Monthly Archives: November 2014

Student Injury Case: Did the Governmental Immunity Defense Just Get Weaker?

Predictable horseplay and a metal locker with an exposed, jagged and rusty edge may be enough evidence for a jury to conclude that school officials had a “clear and unequivocal duty to act immediately to prevent harm” to students. This is what the Connecticut Supreme Court has decided in the recent, precedent-setting decision of Haynes…

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The Obligation to Make Reports to DCF and Unemployment Compensation: Another Penalty For Failing to Notify DCF

Our state has a comprehensive requirement for certain employees (particularly in the medical and educational spheres) to make reports to the Department of Children and Families (“DCF”) of suspected child abuse and neglect.  Connecticut General Statutes §17a–101a.  a recent case, the Connecticut Superior Court affirmed prior administrative decisions and concluded that termination from employment for…

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Let’s Go To The Videotape: Can School Security Videos Be Subject To Disclosure Under FOIA?

School districts usually deny requests to view school video recordings, such as security tapes, in light of concerns about the privacy rights of students featured on these recordings. In a recent decision, the Freedom of Information Commission [“FOIC”] threw us all a curveball in ordering disclosure of a school video recording. In Lambeck v. Chairman,…

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Attorneys Michael McKeon, Mark Sommaruga and Zachary Schurin To Speak at 2014 CABE/CAPSS Convention

Pullman & Comley School Law attorneys Michael McKeon, Zachary D. Schurin and Mark Sommaruga will speak at the annual Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) and Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) 2014 convention, the theme of which is: “Public Education in 2027: Courageous Leadership Teams.” In the Section B Workshop, Mark —…

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Pullman & Comley’s November 21, 2014 Special Education Legal Issues Forum

Pullman & Comley School Law attorneys Michael P. McKeon, Mark J. Sommaruga, and Susan L. Scott discussed recent, noteworthy court and hearing officer decisions in the area of special education, as well as reviewed trends and best practices pertaining to manifestation determinations, private placements, independent evaluations and common PPT conundrums at Pullman & Comley’s Fall…

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Searching Student Smart Phones in The Wake of Riley V. California

In the recent, landmark case of Riley v. California, the United States Supreme Court held that the police may not search digital data on the cell phone of an arrestee without a warrant, reasoning that smart phones not only possess an “immense storage capacity” containing “millions of pages of text, thousands of pictures, or hundreds…

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