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Secrecy clouds efforts to track newborn blood tests

Darien, Conn. — For the first 99 days of his life, no one knew why little Peter O’Connor was so sick. He wasn’t growing. His eyes wouldn’t track. His skin was cold. Doctors should have known within his first week of life that the baby didn’t have a functioning thyroid gland, which produces hormones crucial… Read more >

Jury Awards $28.6 Million in Damages to Wife for Brutal Beating by Washington Power-Player Husband

After five and a half days of hearing from multiple witnesses and viewing dramatic photos and videos, a Stamford, Conn., jury of six awarded Mary Margaret Farren $28.6 million. Farren filed a civil suit against her ex-husband, John Michael Farren — a deputy White House counsel under George W. Bush — seeking damages in the… Read more >

Former White House attorney for George W. Bush ordered to pay $28MILLION to wife he ‘tried to beat to death with a flashlight when she handed him divorce papers’

On Tuesday a jury in Connecticut awarded the ex-wife of former Bush White House deputy counsel John Michael Farren, $28 million in damages after she was allegedly beaten by him with a metal flashlight in their New Canaan mansion in January 2010. The huge sum was handed out in a civil assault lawsuit brought by… Read more >

Ex-Skadden Lawyer Wins $28.6 Million From Her Ex-Husband (A Former GC And White House Lawyer)

Lawyers John Michael Farren and Mary Margaret Farren were once a storybook couple. If Above the Law had been around in the nineties, they might have made the pages of Legal Eagle Wedding Watch. Mary Farren practiced energy law at the high-powered firm of Skadden Arps, where she attained the rank of counsel, and John… Read more >

Accused Ex-White House Attorney Was No-Show At Civil Trial

On the eve of when evidence in the civil trial was to begin Dec. 9, Farren sent an email to the Stamford Superior Court. He said simply that he was in Hartford Hospital seeking medical treatment. When Bush administration lawyer John Michael Farren appeared in court to defend himself against a civil lawsuit over claims… Read more >

Jury Awards $28.6 Million to Ex-Wife in Beating by Former Bush Aide

STAMFORD, Conn. — The ex-wife of a former White House lawyer was awarded $28.6 million in damages this week by a Connecticut jury who found him liable for beating her nearly to death in 2010. The verdict on Tuesday came in Mary Margaret Farren’s lawsuit against her ex-husband, John Michael Farren, who besides working as… Read more >

Former White House attorney held liable in ex-wife’s beating

STAMFORD — A Stamford jury Tuesday afternoon awarded the ex-wife of former White House attorney John Michael Farren $28.6 million in damages for her near-fatal beating in their New Canaan mansion in 2010 The jury reached its verdict in favor of Mary Margaret Farren about 90 minutes after Judge Robert Genuario sent them to begin deliberations,… Read more >

Murder Victim’s Family Wins $9 Million Claim

It’s not often that the family of a murder victim files a civil suit against a suspected killer. The O.J. Simpson civil case may be the most notable exception, though it’s said that the civil action was less about collecting damages and more about proving that the former football star, who was acquitted in criminal… Read more >

Farren civil assault case moving forward

A civil assault suit brought by Mary Farren against her husband, former White House counsel John Michael Farren, will likely go to trial at the Stamford courthouse on Dec. 10. In the long-awaited trial, Mary Farren, 46, seeks millions in damages after she was allegedly beaten by her husband with a metal flashlight in their New… Read more >

Richard Silver: Adversary to harm

When Richard Silver, senior partner of Stamford-based Silver Golub & Teitell, founded his medical malpractice, personal injury, product liability and complex civil litigation firm 35 years ago, he had a very straightforward goal. “I wanted to use my talents as a trial attorney to help people get justice in the courtroom.” He takes deep pride… Read more >

Building Bridges Between Law, Medical Schools

It’s no secret that many doctors aren’t particularly fond of lawyers, especially if they have ever been threatened with a medical malpractice lawsuit. But officials at Quinnipiac University foresee a time when doctors and lawyers have a better working relationship. To that end, they hope it starts in their classrooms Attorney Leonard Dwarica, of Guilford,… Read more >

Five Attorneys from Silver Golub & Teitell LLP in Connecticut Named to 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

Stamford, CT (PRWEB) December 05, 2013 — Five 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© 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). The five Silver Golub & Teitell attorneys selected include partners Richard… Read more >

