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Boy Scouts Get Approval For $2.7B Abuse Settlement Fund

By Vince Sullivan | Law360 (July 29, 2022) —  A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Friday approved major parts of the Chapter 11 plan proposed by the Boy Scouts of America to deal with more than 80,000 claims of childhood sexual abuse, including the creation of a $2.7 billion settlement fund, but said there were some issues… Read more >


Briefing Concludes in Child Online Privacy Appeal Against Google, YouTube and Others

By Christina Tabacco | Law Street Media (April 27, 2022) — Individuals representing their children ad lidem in a suit against Google LLC, Youtube LLC and “channel owners” such as The Cartoon Network, DreamWorks Animation, and Hasbro Studios, have had the final word in their case alleging “the deliberate violation of the privacy rights of millions of young… Read more >


Insurer must defend Clearview ‘facilitator’ accused of BIPA violation

By Barbara Grzincic | Reuters (March 31, 2022) — Citizens Insurance Co of America must defend IT services firm Wynndalco Enterprises against two potential class actions that say it violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by helping the Chicago Police Department access Clearview AI’s controversial facial-recognition database, a federal judge in Chicago ruled Wednesday.… Read more >


Attorney speaks up for scout survivors amid potential Deer Lake sale

By Stephanie Simoni | WTNH | NEW HAVEN, CT (March 31, 2022) — The possible sale of Deer Lake Scout Reservation has a local attorney saying abuse survivors are getting lost in the conversation. Nearly 1,000 men have filed claims of abuse against the Boy Scouts in the state. Boy Scouts postpone consideration of proposals… Read more >


Conn. Judge Revives Aetna Physical Therapy Coverage Fight

By Kellie Mejdrich | Law360 (March 15, 2022) — A federal judge in Connecticut on Tuesday revived a proposed class action alleging Aetna Life Insurance Co. violated federal benefits laws when it denied coverage for a Yale health plan beneficiary’s physical therapy using an overly restrictive definition of medical necessity for treatment. U.S. District Judge Michael P.… Read more >


IT Co. Leans On Court’s BIPA Ruling As It Seeks Coverage

By Josh Liberatore | Law360 (March 3, 2022) — An IT company told an Illinois federal court that in deciding whether Citizens Insurance Co. of America owes it coverage for an underlying BIPA suit, the court should consider its own ruling this week finding that the insurer has to defend an auto accessory company in… Read more >


Scout’s Honor? Decades of Abuse Within the Boy Scouts of America

STAMFORD, CT (February 23, 2022) — The Boy Scouts of America, once one of the largest youth organizations in the country, fought for years to silence survivors and victims of crime who threatened their brand as a cherished American institution. After 100 years of documented abuse claims, a national movement of more than 80,000 survivors… Read more >


Ill. Residents Say Insurer On Hook For $20M BIPA Settlement

By Daniel Tay | Law360 (December 14, 2021) — A proposed class of Illinois residents told a state court that Axis Insurance Co. must cover a $20 million settlement between them and its policyholder, which the residents sued over alleged violations of the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act. Axis wrongly denied coverage because the policy’s… Read more >


IT Biz Says ‘Catch-All’ Exclusion Doesn’t Bar BIPA Coverage

By Eli Flesch | Law360 (June 14, 2021) — Illinois-based information technology company Wynndalco Enterprises is pushing back against its insurer’s attempt to avoid covering two biometric privacy class actions, saying a policy exclusion cited by the insurer doesn’t bar claims made under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act. An exclusion in the Citizens Insurance Co.… Read more >


7th Circuit won’t stay remand in BIPA class action, offering road map to state court

By Alison Frankel | Reuters (March 10, 2021) — If you want to know why defendants would rather litigate class actions in federal court than state court, look no further than the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 2005 report on the Class Action Fairness Act. CAFA, as you know, allows defendants to remove class actions filed in state… Read more >


Vulnerable Inmates Left in Prison as Covid Rages

By Roni Caryn Rabin | The New York Times (February 27, 2021) — Shacarey James was six weeks pregnant when she reported to the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., last summer to serve a sentence for a parole violation. At risk for severe illness if infected with the coronavirus, Ms. James kept her mask… Read more >


The ‘bizarre’ twist in Clearview AI’s promised SCOTUS petition in biometric privacy case

By Alison Frankel | Reuters (February 25, 2021) — The facial recognition software company Clearview AI is willing to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to prove that its alleged violation of Illinois’ biometric data privacy law inflicted a concrete injury on Illinois residents who brought a class action against the company.… Read more >


7th Circ. Won’t Revisit Clearview BIPA Suit Remand

By Morgan Conley | Law360 (February 16, 2021) — The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday stood by its ruling affirming that a biometric privacy lawsuit brought by Illinois residents against facial recognition technology company Clearview AI should play out in state court. The appeals court will not revisit a unanimous opinion last month that determined Illinois residents carefully and… Read more >


7th Circ. Won’t Keep Clearview BIPA Case In Federal Court

By Laurann Wood | Law360 (January 14, 2021) — The Seventh Circuit held Thursday that a lower court correctly sent back to state court a biometric privacy lawsuit against facial recognition technology company Clearview AI, saying the residents who sued were free to avoid federal court by narrowing their claims. Emphasizing that “allegations matter” when… Read more >


