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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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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

Week of January 12 - On January 7, 2015, the Planning & Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association met in Cromwell, CT with special guest Judge Marshall Berger. The main focus of the meeting was Practice Book…more

State and Local Government

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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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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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Perceived Disability Now Recognized Under Connecticut Law

On Monday December 8, 2014, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the case of Mireille Derosiers v. Diageo North America, Inc. et al. holding that the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (the…more

ADA, CHRO, Disability, Disability Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues

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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

Week of January 12 - On January 7, 2015, the Planning & Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association met in Cromwell, CT with special guest Judge Marshall Berger. The main focus of the meeting was Practice Book…more

State and Local Government

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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 District Court Affirms the Bankruptcy Court’s Dismissal of an Individual Chapter 11 Case For The Debtor’s Failure to Satisfy Section 1112(b)(2)’s Strict Standards

Countless individual debtors file for bankruptcy to save their homes from foreclosure, but some of them abuse the bankruptcy court system in the process. Vega v. United States Trustee, 2014 WL 4843698 (D. Conn. 2014) highlights…more

Chapter 11, Chapter 13, Chapter 7, Consumer Bankruptcy, Dismissals

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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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CT Law of the Land

Week of January 12 - On January 7, 2015, the Planning & Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association met in Cromwell, CT with special guest Judge Marshall Berger. The main focus of the meeting was Practice Book…more

State and Local Government

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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

SC19123 - Parisi v. Parisi - [THE WORDING ON PAYMENT METHOD MATTERS] A matrimonial decision was issued today where the Court declined to hold a spouse in contempt for not complying with a (pre-nup) contract provision…more

Contract Drafting, Pre-Nuptial Agreements, Spouses

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The Ends Justify The Means: Ha v. Northwestern University and Responding to Sexual Harassment Under Title IX

The recent decision in Ha v. Northwestern University, reiterates the leeway educational institutions have under Title IX when crafting a response to claims of sexual harassment. The plaintiff in Ha alleged that in February…more

Colleges, Discipline, Judgment on the Pleadings, Northwestern University, Remedial Actions

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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

Week of January 12 - On January 7, 2015, the Planning & Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association met in Cromwell, CT with special guest Judge Marshall Berger. The main focus of the meeting was Practice Book…more

State and Local Government

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Connecticut’s U.S. Attorney to Focus on Discrimination in Schools

Educational institutions – including public and private schools, colleges, and universities – may have to defend various types of discrimination claims brought by students, and in various arenas. In addition to federal court…more

Attorney Generals, Colleges, Department of Education, Discrimination, DOJ

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CT Law of the Land

Week of January 12 - On January 7, 2015, the Planning & Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association met in Cromwell, CT with special guest Judge Marshall Berger. The main focus of the meeting was Practice Book…more

State and Local Government

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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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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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Board Member Term Limits: Are They Legal?

Some cities and towns in Connecticut limit the terms of office for board of education members and other elected officials. This may come in the form of limiting a board member to two consecutive terms. At least one town in…more

Board of Education, Municipalities, School Districts, Term Limits

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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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CDC Issues Guidance on School Ebola Risk Assessment and Response

Many will recall the recent incident where a Connecticut school district barred a student, who had recently returned from Lagos, Nigeria, from school for twenty-one days due to Ebola concerns. While the propriety of the…more

CDC, Ebola, Interim Guidance, Public Schools, School Districts

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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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Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: January 29 Public Hearing

As we promised previously, we will be keeping you up to date with developments in the General Assembly. The following is an update as to where we stand on labor and employment related legislation…more

Employer Liability Issues, Employer Mandates, Legislative Agendas, Proposed Legislation

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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

Week of January 12 - On January 7, 2015, the Planning & Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association met in Cromwell, CT with special guest Judge Marshall Berger. The main focus of the meeting was Practice Book…more

State and Local Government

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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

Week of January 12 - On January 7, 2015, the Planning & Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association met in Cromwell, CT with special guest Judge Marshall Berger. The main focus of the meeting was Practice Book…more

State and Local Government

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CT Law of the Land

Week of January 12 - On January 7, 2015, the Planning & Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association met in Cromwell, CT with special guest Judge Marshall Berger. The main focus of the meeting was Practice Book…more

State and Local Government

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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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Other U.S. Locations
  • Connecticut
  • New York
Number of Attorneys

50-100 Attorneys

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