In The News – 2010

Families get last-minute Christmas help
George Johnson, 11, looked at the long table covered with toys. He reached for a “Star Wars” light saber for himself, and then searched through the piles…
After three decades, city regains full control of police force
Moments after the official swearing-in of the city’s new police chief Monday afternoon, Mayor Bill Finch grabbed Joseph Gaudett Jr. by the shoulder. “He’s…
Civil Rights 12/21/2010
Decades-Old Discrimination Lawsuit Wraps Up
What’s believed to be the longest-running race discrimination case in the history of the United States has come to an end. The lawsuit filed 32 years ago by…
Civil Rights 12/21/2010
Antonio Ponvert discusses Bridgeport PD discrimination case
A federal judge has ended nearly three decades of government oversight of the Bridgeport police department. The policy was brought on by a racial…
Civil Rights 12/20/2010
Atty. Antonio Ponvert talks about the recent smokeless tobacco settlement
Antonio Ponvert speaks on WICC AM radio about the recent $5 million settlement against a smokeless tobacco company.
Product Liability 12/16/2010
Chewing Tobacco Co. Pays $5 Million for Mouth Cancer Victim’s Death
BRIDGEPORT, December 7, 2010 – U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC), manufacturer of Skoal and Copenhagen chewing tobacco, has agreed to pay $5 million to the family of a man who died of mouth cancer.
Product Liability 12/10/2010
NPR Reports on Chewing Tobacco Settlement
NPR reporter Jeff Cohen talks about the recent $5 million settlement against a smokeless tobacco company. Attorney Antonio Ponvert III speaks about the case.
Product Liability 12/08/2010
1st chewing tobacco deal reached
A smokeless tobacco company has agreed to pay $5 million to the family of a man who died of mouth cancer in what the family’s attorney and an expert called…
Product Liability 12/07/2010
Chewing Tobacco Company Agrees to Pay $5 Million Settlement To Cancer Victim’s Family
The manufacturer of Skoal and Copenhagen chewing tobacco has agreed to pay $5 million to the family of a North Carolina man who died of cancer in what is…
Product Liability 12/07/2010
Federal Regulations Don’t Block State Lawsuits
In Wyeth, the U.S. Supreme Court made clear that implied federal preemption does not apply to every case in which the federal government promulgates a…
‘Good Faith’ Statute Can Lead To Bad Results
A medical malpractice lawsuit that lacks merit is a disaster for all concerned parties. Health care providers who are sued are forced to deal with…
Medical Malpractice 11/08/2010
Atty. Bill Bloss discusses Connecticut elections
Attorney Bill Bloss was interviewed on the WICC Coffee Break Chat show about the voting problems in Bridgeport in the recent elections.
Mayor Finch Taps Three Professionals To Assess Election Procedures
Mayor Bill Finch today named three business community members to an informal, bipartisan panel which will assess election procedures and make recommendations…
Brain Injury Association of CT Honors Bridgeport Law Firm
A local law firm was honored for its contributions to a leading charitable organization, the firm announced today. , & Bieder received the…
Atty. Bloss interviewed on Connecticut Newsmakers
Attorney Bill Bloss appeared on the program “Connecticut Newsmakers” with Tom Monahan to discuss the Middletown power plant explosion case.
Premises Liability 09/19/2010
Paralyzed man sues Seymour bar for DUI injuries
A Stratford man, permanently paralyzed after being struck by a drunk driver on Route 8 last year, filed a lawsuit Friday against the Seymour bar where the…
Automobile Negligence, Personal Injury 09/03/2010
Lawsuit filed in Trumbull DUI crash
A 23-year-old Stratford man, permanently paralyzed as a result of a Route 8 accident in September 2009, Friday filed suit against The Lakehouse Bar & Grill…
Automobile Negligence, Personal Injury 09/03/2010
Atty. Chris Bernard joins Connecticut Law Tribune Editorial Board
Atty. Chris Bernard has been named to the Editorial Board of the Connecticut Law Tribune, a publication that is distributed to over 3,000 attorneys, law…
River Vale worker injured in Ct. power plant explosion files $6M lawsuit
A 52-year-old River Vale worker injured in an explosion at a Connecticut power plant filed a $6 million lawsuit in federal court today alleging proper…
Premises Liability 08/17/2010