US FDA Proposes New Rules to Address Pet Deaths

The Food and Drug Administration has stepped in with new proposed rules amid an ongoing investigation following a rash of pet deaths. According to estimates, more than 3,600 pets, mostly dogs, fell ill after eating jerky treats from China. At least 580 pets died. The FDA's proposed regulations are unrelated to the current investigation, but instead are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act and joint a recent Read More

California Light: The Connecticut Cooperative Post-Adoption Agreement

Can a child have three parents?  In California she sure can. This week the New York Times published an article about a California bill just signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.  The new law allows the courts to recognize situations when a child has three or more legal parents. This has implications for same sex couples, because of the diverse ways lesbian and gay parents have their children. According to the bill's Read More

On the (Maybe) Eve of the Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision: Love and Marriage and Prenups

I (Meghan) find myself, on what could be the eve of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor (the case which will likely determine the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”)), drafting a prenuptial agreement in advance of a same sex couple’s wedding.  The timing of this agreement reminds me, yet again, not only of the obvious inequality and additional financial burden Read More

March Madness: The Same Sex Marriage Edition

One of the things I miss about working in a large law firm is a robust and festive March Madness pool.  (Remembering that the last time I was in a large Connecticut firm, the UConn men were contenders with fewer academic “struggles.”  The UConn women, of course, were as outstanding both on the court and in the classroom back then as they are now.) So what does the NCAA tournament have to do with same sex marriage? Read More

Love and Taxes

As followers of Freed Marcroft’s Facebook page are well aware, this week the United States Supreme Court is set to hear arguments of two landmark cases impacting the rights of same sex couples in America — Hollingsworth v. Perry on Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage initiative in California, and Windsor v. United States on the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). As I discussed on Colin McEnroe’s show on Read More

Love and Marriage

Although we spend a significant amount of our practice devoted to helping clients end their marriages as civilly, healthfully, and respectfully as possible, Freed Marcroft loves love. And, we love that the Illinois Senate chose Valentine’s Day as the day to hold a vote approving marriage equality. Same sex marriage is not yet legal in Illinois, the House has not yet voted and sufficient votes are said to be Read More

Boardwalk Empire, an Alien in a Human Suit, and Federal Divorce

Kristen and I have been watching Boardwalk Empire.  Mainlining it, actually.  Last night we tucked in to Season 2, Episode 10, “Georgia Peaches.” In one very-tertiary-to-the-main-action scene last night, Agent Nelson Van Alden (who is at most times scarier than the corrupt pols and gangsters he wants to bring down, and is at all times reminiscent of Edgar the Bug, the alien who wore a human skin disguise in Men in Read More

Put on Your Kilt, It’s Snowing

  What does a snowy day have to do with Connecticut’s state tartan, you ask? (For that matter, you probably also ask: “We have a state tartan?”) Thanks to Connecticut General Statutes § 3-110j, we have one.  And it’s no regular old run of the mill tartan, either. The following-described tartan shall be the official tartan of the state: A plaid, with large blue stripes representing Long Island Sound, Read More

“Is There Sugar in Syrup?”

“Yes.” “Then yes!” Buddy the Elf isn’t the only guy who likes syrup.  I’ve actually handled a sticky (sorry) maple litigation before, so I’m familiar with how much money there can be in sap — but a news story today out of Canada today proved just what big business syrup is. It’s so lucrative that an OPEC-style cartel in Quebec controls “about 77 percent of the world’s maple syrup.”  (An OPEC-style cartel!) It’s Read More

Swan Song

  Beginning Freed Marcroft meant ending something else.  For me, it meant leaving Hartford Steam Boiler, where over the course of five plus years I have had the privilege to work with exceptionally wonderful people. I work most closely with Darren, Beth, and Donna.  Darren is a great lawyer and a great friend.  I will darken his door often.  Really, really often.  I cannot imagine functioning without Read More