Third family sues Wilton and BOE over alleged sexual assault at school

By Jeannette Ross | The Hour & The Wilton Bulletin | WILTON, CT (December 8, 2020) — A third Wilton family has sued the town and the Board of Education, claiming former paraprofessional Eric Von Kohorn sexually assaulted their child while he was a preschool student at Miller-Driscoll School. The complaint, filed Oct. 20 in… Read more >


Clearview BIPA Suit Moved Back To Ill. State Court

By Celeste Bott | Law360 (October 26, 2020) — An Illinois federal judge sent a biometric privacy lawsuit against facial recognition technology company Clearview AI back to state court Friday, saying the Prairie State residents “purposely narrowed” their claim to seek only statutory damages. While Clearview contends named plaintiffs Melissa Thornley, Deborah Benjamin-Koller and Josue… Read more >


American School for the Deaf: The Clock May Be Ticking for Abuse Survivors

September 9, 2020 

When people learn of a childhood sex abuse scandal, their mind may reflexively think of clergymen or camp counselors. However, while the Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic Church have regularly appeared front and center in the news for the horrifying sexual abuse that ran rampant within their respective organizations, they are by far… Read more >


Danbury prison inmates settle with Bureau of Prisons in suit over COVID threat

By Edmund H. Mahony | Hartford Courant | HARTFORD, CT (July 27, 2020) — Inmates who claimed in a suit that conditions of confinement at the federal prison in Danbury put them at risk of COVID-19 infection settled Monday after the warden agreed to an enhanced review process to evaluate prisoners for early release. The… Read more >


Ill. Residents Want Clearview BIPA Suit Back In State Court

By Celeste Bott | Law360 (July 22, 2020) — Three Illinois residents say their biometric privacy lawsuit against facial recognition technology company Clearview AI must be remanded to Illinois state court, arguing their claims are narrower than those made in similar pending suits and don’t allege the harm required for federal standing. In a motion… Read more >


Judge Rules in Favor of Federal Inmates in Coronavirus Suit, Orders Speedier Releases

C.J. Ciaramella | Reason (May 12, 2020) — A Connecticut federal prison’s failures to grant early release to eligible inmates “amount to deliberate indifference” under the Eighth Amendment, the judge says. Late Tuesday night, a federal judge ordered a federal prison in Connecticut to speed up its process for releasing inmates at serious risk for… Read more >


Class Action Filed Against Bureau of Prisons for Gross Failures in COVID-19 Response at FCI Danbury

STAMFORD, CT (April 28, 2020) — A class action lawsuit was filed today in federal court in Connecticut seeking to require federal officials to provide emergency measures to protect the 1,000+ women and men at the three facilities within the low security federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut (“FCI Danbury”) from COVID-19. The lawsuit responds to… Read more >


Task force recommends repeal of statute of limitations in sex assault lawsuits

By Joe Wojtas | The Day, HARTFORD, CT (January 7, 2020) — A General Assembly task force voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend lawmakers introduce legislation that would eliminate the current statute of limitations on the filing of lawsuits by victims of sexual assault, abuse or exploitation. The recommendations also specify the change be retroactive, meaning… Read more >


$5M Settlement in Case of Milford Teen Murdered by Classmate

By Robert Storace | CT Law Tribune (December 23, 2019) — The estate of a 16-year-old Jonathan Law High School student has settled a wrongful death suit with the city of Milford and its Board of Education for $5 million. Student Maren Sanchez was murdered by a peer in what the plaintiff’s attorney said could… Read more >


Milford will pay $5M to settle lawsuit brought by estate of Maren Sanchez, fatally stabbed by fellow student on her prom day

By Josh Kovner | Hartford Courant, MILFORD, CT (December 20, 2019) — The city of Milford has agreed to pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the estate of Maren Sanchez, who was stabbed to death at age 16 by fellow student Christopher Plaskon in the hallway of Jonathan law High School on… Read more >


City of Milford to Pay $5 Million to Settle Claims of Maren V. Sanchez Estate Arising Out of Murder at Jonathan Law High School

Lawyers for the Estate of Maren V. Sanchez, the sixteen year old high school student murdered by a mentally disturbed fellow student in the hallways of Jonathan Law High School (“JLHS”) in Milford on April 25, 2014, the day of her junior prom, announced today that the Estate has reached a $5 million settlement with… Read more >


Google, YouTube Channels Sued Over Kids’ Data Collection

Please click here if would like more information about this class action and your rights. By Allison Grande | Law360 (October 29, 2019) — Google and several companies that host popular child-friendly channels on YouTube — including Cartoon Network and toymakers Hasbro and Mattel — have been hit with a putative class action in California… Read more >


Hey, Siri: What’s a class action? Apple targeted under IL biometrics law for Siri ‘voiceprints’

Jonathan Bilyk | Cook County Record, CHICAGO, IL (October 16, 2019) — Apple has now joined the ranks of the tech giants hit with a class action in Illinois under the state’s biometric information privacy law, as a group of trial lawyers have taken aim at the company’s deployment of its Siri virtual assistant. On… Read more >


