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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: Connecticut Bankruptcy Court Approves Settlement In Two Related Cases with a Torturous Twelve Year History

The Chapter 7 case of First Connecticut Consulting Group, Inc. and James J. Licata (the “Cases”) began as Chapter 11 cases over twelve years ago. The cases were consolidated and remained in Chapter 11 for four years as…more

Chapter 7, Commercial Bankruptcy, Trustees

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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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Cyber Law Tracker: Protecting Cyber Networks Act Introduced by House Intelligence Committee

On March 24, 2015, members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, including Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes, the Ranking Member of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee, issued statements commenting on the…more

Cybersecurity, Legislative Committees, Pending Legislation, Popular

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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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Property Valuation Topics: Winter 2015

Thorny Exemption Issue Discussed - Limited Liability Company X owns property in the Town of Windham which it leases to Corporation Y. Both entities are tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Code. Both entities brought…more

Ad Valorem Tax, Appraisal, Eminent Domain, Exempt Organizations, IRC

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CT Law of the Land

AC36196 - Verrillo v. Zoning Board of Appeals - Attorneys who practice in the land-use arena know that there is often a divergence between how local Zoning Board of Appeals (“ZBAs”), comprised of lay members, view requests…more

Appeals, Burden of Proof, Undue Hardship, Variances, Zoning Laws

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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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Last Best Offer Teacher Arbitration Hearings Can Take Place In Private, Says the Connecticut Supreme Court

In Connecticut, employees who engage in public sector collective bargaining with a board of education employer, fall into two categories: (1) those covered by the Teacher Negotiation Act (“TNA”), i.e., teachers and…more

Arbitration, Collective Bargaining, Public Schools, Teachers

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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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Medical Insurance Premium Reimbursement — A Brief Reprieve for Small Employers

Some employers – particularly smaller ones – have assisted their employees to obtain health insurance by reimbursing them for the cost of insurance they purchase in the individual market. Does this practice satisfy the…more

Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, IRS, Medicare

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Alert: Marijuana Convictions Could Be Erased Under New Ruling

The Connecticut Supreme Court has just unanimously ruled that individuals convicted of possessing less than one-half an ounce of marijuana are now entitled to petition the Superior Court to have that record of conviction erased…more

Criminal Records, Expungement, Marijuana

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Avoid Being the Test Case for Gender Identity Discrimination

A former sales associate at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Houston, Texas store recently filed suit in federal court claiming discrimination based on her gender identity. Leyth Jamal is a transgender individual who identifies as a woman. …more

Adverse Employment Action, Discrimination, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, ENDA

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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

AC36196 - Verrillo v. Zoning Board of Appeals - Attorneys who practice in the land-use arena know that there is often a divergence between how local Zoning Board of Appeals (“ZBAs”), comprised of lay members, view requests…more

Appeals, Burden of Proof, Undue Hardship, Variances, Zoning Laws

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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: The Automatic Stay Does Not Preclude A Foreclosure Committee From Seeking Fees From A Non-Debtor Party In A Foreclosure Action Pending Against a Debtor

On January 5, 2015, the Honorable Albert S. Dabrowski issued a decision concerning the applicability of the automatic stay of Bankruptcy Code Section 362(a) (the “Automatic Stay”), which decision highlights and clarifies…more

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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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Alert: Closing Affordable Care Act Loopholes

The U.S. Departments of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Health and Human Services recently issued guidance clearly stating that employers may not, without incurring penalties, reimburse employees who…more

Affordable Care Act, Corporate Counsel, DOL, Employer Mandates, HHS

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Deleted E-Mails? What Happens to the CCJEF Litigation Now?

This one should be pretty obvious, but for the record, it’s never a good idea to destroy potential evidence. For better or worse, however, it looks like the possible destruction of evidence will now be the focal point of…more

Destruction of Evidence, Email, Evidence, Public Schools, Spoliation

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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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The Perennial Problem of References

Most employers would be very happy to receive a frank appraisal from a prospective employee’s former employer. Yet most employers are themselves reluctant to give references concerning former employees, or any information…more

Employee References, Employer Liability Issues, Former Employee

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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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Alert: Marijuana Convictions Could Be Erased Under New Ruling

The Connecticut Supreme Court has just unanimously ruled that individuals convicted of possessing less than one-half an ounce of marijuana are now entitled to petition the Superior Court to have that record of conviction erased…more

Criminal Records, Expungement, Marijuana

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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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CT Law of the Land

AC36196 - Verrillo v. Zoning Board of Appeals - Attorneys who practice in the land-use arena know that there is often a divergence between how local Zoning Board of Appeals (“ZBAs”), comprised of lay members, view requests…more

Appeals, Burden of Proof, Undue Hardship, Variances, Zoning Laws

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Clear Thinking: The State Board of Education’s Concussion Education Plan and Guidelines for Connecticut Schools

With each new year, it seems as if Connecticut legislators collectively agree to the same resolution – create new legal obligations for local and regional school boards. This year is no different. Although passed in early…more

Athletes, Board of Education, Concussion Education Plans, School Sports, Students

