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Lawsuits claim Ledyard Boy Scout leader assaulted boys

By Julia Bergman, The Day.  HARTFORD — Two separate lawsuits have been filed in Hartford Superior Court against the Connecticut Rivers Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America and the Boy Scouts of America Corporation on behalf of two victims who allege they were sexually assaulted by former Ledyard Boy Scout leader Joseph J. Dabrow. Dabrow… Read more >


Second Lawsuit Filed In Boy Scout Sex Assault Case

Dave Altimari, Hartford Courant. HARTFORD — A second lawsuit has been filed against a former Boy Scout troop leader, alleging that he sexually assaulted a 9-year-old boy in a house in Ledyard owned by the organization in the 1990s. The lawsuit alleges that Joseph Dabrow sexually assaulted a boy referred to as “James Doe” numerous… Read more >


APNewsBreak: Yale settles lawsuit over slain grad student

By The Associated Press. HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Yale University has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a graduate student killed in a research lab days before her wedding. The settlement amount was listed in probate court documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. In… Read more >


Yale settles wrongful death lawsuit for $3 million

By Luke Ciancarelli, Staff Reporter, Yale Daily News. Yale will pay $3 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Annie Le GRD ’13, a graduate student murdered in a Yale research laboratory in 2009. The settlement amount was listed in a probate court document obtained by the Associated Press last Tuesday.… Read more >


Second family sues Wilton, BOE for alleged sexual exploitation

By Pat Tomlinson, The Hour. WILTON — A second Wilton family has come forward in a lawsuit against the town and its Board of Education with sexual assault allegations against former Wilton preschool paraprofessional Eric Von Kohorn. The family claims that the incident occurred in 2013-14, when their child was attending preschool at the Miller-Driscoll… Read more >


Family Sues Over Preschool Sex Abuse Allegations Involving Southport Man

By Fairfield Daily Voice. WILTON, Conn. — The family of a second preschooler is suing the Town of Wilton and the Wilton Board of Education, charging that their son was sexually exploited by a former paraprofessional at Miller-Driscoll School. The allegations from 2013-14 involve former Wilton preschool paraprofessional Eric Von Kohorn, 56, of Southport, according… Read more >


Floyd Abrams to Debate Hate Speech vs. Free Speech on Campus

By De Castillo (Patch Staff), White Plains Patch. AJC Westchester/Fairfield will hold a debate between noted First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams and AJC General Counsel Marc Stern. From AJC Westchester: AJC Westchester/Fairfield announced that it will be holding a moot court debate between noted First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams and AJC General Counsel Marc Stern.… Read more >


Second family files sexual abuse lawsuit against town and schools

By Wilton Bulletin on November 22, 2016. The town of Wilton and Wilton Board of Education are facing another lawsuit from a second Wilton family, which has alleged that former Wilton preschool paraprofessional Eric Von Kohorn sexually exploited their son in 2013-14. The child was a preschooler when Von Kohorn worked at the Miller-Driscoll School… Read more >


Lawsuit Filed In Boy Scout Sexual Assault Case

By Dave Altimari, Hartford Courant. HARTFORD — A former Boy Scout troop leader who served time in federal prison for sexually assaulting a minor is being sued by a former Boy Scout who alleges he was molested repeatedly by the man in a house owned by the organization. Defendants in the lawsuit, filed recently in… Read more >


Boy Scouts of America Faces Lawsuit in Connecticut Sex Abuse Case

by Ray Hardman, WNPR (October 27, 2016). A Connecticut man is suing the Boy Scouts of America, claiming he was sexually abused by a Boy Scout leader in the 1990s. Starting in the late 1980s, Joseph Dabrow, then a leader of Troop 24 in Ledyard lived in a clubhouse owned by the Boy Scouts of… Read more >


Supreme Court Denies Cert for J. Michael Farren, Former New Canaan Man Convicted of Attempted Murder

By: Michael Dinan (October 25, 2016). The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a cert petition from the former White House attorney who is serving a prison sentence for almost bludgeoning his wife to death with a flashlight at their New Canaan home in January 2010, officials say. An attorney for both Bush administrations, J.… Read more >


Supreme Court Denies Farren Petition

By Rich Scinto, Patch Staff, (October 25, 2016 6:17 pm ET).   NEW CANAAN, CT—The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition from J. Michael Farren to hear an appeal on the $28.6 million civil lawsuit against him by his ex-wife. Farren was convicted of nearly bludgeoning his now ex-wife to death at their New Canaan home. The incident… Read more >


