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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.

When one of us muses on matters, it may or may not reflect the innermost thoughts of the others. Feel free to ask.

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April 27, 2017

In Lewis v. Clarke, Docket No. 15-1500, decided April 25, 2017 by the Supreme Court of the United States, the Court reversed the Connecticut Supreme Court, 230 Conn. 706 (2016), on the issue of tribal immunity as applied to suits against employees of a sovereign tribe...

January 18, 2017

I propose a universal Silver Rule (since the Golden Rule is already taken). If you didn’t ask for it, you can’t complain about it. I would say it should be taught from Kindergarten on up, but let’s be honest, Kindergarteners are usually very good at asking for what the...

January 14, 2017

In Marciano v. Jimenez, (SC 19547), released yesterday, Attorneys Dowd and Levesque argued that General Statutes § 52-225a precluded the defendant’s claim for a collateral source reduction, either in full or in part, where there was a right of subrogation. The Supreme...

December 24, 2016

In Marciano v. Jimenez, (SC 19547), released yesterday, the Connecticut Supreme Court held a collateral source reduction is improper where there is a right of subrogation for an amount that is less than the collateral sources. The court construed, C.G.S. §52-225a, whic...

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