Pulling together.  Succeeding together:

"We are very pleased to have Pullman & Comley serving as our general counsel.  The legal skills of the lawyers are top-notch, and they also have made a real effort to understand our business and support the mission of Optimus."

Ludwig Spinelli, President, Optimus Health Care, Inc.

 

 

Case Studies

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.

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Pullman & Comley attorneys continue to be at the forefront of developments in renewable energy, including solar installations, hydro-electric and fuel cell development, and developers and property owners turn to us to assist them in all aspects of renewable energy development, from structuring the overall development to permitting, drafting and negotiating power purchase agreements and structuring financing to get projects operational. 

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Hartford Dispensary, an operator of nine methadone-assisted treatment facilities in Connecticut, sought to establish a clinic in Torrington to better serve its clients from that part of the state. Its plan to renovate a small office building in Torrington’s industrial area for that new clinic failed when the city passed new zoning regulations making it more difficult to site a methadone clinic or a facility that provided mental health services in Torrington. 

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In January 2014, the Connecticut Consumer Protection Commissioner selected our client, Advanced Grow Labs, LLC, as one of four companies to produce medical marijuana in the state of Connecticut.

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After Hurricane Irene, the October blizzard of 2011 and SuperStorm Sandy in 2012, the Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) was mandated by the state legislature to investigate the response by Connecticut utility companies and their preparedness for future storm events. 

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Our client, the Town of East Windsor, was faced with increasing annual funding obligations for its pension plan, despite closing the pension to new employees years ago. It was also having difficulty recruiting new employees and retaining current employees due to neighboring towns that offered more enhanced pension benefits.  

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In 2013, lawyers from the Firm’s Real Estate and Public Finance practices represented the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) in three innovative financings that, when completed, will bring more than 500 additional rental housing units to downtown Hartford. A newly-created state authority, CRDA’s mission is to bring new investments -- including residential housing projects, tourism, art, education and entertainment facilities, and the relocation of state offices -- into Hartford.

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Throughout the year, Pullman & Comley’s Diversity Committee engaged in numerous activities that demonstrated the firm’s commitment to diversity while fostering an understanding and acceptance for the array of diversity that exists in our firm and the communities in which we live and serve. In addition to our internal activities that raised awareness and education about the importance of diversity, our efforts extended outside the firm to include organizational involvement, sponsorships, diversity seminars and community service.

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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. Pullman attorneys became involved in the matter through Greater Hartford Legal Aid, where the mother turned for help, and assumed responsibility for the matter.  

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The firm’s regulatory and energy attorneys have been busy helping guide clients through the highly competitive markets for the supply of electricity, natural gas, and renewable energy to identify opportunities to save energy costs.

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Several years ago a Connecticut city used eminent domain to take land which contained a large parking lot. The parking lot provided all of the off-street parking to the mixed-use building it served. As a result of the loss of parking, the building also lost most of its tenants and fell out of zoning compliance. 

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Today, as health care facilities such as ambulatory surgery centers and clinics decentralize and seek locations in suburban commercial and residential areas, they often face challenges in obtaining the approvals they need from municipal land use agencies. 

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Known throughout its 75-year history as a local heating oil distributor, Santa Energy Corporation has evolved from its early days as a one truck kerosene delivery service in Stratford into a major regional energy supplier.  

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A Connecticut owner of property faced a familiar dilemma of how to sell property contaminated  by industrial activities predating the owner’s involvement.

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In 2013, Pullman & Comley represented Bridgeport Hospital in connection with the development and financing of a new medical office building, containing approximately 120,000 square feet, and a structured parking garage, containing more than 500 parking spaces. 

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Digitally mastered holograms; laser engraved tactile features; ghost portraits; laser engraved microprints; tamper evident laminates; and ultraviolet light images – don’t be surprised if your next driver’s license contains one or more of these state-of-the-art security features.

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Following almost two years of work and after gaining approval from the United States Department of Justice, the Connecticut Attorney General and the Connecticut Office of Health Care Access, we successfully closed the affiliation of Norwalk Health Services Corporation.

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One of the most satisfying opportunities our profession offers is the chance to apply legal acumen in support of a worthy cause. This year, we were able to do just that for our client, Jewelry for a Cause, LLC, an innovative new social venture.

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An interdisciplinary team consisting of our government finance and real estate departments represented Forstone Capital in the renovation of the historic Mechanics & Farmers building, adjacent to the firm’s offices on Main Street in Bridgeport. 

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The City of Waterbury has transformed a blighted area comprised of brownfields and abandoned dwellings into a new primary school (K-8) which also serves as a community resource for inner-city residents of Waterbury.

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Recently,  Connecticut Regional School District No. 14  believed it had finally passed via a referendum vote, a building project that would allow for a much-needed and long-awaited substantial renovation of its high school. 

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Institutional trustees often turn to our Trusts and Estates practice for creative answers on how trust beneficiaries can mutually benefit from a property placed in a trust. Recently, our attorneys devised a clever solution for a trust that was established nearly 100 years ago.

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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. 

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Each year in the firm’s Property Valuation Department, attorneys review and challenge the assessments determined by Connecticut municipalities for various commercial properties owned, occupied and/or managed by our clients. 

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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. 

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.   

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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. 

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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.  

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For more than a decade, Dr. Pascal Magnollay was a partner in an investment firm to which he licensed the systems he had developed for statistical research and trading methods used across a range of global futures and currencies markets. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.  

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