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Conn. judge rejects opioid claims, says allowing them would lead to 'junk justice'

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 14, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - A Connecticut judge has dismissed lawsuits by four cities against the opioid industry, saying there is no logical way for the plaintiffs to calculate damages or distribute any money they might win in the litigation.

Connecticut Supreme Court rules appellate court incorrectly ruled on sovereign immunity in black ice case

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 3, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – A decision in the case of an accident allegedly caused by an untreated icy bridge in New London, Connecticut was partially reversed by the state's high court.

Sandy Hook shooter's journals to be released, per Conn. SC ruling

By Karen Kidd | Nov 14, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – Connecticut will not appeal the state's Supreme Court's recent unanimous decision that journals and other documents belonging to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza should be released to the public.

Connecticut Supreme Court rules family in wrongful death suit was improperly denied discovery

By Charmaine Little | Oct 3, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The Connecticut Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s judgment and determined the family of a woman who died after allegedly not being notified about her medical condition should get more discovery options in their lawsuit against Radiologic Associates of Middletown PC on Sept. 25.

Connecticut Supreme Court sides with widow in Workers' Comp case over husband's alleged asbestos-related death

By Charmaine Little | Oct 3, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – On Sept. 18, the Connecticut Supreme Court affirmed a Compensation Review Board’s decision that would award a widow with workers’ compensation benefits after it was determined her husband’s passing from lung cancer was work-related.

Connecticut Supreme Court upholds $12 million ruling in medical malpractice suit

By Chandra Lye | Aug 21, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned part of an Appellate Court decision in a $12 million medical malpractice case.

Conn. SC takes on confusion in Workers' Comp issue

By Sandra Lane | Aug 13, 2018

A law passed by the state legislature invoking a moratorium on filing for additional benefits by both employee and employer had caused some confusion.

Conn. SC: Firefighter’s rule does not extend to cases alleging ordinary negligence

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 6, 2017

According to the state Supreme Court, the common-law firefighter’s rule provides, in general terms, that a firefighter or police officer who enters private property in the exercise of his or her duties generally cannot bring a civil action against the property owner for injuries sustained as the result of a defect in the premises.

Conn. SC barring fluctuating workweek method for retail workers won't 'change much'

By Kacie Whaley | Sep 26, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – Although the Connecticut Supreme Court has stated in a recent opinion that the fluctuating workweek method cannot be used for retail employees, one attorney says the outcome of the case may not be as significant as some may think.

Conn. SC: Private school had duty to warn, protect against insect-borne disease on study abroad trip

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 25, 2017

The state Supreme Court, in a request for guidance by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, also upheld a damages award of $41.5 million to the family of a private school student who contracted tick-borne encephalitis on a school-sponsored trip to China.

Connecticut trial pits trespasser against taxpayer-owned railroad

By Daniel Fisher | Aug 16, 2017

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The facts in Colon v. Metro-North Commuter Railroad are as clear as a jolt from a high-tension power line: Plaintiff Omar Milton Colon trespassed on a railroad right-of-way and illegally climbed high on an electrical pole, where he suffered a shock that left him badly burned and with the loss of both legs below the knees.

Contempt motion not appropriate after non-payment, Conn. SC rules

By Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | May 2, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – A decision denying a Connecticut hospital’s motion for contempt of court for non-payment was recently affirmed by the state's high court recently.

Connecticut Supreme Court upholds lower court's ruling in malpractice suit, clarifies doctrine

By Pam Wright | Apr 24, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The Connecticut Supreme Court on April 11 affirmed a lower appellate court’s ruling that a patient’s amended claim that a doctor botched a spinal surgery through improper use of a surgical instrument related back to a previous claim alleging negligent use of a different instrument.

Connecticut high court gives mixed ruling in common law duty of loyalty case

By Melissa Busch | Apr 11, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The Connecticut Supreme Court recently upheld in part and reversed in part the judgment of a trial court in a lawsuit that involved an employee secretly working for a competitor of his employer.

Judge orders Connecticut to revamp school funding

By Tara Mapes | Sep 14, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn (Legal Newsline) -- In a decision that could result in the restructuring of the public education system in Connecticut and have a ripple effect in educational lawsuits across the nation, a judge has ordered the state to completely revamp its educational system.

Conn. decision reinstating employee not a 'free pass' to smoke pot on the job

By Katelyn Kivel | Sep 9, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – Firing a pot-smoking employee is not as cut-and-dry as it may seem, at least in Connecticut.

Conn. court rules against volunteer's discrimination lawsuit

By Noell Wolfgram Evans | Aug 17, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) –  The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that there is a clear delineation between an employee and a volunteer in an organization, drawing the line between who can claim discrimination.

Conn. SC affirming higher fees for MERS documents 'somewhat a surprise'

By Jacob Bielanski | Apr 20, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Despite claims that it violated equal protection and commerce laws, a Connecticut law passed in 2013 that tripled fees for filing a mortgage has been upheld by the state’s highest court.

Conn. SC rules against man who got drunk and fell in bonfire

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 10, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled against a man who claimed multiple people allowed him to get intoxicated and fall into a bonfire when he was 20 years old.

Conn. SC sides with state in case against computer equipment supplier

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 27, 2013

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) -- The Connecticut Supreme Court this week reversed an $18.3 million judgment against the state in a lawsuit filed against a computer equipment supply company.

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