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Stamford lawyer helps push tobacco company award to $52.4M

By John Nickerson, Stamford Advocate, STAMFORD, CT (December 25, 2018) — Barbara Izzarelli began smoking when she was 12 years old and claims the maker of Salem Kings cigarettes marketed to minors and manipulated nicotine levels to make them more addictive, according to her lawsuit against the tobacco company. An addiction that lasted 25 years… Read more >

Award in cigarette liability case for former Norwich smoker balloons to $52.4 million as judge adds interest

By Josh Kovner, Hartford Courant, HARTFORD, CT (December 24, 2018) — In the years since a Connecticut jury awarded former Norwich smoker Barbara Izzarelli a multi-million judgement in her case against the maker of Salem cigarettes, her lawyer noted several times that she’d offered to settle the case for $400,000. Now that judgment has swelled… Read more >

5 Lawyers Who Won Big in 2018

By Robert Storace, | CT Law Tribune, STAMFORD CT (December 20, 2018) — This year saw some explosive jury verdicts and settlements on a variety of topics, most having to do with death, injury, malpractice or motor vehicle cases. The largest verdict in Connecticut—by far—was last week’s ruling by a federal judge in the… Read more >

Former Norwich resident awarded additional $44 million in tobacco lawsuit

By Karen Florin, The Day, NEW LONDON, CT (December 17,2018) — U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill has added $44 million in damages and interest to the nearly $8 million a jury awarded to former Norwich resident Barbara Izzarelli in her lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco company. The Bridgeport judge awarded $8 million in punitive damages, citing… Read more >

Federal District Court Judge Adds $44 Million in Punitive Damages & Interest in First Smokers Case to Come to Trial in New England

STAMFORD, CT (December 17, 2018) – A Federal District Court judge has added more than $44 in million in punitive damages and interest against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the case of an injured Connecticut smoker, Barbara Izzarelli, formerly of Norwich, CT. Federal District Court Judge Stefan Underhill awarded Ms. Izzarelli $8 million in punitive… Read more >

Federal Judge Hikes Punitive Damages in Cigarette Case for Total $52.3 Million Award

By Robert Storace, | CT Law Tribune, STAMFORD CT (December 14, 2018) — A federal judge Thursday upped the amount of punitive damages R.J. Reynolds Tobacco must pay a woman who smoked one of its cigarette brands for more than 25 years. U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill sided with plaintiff Barbara Izzarelli, but the tobacco… Read more >

Advances in Medicine and Recognition of the Validity of Medical Malpractice Cases

December 12, 2018 

  The Merck Manual of 1899 was a guide to the general practitioner as to the appropriate remedy or remedies for various illnesses. Some of the following are treatments and poultices recommended in the 1899 Manual: Headaches Bleeding Chloroform Mustard: Poultice to nape of neck Palpations of the Heart Cocaine Digitalis Hot bath Diabetes insipidus… Read more >

Death of Baby Leads to Filing of Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Women’s Health Care of New England

NORWALK, CT (November 27, 2018) – As a result of the preventable death of their baby boy, Zayn Botero-Choudhry, Maritza Botero and her husband, Naveed Choudhry, have filed a lawsuit against Women’s Health Care of New England, P.C., in Norwalk, CT, and Maryam Hedayatzadeh, M.D. The lawsuit asserts that Mrs. Botero was almost thirty-nine weeks… Read more >

Protect Yourself Against Connecticut Drivers with Little or No Insurance Coverage

November 11, 2018 

In Connecticut, drivers are required to have a minimum amount of liability car insurance — $25,000 for bodily injury, per person per accident, and $50,000 for bodily injury, total per accident.  As such, there are many Connecticut drivers that choose this minimum amount of coverage over a much more comprehensive, but only slightly more expensive,… Read more >

Decisions in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit

November 11, 2018 

In this week’s New England Journal of Medicine, November 8, 2018, Vol. 379, No. 19, Page 1851, there is a detailed discussion of decision making for neo-natal babies in reference to hypoxic encephalopathy, degenerative neurologic diseases and even brain death. This article discusses ethical decisions in reference to when treatment is futile or should be… Read more >

Private Foundations: A Guide To Organization and Administration

November 11, 2018 

A PROBATE & ESTATES COMMITTEE LUNCHEON PROGRAM CO-SPONSORED BY THE FAIRFIELD COUNTY BAR ASSOCATION (FCBA) WITH THE FAIRFIELD COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION FCBA Co-Chairs: Mark Chioffi & Michael Clear At the office of Fairfield County Bar Association 970 Summer Street, Stamford, CT WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018                                  NOON to 2:00 PM PRESENTED BY:  Stefania L. Bartlett, Esq.… Read more >

The Enormous Cost of Cerebral Palsy Caused by Doctor Negligence

November 11, 2018 

The cost of care for a brain-damaged child as the result of physician medical negligence is enormous.  Extensive, costly supportive care is required for cerebral palsy in children and often continues into adulthood.  The lifetime cost of caring for someone suffering from cerebral palsy at birth is projected into the millions of dollars (Centers for… Read more >

Medical Literature Resources for the Medical Malpractice Attorney

November 11, 2018 

Medical malpractice attorneys conduct medical research on medical issues in the particular cases in which they are involved. It is my opinion that in addition to this case-specific research, it is helpful to keep up-to-date with current medical literature. The New England Journal of Medicine is an excellent source to keep current with major medical… Read more >

Former Stamford Boy Scout accuses scoutmaster of sexual abuse

By John Nickerson, Stamford Advocate, STAMFORD, CT (October 25, 2018) — Another former Boy Scout has filed a lawsuit against the organization, claiming a scoutmaster sexually assaulted him about 25 years ago. Attorney Paul Slager has filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America’s state organization, the Connecticut Yankee Council, on behalf of a man who… Read more >