Former White House Counsel Loses Final Appeal in $28.6M Civil Judgment

R. Robin McDonald, The Connecticut Law Tribune (October 25, 2016). Attorneys for the ex-wife of Xerox Corp.’s former general counsel who also served as a deputy White House counsel are now taking steps to collect a $28.6 million judgment against him now that the U.S. Supreme Court has foreclosed his final chance at an appeal.… Read more >


U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert for Farren v. Farren

STAMFORD, CT (October 25, 2016) – The United States Supreme Court has denied the petition for certiorari that challenged the $28.6 million civil verdict against J. Michael Farren, a former White House lawyer who was criminally convicted of nearly beating his ex-wife to death in Farren v. Farren. Farren had argued on appeal that he… Read more >


Archdiocese of Hartford Settles Sexual Abuse Claim Against Priest

WNPR Here & Now By Ray Hardman • Oct 14, 2016 The Archdiocese of Hartford has agreed to settle a 16-year-old sexual abuse claim against one of its priests. According to a press release issued by the plaintiff ‘s lawyers, “John Doe” as he was known in court documents was repeatedly abused, battered, and sexually… Read more >


Hartford Catholic Diocese Settles Another Sexual Abuse Claim

ANDREW DENNEY, The Connecticut Law Tribune, October 14, 2016. The Archdiocese of Hartford settled another claim of sexual abuse against one of its former priests, this time settling for an undisclosed amount with a victim who claimed he was abused as a teenager in his own home. The lawsuit, filed in September 2014, was settled… Read more >


Archdiocese settles sex abuse claim

By Daniel Tepfer, Thursday, October 13, 2016 HARTFORD — The Archdiocese of Hartford has agreed to settle a 17-year-old sexual abuse claim against one of its priests. Stamford lawyers Ernest Teitell and Marco Allocca, who represented the alleged victim, said the settlement was reached following mediation before Superior Court Judge Antonio Robaina. “We settled this… Read more >


Silver Golub & Teitell Settles Sexual Abuse Case with Archdiocese of Hartford

— Court Rejects Archdiocese’s Attempt to Establish Immunity Based on First Amendment — HARTFORD, CT (October 13, 2016) – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford has reached a settlement in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse of a teenage boy by a priest, Rev. Edward Tissera, more than 15 years ago. Plaintiff attorneys Ernie Teitell and… Read more >


Seven Attorneys from Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Recognized in Best Lawyers in America© 2017

— Connecticut Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice & Complex Civil Litigation Lawyers Recognized in Multiple Practice Areas — STAMFORD, CT (October 6, 2016) — Seven attorneys from the Stamford trial law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 (Copyright 2016 by… Read more >


Connecticut hospital sued for reusing insulin pens

Written by Alyssa Rege | September 30, 2016  Nearly 3,150 former patients have filed a class-action lawsuit against Derby, Conn.-based Griffin Hospital, claiming several hospital employees reused the same insulin injection pens on multiple patients, according to the CTPost. The former patients suing the hospital, represented by lawyer Ernest Teitell, claim the incident sparked episodes of… Read more >


Derby’s Griffin Hospital sued for reusing insulin pens

A Stamford lawyer has filed a class-action lawsuit against Griffin Hospital in Derby on behalf of more than 3,100 former patients who may face HIV or other blood-borne diseases as a result of hospital employees using the same insulin injection pens on patient after patient. “More than 3,100 people are now going through emotional distress… Read more >


Thoughts Raised by the Article ‘Hospitalists and the Decline of Comprehensive Care’

September 9, 2016 

According to a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine (“Hospitalists and the Decline of Comprehensive Care,” September 15, 2016), the hospitalist model has provided such benefits as reductions in length of stay, cost of hospitalization and readmission rates – all hospital-defined metrics.  But what is its impact on overall health, total costs… Read more >


Medical Errors Found in Nearly 50% of Surgeries

September 9, 2016 

Over the years, I have written much about the impact of medical errors in medical malpractice cases, and now a new study has found them to be a much larger problem than previously thought — medical errors or unintended drug side effects occur in nearly 50% of surgeries. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston… Read more >


State Supreme Court to Hear Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Marlboro

Christian Nolan, The Connecticut Law Tribune (September 12, 2016) A Connecticut lawsuit against Marlboro that alleges the cigarette maker caused a woman’s lung cancer and death will go before the state Supreme Court justices Tuesday in an effort to clarify the law under the state’s Product Liability Act. The case is being closely watched as eight… Read more >


Mining for Gold in Medical Malpractice Data

August 8, 2016 

Healthcare professionals and insurers have started mining recent medical malpractice lawsuits in order to learn how to make fewer mistakes and improve the quality of care. They are looking at tried, settled and dismissed lawsuits to find out the reasons that doctors are sued and are then sharing these findings with doctors and hospitals in… Read more >


Former White House attorney convicted of attempted murder wants to delay settlement payments

STAMFORD — A former White House attorney who nearly bludgeoned his wife to death with a flashlight wants to delay paying her a $30 million settlement. The attorney for Michael J. Farren asked Superior Court Judge Robert Genuario in Stamford on Monday to stop Mary Margaret Farren from collecting on a $28.6 million civil settlement… Read more >


Why Can’t Modern Medicine Perform as well as the Airline Industry?

