end of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2014 Regular Session, "An Act Concerning Notice of Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Affiliations of Group Medical Practices" (the "Act") was passed and is awaiting the Governor's…more

Compliance, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Joint Venture, Physicians

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Another year has passed and we again welcome October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It seems a bit dismissive to have only one month dedicated to cybersecurity awareness given the magnitude and number of…more

Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, DHS

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Employers: Be aware of the NLRB when Implementing and Enforcing Social Media Policies

Many employers adopt policies that restrict employee internet conduct that could impact the company’s business. While it is prudent to provide employees with clear rules in this area, employers must be wary of aggressive…more

Compliance, Corporate Counsel, NLRA, NLRB, Social Media Policy

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Fall 2014 Municipal Revaluations in Connecticut

A number of Connecticut municipalities (see list at the end of this alert) plan to conduct revaluations effective October 1, 2014. For those with commercial real property located in one of the communities on the list,…more

Municipalities, Property Owners, Property Valuation

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CT Law of the Land

SC19090, SC19091 - FairwindCT, Inc. v. Connecticut Siting Council - This decision upheld the Siting Council’s authorization to a Pullman & Comley client to install wind turbine electrical generation facilities in…more

Energy, Energy Policy, Renewable Energy, Utilities Sector, Wind Power

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Ignore Social Media at Your Own Risk

There’s no question that the advent of social media has changed the way we communicate. However, the use of social media raises a number of legal issues and potential liabilities of which every organization should be…more

Confidentiality, Copyright, Employer Liability Issues, Healthcare, Medical Malpractice

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Displaying the Flag

During July 4th, and other National holidays, many people display the American Flag outside their homes in honor of the holiday. Our flag symbolizes and unifies us as a nation, and displaying it where we live is a way of…more

American Flag, National Holiday

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Alert: Policy Revisions Due to New Laws

This Alert is intended to give a general explanation of 2014 legislative enactments of the Connecticut General Assembly that may impact your board of education policies. For more detailed and individualized assistance with…more

Board of Education, New Legislation, Public Schools, State and Local Government

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The Probe and Educate Process For The Two-Midnight Rule

On August 2, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the final rule for the 2014 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (“IPPS”), effective October 1, 2013.[1] Introduced in the IPPS rule,…more

CMS, Final Rules, Hospitals, IPPS, MACs

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The Case For Smart Easements

Practically speaking, from a landowner’s perspective there are two types of easements, otherwise known as rights to use another person’s property. The first are those that I’ll call “beneficial easements.” These benefit the…more

Easements, Real Estate Market

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IRS Announces Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Limits for 2015 Applicable to Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost of living adjustments (COLA) applicable to dollar limitations for retirement plans for 2015. Several of the limits that currently apply to the 2014 plan year will change for…more

COLA, Cost-of-Living, IRS, Pensions, Qualified Retirement Plans

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Testing the Boundaries of the Faragher/Ellerth Defense in Sexual Harassment Cases

In 1998, the U.S. Supreme Court created a defense for employers accused of permitting a supervisor to engage in unlawful sexual harassment of an employee. In two seminal cases, the Court held that an employer is not vicariously…more

Employer Liability Issues, Faragher/Ellerth defense, Internal Investigations, SCOTUS, Sexual Harassment

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Connecticut's Passage of Its Benefit Corporations and Social Enterprise Statute

Over the last few years, the phenomenon of corporations existing for the purpose of accomplishing a social good rather than only for maximizing profits for shareholders has taken root. The Connecticut General Assembly in…more

Benefit Corporations, Choice of Entity, Shareholders, Social Entrepreneurship

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CT Law of the Land

SC19090, SC19091 - FairwindCT, Inc. v. Connecticut Siting Council - This decision upheld the Siting Council’s authorization to a Pullman & Comley client to install wind turbine electrical generation facilities in…more

Energy, Energy Policy, Renewable Energy, Utilities Sector, Wind Power

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Bankruptcy Beat: Bankruptcy Court Rules That Undersecured Creditor Could Object to Claims that Were Listed on the Debtor’s Bankruptcy Schedules as Undisputed and Not Contingent or Unliquidated, Even Though No Proofs of Claim Had Been Filed

In In re 3333 Main, LLC, Case No. 13-51533 (ECF No. 172) (Bankr. D. Conn. May 29, 2014) (Shiff, J.), the Debtor listed a number of unsecured claims on its bankruptcy schedules without indicating they were disputed, contingent or…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Proof of Claims, Unsecured Creditors, Unsecured Debt

