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Fraud cases often come up in a business context because not only did somebody fail to fulfill their end of the bargain (that is, to break the contract) they also did it in a underhanded order to prove fraud you have to prove that not only did the offending party not do what they said they would do but that they made a false representation knowing that they were never going to fulfill it.

While not falling under the fraud heading, there are other causes of action that can arise in a business setting where a person does not fulfill the obligations that they said they would. For instance, a business can sue for interference with their contractual relationships. Or, a business might be harmed by false representations made by another party (also known as false light representations). These cases arise out of a number of settings, but usually are the fallout of the business deal gone wrong.

If you have questions about fraud or other business torts call the Magwood Law Firm at (860) 373-2386.

Sometimes cases are brought in one state even though the events occurred in another. There are a variety of reasons for this but, the question arises “how does a Connecticut court handle a case from another state?” A recent case in the Connecticut Supreme Court highlighted how courts will handle this. In Ronald Gold et al. vs. John Rowald et al., (read more…)

Want to know a weird Connecticut law? Until 2002, it was illegal to keep town records or probate records in any place where liquor was sold. So, it used to be illegal to have the local tavern be the storage facility for the town. Of course, as with most laws, there is a reason behind it. Maybe the town clerk liked to sell whiskey along with copies of your birth certificate?

The law was repealed in 2002. I don’t know which is weirder – the fact that we needed a law like that, or the fact that we now repealed the law…

Connecticut cracks down on Uber and Lyft. A recent law is requiring “Transportation network Companies” (which the state admits is aimed at Uber and Lyft) to do various things before operating in the state. For instance, they now have to register with the state Department of Transportation, (for fifty grand each, and a five grand annual renewal!), they have to provide pictures of the drivers and the license plate to riders before the ride, must have a sign on the car visible at least fifty feet away, requires anti-discrimination policies, limits the time drivers can operate, requires background checks on drivers, and a few other technical issues.

I suppose the new registration law is intended to protect livery providers and taxi drivers from competition. Will it do any good in the long run? Maybe I should ask it this way: will anti-competitive laws ever do our economy any good in the long run?

I already posted on the changes to overtime law but now those changes are set to be implemented. If you need help working through the changes and what they may mean for you, give us a call.

So says the court in a recently decided case, Solairaj v. Mannarino Builders, Inc., AC 37988 Court of Appeals of Connecticut (September 6, 2016). The long and short of the case, (read more…)