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Consumer Legal Services, LLC BLOG

In 1839, long before the Civil Rights movement of the 20th century, a group of kidnapped African natives bound for the Cuban slave trade revolted aboard their ship, La Amistad. While attempting to sail back to Africa, the men were captured off Long Island and taken to New Haven, Connecticut. What followed, beginning in Connecticut,...
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Ephraim Kirby (1757-1804) is best remembered for compiling the first volume of law reports published in the United States.  However, Kirby was much more – farmer, soldier, attorney, state legislator, candidate for Governor, and Judge of Mississippi Territory, now known as Alabama.  He served in the Connecticut legislature, and was appointed by President Thomas Jefferson...
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When does “finders keepers, losers weepers” not apply? In 1978, a case concerning a pre-Revolutionary statue of King George III found its way to the Connecticut Supreme Court. According to a 1973 New York Times article, back in 1776 a group of Whigs, upon attending a public reading of the newly signed Declaration of Independence,...
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April 16, 2021 From the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Judicial Branch has carefully and regularly monitored its workplaces and evaluated its operations to assure that judicial business is being conducted safely and in compliance with guidance from the Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As more...
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In celebration of Fair Housing Month, the Center’s education and outreach coordinator, Rashida Rattray, brought to life a presentation to honor the contributions of women of color in the fair housing and civil rights movements. Too often these stories are not told in our history books. Ms. Rattray explains “my pride in being a Black...
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UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT PUBLIC NOTICE 21-01 The Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure for the District of Connecticut were substantially revised in 2018 and have been in effect since September 4, 2018 (the “Local Rules”).  After the effective date of the Local Rules, a standing Bench/Bar Local Rules Committee was established to...
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Means Test figures are going up on April 1, 2021. That means more people can qualify for Bankruptcy relief and make their debt go away! Bankruptcy qualification is based solely on income. The way it is calculated is complicated but I make it simple to get tested. Contact us today for a free consultation and...
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Connecticut is losing bank branches at more than twice the national rate: Over the last decade, the number of bank branches in the state has dropped by 201 locations, for an overall closure rate of 16 percent. The national closure rate over the same period was 6 percent. The recent announcement that PeoplesUnited is being...
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February 25, 2021: Notice of resumption of mediation in cases in the Foreclosure Mediation Program (“FMP”) involving non-federally backed mortgages. Beginning March 1, 2021, the Judicial Branch will resume scheduling FMP premediations and mediations in cases that do not involve federally backed mortgages. At this time, all premediations and mediations will be held virtually, not...
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