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DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF CONSORTIUM

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? In prior blogs I discussed different types of damages recoverable for injury or harm caused by negligent or reckless conduct, as well as different components of damages, including damages for economic and non-economic compensation for injuries. In addition to these damages designed to compensate the injured person, Connecticut also permits… Read More »

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME AND THE IMPACT ON ROAD SAFETY

Daylight saving time ended again on Sunday, November 3rd and, for just one day, we all got that lovely one extra hour of sleep that we all hope for. But what impact does daylight saving time have for us immediately following the change to those clocks? Studies show that daylight saving time does, in fact,… Read More »

OPPORTUNITY ZONES – AN UPDATE

Opportunity Zones were implemented as part of the 2017 revisions to the Federal tax code, and are designed to stimulate investment in lower income or lower opportunity areas of the country.  My prior blog post discusses the basic concept of the Opportunity Zones, and there have been significant developments over the past year. Each state… Read More »

DOG BITES: LANDLORD LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY A TENANT’S DOG

In a blog published in 2016 I wrote about the Connecticut Strict Liability law as it relates to damages caused by dogs, and the absolute responsibility of the owner or keeper of the dog for those damages. A question that often comes up is what happens when the owner or keeper is a tenant in… Read More »

TOBACCO 21 BILL- TOBACCO USE BY MINORS IN CONNECTICUT

A growing concern regarding the use of cigarettes, tobacco products, electronic delivery systems and vaping products amongst minors recently led to a Public Act in which the sale of such products is prohibited to those persons under the age of twenty-one (21) years old, raised from the previous age of eighteen (18). [Public Act No…. Read More »

HUD CONTINUES TO EASE ACCESS TO FHA LOANS FOR CONDO PURCHASERS

The United Stated Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers the mortgage loan program offered under the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA loans are generally easier to qualify for than conventional loans, and require a lower credit score than most conventional loans. FHA loans also only require a 3.5% down payment, a portion of… Read More »

NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYERS IN CONNECTICUT

A new law, effective October 1, 2019, imposes additional requirements on employers in Connecticut. Previously, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (the “CHRO”) could require employers with at least 50 employees to provide supervisory employees with a certain amount of training and education on federal and state sexual harassment laws. The new law (P.A…. Read More »

UPDATES ON THE OPIOID CRISIS IN CONNECTICUT

We previously reviewed the efforts taken in Connecticut to combat the opioid crisis, and reviewed the data pertaining to opioid related deaths in 2017 and 2018. (See GPS blogs Published March 16, 2018 and September 20, 2018). We also reviewed the law that became effective January 1, 2018, which law was meant to try to lower… Read More »

WIRE FRAUD – STILL A MAJOR CONCERN

  We have previously written about the dangers posed by wire fraud, especially as related to real estate closings (Read More Here). In spite of the passage of two years since our previous blog post, the danger posed by wire fraud is still prevalent and may even be growing. A recently reported event involved a… Read More »

THE MEDICARE MYTH: THE “IMPROVEMENT STANDARD”

Anyone that has Medicare or has helped a Medicare recipient deal with their medical issues has probably been told that Medicare will only cover services if the patient is improving. Once they “plateau,” Medicare will stop covering the services. Even though people are told this everyday by medical providers, this is not true. There was… Read More »

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