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Bankruptcy Beat: Connecticut Bankruptcy Court Rules on Issue of First Impression: Whether The Absolute Priority Rule Is Applicable In Individual Chapter 11 Cases

Chief United States Bankruptcy Court Judge Julie A. Manning decided an issue of first impression in this District and the Second Circuit on September 4, 2014 in In re Richard and Stephanie Lucarelli and Lucarelli’s Executive…more

BAPCPA, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Cramdown

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Alert: Policy Revisions Due to New Laws

This Alert is intended to give a general explanation of 2014 legislative enactments of the Connecticut General Assembly that may impact your board of education policies. For more detailed and individualized assistance with…more

Board of Education, New Legislation, Public Schools, State and Local Government

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With the Latest Workplace Violence, Is It Time To Review Your Workplace Safety Policies?

The travesty of the latest workplace violence – a shooting on September 23, 2014 at UPS’s Birmingham Alabama facility and the beheading at a Vaughan Foods plant in Oklahoma – is a reminder that all employers must be vigilant to…more

Best Management Practices, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Risk Assessment, Risk Management

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The Federal Victim-Witness Act

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime, or if you have been called to testify before a federal grand jury or trial, you may have questions about what you can expect as a case works its way through the system. …more

Crime Victims, Testimony, Witness

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Increased Efficiency - Proposal to double state investment still under evaluation

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (“DEEP”) announced its plan to nearly double the state’s investment in energy efficiency – from $122 million per year to $231 million a year for the next three…more

Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Environmental Policies

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Bankruptcy Beat: Bankruptcy Court Applies To Collateral Estoppel To State Court Judgement For Fraud and Vexatious Litigation In Denying Discharge of Debts

In her first published decision, rendered in Mexico Construction and Paving v. Thompson (In re Thompson), Case No. 11-32924, Adv. Pro. No. 12-03065 (Bankr. D. Conn May 22, 2014), Judge Julie A. Manning held on the basis of…more

Abuse of Process, Collateral Estoppel, Commercial Bankruptcy, Dischargeable Debts, Estoppel

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Many Employee Retirement Plan Dollar Limits Adjusted For 2015

The Internal Revenue Code provides for various dollar limitations on benefits, contributions, and compensation for tax-qualified employee benefit plans. Recently, the Internal Revenue Service announced cost of living…more

COLA, Qualified Retirement Plans, Retirement, Retirement Plan

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Connecticut Expands Energy Sub-Metering

Up until very recently, only campgrounds and marinas could sub-meter electricity usage. This meant that landlords were prohibited by law from sub-metering electricity to their tenants. As a result, any allocation of…more

Electricity, Net-Energy Metering, Utilities Sector

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Senate Bill No. 35: An Act Concerning Notice of Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Affiliations of Group Medical Practices

At the end of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2014 Regular Session, "An Act Concerning Notice of Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Affiliations of Group Medical Practices" (the "Act") was passed and is awaiting the Governor's…more

Compliance, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Joint Venture, Physicians

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IRS Announces Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Limits for 2015 Applicable to Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost of living adjustments (COLA) applicable to dollar limitations for retirement plans for 2015. Several of the limits that currently apply to the 2014 plan year will change for…more

COLA, Cost-of-Living, IRS, Pensions, Qualified Retirement Plans

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They Also Serve Who Only Stand and Wait – and Get Paid for It

When the poet John Milton observed that “they also serve who only stand and wait,” it was unlikely that he was thinking about employees who are required to pass through security clearance when leaving the workplace at the end of…more

FLSA, Integrity Staffing v Busk, Oral Argument, SCOTUS, Security Clearance

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Cyber Law Tracker: Privacy Victory in Europe: EU’s Highest Court Requires Google® To Comply With An Individual’s Demand “To Be Forgotten.”

The European Union's highest court has issued a landmark ruling: henceforth, individuals may influence what information search engines display about them. Before Tuesday's ruling, search engines such as Yahoo®, Google®, or…more

Bing, EU, First Amendment, Google, Internet

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Senate Bill No. 35: An Act Concerning Notice of Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Affiliations of Group Medical Practices

At the end of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2014 Regular Session, "An Act Concerning Notice of Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Affiliations of Group Medical Practices" (the "Act") was passed and is awaiting the Governor's…more

Compliance, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Joint Venture, Physicians

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Will Connecticut's New Gun Restrictions Affect You?

