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Firm Profile: Pullman & Comley, LLC
850 Main Street
P.O. Box 7006
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06601-7006, United States
Phone: 203-330-2000
Fax: 203-576-8888
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  • Connecticut
  • New York
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

The elements of Title IX liability in Feminist Majority Foundation V. University of Mary Washington and K.T.V. Culver-Stockton College

Two recent federal court cases delineate the requisite elements of a Title IX deliberate indifference claim brought by students against educational entities. In Feminist Majority Foundation v. University of Mary Washington, the…more
 /  Civil Rights, Education

Limiting Title IX Liability in DOE V. The Citadel

A decision issued by the Court of Appeals of South Carolina underscores the limitations of college and university liability under Title IX. In John Doe v. The Citadel, the court declined to extend standing to sue under Title IX…more
 /  Civil Rights, Education

Endrew F. In The Second Circuit – How Is The Court Applying The New Standard

Following the United States Supreme Court’s decision of earlier this year in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, have typically remanded special education…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Education

An early Halloween trick for Connecticut's public-sector labor unions: Will Janus V. AFSCME, Co. 31 be the end of the agency shop?

Did Halloween come early this year? Well it just may have for Connecticut’s public-sector unions. On September 28th, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

How does Last Best Offer Interest Arbitration Work When The State Has Not Adopted Its Budget?

According to the State Department of Education, approximately 100 Connecticut school districts are scheduled to engage in negotiations with teacher and/or administrator bargaining units by the end of December, 2017. As those of…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts, Education, Finance & Banking

Unnecessary Roughness: Coaches, Concussions And The Constitution In Mann V. Palmerton Area School District

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit may have coaches checking with their lawyer before deciding whether to allow an injured player to go back into a game or practice. In an alarming…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Education, Personal Injury

Doe v. Brown University: Non-Students and the Limits of Title IX Liability

In a case that raises a number of interesting questions, a federal judge in Rhode Island recently held that a student at one school could not bring a Title IX action against another school following her sexual assault by some of…more
 /  Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Education

Bad Idea: Attorney’s Fees And The High Cost Of Ignoring Stay Put In M.R. & J.R. V. Ridley School District

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit calls to mind an automobile repair chain’s erstwhile slogan: “Pay me now, or pay me later,” although in this case, the more applicable variation would…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Education

State Department of Education provides proposed final draft of guidelines for expulsions and alternative education (part 2)

“And thirdly, the code is more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules …” Captain Barbosa in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl On September 5, 2017, the State Board of Education’s Legislative and…more
 /  Education

And who is going to pay for it? The State’s new draft guidelines for educating expelled students

In 2016, Connecticut’s General Assembly passed Public Act 16-147: AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE POLICY AND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. This Act made several changes to school discipline laws which were…more
 /  Education

Clear and Convincing: DOE v. Jackson, Devos, and the future of campus sexual misconduct investigations

On September 7, 2017, Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education, announced that the United States Department of Education intended to revisit the “Dear Colleague” letter that the Department’s Office for Civil Rights, or “OCR,”…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Education

High School Football Coach Does Not Have The Right To Pray On The 50 Yard Line After The Game – Lessons From The Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals

Does a school district violate the First Amendment when it prohibits a football coach from kneeling on the fifty yard line and praying with students and members of the public at the end of each high school football game? The…more
 /  Constitutional Law, Education

Doggone: False Statements and Free Speech in Clemmons v. Guilford Technical Community College

Sometimes, the motivation for chronicling a court decision is not because it is particularly groundbreaking; rather, it can simply be a confluence of peculiar facts and a reiteration of relevant legal principles. That is…more
 /  Constitutional Law, Education

Liability for field trips: Munn v. Hotchkiss and ticks, Costa v. Plainville and basketball, and are there really any new obligations for public schools?

Last Friday (August 11, 2017), the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a decision garnering significant press attention in which it ruled that 1) Connecticut public policy imposes a duty upon schools to warn or protect against the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Education, Products Liability

When Can Schools Ban a Parent or a Third Party from School Property and School Events?

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently addressed the issue of whether a school district can ban a parent from school property during the school day and/or during on-site sporting events based on the parent’s prior conduct…more
 /  Civil Rights, Education
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