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This blog will sometimes be scholarly, sometimes purely practical, and sometimes just musings by members of the firm on life in the appellate courts and on professional responsibility.

When we comment on cases, we do so with care, but you should always read the cases yourself before using them for any reason.

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Finally! The Appellate Court Recognizes that Finality Is Confusing

By Kenneth J. Bartschi, Partner

            When an interlocutory order is final for purposes of appeal often involves a daunting inquiry.  An otherwise interlocutory order is immediately appealable where...

            Maybe it’s family cases. Or maybe it’s because the view on the difference between subject matter jurisdiction and the court’s authority to act has evolved somewhat.  Or maybe it’s that the courts tend not be consistent in their vocabulary, but for whatever...

May 21, 2018

                I just returned from London, where I testified as an expert witness on Connecticut contract law. I was in the High Court of England and Wales on a case governed mostly by Connecticut law and on one issue by Delaware law....

Federal judges who take more than six months to decide a motion are shamed by having their names placed on The Six-Month List.  The List is published internally twice a year, on March 31 and September 30.  

A recent study shows, despite a noisy data sample, th...

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