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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 >


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 >