DeMaio Seeks Transfer to Psychiatric Facility

Michael De Maio, the Greenwich resident charged with the attempted murder of his wife last week, appeared in court Wednesday to seek transfer from the Bridgeport Correctional Center to the Garner Correctional Institute in Newtown on psychiatric grounds. De Maio is accused of bludgeoning his wife, who was seeking a divorce, with a baseball bat… Read more >

Conn. Bank Settles Madoff Lawsuit, Wins Verdict

A Connecticut bank has agreed to pay more than $7 million to investors who lost millions of dollars in Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme but it also won a jury verdict involving two of the investors, attorneys said Thursday. The investors contended Westport National Bank failed at its job as custodian of their retirement accounts.… Read more >

U.S. Court of Appeals Rebukes Rowland, Rules that ’03 Layoffs Were Punitive

In a decision with far-reaching political and legal implications, a federal appeals court has concluded that former Gov. John G. Rowland illegally discriminated against union employees when ordering 2,800 layoffs soon after his election to a third term in 2002.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit faulted Rowland for exclusively eliminating union… Read more >

Pro Bono Program Provides DCF Children with Lawyers

Children who need special educational services may have slipped through the cracks in the past.  But a new program — called the Connecticut Child Justice Foundation — aims to help keep children who are under the supervision of the Department of Children and Families in the best possible learning environments. The goal of the new… Read more >

AAJ Education: Establishing Recklesssness in Pool Drowning Cases

I. Recklessness in Pool Cases—Suction Entrapment as an Example Drowning is a horrible way to die. Drowning due to pool drain entrapment is downright terrifying—and it does not have to happen in the first place! There are thousands of unintentional drownings that occur in the United States each year. There is an annual average of… Read more >

Carnival Ride Injuries Expose Many To Lawsuits

It wasn’t all fun and games at the Oyster Festival in Norwalk earlier this month. In fact, for any parent who’s ever brought their kid to a fair, it was their worst nightmare.

The NFL Head Trauma Settlement: For the Love of the Game?

The announcement just before Labor Day weekend that the NFL was settling the claims of thousands of former players who suffered serious head trauma from playing professional football generated big headlines and strong reactions. Not surprisingly, the participants in the settlement – the former players, their attorneys and the NFL — expressed satisfaction, or at… Read more >

Is There A Winner In This Game? The NFL Head Trauma Settlement

The recent NFL settlement will pay $685 million into a pool to compensate former players suffering neurological injury from football-induced head trauma. At first blush, the deal seems just like so many other settlements: an uneasy compromise by both sides to avoid the unknown risks of the courtroom. Is the settlement fair? That depends largely… Read more >

Second Circuit: Rowland Firings Violated Workers’ Rights

Unionized government employees have won a dramatic reversal in the 2003 class action against former Republican Governor John G. Rowland and his budget director, Marc Ryan, with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit concluding that limiting layoffs to unionized employees violates their constitutional right of association..

$1 Million in Lawyers’ Bills to Taxpayers for State’s Defeat in Court

The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on May 31 reversed a lower court ruling, and gave unionized state employees a major victory in a 2003 class action lawsuit against ex-Gov. John G. Rowland and his budget chief, Marc Ryan. The appeals panel of three judges unanimously reversed a 2011 U.S. District Court summary judgment… Read more >

Farren allowed to take over his defense

STAMFORD — Over the strained objections of his ex-wife’s attorney, a Stamford judge will allow John Michael Farren, a former White House counsel, to represent himself in a civil case where his wife is asking for millions in damages for allegedly almost beating her to death with a metal flashlight more than three years ago… Read more >

Town Recovers Money Linked To Madoff Scams

Retirement Program for Employees of the Town of Fairfield, et al. v. Bernard L. Madoff, et al.: A Connecticut judge has approved a $2.8 million settlement between the Town of Fairfield and an investment firm that the town sued in 2009 over pension fund losses tied to financier Bernard Madoff’s fraud scheme. The town has… Read more >

Scouts’ Honor Goes on the Line, February 2013

In Connecticut’s history of child sexual abuse cases, the Catholic Church was the first target for widespread civil litigation. Then came Hartford’s St. Francis Hospital, with the scores of young patients subjected to a former doctor who molested them in the guise of conducting adolescent growth studies. And now, claims against the Boy Scouts of… Read more >

