Case: Libertarian Party of Connecticut v. Merrill

3:20-cv-00467 | U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

Filed Date: April 4, 2020

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

NOTE: This case is being tracked in close to real time by the Stanford/MIT Healthy Elections Project. So for information, see their tracker.

According to their summary as of November 19, 2020,

Libertarian Party and Independent party of Connecticut challenged the State petition requirements for Ballot access for minor parties on the grounds that they create an undue burden on the parties and deprives voters of an effective choice of candidates. The ballot access requirements were modified during COVID-19 to reduce the burden so that petitions did not need to be signed in person and so that the number of signatures required was reduced.

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attrorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/17044127/parties/libertarian-party-of-connecticut-v-lamont/


Judge(s)

Hall, Janet C. (Connecticut)

Menashi, Steven James None (New York)

Merriam, Sarah Ann Leilani (Connecticut)

Walker, John Mercer Jr. (New York)

Winter, Ralph K. Jr. (Connecticut)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bona, Edward (Connecticut)

Reale, Daniel (Connecticut)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Nunley, Alma Rose (Connecticut)

Osborne, Maura Murphy (Connecticut)

Other Attorney(s)

Active

Judge(s)

Hall, Janet C. (Connecticut)

Menashi, Steven James None (New York)

Merriam, Sarah Ann Leilani (Connecticut)

Walker, John Mercer Jr. (New York)

Winter, Ralph K. Jr. (Connecticut)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bona, Edward (Connecticut)

Reale, Daniel (Connecticut)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Nunley, Alma Rose (Connecticut)

Osborne, Maura Murphy (Connecticut)

Other Attorney(s)

Bloss, William M (Connecticut)

Goselin, Peter D (Connecticut)

Kopitke, Kyle Kenley (Michigan)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

3:20-cv-00467

Docket [PACER]

Libertarian Party of Connecticut v. Lamont

Nov. 5, 2020

Nov. 5, 2020

Docket
1

3:20-cv-00467

Verified Complaint

April 4, 2020

April 4, 2020

Complaint
66

3:20-cv-00467

Ruling on the Libertarian Party of Connecticut

470 F.Supp.3d 169, 2020 WL 3526922

June 27, 2020

June 27, 2020

Order/Opinion
120

0:20-02179

Opinion

Libertarian Party of Connecticut v. Lamont

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

977 F.3d 173

Oct. 2, 2020

Oct. 2, 2020

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/17044127/libertarian-party-of-connecticut-v-lamont/

Last updated Aug. 9, 2022, 3:10 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT Verified Complaint against All Defendants, filed by Libertarian Party of Connecticut, Daniel Reale, Harold Harris.(Bona, Edward) Modified text to update against party on 4/6/2020 (Anastasio, F.). (Entered: 04/04/2020)

April 4, 2020

April 4, 2020

Clearinghouse
2

Emergency MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order by Harold Harris, Libertarian Party of Connecticut, Daniel Reale. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Exhibit, # 5 Exhibit, # 6 Exhibit)(Bona, Edward) (Entered: 04/04/2020)

April 4, 2020

April 4, 2020

PACER
3

MOTION for Extension of Time until 04/08/20 to pay filing fee, which is presently deposited in the mail to the Court Clerk by Harold Harris, Libertarian Party of Connecticut, Daniel Reale. (Bona, Edward) (Entered: 04/04/2020)

April 4, 2020

April 4, 2020

PACER

Judge Janet C. Hall added. (Nuzzi, Tiffany)

April 4, 2020

April 4, 2020

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4

Order on Pretrial Deadlines: Amended Pleadings due by 6/3/2020. Discovery due by 10/4/2020. Dispositive Motions due by 11/8/2020. Signed by Clerk on 4/4/2020. (Reis, Julia) (Entered: 04/06/2020)

April 4, 2020

April 4, 2020

PACER
5

ELECTRONIC FILING ORDER FOR COUNSEL - PLEASE ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH COURTESY COPY REQUIREMENTS IN THIS ORDER Signed by Judge Janet C. Hall on 4/4/2020. (Reis, Julia) (Entered: 04/06/2020)

April 4, 2020

April 4, 2020

PACER
6

STANDING PROTECTIVE ORDER Signed by Judge Janet C. Hall on 4/4/2020. (Reis, Julia) (Entered: 04/06/2020)

