• December 01, 2023

    Justices Call O'Connor 'American Hero,' 'Perfect Trailblazer'

    Following news of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's death at the age of 93, current and former high court justices paid public homage to her trailblazing career, devotion to the rule of law and illuminating charisma.

  • December 01, 2023

    Conn. Church's Vax Law Challenge Tossed By District Judge

    A Connecticut federal judge dismissed Friday a church's challenge to the state's mandatory vaccination regimen for school students, disagreeing with the church's argument that the state's rollback of a religious exemption forces parishioners to inject "cell lines artificially developed from murdered unborn babies."

  • December 01, 2023

    Former Clerks Say Justice O'Connor Still Worth Emulating

    BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.

  • December 01, 2023

    Assa Abloy Loses PTAB Challenge To Biometric Patent

    No claims in a biometric security patent challenged by Swedish manufacturing company Assa Abloy AB were unpatentable as obvious, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has ruled.

  • December 01, 2023

    Up Next At High Court: Purdue Pharma, Taxes & Job Transfers

    The U.S. Supreme Court returns Monday for the last argument session of the calendar year to consider whether bankruptcy courts have the authority to sign off on third-party liability releases in Chapter 11 plans, whether Congress can tax unrealized foreign gains, and which standard should be used to determine the viability of employment discrimination claims.

  • December 01, 2023

    Defense Co. Refused To Retract Resignation, Worker Says

    Aerospace and defense contractor Collins Aerospace interfered with a worker's state and federal right to take medical leave, the employee alleged, by refusing to allow her to revoke her resignation in lieu of a period of short-term disability leave.

  • December 01, 2023

    Kwok Ch. 11 Trustee Seeks To Sell Yacht For $375K

    The Chapter 11 trustee overseeing the bankruptcy case of Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok has asked a Connecticut bankruptcy judge for permission to complete a private sale of a yacht, the Lady May II, that the trustee has long argued is connected to Kwok.

  • December 01, 2023

    Naturalized Citizen Lied About Torture In Bosnia War, Feds Say

    A naturalized U.S. citizen from what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina has been charged with "repeatedly" lying to immigration officials about past human rights abuses, including participation in the torture of Serb prisoners during the Bosnian War.

  • December 01, 2023

    Conn. RE Broker Can Challenge Brown Jacobson's City Role

    A trial judge incorrectly threw out a pro se plaintiff's challenge to the appointment of the law firm Brown Jacobson PC as corporation counsel for the city of Norwich, a panel of the Connecticut Appellate Court ruled Friday in one of two victories for the same self-represented real estate broker.

  • December 01, 2023

    4 Decisions For Which Justice O'Connor Will Be Remembered

    Many of the hotly divided cases at the U.S. Supreme Court came down to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a central force on the bench whose savviness at striking compromises and taking a pragmatic approach to resolve disputes is on full display in four opinions.

  • December 01, 2023

    Jackson Lewis' Employment Probe Was Proper, 2nd Circ. Says

    A Second Circuit panel on Friday declined to resuscitate a Connecticut doctor's defamation lawsuit against Jackson Lewis PC, upholding a trial judge's ruling that the firm could not be sued for forwarding a sexual assault and harassment investigation commissioned by a hospital to employees who needed to review it.

  • December 01, 2023

    NFL Says Flores Can't Ask 2nd Circ. To Undo Arbitration Move

    The National Football League has urged the Second Circuit to dismiss an appeal of a lower court's decision to compel arbitration by former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and others for portions of their racial discrimination suit, arguing they have no right to such an appeal under federal arbitration law.

  • December 01, 2023

    Insurer Gets COVID-19 Test Reimbursement Suit Tossed

    A Connecticut federal court tossed a medical practice chain's suit claiming that a third-party health plan administrator failed to properly reimburse its COVID-19 testing costs, finding that the chain does not have a private right of action under federal coronavirus legislation or the Affordable Care Act.

  • December 01, 2023

    Justice O'Connor Shattered Barriers, Built Bridges

    A Southwestern cowgirl who will always be known as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor inspired those around her with an indomitable work ethic, a deep affection for public service and an innate ability to drive consensus among her colleagues.

  • December 01, 2023

    Insurer Urges 2nd Circ. To Shun COVID Coverage Appeal

    Factory Mutual Insurance Co. urged the Second Circuit not to revive an electronics components manufacturer's more than $100 million COVID-19 coverage suit, claiming that the court has already rejected the company's arguments in other cases.

  • December 01, 2023

    SPAC Eyeing AirAsia Parent Merger Risks Nasdaq Delisting

    Special-purpose acquisition company Aetherium Acquisition Corp. is at risk of having its securities delisted from the Nasdaq following multiple bouts of noncompliance with listing rules, according to an announcement Friday — just a month after the SPAC announced plans to merge with and take public Malaysian airline AirAsia's parent company.

