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ELEPHANTS IN THE NEWS: What does it Mean to be an Elephant in Connecticut?

While perhaps an unusual topic for a legal blog, a three judge panel at the Appellate Court heard arguments this week from an animal rights group on the issue of whether animals possess the same rights as human beings for purposes of a writ of habeas corpus (a way of protection against any detention that… Read More »

(INHERENTLY) RISKY BUSINESS

Whether you are throwing axes, skiing, snowboarding or attending a party where 7 year olds are permitted, and actually encouraged to play with bricks (I wish I were kidding, but this is a real thing), you may have been required to sign a release. But do these releases completely shield businesses from liability under all… Read More »

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR AN “ABLE” ACCOUNT?

ABLE accounts (“Achieving a Better Life Experience”) allow an individual, who was disabled prior to age 26, to set up an account which allows the funds to grow tax-deferred and which will not be counted as an asset for public benefits the disabled person may be receiving as a result of their disability. One of… Read More »

ENFORCEMENT OF AUTOMATIC RENEWAL CLAUSES IN CONNECTICUT CONTRACTS

Many individuals are not aware that in Connecticut there are various laws designed to protect a consumer from the enforcement of certain contract terms. One situation where a consumer may face a risk from the enforcement of unreasonable contract terms is regarding automatic contract renewals. Often a consumer will agree to a contract for a… Read More »

DISTRACTED DRIVING

In Connecticut, distracted driving is defined in approximately three pages of typed legalese as codified in Connecticut General Statutes §14-296aa. The first page (Subsection (a)) contains mostly definitions, the second and third pages set forth the actual law. Specifically, subsections (b) thru (e) go into great detail about use of cell phones and texting, but… Read More »

DUI PENALTIES IN CONNECTICUT

Besides the obvious reasons why you should not drive while under the influence, it is important to be aware of the penalties you might face if you so choose to operate your motor vehicle while under the influence. Over the years, the penalties have become more harsh in this area of the law. The current… Read More »

WHISTLEBLOWER CLAIMS UNDER CONNECTICUT LAW

  Connecticut, like many other states, has enacted a statute that protects an employee from adverse employment action as a result of reporting certain violations of state or federal laws by his or her employer. Known as “The Whistleblower Statute,” Connecticut General Statutes 31-51m provides that “no employer shall discharge, discipline or otherwise penalize any… Read More »

CAN YOUR EMPLOYER WEIGH IN ON YOUR PHYSICAL APPEARANCE?

As spring rolls around and our New Year’s resolutions prove to be as empty as the treadmills in the gym we joined in January, some of us have resorted to simply buying larger pants. But for others, this sort of inaction could result in losing their job. During a recent trip to Miami, the topic… Read More »

TIME TO CONSIDER REFINANCING YOUR HOME MORTGAGE?

According to recent news reports, interest rates on home mortgages have dropped down to their lowest rates in the past year (See More).  In addition, home values have generally been rising. These two factors may mean that it is a good time to investigate the benefits of refinancing your home mortgage. A refinance involves getting… Read More »

SPLITTING LANES

Senator Cathy Osten (D) from Sprague, CT has proposed a law (Proposed Bill #629) that would allow motorcyclists to ride between lanes in congested traffic. What this means for you and I is, disaster. While you are moving in heavy traffic keeping track of the car tail gaiting you, the car to your right whose… Read More »

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