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Nursing home industry pushes for immunity from lawsuits during coronavirus emergency

By Laura Strickler and Adiel Kaplan | NBC News (April 27, 2020) — As the COVID-19 death toll at nursing homes climbs to nearly 12,000, the nursing home industry is pushing states to provide immunity from lawsuits to the owners and employees of the nation’s 15,600 nursing homes. So far at least six states have… 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 >

$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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

$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 >

Death of Baby at Greenwich Hospital Leads to CT DPH Investigation Finding Numerous Violations & Filing of Wrongful Death Lawsuit

GREENWICH, CT (January 5, 2017) – The recent death of a baby girl during labor and delivery at Greenwich Hospital led to an investigation by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) which revealed several violations of Connecticut State Regulations in connection with the death of the baby. As a result of the investigation, Greenwich… 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Metro-North Death Reveals Legal Process for Challenging Medical Examiner’s Rulings

Tamar Louis was struck and killed by a New York City-bound Metro-North train on the morning of Aug. 7. Witnesses told investigators that she had been sitting on the platform, legs hanging off the side, swinging back and forth. Suddenly, she was on the tracks; to some, it appeared the 28-year-old Stamford woman dropped her… Read more >

Family of Greenwich teen files wrongful-death suit

GREENWICH – The parents of a 15-year-old who killed himself after years of bullying have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the town of Greenwich and the Board of Education. Bart Palosz committed suicide in August 2013 after the first day of his sophomore year at Greenwich High School. The suit, filed Wednesday, claims that local… Read more >

Press Release Re: Wrongful Death Lawsuit on Behalf of Bartlomiej F. Palosz

STAMFORD, CT (August 12, 2015) — The family of Bartlomiej Palosz – the 15-year-old Greenwich boy who committed suicide in 2013 at the beginning of his second year at Greenwich High School after being subjected to years of bullying in the Greenwich school system – announced today that it has brought a lawsuit against the… Read more >

Court Cites Doctor’s Inappropriate Testimony, Reverses Med-Mal Decision

In his 2012 medical malpractice trial, Dr. Samuel Maryles appeared in two capacities. He was the defendant. And he also served as an expert witness, in the eyes of the state Appellate Court. The court said the mixing of roles was improper, and the judges overturned a trial court verdict that had spared Maryles liability… Read more >

Tully Knight admits responsibility in 2008 death of Nick Parisot

STAMFORD – John “Tully” Knight admitted Friday that he was responsible for the death of 13-year-old Nick Parisot nearly seven years ago. Officials say that Parisot was riding his dirt bike in the woods near his family’s Wilton home back in June 2008 when he hit a rope that had been strung between two trees.… Read more >

Latest Newtown Lawsuits Name Shooter’s Mother

The families of eight people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 have filed new lawsuits against the estate of Nancy Lanza, the mother of the young gunman. The two lawsuits filed in Superior Court in Bridgeport claim that Lanza was careless in allowing her son to get his hands on an unsecured… 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 >

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.

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 >

Town Agrees to Pay Fire Victim’s Family $1.4 Million, June 2009

Edward Romig v. James Sutton, et al.: The Town of Greenwich has agreed to pay $1.4 million to the family of a 22- year-old who was killed in his apartment during a fire in December 2000. The case had been pending for more than six years and a settlement between the town and the family’s… Read more >

Pool Death Causes Legal Ripples

The civil lawsuit against David Lionetti and his Shoreline Pools business promised to be dramatic enough. After all, a security video captured heroic efforts to try to save 6-year-old Zachary Cohn last July from a Greenwich pool installed by Shoreline. Cohn drowned after his arm got caught in a powerful drain pump in the family’s… Read more >

Complaint: Multiple Code Violations Led To Greenwich Child Drowning, January 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The parents of a boy who drowned after his arm got trapped in a powerful suction drain in their swimming pool sued Monday, alleging that the pool violated safety requirements designed in response to a rash of similar tragedies. The lawsuit was filed in Stamford Superior Court by Brian and Karen… Read more >

Subway Restaurant Settles Landmark Case, April 2007

Estate of Lee C. Trahan v. Salem Subway Restaurant, et al: A wrongful death case brought against a Subway sandwich shop in Salem over a store manager’s role in a fatal car accident has been settled for $2.2 million.

SGT’s Slager Represents Victim of Stamford Town Center Mall Explosion, October 2002

STAMFORD — The explosion that knocked out power to the Stamford Town Center Mall last year sparked a web of lawsuits and countersuits not likely to be untangled soon.

CEO, Pool Company Plead Guilty in Greenwich Boy’s Drowning

STAMFORD — A pool company president expressed remorse Wednesday in state Superior Court as he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide stemming from the 2007 drowning death of a 6-year-old Greenwich boy. David Lionetti, 55, also entered a guilty plea on behalf of his company, Stamford-based Shoreline Pools Inc., to the… Read more >

Shoreline Pools and CEO Enter Guilty Pleas in Child’s Pool Drain Entrapment Death

Stamford, Conn. (April 13, 2011) — Shoreline Pools, Inc. and its CEO, David Lionetti, entered guilty pleas at the Stamford Superior Court to day in connection with the tragic drowning death of 6-year-old Zachary Archer Cohn on July 28, 2007, when he became entrapped by the force from the suction of the pool drain.Shoreline Pools… Read more >