  • December 01, 2023

    Sandra Day O'Connor, First Woman On Supreme Court, Dies

    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court's first female member, died Friday at 93, according to the court. Justice O'Connor's position at the ideological center of the court gave her outsized influence in controversial cases during her 25-year tenure.

  • November 30, 2023

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive Nuveen's Shareholder Voting Limits

    The Second Circuit on Thursday upheld a district court ruling that determined trustees for Nuveen's closed-end mutual funds violated activist investor Saba Capital's voting rights by enacting bylaws restricting voting power once an investor's stake exceeds a certain threshold.

  • November 30, 2023

    NJ Hospitals Accuse Cigna Of Underpaying Bills By $114M

    A New Jersey hospital network is accusing Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company of shorting it more than $114 million by underpaying bills for out-of-network care.

  • November 30, 2023

    2nd Circ. Axes MetLife's Bid For Quick Appeal Of ERISA Class

    The Second Circuit turned away Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.'s push to immediately challenge a decision certifying a class of 1,800 workers who said faulty mortality estimates caused them to get shortchanged on retirement benefits.

  • November 30, 2023

    Firm Wants To Stop Repping Lawyer In Conn. Defamation Suit

    The firm representing a Connecticut attorney who sued an acquaintance for allegedly commissioning, paying for and disseminating a phony background report accusing the lawyer of criminal behavior now wants out of the suit, asking a state court judge to allow it to withdraw as counsel, citing an "irretrievably broken" attorney-client relationship.

  • November 30, 2023

    Pratt & Whitney Fights Document Demand In $30M Airline Row

    Calling the demands "irrelevant" and "unduly burdensome," RTX Corp.'s Pratt & Whitney division has opposed Connecticut-based requests for internal sales calculations in an underlying $30 million Illinois feud between competing airline maintenance provider Jet Support Services Inc. and Sun-Air of Scandinavia AS, a Danish affiliate of British Airways.

  • November 30, 2023

    Senate Panel Advances 5 Judicial Nominees In Tense Meeting

    The Senate Judiciary Committee voted out five judicial nominees along party lines during a contentious meeting Thursday.

  • November 29, 2023

    Conn. Financial Adviser's New Firm Stole Clients, Suit Says

    A Connecticut-based financial adviser surreptitiously resigned from Wealth Enhancement Group LLC to take a job with another firm and worked to siphon off nearly 30 clients at his new employer's direction, according to a lawsuit in Connecticut state court.

  • November 29, 2023

    Insurer Aims To Fight $2M Injury Coverage Suit In Fed. Court

    A Hartford unit removed to New York federal court Wednesday its dispute with an AmTrust Financial unit over which insurer must be primarily on the hook for defending a construction worker's $2 million injury action, arguing that the court retains diversity jurisdiction.

Expert Analysis

  • 2nd Circ. Defamation Ruling May Chill NY Title IX Reports

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    The Second Circuit’s recent decision, holding accusers in Connecticut Title IX sexual misconduct cases are not immune to defamation claims, means that New York higher education institutions should reassess whether their disciplinary hearing procedures both protect due process and encourage victim and witness participation, says Nicole Donatich at Cullen and Dykman.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Title IX Grievance Rules Raise Due Process Questions

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    The U.S. Department of Education’s proposed Title IX regulations for campus disciplinary proceedings would ease the administrative burden on institutions, but raise fairness and due process questions that will likely lead to follow-on litigation, say Markus Funk and Christopher Wilkinson at Perkins Coie.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

    Excerpt from Practical Guidance
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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • How Legal Teams Can Prep For Life Sciences' Tech Revolution

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    The life sciences and health care industries are uniquely positioned to take advantage of new efficiencies created by cloud computing and generative artificial intelligence, but the sensitivity of their data also demands careful navigation of an expanding legislative and regulatory landscape, say Kristi Gedid, Zack Laplante and Lisa LaMotta at Ernst & Young.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • Employer Takeaways From 2nd Circ. Equal Pay Ruling

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    The Second Circuit 's recent decision in Eisenhauer v. Culinary Institute of America reversed a long-held understanding of the Equal Pay Act, ultimately making it easier for employers to defend against equal pay claims brought under federal law, but it is not a clear escape hatch for employers, say Thelma Akpan and Katelyn McCombs at Littler.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Opinion

    Civil Litigation Against Gun Businesses Can Reduce Violence

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    With mass shootings skyrocketing, and gun control legislation blocked by powerful interest groups, civil litigation can help obtain justice for victims by targeting parties responsible beyond the immediate perpetrator — including gun manufacturers, dealers and retailers, says Tom D'Amore at D'Amore Law Group.

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