April 4, 2020

April 4, 2020

PACER
7

Standing Order re: Discovery Signed by Judge Janet C. Hall on 4/4/2020. (Reis, Julia) (Entered: 04/06/2020)

April 4, 2020

April 4, 2020

PACER
8

NOTICE TO COUNSEL/SELF-REPRESENTED PARTIES : Counsel or self-represented parties initiating or removing this action are responsible for serving all parties with attached documents and copies of 1 Complaint filed by Daniel Reale, Harold Harris, Libertarian Party of Connecticut, 2 Emergency MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order filed by Daniel Reale, Harold Harris, Libertarian Party of Connecticut, 3 MOTION for Extension of Time until 04/08/20 to pay filing fee, which is presently deposited in the mail to the Court Clerk filed by Daniel Reale, Harold Harris, Libertarian Party of Connecticut, 4 Order on Pretrial Deadlines, 5 Electronic Filing Order, 6 Standing Protective Order, 7 Standing Order re: Discovery Signed by Clerk on 4/6/2020. (Reis, Julia) (Entered: 04/06/2020)

April 6, 2020

April 6, 2020

PACER

Add and Terminate Judges

April 6, 2020

April 6, 2020

PACER
9

ORDER granting 3 MOTION for Extension of Time until 04/08/20 to pay filing fee, which is presently deposited in the mail to the Court Clerk by Harold Harris, Libertarian Party of Connecticut, Daniel Reale. Motion is granted on condition that the court receives the plaintiffs filing fee as described in this Motion. SO ORDERED by Judge Janet C. Hall on 4/7/2020. (DeRubeis, B.) (Entered: 04/07/2020)

April 7, 2020

April 7, 2020

PACER

Order on Motion for Extension of Time

April 7, 2020

April 7, 2020

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10

NOTICE of Appearance by Maura Murphy-Osborne on behalf of Ned Lamont, Denise Merrill (Murphy-Osborne, Maura) (Entered: 04/07/2020)

April 7, 2020

April 7, 2020

PACER
11

NOTICE OF E-FILED CALENDAR: THIS IS THE ONLY NOTICE COUNSEL/THE PARTIES WILL RECEIVE.ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE MUST PRESENT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION. Telephonic Status Conference set for 4/16/2020 02:00 PM in Chambers Room 107, 141 Church St., New Haven, CT before Judge Janet C. Hall. Counsel are requested to participate in this conference, via telephone. Please use the following dial-in for this call: 1-877-873-8017; Access Code: 6415663#. (DeRubeis, B.) (Entered: 04/08/2020)

April 8, 2020

April 8, 2020

PACER

Calendar Entry

April 8, 2020

April 8, 2020

PACER

Filing Fee Received

April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020

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Calendar Entry

April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020

PACER

Notice

April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020

PACER

Filing fee received from Libertarian Party of Connecticut: $ 400.00, receipt number CTXH00016833 (Peterson, M)

April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020

PACER
12

Emergency EXPARTE MOTION to Immediately Grant Temporary Restraining Order (ECF 2) to prevent irreparable harm to Plaintiffs and reduce health risks of COVID-19 Defendants demand they be exposed to circulating ballot petitions by Libertarian Party of Connecticut, Daniel Reale, Harold Harris. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Email to Counsel for Defendants April 6, 2020 with Complaint, Orders, TRO and Documents, # 2 Exhibit USPS Reciepts of Notice via Priority Registered Mail to Defendants and Office of Attorney General)(Bona, Edward) (Entered: 04/10/2020)

April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020

PACER
13

NOTICE: The court has received the plaintiffs recent filings and notes that the court has a telephone hearing set for April 16, 2020. In light of these filings, the court will advance the hearing. SO ORDERED by Judge Janet C. Hall on 4/10/2020.(Velickovic, Iva) (Entered: 04/10/2020)

April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020

PACER
14

NOTICE OF E-FILED CALENDAR: THIS IS THE ONLY NOTICE COUNSEL/THE PARTIES WILL RECEIVE.ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE MUST PRESENT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION. RESET FROM 4/16/2020 Telephonic Status Conference set for 4/14/2020 at 03:00 PM in Chambers Room 107, 141 Church St., New Haven, CT before Judge Janet C. Hall. Counsel are requested to participate in this conference, via telephone. Please use the following dial-in for this call: 1-877-873-8017; Access Code: 6415663#. (Velickovic, Iva) (Entered: 04/10/2020)