Connecticut Boy Scouts Council Sued Over Alleged Sex Abuse, February 2013

Two New Fairfield men have filed lawsuits against the Fairfield County Council of Boy Scouts and the national Boy Scout organization, claiming they did nothing to stop a former Scout leader from molesting them in the 1970s and 1980s. One lawsuit, filed last month, accuses the former scoutmaster of Troop 137 of molesting the boy… Read more >

Standing Up for Children in Need, January 2013

For more than 35 years, attorney Ernie Teitell has practiced both criminal and civil trial law. Throughout his career, he has worked hard to give back to his community and state – primarily by assisting those who lack the money or resources to get legal help when they need it. Now, in collaboration with the… Read more >

In Fights Over School Services, DCF Children Getting Bigger Boost, January 2013

More than 100 times a year, advocates for children in state care tussle with local school districts over what kinds of educational services those students should receive and who should pay for them. The costs to educate a child in the care of the state Department of Children and Families often far exceeds the $15,000… Read more >

Defining Tradition in Connecticut, November 2012

Silver Golub & Teitell LLP is a Stamford-based firm that was founded on a simple philosophy: “Our goal is to provide clients with the finest representation possible, regardless of the effort and expense required,” says senior partner Richard Silver. By holding itself to this standard, Silver Golub & Teitell has set the bar for complex… Read more >

Court Upholds $5 Million Malpractice Verdict, August 2012

Allison Downs et al. v. Orlito A. Trias, M.D. et al.: The state Supreme Court has upheld a $5 million jury verdict for a terminal cancer patient who claimed that her doctor failed to warn her that she had an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. Defense lawyers appealed a 2010 jury verdict on a… Read more >

Ex-Bush Aide Claims Indigence, August 2012

STAMFORD — A former White House lawyer who served in both Bush administrations says he has been made “indigent” and unable to effectively defend himself on charges he tried to kill his wife in 2010. In a motion personally written by John Michael Farren seeking to have his criminal charges dropped, he charged that his former… Read more >

Evaluating an Attorney’s Expertise, August 2012

I n recent years, there has been steadily increasing awareness and understanding of brain injury and its consequences by health care providers and the public. Unfortunately, as is often the case, the legal profession has lagged behind the medical sciences in this area. For the attorney representing a brain injury survivor, understanding the subtle aspects… Read more >

Husband of coma victim wins justice award, July 2012

NORWALK — A Norwalk native whose wife spent more than a decade in a coma due to a botched medical procedure was recognized recently by the Center for Justice and Democracy at the New York Law School for his work advocating for patients rights. Herman Cole, whose wife, Sadie, spent 13 years in a coma… Read more >

Norwalk woman dies, spent 9 years in coma, April 2012

NORWALK — After spending almost nine years in a coma, a Norwalk woman who suffered severe brain damage while being anesthetized for a Caesarean section passed away early Thursday morning. Mia House, 43, slipped into a coma on July 8, 2003, at Norwalk Hospital while giving birth to her daughter, Kayleb House, who survived the… Read more >

Richard and Vivienne Silver Honored at Bartlett Arboretum Gala

STAMFORD — The Gala at the Arboretum officially kicked off a new era at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, 151 Brookdale Road in Stamford. The event was held to celebrate the opening of the 8,500-square-foot Silver Educational Center and to honor the key benefactors, Vivienne and Richard Silver. The Silver Educational Center, named after Richard’s… Read more >

Picking Their Battles, December 2011

For more than three decades, Silver Golub & Teitell LLP has set the bar for complex litigation in Connecticut. The Stamford-based firm has demonstrated its expertise while representing victims in a wide variety of challenging cases, including those involving whistle-blowers, medical malpractice, civil rights, and other catastrophic events. The firm has obtained some of the… Read more >

A ‘Cheerleader’ for Head Trauma Victims, December 2011

From newborns who survive traumatic births to football players who suffer blows to the head, attorney Paul Slager has seen the devastating effects of traumatic brain injuries. And his eff orts to aid the victims have gone beyond the courtroom to the public arena. Since 2006, Slager has been actively involved with the Brain Injury… Read more >

