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Firm Profile: Robinson & Cole LLP
280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103-3597, United States
Phone: (860) 275-8200
Fax: (860) 275-8299
Areas of Practice
  • Environmental Law
  • Labor & Employment Law
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100+ Attorneys

The False Claims Act: Why It Is Relevant To All Manufacturers

The False Claims Act (FCA) is a major civil enforcement tool used by the federal government to redress fraud causing monetary loss to the government. In the 2016 fiscal year, the federal government recovered over $4.7 billion…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting

The DOL Seeks to Change the Tide

While local state and city governments have been working to expand the scope of workplace protections, the Federal government has begun “undoing” some of the aggressive advancements of the Obama Administration…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Franchise Law

Superfund Changes Afoot

Since taking over as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt has made it clear that he intends to focus on—and overhaul—the Superfund program. Calling the program “at the center of the Agency’s core mission”, Pruitt has put in place a…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Interesting Update: “Manufacturing” Law: Courts Join the States to Fill the Void

In a May 16 Blog Post, I reviewed several cases dealing with the question of whether Title VII’s ban on discrimination “because of . . . sex” included a ban on discrimination “because of sexual preferences.” I summarized three…more
 /  Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Patent Litigation Development for Manufacturers: U.S. Supreme Court Limits where Corporations can be Sued for Patent Infringement

The United States Supreme Court just limited where corporations can be sued for patent infringement in a case called TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341 (U.S. May 22, 2017). Manufacturers sued for…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

“Manufacturing” Law: Courts Also Move to Fill the Void

Last month, I wrote that in the absence of significant Congressional action on the labor and employment front, states and cities are increasingly willing to take steps to improve employment protections. Some courts appear…more
 /  Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

“Take-Home Toxins” Expand Duty of Care Imposed on Employers

A federal district court in Pennsylvania recently found that Accuratus Corporation (“Accuratus”), a ceramics manufacturer and supplier, could be liable under New Jersey law for chemical exposure injuries to the girlfriend and…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Toxic Torts

States (and Cities) Rush In Where Congress Fears to Tread

Some manufacturers may interpret the “Epic Fail” of Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act as a sign of stability in the labor and employment landscape. After all, one thing which the new Administration and Congressional…more
 /  Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

A Contract Provision Often Overlooked By Manufacturers

Most manufacturers scrutinize indemnification clauses in contracts to determine what liability they make be taking on if something goes wrong in a transaction or sale. A typical indemnification clause will also provide that the…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts

Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2016

Every year, OSHA releases a list of the 10 most frequently cited violations, which, for 2016, were accumulated by reviewing the nearly 32,000 workplace inspections conducted by OSHA staff. The list for 2016 looks a whole lot…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Keurig Settlement An Expensive Reminder About Product Defect Reporting Obligations

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced a $5.8 million agreement with Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. settling claims that Keurig failed to report a product defect that posed an unreasonable…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Products Liability

Surpassing Even My Expectations, Predictions Come True

Last month, in my “Manufacturing Law Predictions for 2017: Labor and Employment” posting, I wrote: “Expect at least some high-profile workplace ‘raids’ to round up undocumented workers and substantial fines on the employers…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Lawsuit Proceeds Against Monsanto for Manufacture of PCBs

Last year, we told you about a lawsuit brought by three California cities against Monsanto Company, alleging that Monsanto is liable for PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) contamination in San Francisco Bay. The cities—San Jose,…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

What Will 2017 Bring For Manufacturers: Environmental, Health & Safety Edition

This post is the last in our three-part series about what manufacturers can expect in 2017. In my humble opinion, we saved the best for last – Environmental, Health & Safety. Citizen Science - With increasing awareness…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law

Manufacturing Law Predictions for 2017:  Labor and Employment

As has been our tradition, January is the time to predict the big developments in the coming year which will impact on manufacturers. Notwithstanding my “Lawyer’s Shrug,” here is my take on 2017…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law
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