April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020

PACER
15

NOTICE of Appearance by Alma Rose Nunley on behalf of Ned Lamont, Denise Merrill (Nunley, Alma) (Entered: 04/14/2020)

April 14, 2020

April 14, 2020

PACER
16

NOTICE OF E-FILED CALENDAR: THIS IS THE ONLY NOTICE COUNSEL/THE PARTIES WILL RECEIVE.ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE MUST PRESENT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION. Telephonic Status Conference set for 4/20/2020 03:30 PM in Chambers Room 107, 141 Church St., New Haven, CT before Judge Janet C. Hall. Counsel are requested to participate in this conference, via telephone. Please use the following dial-in for this call: 1-877-873-8017; Access Code: 6415663#. (DeRubeis, B.) (Entered: 04/15/2020)

April 15, 2020

April 15, 2020

PACER

Calendar Entry

April 15, 2020

April 15, 2020

PACER
17

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Janet C. Hall: Telephonic Status Conference held on 4/20/2020. As discussed on the record, the court expects the defendants, within two weeks or less, to inform the court what position they will take as to the relief sought regarding the petitioning process in the plaintiffs Motion for Temporary Restraining Order. A calendar for another telephonic conference will issue. Total time: 30 minutes. (Court Reporter Terri Fidanza.) (DeRubeis, B.) (Entered: 04/20/2020)

April 20, 2020

April 20, 2020

PACER

Status Conference

April 20, 2020

April 20, 2020

PACER

Calendar Entry

April 20, 2020

April 20, 2020

PACER
18

NOTICE OF E-FILED CALENDAR: THIS IS THE ONLY NOTICE COUNSEL/THE PARTIES WILL RECEIVE. ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE MUST PRESENT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION. Telephonic Status Conference set for 5/4/2020 03:30 PM in Chambers Room 107, 141 Church St., New Haven, CT before Judge Janet C. Hall. Counsel/Pro Se Party are requested to participate in this conference, via telephone. Please use the following dial-in for this call: 1-877-873-8017; Access Code: 6415663#. (DeRubeis, B.) (Entered: 04/20/2020)

April 20, 2020

April 20, 2020

PACER
19

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Janet C. Hall: Minute Entry: Telephonic Conference (30 Min). As discussed on the record, the court expects the defendants, within two weeks or less, to inform the court what position they will take as to the relief sought regarding the petitioning process in the plaintiffs Motion for Temporary Restraining Order. A calendar for another telephonic conference will issue. 30 minutes(Court Reporter Terri Fidanza.) (Lewis, D) (Entered: 04/21/2020)

April 20, 2020

April 20, 2020

PACER

Motion Hearing

April 21, 2020

April 21, 2020

PACER
20

TRANSCRIPT of Proceedings: Type of Hearing: Telephonic Conference. Held on April 20, 2020 before Judge Janet C. Hall. Court Reporter: Terri Fidanza. IMPORTANT NOTICE - REDACTION OF TRANSCRIPTS: To remove personal identifier information from the transcript, a party must electronically file a Notice of Intent to Request Redaction with the Clerk's Office within seven (7) calendar days of this date. If no such Notice is filed, the court will assume redaction of personal identifiers is not necessary and the transcript will be made available through PACER without redaction 90 days from today's date. The transcript may be viewed at the court public terminal or purchased through the Court Reporter/Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained through PACER. The policy governing the redaction of personal information is located on the court website at www.ctd.uscourts.gov. Redaction Request due 5/13/2020. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 5/23/2020. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 7/21/2020. (Fidanza, T.) (Entered: 04/22/2020)

April 22, 2020

April 22, 2020

PACER
21

NOTICE by Ned Lamont, Denise Merrill Notice of Correspondence from State of CT General Assembly (Murphy-Osborne, Maura) (Entered: 05/04/2020)

May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020

RECAP

Calendar Entry

May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020

PACER

Status Conference

May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020

PACER
22

MOTION to Intervene by Kyle Kenley Kopitke.Responses due by 5/25/2020 (Lewis, D) (Entered: 05/04/2020)

