Robert Bird


Tong still dissatisfied with Purdue Pharma settlement offer

Stamford Advocate – STAMFORD — Connecticut Attorney General William Tong reiterated Tuesday his opposition to now-bankrupt Purdue Pharma’s settlement offer, asserting that the Sackler family members who own the company need to hike their proposed payout and questioning how the potential deal would restructure and value the OxyContin maker.



New data doesn’t dispel legal pressure for OxyContin maker Purdue

Stamford Advocate – OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma accounted for about 3 percent of the prescription opioids produced in the U.S. between 2006 and 2012, according to newly released federal data — but the disclosure of the small market share is unlikely to tamp down the intense legal pressure from the state of Connecticut and hundreds of other plaintiffs.


Business Law Professor Vincent Carrafiello Dies at 78

Pictured above, Vincent Carrafiello teaching during his time at UConn. He passed away at the age of 78. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

Beloved business law professor Vincent Carrafiello, a two-time alumnus who devoted 52 years to educating UConn students, passed away on Saturday at age 78.Continue Reading


Business Law Experts: Our Knowledge Is Critical for CEOs

Professor Robert Bird (left) speaks during the Summit on the Academic Profession of Business Law, with Interim Provost John Elliott (Right) behind him. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)
Professor Robert Bird (left) speaks during the Summit on the Academic Profession of Business Law, with Interim Provost John Elliott (Right) behind him. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

When 60 thought leaders in business-law education gathered at UConn’s graduate campus in Hartford last week to look at the future of their profession, there was one message that resonated with all:

Never has there been a more critical time for legal education to be embraced as a fundamental part of a high-quality business-education curriculum.Continue Reading



Lawsuit: Sackler Emails ‘Shocking and Offensive’ to Opioid Victims

CT Post – Connecticut Attorney General William Tong released Tuesday an unredacted version of the state’s lawsuit against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, revealing emails from 2001 that he said showed company co-owner and former CEO and President Richard Sackler’s “shocking and offensive” disregard for victims of the opioid crisis — an assertion contested by Sackler’s attorney.