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On November 14, 2023, associate attorney Olivia Benson spoke at the 22nd Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference hosted by the Hampden County Bar Association and Western New England University School of Law. Attorney Benson presented a review of recent bankruptcy caselaw from the United States Supreme Court, First Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts. Recent case law from the Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court suggests that indivi ...

Updike Kelly & Spellacy P.C. Attorneys Obtain Defense Verdict Following Jury Trial UKS Principal, Richard Dighello, and Associate, Matthew Warden, recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of their client – a structural engineer/special inspector – following a five-week jury trial in Waterbury Superior Court. The Plaintiffs alleged, among other things, that UKS’s client (one of four defendants) in the consolidated litigation, breached its professional duty as it pertained to certain ...

UKS attorneys Jennifer DiBella and Kaydeen Maitland attended the Bushnell Park Conservatory “Fall in Love” fundraising event on Thursday, October 5, 2023 honoring Mayor Luke Bronin for his dedication to the park. Ms. DiBella and Ms. Maitland were both on the planning committee for the event which was well attended and very successful.      ...

Recently, UKS Attorney, Richard Dighello was honored by being named a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. As noted on its website - The Construction Lawyers Society of America is an invitation-only construction lawyer honorary society with membership limited to 1,200 practicing Fellows from the United States and internationally. The composition of the CLSA is aggressively diverse, with recognition of excellence across all practices relating to construction law, including al ...

On October 11, 2023, UKS attorneys attended the Connecticut Italian American Bar Association’s (“CIABA”) Honorable Richard M. Marano Heritage & Awards Dinner. It was the 30th anniversary of the association. The Honorable Anne C. Dranginis (Ret.) was the Keynote speaker and spoke on Diversity and Inclusion. Attorney Ernest J. Mattei (Ret.) received the 2023 Italian American Legal Achievement Award. And the Hon. Lubbie Harper, Jr. received special recognition as the Preeminent Director for E ...

Recently, UKS associate Kaydeen Maitland attended Hartford Healthcare's reception welcoming Andrew Holness, the Prime Minister of Jamaica and other dignitaries from Jamaica. This event was to reaffirm the partnership between Hartford Healthcare and Jamaica. ...

Last summer, Governor Ned Lamont signed Senate Bill No. 6, An Act Concerning Personal Data Privacy and Online Monitoring (the “Act”) [1] which went in effect July 1, 2023. Applicability The Act applies to individuals or entities that conduct business or produce products or services that are targeted to residents of Connecticut and, during the preceding calendar year, the individual or entity either: controlled or processed the personal data of not less than 100,000 consumers (excluding pers ...

On June 30, 2023, the United States Supreme Court addressed whether a public accommodation law which compelled an artist to create custom designs that were contrary to their personal and/or religious beliefs violated the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.[1] In a 6-3 decision delivered by Justice Gorsuch, the Court held that the First Amendment prohibited Colorado from requiring that a website designer create expressive designs which advocated content for which the designer disagreed.[2] ...

On July 26, 2023, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted rules requiring public companies to disclose material cybersecurity incidents within a certain timeframe and to disclose material information regarding their cybersecurity risk management, strategy, and governance on an annual basis in their annual reports on Form 10-K. As a result, many companies will likely increase focus on enhancing cybersecurity capabilities as they plan to address and comply with these new disclos ...

On June 29, 2023, the United States Supreme Court addressed the following issue: (1) whether the race-based admissions programs at Harvard College (“Harvard”) and the University of North Carolina (“UNC” and together with Harvard, the “Respondents”) violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment (“Equal Protection Clause”) and/or Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964[1] (“Title VI”).[2] In a 6-3 decision delivered by Chief Justice Roberts, the Court determined that the Respond ...