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  On October 8, 2019, the Connecticut Supreme Court released a landmark ruling, which addressed a coverage dispute involving numerous defendant insurers and R.T. Vanderbilt Company, Inc. (“Vanderbilt”). Insurance Law360 dubbed the decision the “Most Important Case to Watch in 2019” in the United States.  The case came to the Connecticut Supreme Court after the judgment of the Connecticut Appellate Court, which affirmed in part and reversed in part “numerous interlocutory decisions made by the ...

Donald W. Doeg recently gave a presentation on engineering ethics to the Structural Engineers Coalition CT (SEC). The presentation included an overview of the applicable State ethical regulations and guidelines from various professional societies as well as a discussion on the impact of these requirements on the practice of engineering.  Don is the Chair of UKS’ Construction Law group and is also a Professional Engineer.  His practice includes representing clients in all aspects of a project fro ...

“It was such a pleasure to attend the retirement celebration for Connecticut’s Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane held at The Aqua Turf Club on November 8th.  The event was a fitting tribute to Attorney Kane, honoring him for his decades of service to the State of Connecticut.  As a bonus, it was great to catch up with the distinguished Dr. Henry Lee and meet US Attorney, Mr. John Durham.  The speakers at the event highlighted the many contributions by Attorney Kane’s service to the State of Conn ...

On October 3, 2019 Attorneys Bonnie D. Kumiega and John A. Bond attended the 2019 Windham Region District Economic Development and Infrastructure Summit. The Summit was co-sponsored by Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. and was held at the Windham Club in North Windham, CT  The purpose of the Summit is to bring together leaders in the areas of economic development, transportation, utilities and community programming to speak about the state of the region with regard to economic development. Atto ...

Effective on February 23, 2020, there will be an entirely new “Subchapter” within Chapter 11 (Reorganization) of the United States Bankruptcy Code.  Subchapter V of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code will provide for a streamlined version of the “reorganization” process otherwise provided for in Chapter 11.  The significance of this new Subchapter V cannot be underestimated.  The intention of this new law is to make Chapter 11 relief more accessible, and increase the likelihood of plan confirmati ...

On November 5, 2019 UKS shareholder Kerry R. Callahan was elected to his third term as a regular member of the Farmington Zoning Board of Appeals.  Kerry has chaired the ZBA for the past year and expects to remain chair for at least two more years.  He has treated all those who have appeared before the ZBA with fairness and respect and is grateful for the support of the Farmington community.  Kerry began his career at UKS as a summer associate in 1988.  He now chairs the firm’s litigation pract ...

On November 1st, UKS’s three new associates were sworn in to the Connecticut Bar before the Honorable Justices of the Connecticut Supreme Court. UKS is pleased to formally welcome Jeffrey D. Bausch, Jason T. Martinez, and Jeffrey Renaud to the ranks of the Connecticut Bar. Jeffrey D. Bausch is an associate in the firm’s New Haven office, practicing in the firm’s business, environmental and corporate services department. Jason Martinez is an associate in the Hartford office, where he practices ...

By:  Jennifer M. Egan, Esq. On July 27, 2017, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority announced that the London interbank offered rate (LIBOR) may be phased out after the end of 2021.  Many tax-exempt bonds and interest rate swaps use a LIBOR-based interest rate. If such instruments are modified to replace the LIBOR index with another interest rate index, tax consequences can arise, such as triggering a reissuance of tax-exempt bonds or a deemed termination of a swap. Therefore, on October 8, 2019 ...

UKS attorneys Michael P. Botelho and Jennifer M. Egan will be attending the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) CT 2019 Fall Quarterly Meeting, held in Portland, CT on Thursday November 7, 2019.  The conference will provide attendees with information on pension administration, trends in CT public sector pension and OPEB plans, trusts, workplace burnout and stress and networking opportunities with public finance officials throughout Connecticut. As part of their public finance practice ...

On October 23, 2019, UKS Attorneys Evan S. Goldstein, Richard M. Dighello, and Jeffrey E. Renaud attended the Connecticut Bar Association’s 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Summit at Quinnipiac University School of Law in North Haven, CT.  The Summit provided an innovative and collaborative professional development experience designed to empower leaders in the legal profession to take action toward making Connecticut a more diverse and inclusive bench and bar.  The Summit addressed retention and a ...