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Court denies dismissal request by A.V.M. Enterprises in TCPA fax case; No business relationship existed, judge rules

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut denied a dismissal request submitted on Feb. 2 by Tennessee corporation A.V.M. Enterprises Inc. in a lawsuit brought by Gorss Motels Inc., a Connecticut company, over allegations A.V.M. sent unsolicited advertisements to the motel business between June 2015 and May 2016.

Legion of Christ files motion to dismiss sexual abuse suit filed by California man

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The Legion of Christ Inc., a Roman Catholic religious order, has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a former student of an apostolic school who alleged he was sexually abused.

Connecticut: Behavioral health center to pay nearly $900,000 after alleged violations

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced Dec. 8 that APT Foundation Inc. (APT), a behavioral health and substance use disorder services provider, and its chief executive officer Lynn Madden, will pay $883,859 after allegations of submitting improper claims for payment to the state’s Medicaid Program.

Lawyer, accused of recording off-the-record statements during wrongful death suit, facing $60K in sanctions

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The Connecticut Appellate Court denied a lawyer’s attempt to have financial sanctions imposed against her dropped under theories of res judicata and collateral estoppel.

Connecticut appellate court sides with law firm in battle over legal fees

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The Connecticut Appellate Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling in favor of Monroe-based law firm Beck & Beck LLC that had filed a lawsuit against James T. Costello to recover unpaid legal fees.

Florida man alleges Hydro Mousse lawn seeder did not grow grass

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – A Florida consumer alleges that a brand of liquid lawn seeder does not perform as advertised.

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

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.

Bottled water company, citing letter from state drinking water program, seeks to dismiss proposed class action

Defendant Nestle Waters North America Inc., based in Stamford, Conn., filed its motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut Oct. 6.

Connecticut targets behavioral health specialist for alleged massive Medicaid fraud scam

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced a False Claims Act lawsuit Oct. 11 against Waterbury behavioral health provider Elijah Caldwell.

New rules regarding contraception coverage are unconstitutional, Medical Students for Choice claims

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A group and individuals are challenging the federal government's new rules regarding contraception coverage on the grounds the rules are constitutional.

Connecticut targets dentist who allegedly defrauded Medicaid out of $900,000

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced a lawsuit Sept. 21 against a Fairfield dentist over allegations of defrauding the state's Medicaid program.

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

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.

Newspaper, Snapchat sued for allegedly taking, using photos without consent

Filed in a Connecticut federal court last week, the lawsuit alleges the photos, taken while the plaintiff was on Miami Beach for spring break, suggest she used drugs and engaged in sexual acts. The plaintiff, a Connecticut college student, contends she never consented to the pictures, which were used in a series of articles about spring break on the defendants’ websites.

Connecticut settles with Hartford Dispensary for $627,000 after alleged False Claims Act violations

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced Sept. 7 that the Hartford Dispensary will pay $627,000 after allegations of violating the False Claims Act by falsely certifying to federal and state officials that it had a current medical director.

Proposed class action accuses bottled water company of ‘deceptive business strategy’

A group of plaintiffs filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut last month, accusing Nestle Waters North America Inc. of bottling “common groundwater.”

Will Jerry Brown tilt California Supreme Court against business?

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - At the end of this month, California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Werdegar is scheduled to retire, giving Gov. Jerry Brown the opportunity to appoint his fourth justice to the highest court in the nation’s most populous state, ending a Republican majority and sealing his influence over the court for decades.

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

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 settles with Palmco Power over allegations of deceiving consumers

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz announced Aug. 17 that electric supply company Palmco Power CT LLC will pay $5 million to the state of Connecticut after allegations of deceiving consumers about the company’s rates.

Connecticut trial pits trespasser against taxpayer-owned railroad

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.

Ocean State Job Lot alleged to have falsely advertised 'gray market' batteries

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – A New York consumer alleges that batteries he purchased at a discount store are not meant for the American market and advertising claims of the batteries' life are false and misleading.