June 6, 2016 

The airline industry is considered to be second to none in safety.  Airplanes are designed and built to fly safely and efficiently.  Pilots are focused solely on flying their planes.  Crew members and ground support are dedicated to ensuring the safety of the planes both in the air and on the ground. Compare this to… Read more >


Plaskon Sentenced To 25 Years In Prom Day Slaying

MILFORD — The mother of Maren Sanchez recalled in a crowded, hushed courtroom Monday how she raced to the hospital on the morning of April 25, 2014, moments after learning her daughter had been stabbed at school on the day of the junior prom. “I stared in disbelief and shook my head and repeated over… Read more >


Lawsuit Filed against Town of Greenwich for Negligence

GREENWICH — Peter M. Dreyer, a partner of the Stamford law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Todd Collins and his family against the Town of Greenwich. According to the lawsuit, on September 4, 2015, Mr. Collins was exiting his van in front of a residence on… Read more >


Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Files Lawsuit Against Town of Greenwich for Negligence After Large Tree Falls on Contractor, Resulting in Traumatic Brain Damage

STAMFORD, CT (May 3, 2016) – Peter M. Dreyer, a partner at the Stamford law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Todd Collins and his family against the Town of Greenwich. According to the lawsuit, on September 4, 2015, Mr. Collins was exiting his van in front of a… Read more >


Update: Conn. Court’s Tobacco Lawsuit Ruling Could Impact Other Products Liability Cases

Christian Nolan, The Connecticut Law Tribune — A Norwich woman who developed cancer after years of smoking Salem cigarettes is one step closer to collecting a $28 million judgment against tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds. The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that lawsuits against cigarette manufacturers aren’t prohibited by an exemption in Connecticut’s tort liability law.… Read more >


2nd annual ‘Peace, Love & Music from Maren’ honors slain Milford student

MILFORD >> The community Saturday will for a second year celebrate the life of Maren Sanchez, a popular junior at Jonathan Law High School who was slain in school by another student two years ago on prom day. Money raised through the “Peace, Love & Music from Maren,” event — to be held at Law… Read more >


Court: Law Doesn’t Bar Suits Against Cigarette Manufacturers

HARTFORD, Conn. — Cigarette manufacturers aren’t immune to lawsuits by smokers who get sick, the state’s highest court ruled Monday in a decision that bolsters the case of a smoker who was stricken with laryngeal cancer and won a $28 million judgment against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Justices said an exemption in liability law doesn’t… Read more >


Conn. Court Says State Law Doesn’t Bar Smokers’ Lawsuits Against Tobacco Companies

Christian Nolan, The Connecticut Law Tribune — A woman who developed cancer after years of smoking Salem cigarettes is one step closer to collecting a $28 million judgment against tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds. The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on April 25 that lawsuits against cigarette manufacturers aren’t prohibited by an exemption in Connecticut’s tort liability… Read more >


The Numbers Add Up: Various Components of Potential Damage Award in Childhood Sexual Abuse Cases Can Reach Significant Totals

April 4, 2016 

The scope and nature of damages in childhood sexual abuse cases brought against institutional and other defendants is broader than one might expect. Some of the damages caused by childhood sexual abuse have long been recognize — horrific physical violation and a lifetime of feelings of terrible shame, guilt and secrecy that can permeate every… Read more >


Proving Institutional Liability for Childhood Sexual Abuse Requires Careful Choice of Legal Theory

April 4, 2016 

The recent spate of sexual abuse cases lodged against educational and youth-centered organizations, such as boarding or preparatory schools, YMCAs and the Boy Scouts of America, raises issues regarding which theory of negligence will prove most effective at trial. A common mistake made by many plaintiffs’ attorneys is to seek to hold the parent organization… Read more >


Proud To Be a Lead Sponsor of ‘Cookin’ For A Cause’ To Benefit House of Heroes Connecticut

TICKETS ON SALE NOW “Cookin’ For A Cause” To Benefit House of Heroes Connecticut Sponsored by CTLA’s Women’s Caucus Founded in 2000 in Columbus, GA, House of Heroes, Inc. has provided no-cost home repair services to more than 500 military and public service veterans and their families. Teams of volunteers spend one day performing veteran home… Read more >