Aetna Won’t Cover Needed Physical Therapy, Suit Says

By Adam Lidgett | Law360 (October 9, 2019) — Aetna Life Insurance Co. is violating federal benefits law by being stingy when it comes to covering physical therapy and taking an overly narrow view of what qualifies as “medically necessary,” according to a proposed class action filed in Connecticut federal court. Connecticut resident Dennis E.… Read more >


Court Again Denies Attempt by Wilton to Dismiss Molestation Suit

RIch Kirby, Wilton Patch | WILTON, CT (September 27, 2019) — For a second time, a Superior Court judge in Stamford has dealt a blow to the town and the Board of Education in the suit alleging sexual molestation of a preschool child by a Wilton paraprofessional. On Sept. 25, Judge Mary Elizabeth Sommer denied… Read more >


New 2nd Circuit Ruling Could Hobble Cigarette Company Defenses in Tobacco Cases

By Raychel Lean, Law.com | CT Law Tribune, STAMFORD, CT (August 22, 2019) — Jurors had returned a defense verdict for Philip Morris USA Inc. after a two-week trial, but that result could now be in jeopardy. A federal judge in the District of Connecticut misapplied a legal doctrine that could have changed the outcome of a products liability… Read more >


Stamford judge won’t dismiss abuse case against Wilton BOE

By John Nickerson, Stamford Advocate, STAMFORD, CT (August 6, 2019) — A Stamford judge has denied a motion to derail a second lawsuit against the Wilton Board of Education charging it allowed a former male employee accused of sexually assaulting a little girl to continue working with kids. The man allegedly went on to take… Read more >


$18.75M settlement for family of Stamford woman killed in Greenwich

By John Nickerson, Stamford Advocate, STAMFORD, CT (August 5, 2019) — The family of a Stamford woman killed by a semitractor-trailer in Greenwich will receive a $18.75 million settlement from the truck’s company. Rather than allow a civil jury to come up with an even larger award, a New Jersey trucking company on Friday agreed… Read more >


Wilton molestation suit moves forward

By Jeannette Ross, Wilton Bulletin, WILTON, CT (August 5, 2019) — A Stamford Superior Court judge has denied “in its entirety” the town of Wilton’s and Board of Education’s motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by a family that claims their son was molested by a former school employee. The family in the… Read more >


As Jury Deliberated, Connecticut Lawyers Reached $20M Settlement in Wrongful Death Case

By Robert Storace, Connecticut Law Tribune, STAMFORD, CT (August 2, 2019) — The estate of Ana Cristina Vomoca settled with defendants Jeffrey Bodnar and the companies that employed him as a driver—Food Haulers Inc. and its parent company Wakefern Food Corp. Vomoca died soon after the truck Bodnar was driving struck her car. Attorneys for… Read more >


Lawyers argue against dismissal in molestation lawsuit

By Jeannette Ross, Wilton Bulletin, WILTON, CT (March 22, 2019) — Attorneys for a family suing the Wilton Board of Education and the town of Wilton have responded to a motion for summary judgment submitted by the attorney for the defendants. The family in the lawsuit John Doe PPA v. Wilton Board of Education Et Al… Read more >


Judge rebuffs Milford’s request in prom date killing lawsuit

By Ethan Fry, CT Post, DERBY, CT (February 20, 2019) — The judge overseeing the lawsuit filed by the mother of slain Milford high school student Maren Sanchez won’t be reversing a prior decision in which he declined to throw the case out of court. Last month, the city asked Judge Barry Stevens to reconsider… Read more >


Sanchez family lawyer says judge should reject motion to reconsider in prom date killing lawsuit

By Ethan Fry, Stamford Advocate, MILFORD, CT (February 13, 2019) — A lawyer representing the family of Maren Sanchez in a lawsuit alleging school officials should have prevented her killing says the city is grasping at straws in an effort to escape responsibility. Last month, the City of Milford asked the judge handling the case to… Read more >


Hartford archdiocese paid $50.6M to settle priests’ sex abuse claims

By Bill Cummings, CT Post, HARTFORD, CT (January 22, 2019) — The Archdiocese of Hartford on Tuesday revealed it paid nearly $51 million to settle sex abuse claims against priests dating to 1953. The Diocese said no priests currently serving are accused of sexual misconduct as officials released a list of those who had been… Read more >


Judge refuses to dismiss Milford prom date killer lawsuit

By Daniel Tepfer, The Hour, MILFORD, CT (January 8, 2019)  — A Superior Court judge on Tuesday refused to throw out a lawsuit against the city and the Board of Education by the family of Maren Sanchez, who was stabbed to death by a classmate in April 2014 at Jonathan Law High School after she… Read more >


Court Secrecy: The Importance of Open Proceedings

January 1, 2019 

For centuries, our civil justice system has relied on open trials, ultimately evolving into a presumption of public access to court proceedings and records, which remains a fundamental part of our judicial system today. This presumption of public access is grounded in the public’s interest in monitoring the judicial process.  Such access enhances public confidence… Read more >


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, Law.com | 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, Law.com | 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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