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Vietnam veterans with PTSD file lawsuit in federal court
March 3, 2014
Five veterans of the Vietnam War filed a class action lawsuit on Monday in the US District Court for the District of Connecticut accusing the military of failing to upgrade the discharges of veterans who developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The complaint, which names the US Army, Navy a....... [more]

Federal judge upholds Connecticut gun control law
January 31, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Connecticut on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of the state's new gun control law, while still acknowledging the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. The new law, enacted in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in De....... [more]

Supreme Court rules in ERISA disability benefits case
December 16, 2013
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life Insurance that a woman was not entitled to disability benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) because the applicable statute of limitations had run. Petitioner Julie Heimeshoff argued that her claim was timel....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses Connecticut gun control lawsuit
December 3, 2013
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Connecticut on Monday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Connecticut's new gun-control law, enacted in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. The lawsuit was brought by the Connecticut-based firearms trade assoc....... [more]

Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life Insurance: A View From The Plaintiff's Bar
November 18, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnists Mary Ellen Signorille and Kate T. Robinson of AARP Foundation Litigation discuss the implications of the US Supreme Court's future ruling in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life Insurance...Every RISA-covered employee benefit plan must establish a process for internal appeals of adver....... [more]

Federal Litigation
July 20, 2013
Griswold v. Connecticut The foundations of Roe v. Wade, which ruled that laws criminalizing abortion were unconstitutional, can be found in the Supreme Court's earlier decision of Griswold v. Connecticut. The Court's inquiry dealt directly with Section I of the Fourteenth Amendment, which outlines....... [more]

Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage
July 19, 2013
While DOMA has effectively blocked the implementation of same-sex marriage at the federal level, there have been several states that have taken independent legislative and judicial action regarding same-sex marriage. The laws passed at the state level have typically adopted one of two stances toward....... [more]

Connecticut senate approves driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants
May 31, 2013
The Connecticut Senate approved legislation Thursday that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses regardless of documentation status. If signed by Governor Dannel Malloy, the bill would allow those immigrants without proper documents from the US Citizenship and Immigration....... [more]

Connecticut gun control law challenged in federal court
May 23, 2013
Several groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of a new Connecticut gun control law. The new law expanded the firearms banned as "assault weapons" under existing state law. It also limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds. The complaint alleges these new requirement are ove....... [more]

Supreme Court agrees to hear ERISA case, rejects Boston College IRA research petition
April 16, 2013
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in two new cases on Monday. In Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co. the court will hear arguments the deadline for filing a complaint to challenge a denial of disability under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The US Cou....... [more]

Connecticut governor signs new gun control restrictions into law
April 4, 2013
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a comprehensive gun control bill into law Thursday, placing new limits on the sale of firearms. One of the most far-reaching gun control laws in the country, the Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety Act adds 100 firearms to the state's assault weapo....... [more]




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