Individual Voir Dire = Justice

March 3, 2016 

Individual voir dire is an important Constitutional and statutory right in Connecticut which provides the litigants an opportunity to discover a potential juror’s bias and prejudices.  The fundamental purpose of voir dire is not to select appropriate jurors, but rather to eliminate potential jurors who have strong bias and prejudices that will be harmful to… Read more >


Boy Scouts Gear Up for Conn. Supreme Court Battle in Challenge to $12 Million Sex Abuse Verdict

A Connecticut Boy Scout who claimed he was sexually abused by his troop leader in the mid-1970s was awarded $12 million after a trial in late 2014. The verdict is believed to be the largest compensatory damages award against the Boy Scouts of America and the first Boy Scout sex abuse case to go to… Read more >


Lawsuit Claims Maren Sanchez Warned School That Plaskon Was Dangerous

MILFORD – Slain Jonathan Law High School student Maren Sanchez warned a school official that fellow student Christopher Plaskon was potentially a danger to himself and others months before she was stabbed to death by him in a hallway of her school two years ago, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Superior Court. The… Read more >


Mother of teen murdered on prom day sues city of Milford, school, killer

MILFORD – The mother of teenager stabbed to death at her high school is suing the city of Milford, claiming her daughter warned school administrators that her accused killer, Christopher Plaskon, was dangerous. The lawsuit was filed in Milford Superior Court on Tuesday by Donna Cimarelli-Sanchez, mother of Maren Sanchez, against the city of Milford,… Read more >


Maren Sanchez family files lawsuit against school board and Plaskon’s parents

The estate of Maren Sanchez, the 16-year-old high school student who was murdered in the halls of Jonathan Law High School last April by a fellow student, has brought a lawsuit against the city of Milford Board of Education and the city of Milford as well as against Christopher Plaskon and his parents, David and… Read more >


Winning the Defective Premises Case

March 3, 2016 

By Angelo A. Ziotas Like most personal injury cases, premises liability cases arise from circumstances in which someone responsible for the safety of another fails to take care for that other person when he or she should have. Unlike other personal injury cases, however, the responsibility of the person owning or controlling the property, whether… Read more >


Office-based Solo Practitioners Face Majority of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

March 3, 2016 

By Richard A. Silver, Co-chair, Medical Malpractice Committee, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs Office-based solo practitioners face the majority of medical malpractice lawsuits, according to a recent survey of nearly 4,000 primary care physicians and selected specialists conducted by Medscape and contained in the… Read more >


SGT Partner Slager Co-Chairs Upcoming CTLA Seminar: Lessons from the Doctors

March 3, 2016 

How to Identify & Prove Head Injuries, Emotional Distress & Chronic Pain Through Expert Testimony Speakers   Paul A. Slager, Esq. (Co-Chair) Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Anastasios T. Savvaides, Esq. (Co-Chair) Tooher Wocl & Leydon, LLC Vincent Carlesi, MD Pain Management Associates of CT, PC Jeffrey Deitz, MD Fairfield County Psychiatry Robert P. Tepley,… Read more >


Medication Errors Found in Almost Half of All Surgeries

February 2, 2016 

By Richard A. Silver, Co-chair, Medical Malpractice Committee, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs In the first study that measured medication errors and adverse drug events during the perioperative period, nearly half of the operations included at least one medication error or adverse drug event,… Read more >


Misdiagnosed Tumor Near Brain Leads to $1.2 Million Verdict

Erin Kramer v. Dr. Samuel Markind and Associated Neurologists: A misdiagnosed tumor that allegedly caused a woman to have surgery that could have otherwise been avoided has resulted in a $1.2 million verdict in a medical malpractice case on the Waterbury complex litigation docket. Some of the defendants settled after jury selection. Those who went… Read more >


Only 1% of Doctors Incur Largest Share of Medical Malpractice Payments

February 2, 2016 

By Richard A. Silver, Co-chair, Medical Malpractice Committee, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs Only 1% of U.S. doctors are responsible for the largest share of paid medical malpractice claims – some 32%, according to a Stanford University study that was recently published in The… Read more >


Mom uses own experience to weigh in on concussion bill

February 2, 2016 

NORWALK, CT (WFSB) – Lawmakers are debating a concussion bill that was created to help make children safer and parents smarter. When Katharine Snedaker watches children take part in athletic activities, she said she sometimes thinks about her son who suffered a head injury during recess. “He was out of school for three and a… Read more >


Arguing Damages and Maximizing the Verdict

February 2, 2016 

There is little disagreement among attorneys that arguing damages is one of the most sensitive and delicate elements of the entire trial process. However, to maximize the damages of a case based on solid evidence and supporting testimony, there are a number of ways both in preparing for trial and during trial to reach that… Read more >


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