Read about how Pullman & Comley has helped clients address a range of legal challenges, expand their businesses and navigate the realities of today's marketplace.
In September of 2007 a mother and three children left Italy to escape an abusive home, settling in the greater Hartford area where other members of their family live. More than a year later, the father, still in Italy, filed a petition under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction to compel the return of the children to Italy where an Italian court would decide their custody issues.
With the assistance of Pullman & Comley’s environmental and real estate attorneys, the Police Activities League of Waterbury (PAL) has turned a failing organization into a vibrant center for over 3,000 inner-city youths, offering a wide range of activities from academics and gardening to sports and music programs.
In the first privately funded real estate project in Hartford, Connecticut in twenty years, attorneys from our energy, environmental, real estate and commercial finance groups assisted developers in closing both the construction loan and the permanent credit term loan for a new CVS store in the city's South End.
In December 2012, our attorneys successfully defended a Second Circuit Court of Appeals appeal involving a Connecticut real estate agency, Realty Works, LLC, that had won a franchise dispute against international real estate franchisor GMAC Real Estate, LLC.
It started as a pro bono project expected to last a few months. It turned out to be one of the most significant lawsuits in the history of Title IX. In March 2009, Pullman & Comley attorneys agreed to co-counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut and Equity Legal of Alexandria, Virginia, representing the members and coach of the Quinnipiac University women’s volleyball team in challenging the University’s decision to cut the program.
Our firm continues to provide counsel to Solar Connecticut, the state’s industry association of solar energy and solar thermal providers. As general counsel, we assist Solar Connecticut in understanding, interpreting and reacting to both regulatory and legislative issues affecting the solar energy industry.
Our attorneys helped Total Wine navigate the state’s rigorous liquor laws to obtain its Connecticut liquor license and open a Norwalk store in 2012. In addition, we assisted Total Wine & More in streamlining and expediting the procedure for processing thousands of brand label registrations, enabling the retailer to introduce nearly 2,000 new products to Connecticut.
Pullman & Comley’s Environmental Department attorneys played a key role in the siting and permitting of the largest single-source municipal scale anaerobic digestion plant in the United States.
Throughout our firm’s history, Connecticut-based manufacturers and industrial distributors have turned to us for guidance on acquisitions, divestitures, financing, tax planning and corporate governance on all phases of a transaction. We are proud to provide legal services to this industry, so vital to Connecticut’s economic health and future.
In complex, multiparty litigation that resulted in the largest private damages recovery in United States antitrust history, certain to bring changes to the rules governing credit card transactions, Pullman & Comley attorneys successfully represented three of the nearly thirty banks named as defendants in a group of antitrust class and single-plaintiff actions that were settled for more than $7 billion.
In densely developed and urban areas, making room for new real estate projects can often pose a challenge. Our real estate attorneys have considerable experience with properties that require creative structuring of common interest communities in order to expedite approvals and redevelopment.
When the City of Waterbury decided to remediate and redevelop a major brownfield site, it turned to Pullman & Comley for assistance. Attorneys from our environmental practice area advised city officials in creating a cost-effective redevelopment strategy and helped them comply with the complex body of federal and state environmental laws relating to the transfer of the brownfield property, the demolition of buildings and remediation of the site.
Pullman & Comley’s Health Care Department has been at the forefront of the current trend of increased hospital mergers and acquisitions resulting from federal health care reform. One noteworthy example is our representation of Norwalk Health Services Corporation and its subsidiary, Norwalk Hospital, its proposed affiliation with Western Connecticut Health Network, the parent of Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital.
The law has been clear that a public sector employee cannot use “free speech” as a reason to disobey directives of a supervisor. However, until this past year it was unclear whether the same law applied in the private sector. When an employee of our client, Laboratory Corporation of America, was terminated for disagreeing with and disregarding his employer’s protocols, the employee asserted free speech under the First Amendment as his defense, and this issue was thereby raised.
The law that created the Connecticut Airport Authority in 2011 was the first of many steps which will make Connecticut airports more appealing to passengers, cargo operators and airline operators, while attracting additional business into the region.