Ernie Teitell of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Recognized as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ by The Best Lawyers in America 2019

— Honored Once Again for Plaintiffs Work in Medical Malpractice Law —  STAMFORD, CT (September 13, 2018) – Ernie Teitell, a partner at the Stamford trial law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, has been selected by his peers as a “Lawyer of the Year” in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.  Silver Golub &… Read more >

Court: Greenwich not immune from lawsuit over student suicide

Greenwich Time, GREENWICH, CT (August 10, 2018) — The town of Greenwich and its school system are not immune from a wrongful death lawsuit involving a 15-year-old boy who killed himself after what his parents say were years of being bullied, according to a ruling Friday from the second-highest court in Connecticut. Related Stories Palosz… Read more >

‘Education Law: Expulsion and Special Education’ — CT Child Justice Foundation & Fairfield County Bar Assn. Co-Sponsor Special Program

STAMFORD, CT (May 31, 2018) — The Connecticut Child Justice Foundation (CCJF) and the Fairfield County Bar Association (FCBA) recently co-sponsored a program on “Education Law: Expulsion and Special Education” at the FCBA offices in Stamford, CT. Ernie Teitell, a partner at Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, is CCJF Founder, President and Pro Bono Attorney.… Read more >

Settlement in Child Sex Abuse Case: Attorney Talks of Getting Emotional Representing Victims

By Robert Storace, CT Law Tribune, STAMFORD, CT (May 24, 2018) — A Stamford-based attorney with 20 years of experience representing sex abuse survivors has reached an undisclosed settlement stemming from a lawsuit which asserts sexual abuse of a 4-year-old girl by a Wilton educator. Paul Slager, a partner with Silver Golub & Teitell, told the Connecticut… Read more >

Wilton settles multi-million dollar sex abuse lawsuit

By Daniel Tepfer, CT Post, STAMFORD, CT (May 22, 2018) — The town of Wilton and the Wilton Board of Education agreed Tuesday to pay a settlement to the parents of a 4-year-old girl who had filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit claiming school officials were negligently responsible for allowing their daughter to be sexually assaulted by… Read more >

Connecticut Movers: Silver Golub & Teitell Celebrates 40-Year Mark

By Michael Marciano, Connecticut Law Tribune, STAMFORD, CT (May 18, 2018) — The Stamford trial law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell celebrated its 40th anniversary with a party for nearly 200 guests last month at the Stamford Palace Theatre. The event was hosted by Richard A. Silver, senior partner of Silver Golub, along with partners David… Read more >

Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Party at Stamford Palace Theatre

STAMFORD, CT (April 26, 2018) – The Stamford trial law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP celebrated its 40th anniversary with a party for nearly 200 guests at the Stamford Palace Theatre yesterday evening.  The event was hosted by Richard A. Silver, senior partner of Silver Golub & Teitell, along with partners David S.… Read more >

Jennifer B. Goldstein Named Partner at Silver Golub & Teitell LLP

STAMFORD, CT (April 25, 2018) – The Stamford trial law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP has announced that Jennifer B. Goldstein has been named to the firm’s partnership. The announcement was made by Richard A. Silver, senior partner of Silver Golub & Teitell. “Jennifer has been an integral part of serving our clients… Read more >

Tobacco lawsuit resolved in favor of former Norwich woman

By Karen Florin, The Day (March 1, 2018) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up cigarette-maker R.J. Reynolds‘ appeal of former Norwich resident Barbara Izzarelli’s $28 million jury award for smoking-related cancer, a development her attorney said signals that Connecticut is a favorable state to bring lawsuits against tobacco companies. Izzarelli, then of Norwich, sued the Winston-Salem, N.C., company… Read more >

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds First Jury Verdict against Tobacco Company in New England History

STAMFORD, CT (February 27, 2018) – The United States Supreme Court has refused to review the decision by the Court of Appeals in the Second Circuit, thereby upholding the $28.1 million jury verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for damages sustained by an injured Connecticut smoker, Barbara Izzarelli, formerly of Norwich, CT. As a result… Read more >

$5.4 million settlement in crash

By Daniel Tepfer, Stamford Advocate (January 24, 2018) — It was a crash ripped from the pages of New York society. James B. Hurlock, of Greenwich, chairman of Orient Express Hotels and a partner in the global law firm White & Chase, was killed and his wife was injured when they were struck by a… Read more >

Former White & Case Chairman’s Fatal Car Accident Results in $5.4M Settlement

By Cogan Schneier, Connecticut Law Tribune/ (January 22, 2018) — The widow of a former White & Case chairman reached a more than $5 million settlement in her wrongful death lawsuit last month. James Hurlock, who oversaw global expansion at White & Case during the last two decades of the 20th century, died in April 2016,… Read more >

Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Settles Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Hurlock v. Rodriguez-Boulan for $5.4 Million

STAMFORD, CT (January 19, 2018) – Partner Ernie Teitell and attorney Marco A. Allocca of the Stamford law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP recently settled the personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit captioned Margaret Holding Hurlock, Executor of the Estate of James B. Hurlock, et al. v. Sebastian Rodriguez-Boulan et al., stemming from… Read more >

From the Community — Whacked: Impact, Sports, and Young Athletes’ Brains

Community Contributor UConn Foundation, Hartford Courant (January 16, 2018) — Concussions aren’t just limited to the National Football League or former boxers. Surprisingly, the athletes most at risk of brain injury are kids playing a variety of sports, including football, soccer, and lacrosse. The impact of concussions on youth sports serves as the centerpiece for… Read more >