Connecticut’s new firearms legislation will have a broad impact. The state made history this past week when Governor Dannel Malloy signed into effect one of the most restrictive gun laws in the United States. Public Act 13-3,…more

Firearms, Gun Laws, Sandy Hook

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Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Releases "Evaluation of Risk-Based Decision Making" With Public Comment Open Until September 30, 2014

On August 29, 2014, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) released “Evaluation of Risk-based Decision Making,” a report prepared by CDM Smith under contract to the state. DEEP has now announced…more

Contaminated Properties, Department of Environmental Protection, Energy, Environmental Policies, Remediation

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Appellate Court Notes

SC19118 - E & M Custom Homes, LLC v. Negron - New home warranty claim was successfully asserted as a counterclaim to a mechanic lien foreclosure. You will have to read the Appellate Court decision to find out what…more

Expert Testimony, Foreclosure, Home Warranties, Local Ordinance, Medical Malpractice

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The Feds Are Watching: Equitable Allocations In School Budgets

It is indisputable that education forms the cornerstone of a productive society. What is frequently disputed, however, is what that cornerstone should cost, and just as every year swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, so too…more

Budgets, CRDC, Department of Education, Education Reform, OCR

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How Will The Administration’s Recent Executive Orders Affect Employment-Based Immigration?

President Obama’s remarks last week announcing his executive orders on immigration reform, and the press coverage that has followed the announcement, have largely focused on changes involving undocumented immigrants and family…more

Barack Obama, DACA, DAPA, Deportation, DHS

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IRS Announces Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Limits for 2015 Applicable to Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost of living adjustments (COLA) applicable to dollar limitations for retirement plans for 2015. Several of the limits that currently apply to the 2014 plan year will change for…more

COLA, Cost-of-Living, IRS, Pensions, Qualified Retirement Plans

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CT Law of the Land

SC19090, SC19091 - FairwindCT, Inc. v. Connecticut Siting Council - This decision upheld the Siting Council’s authorization to a Pullman & Comley client to install wind turbine electrical generation facilities in…more

Energy, Energy Policy, Renewable Energy, Utilities Sector, Wind Power

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Employee or Independent Contractor? A Change in the Ground Rules at FedEx Ground

I’ll bet you assume that the hard-working driver who delivers your packages and letters shipped by Federal Express is a FedEx employee. After all, he or she wears a FedEx uniform, drives a FedEx truck, uses a FedEx handheld…more

Commercial Truck Drivers, Employee Rights, FedEx, Full-Time Employees, Independent Contractors

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CT Law of the Land

SC19090, SC19091 - FairwindCT, Inc. v. Connecticut Siting Council - This decision upheld the Siting Council’s authorization to a Pullman & Comley client to install wind turbine electrical generation facilities in…more

Energy, Energy Policy, Renewable Energy, Utilities Sector, Wind Power

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Fall 2014 Municipal Revaluations in Connecticut

A number of Connecticut municipalities (see list at the end of this alert) plan to conduct revaluations effective October 1, 2014. For those with commercial real property located in one of the communities on the list,…more

Municipalities, Property Owners, Property Valuation

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Senate Bill No. 35: An Act Concerning Notice of Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Affiliations of Group Medical Practices

At the end of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2014 Regular Session, "An Act Concerning Notice of Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Affiliations of Group Medical Practices" (the "Act") was passed and is awaiting the Governor's…more

Compliance, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Joint Venture, Physicians

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Play or Pay and Minimum Essential Coverage: What, When and How (Much)?

Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules, the so called “play or pay” rules, impose penalties on an employer with more than 50 “full-time equivalent” employees (a large employer) if the…more

Affordable Care Act, Healthcare, Minimum Essential Coverage, Pay or Play, Penalties

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Required Consideration Lacking For Replacement Employment Contract

A September 23rd Connecticut Appellate Court decision tells a cautionary tale for employers drafting employment contracts intended to replace earlier contracts. Thoma v. Oxford Performance Materials, Inc., 2014 WL 4548490 (Conn…more

Consideration, Contract Drafting, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Contract

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Cyber Law Tracker: Privacy Victory in Europe: EU’s Highest Court Requires Google® To Comply With An Individual’s Demand “To Be Forgotten.”

The European Union's highest court has issued a landmark ruling: henceforth, individuals may influence what information search engines display about them. Before Tuesday's ruling, search engines such as Yahoo®, Google®, or…more

Bing, EU, First Amendment, Google, Internet

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Cyber Law Tracker: President Obama Announces NSA Reforms

On January 17, 2014, President Obama announced broad reforms to the U.S. government’s practices with regard to the surveillance programs that have swept up massive amounts of phone records and related data…more

Barack Obama, NSA, Surveillance

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How Will The State Department of Education’s New Charter School Oversight Policies Be Implemented?