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Alert: Marijuana Convictions Could Be Erased Under New Ruling

The Connecticut Supreme Court has just unanimously ruled that individuals convicted of possessing less than one-half an ounce of marijuana are now entitled to petition the Superior Court to have that record of conviction erased…more

Criminal Records, Expungement, Marijuana

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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

AC36196 - Verrillo v. Zoning Board of Appeals - Attorneys who practice in the land-use arena know that there is often a divergence between how local Zoning Board of Appeals (“ZBAs”), comprised of lay members, view requests…more

Appeals, Burden of Proof, Undue Hardship, Variances, Zoning Laws

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Federal FMLA Regulations Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced changes to the regulations that define a “spouse” for purposes of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The changes fully implement the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United…more

Caregivers, DOL, FMLA, Leave of Absence, Same-Sex Marriage

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CT Law of the Land

AC36196 - Verrillo v. Zoning Board of Appeals - Attorneys who practice in the land-use arena know that there is often a divergence between how local Zoning Board of Appeals (“ZBAs”), comprised of lay members, view requests…more

Appeals, Burden of Proof, Undue Hardship, Variances, Zoning Laws

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A Précis On The American Property Tax System

The hundreds of billions of dollars of commercial real estate owned by foreign companies and individuals in the United States requires active management and oversight. This is so whether the property is triple net leased to a…more

Ad Valorem Tax, Commercial Leases, Commercial Property Owners, Commercial Real Estate Market, Property Tax

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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: Protecting Cyber Networks Act Introduced by House Intelligence Committee

On March 24, 2015, members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, including Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes, the Ranking Member of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee, issued statements commenting on the…more

Cybersecurity, Legislative Committees, Pending Legislation, Popular

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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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Deleted E-Mails? What Happens to the CCJEF Litigation Now?

This one should be pretty obvious, but for the record, it’s never a good idea to destroy potential evidence. For better or worse, however, it looks like the possible destruction of evidence will now be the focal point of…more

Destruction of Evidence, Email, Evidence, Public Schools, Spoliation

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Military Leave of Absence and the Obligations of Connecticut Municipal Employers

When an employee gives notice of the need to take a leave of absence for military service, there are some questions that municipal employers will reflexively ask: Do we have to permit the leave? Must the employee be paid…more

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Property Valuation Topics: Winter 2015

Thorny Exemption Issue Discussed - Limited Liability Company X owns property in the Town of Windham which it leases to Corporation Y. Both entities are tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Code. Both entities brought…more

Ad Valorem Tax, Appraisal, Eminent Domain, Exempt Organizations, IRC

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The NLRB Appears To Clear The Path Toward Greater Unionization Of Private Colleges And Universities

In a decision notable for not just one, but two revisions to established National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) analytical framework, the Board appears to open the door toward increased unionization of private institutions…more

Faculty, NLRA, NLRB, Private Schools, Religious Exemption

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Alert: Marijuana Convictions Could Be Erased Under New Ruling

The Connecticut Supreme Court has just unanimously ruled that individuals convicted of possessing less than one-half an ounce of marijuana are now entitled to petition the Superior Court to have that record of conviction erased…more

Criminal Records, Expungement, Marijuana

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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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Alert: Marijuana Convictions Could Be Erased Under New Ruling

The Connecticut Supreme Court has just unanimously ruled that individuals convicted of possessing less than one-half an ounce of marijuana are now entitled to petition the Superior Court to have that record of conviction erased…more

Criminal Records, Expungement, Marijuana

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Common Sense Prevails: Arbitration Award OK’ing On-Duty Drug Usage Overturned

In the world of labor arbitration, common sense sometimes takes a holiday. Fortunately, a Superior Court judge recently overturned an arbitrator’s attempt at second guessing an employer’s response to serious misconduct…more

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Property Valuation Topics: Winter 2015

Thorny Exemption Issue Discussed - Limited Liability Company X owns property in the Town of Windham which it leases to Corporation Y. Both entities are tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Code. Both entities brought…more

Ad Valorem Tax, Appraisal, Eminent Domain, Exempt Organizations, IRC

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CT Law of the Land

AC36196 - Verrillo v. Zoning Board of Appeals - Attorneys who practice in the land-use arena know that there is often a divergence between how local Zoning Board of Appeals (“ZBAs”), comprised of lay members, view requests…more

Appeals, Burden of Proof, Undue Hardship, Variances, Zoning Laws

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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

AC36196 - Verrillo v. Zoning Board of Appeals - Attorneys who practice in the land-use arena know that there is often a divergence between how local Zoning Board of Appeals (“ZBAs”), comprised of lay members, view requests…more

Appeals, Burden of Proof, Undue Hardship, Variances, Zoning Laws

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CT Law of the Land

AC36196 - Verrillo v. Zoning Board of Appeals - Attorneys who practice in the land-use arena know that there is often a divergence between how local Zoning Board of Appeals (“ZBAs”), comprised of lay members, view requests…more

Appeals, Burden of Proof, Undue Hardship, Variances, Zoning Laws

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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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