Noteworthy Cases

Some of our cases before the Supreme Court of Connecticut

McCullough v. Swan Engraving, Inc., 320 Conn. 299 (2015)  In the McCullough case we represented the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association in filing an amicus curiae brief to help a widow whose husband died from lung disease caused by his work. Firmly correcting twenty two years of erroneous holdings by the Compensation Review Board, the Supreme Court in McCullough, as we requested, held that where a timely claim has been filed previously, a surviving dependent need not file a separate timely notice of claim. Therefore the widow was able to pursue her claim, which the Workers' Compensation Commission had wrongly thrown out on the ground that it was filed too late. The Supreme Court reversed the wrong decision by the Commission and allowed the claim to proceed.

Ricigliano v. Ideal Forging, 280 Conn. 723 (2006). Here we represented a widow seeking death benefits in a blood cancer case on a statute-of-limitations issue.

Hummel v. Marten Transport, LTD, 282 Conn. 477 (2007). In this involuntary death case from a heart attack, the Supreme Court asked for briefs from the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Bar Association on the question of whether the case was appealable. We were asked to write the briefs for both of these organizations of lawyers, and submitted the joint brief on their behalf in September, 2006.

Pelletier v. Sordoni/Skanska Construction, 262 Conn. 372 (2003), reversed in part on reconsideration, 264 Conn. 509 (2003). In this civil action concerning a paralyzed man, we successfully represented the Connecticut Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association as friends of the court in asking the Supreme Court to reconsider and reverse its earlier decision in the same case, which it did.

Gartrell v. State of Connecticut Department of Corrections, 258 Conn. 137 (2001), revised on reconsideration, 259 Conn. 29 (2002). In this workers' compensation case concerning benefits for a mental condition, we also successfully represented the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association in asking the Supreme Court to revise its earlier decision in the same case, which it did.

Williams v. Best Cleaners, 235 Conn. 778 (1996), revised on reconsideration, 237 Conn. 490 (1996). Here, we again successfully represented the Connecticut Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section in asking the Supreme Court to revise its earlier decision in the same case, which it did.

Green v. General Dynamics Corporation, 245 Conn. 66 (1998) In this case, concerning benefits for people with occupational diseases, we again successfully represented the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association as a friend of the court.

Muldoon v. Homestead Insulation, 231 Conn. 469 (1994) We successfully represented the plaintiff who had fatal asbestos disease.

Barton v. Ducci Electrical Contractors, Inc. 248 Conn. 793 (1999) In this case we represented a claimant with severe propane burns.

Gil v.Courthouse One, 239 Conn. 676 (1997) This case concerned cost of living benefits; we were co-counsel for the plaintiff on this appeal.


Environmental Cases in the Supreme Court

O & G Industries, Inc. v. Planning and Zoning Commission of Beacon Falls, 232 Conn. 419 (1995).

D & J Quarry Products, Inc. v. Planning & Zoning of Beacon Falls, 217 Conn. 447 (1991).

Town of Beacon Falls v. Posick, 212 Conn. 570 (1989).


Some of Our Cases before the Appellate Court of Connecticut

Stenson v. Northland Ins. Co., 42 Conn. App. 177 (1996) (broken neck, insurance coverage).

Iannotti v. Amphenol/Spectra-strip, Inc. 40 Conn. App. 918 (1996). (industrial bronchitis).

Freeman v. Hull Dye and Print, Inc. 39 Conn. App. 717 (1995) (widow's benefits).

Moxon v. Board of Trustees of Regional Community Colleges, 37 Conn. App. 648 (1995) (chemical sensitivity).

Keegan v. Aetna Life & Casualty Insurance Co., 42 Conn. App. 803 (1996) (hip injury exacerbating synovial chondromatosis).

Beacon Hill Condominium Association, Inc. v. Town of Beacon Falls, 41 Conn. App. 249 (1996) (concerning whether condominium owners can be taxed for services they don’t receive).


Some of Our Cases before the Compensation Review Board of the Workers' Compensation Commission

Angel Cortes v. Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Case No. 61-CRD-3-81 (Aug. 18, 1982) (death from asbestos lung cancer, first asbestos lung cancer workers' compensation trial in Connecticut).

Loffreddo et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 4369 CRB-5-01-2 (2002) (ankle fracture resulting in death from blood clot).

Owen v. Diversified Hospitality Group, Inc. 4204 CRB-3-00-3 (2001) (widow's benefits in death case from Virginia car wreck).

Morris v. A & A Acoustics, 3429 CRB-7-96-9 (1997) (back injury).

Pekar v. Warnaco, Inc., 3611 CRB-04-97-05 (1996) (fungal brain disease from pigeon droppings).

Thornton v. Kabel et al., 3027 CRB 4-95-3 (1996) (fall from tree, numerous fractures).

Yale v. Allegheny Ludlum, 1994 CRB-8-93-11 (1995) (compensation rate increased).

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