On August 11, 2014, the State Department of Education [“SDE”] announced via a press release that it would immediately implement a series of policy changes designed to “ensure that all charter schools, operate according to high…more

Charter Schools, Department of Education, Education Reform

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Student Injury Case: Did the Governmental Immunity Defense Just Get Weaker?

Predictable horseplay and a metal locker with an exposed, jagged and rusty edge may be enough evidence for a jury to conclude that school officials had a “clear and unequivocal duty to act immediately to prevent harm” to…more

Bodily Injury, Governmental Immunity, Municipalities, Public Schools, Students

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Fall 2014 Municipal Revaluations in Connecticut

A number of Connecticut municipalities (see list at the end of this alert) plan to conduct revaluations effective October 1, 2014. For those with commercial real property located in one of the communities on the list,…more

Municipalities, Property Owners, Property Valuation

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Searching Student Smart Phones in The Wake of Riley V. California

In the recent, landmark case of Riley v. California, the United States Supreme Court held that the police may not search digital data on the cell phone of an arrestee without a warrant, reasoning that smart phones not only…more

Cell Phones, Evidence, Public Schools, Reasonableness Factors, Riley v California

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Cyber Law Tracker: President Obama Announces NSA Reforms

On January 17, 2014, President Obama announced broad reforms to the U.S. government’s practices with regard to the surveillance programs that have swept up massive amounts of phone records and related data…more

Barack Obama, NSA, Surveillance

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Bankruptcy Law Update - December 2012

In this December 2012 Issue: - Second Circuit Decisions - Connecticut Bankruptcy Court Decisions The Second Circuit tackles the criminal exception to the automatic stay, administrative rent claims under a…more

Arbitration, Automatic Stay, Criminal Exception, Debtor-Creditor, Equitable Mootness

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Senate Bill No. 35: An Act Concerning Notice of Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Affiliations of Group Medical Practices

At the end of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2014 Regular Session, "An Act Concerning Notice of Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Affiliations of Group Medical Practices" (the "Act") was passed and is awaiting the Governor's…more

Compliance, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Joint Venture, Physicians

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The Obligation to Make Reports to DCF and Unemployment Compensation: Another Penalty For Failing to Notify DCF

Our state has a comprehensive requirement for certain employees (particularly in the medical and educational spheres) to make reports to the Department of Children and Families (“DCF”) of suspected child abuse and neglect. …more

Child Abuse, Employer Liability Issues, Neglect, Reporting Requirements, Unemployment Benefits

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Fall 2014 Municipal Revaluations in Connecticut

A number of Connecticut municipalities (see list at the end of this alert) plan to conduct revaluations effective October 1, 2014. For those with commercial real property located in one of the communities on the list,…more

Municipalities, Property Owners, Property Valuation

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CT Law of the Land

In response to an act of illegal clear-cutting of roughly three acres of a Connecticut state forest, the offending company and the Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) entered into a…more

Consent Order, Remediation, State and Local Government, Trees

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Law Alert: Recent Connecticut Supreme Court Decision Demonstrates Importance of "End of Representation" Terms in Engagement Agreements

In its recent decision in Flannery v. Singer Asset Finance Co., LLC, 312 Conn. 286 (2014), the Connecticut Supreme Court provided a perfect illustration of how important it is for a law firm to have in place a mechanism for…more

Client Services, Contract Interpretation, Engagement Letters, Statute of Limitations

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Many Employee Retirement Plan Dollar Limits Adjusted For 2015

The Internal Revenue Code provides for various dollar limitations on benefits, contributions, and compensation for tax-qualified employee benefit plans. Recently, the Internal Revenue Service announced cost of living…more

COLA, Qualified Retirement Plans, Retirement, Retirement Plan

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CT Law of the Land

SC19090, SC19091 - FairwindCT, Inc. v. Connecticut Siting Council - This decision upheld the Siting Council’s authorization to a Pullman & Comley client to install wind turbine electrical generation facilities in…more

Energy, Energy Policy, Renewable Energy, Utilities Sector, Wind Power

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CT Law of the Land

SC19090, SC19091 - FairwindCT, Inc. v. Connecticut Siting Council - This decision upheld the Siting Council’s authorization to a Pullman & Comley client to install wind turbine electrical generation facilities in…more

Energy, Energy Policy, Renewable Energy, Utilities Sector, Wind Power

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Ignore Social Media at Your Own Risk

There’s no question that the advent of social media has changed the way we communicate. However, the use of social media raises a number of legal issues and potential liabilities of which every organization should be…more

Confidentiality, Copyright, Employer Liability Issues, Healthcare, Medical Malpractice

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Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Education
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Privacy
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Taxation
  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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  • New York
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