Stamford Lawyer To Play Role with New Quinnipiac Medical School

STAMFORD – When John Lahey, president of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, was looking for a legal authority to advise the dean of the new medical school on legal issues affecting medical professionals, he didn’t have to look too far. All Lahey had to do was contact attorney Richard Silver, senior partner of Silver Golub &… Read more >

Model Mediation Yields Settlements, November 2011

It took just a week to settle five out of six wrongful death cases arising from a Middletown natural gas explosion in a process that left lawyers’ egos checked at the door and survivors feeling “respected.” And that’s the way Middletown Superior Court Judge Robert Holzberg wanted it. Holzberg set an ambitious schedule as he… Read more >

Rebuilding Shattered Lives, September 2011

Stamford attorney Ernest F. Teitell remembers sitting in Bonnie McEneaney’s home in New Canaan shortly after her hus-band Eamon was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11. Suddenly a widow, she found herself alone to raise their four children. Teitell was beginning his work with Trial Lawyers Care Inc., a pro bono legal… Read more >

Ex-Marine’s Estate Collects $3M After Faulty Diagnosis, August 2011

The estate of a 30-year-old former Marine veteran who died from a stroke that may have been caused by birth control pills has recovered $3 million to settle allegations that doctors could have prevented the woman’s death. Heather Deters Bivona, of Stamford, went to West Haven Veterans Administration Hospital in September 2007 complaining of shortness… Read more >

Legal Advice for a New Medical School, July 2011

Quinnipiac University is in the process of creating a medical school, and hopes to welcome its first class to a North Haven campus in 2013 or 2014. It has hired a dean, Dr. Bruce Koeppen, formerly of the University of Connecticut, and is in the process of building a faculty and curriculum. In an imaginatively… Read more >

Conn. Smoker Gets Another $15.7M Against Company, March 2011

NEW HAVEN (AP) — A federal judge has awarded nearly $16 million in interest to a smoker who already had won $12 million against a tobacco company in the first such jury award in New England. Judge Stefan Underhill awarded about $15.7 million to Barbara Izzarelli, a Norwich resident who developed larynx cancer. She had… Read more >

Preserve the Right to Pick an Unbiased Jury, January 2011

Individual voir dire is an important constitutional and statutory right in Connecticut that 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 >

Judge Adds Punitives To Tobacco Lawsuit, January 2011

Barbara Izzarelli v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. A U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut has awarded $4 million in punitive damages to a longtime smoker of Salem cigarettes who later developed cancer. e damages are in addition to an $8 million jury award to plainti- Barbara Izzarelli, who in May won her lawsuit against R.J.… Read more >

Flying Blind: The Ramifications of Hamilton v. USAA, Winter 2010

It is a recurrent, and frustrating, scenario: the plaintiff has a strong case against an insured defendant, but the carrier disclaims coverage, asserting that the conduct alleged in the complaint is not covered. The two obvious options are unpalatable: one is to abandon the claim; the other is to pursue the case to judgment and… Read more >

A Connecticut Firm’s Crusade to Fight for Individuals and Protect the Public, December 2010

The name Silver Golub & Teitell gives defendants great concern. The 33-year-old Stamford-based firm succeeds by taking on cases that help not just the individual client, but have a broader impact for the public in Connecticut and beyond.   The firm has earned a reputation for excellence in complex litigation matters, including the representation of… Read more >

Brain Injury and the Law: A Primer for Survivors & Families

Having worked with many brain injury survivors and their families, I understand that pursuing a legal claim for compensation can be stressful — and sometimes too overwhelming to contemplate. This is particularly true when the survivor and his/her family’s physical and emotional resources are focused on obtaining and paying for medical treatment and therapies and… Read more >

Class Action Costs Insurance Company $72.5M, June 2010

Spencer, et al. v. The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., et al.: A five-year court battle has ended with The Hartford Financial Services Group agreeing to pay $72.5 million to 21,000 people. The plaintiffs in the nationwide class action were people who had been injured and were owed insurance payments as compensation. They claimed that… Read more >

Free Will and Nicotine Addiction on Trial, May 2010

Every trace of his mellow, live-and-let-live “Big Lebowski” aura evaporated as the biker caught sight of the Connecticut Post headline “Jury awards smoker $8 million.” “F[@#$?!]ing unbelievable,” he says, flicking ashes on the ground outside the Starbucks in Trumbull, where he holds an alfresco court among his buddies. “Do you believe this? I don’t. This… Read more >

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