May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020

PACER
23

Intervenor COMPLAINT, filed by Kyle Kenley Kopitke.(Lewis, D) Modified on 6/1/2020 (Lewis, D). (Entered: 05/04/2020)

May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020

RECAP
24

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Janet C. Hall: Telephonic Status Conference held on 5/4/2020. As discussed on the record, the court will hold another status conference in this matter next week, on May 11, 2020. A separate calendar notice will issue. In addition, as discussed on the record, the court orders the parties to submit briefing on the Plaintiffs' Motions for Temporary Restraining Order (Doc. Nos. 2 and 12) as follows. The plaintiffs will submit their memoranda by May 14, 2020. The defendants will respond by May 26, 2020. The plaintiffs will reply to the defendants response by June 1, 2020. Finally, also pending before this court is Kyle Kenley Kopitkes Motion to Intervene (Doc. No. 22). The court will give the parties until May 14, 2020 to respond to that Motion. Total Time: 30 minutes. (Court Reporter Terri Fidanza.) (DeRubeis, B.) (Entered: 05/04/2020)

May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020

PACER
25

NOTICE OF E-FILED CALENDAR: THIS IS THE ONLY NOTICE COUNSEL/THE PARTIES WILL RECEIVE.ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE MUST PRESENT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION. Telephonic Status Conference set for 5/11/2020 03:30 PM in Chambers Room 107, 141 Church St., New Haven, CT before Judge Janet C. Hall. Counsel/Pro Se Litigant are requested to participate in this conference, via telephone. Please use the following dial-in for this call: 1-877-873-8017; Access Code: 6415663#. (DeRubeis, B.) (Entered: 05/04/2020)

May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020

PACER
26

TRANSCRIPT of Proceedings: Type of Hearing: Telephonic Conference. Held on May 4, 2020 before Judge Janet C. Hall. Court Reporter: Terri Fidanza. IMPORTANT NOTICE - REDACTION OF TRANSCRIPTS: To remove personal identifier information from the transcript, a party must electronically file a Notice of Intent to Request Redaction with the Clerk's Office within seven (7) calendar days of this date. If no such Notice is filed, the court will assume redaction of personal identifiers is not necessary and the transcript will be made available through PACER without redaction 90 days from today's date. The transcript may be viewed at the court public terminal or purchased through the Court Reporter/Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained through PACER. The policy governing the redaction of personal information is located on the court website at www.ctd.uscourts.gov. Redaction Request due 5/26/2020. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 6/5/2020. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 8/3/2020. (Fidanza, T.) (Entered: 05/05/2020)

May 5, 2020

May 5, 2020

PACER
27

NOTICE of Appearance by William M. Bloss on behalf of The Independent Party, Michael Telesca (Bloss, William) (Entered: 05/11/2020)

May 11, 2020

May 11, 2020

PACER

Motion Hearing

May 11, 2020

May 11, 2020

PACER

Order on Motion to Intervene

May 11, 2020

May 11, 2020

PACER
28

MOTION to Intervene by Michael Telesca, The Independent Party.Responses due by 6/1/2020 (Bloss, William) (Entered: 05/11/2020)

May 11, 2020

May 11, 2020

PACER
29

Memorandum in Support re 28 MOTION to Intervene filed by Michael Telesca, The Independent Party. (Bloss, William) (Entered: 05/11/2020)

May 11, 2020

May 11, 2020

PACER
30

Joint Memorandum in Support re 2 Emergency MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order, 12 Emergency EXPARTE MOTION to Immediately Grant Temporary Restraining Order (ECF 2) to prevent irreparable harm to Plaintiffs and reduce health risks of COVID-19 Defendants demand they be exposed to circulating ballot petitions, and order number of required signatures for all ballot petitions be zero filed by Harold Harris, Libertarian Party of Connecticut, Daniel Reale. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Misbach v Merrill Application for Injunction Memo and Allied Papers, # 2 Exhibit March 10, 2020 Declaration of Emergency by Defendant Lamont, # 3 Exhibit EO 7G, # 4 Exhibit EO 7H, # 5 Exhibit EO 7, # 6 Exhibit EO 7D, # 7 Exhibit EO 7N, # 8 Exhibit EO 7bb, # 9 Exhibit EO 7R, # 10 Exhibit Defendant Merrill Letter Proposing Signature Requirements be Waived Entirely, # 11 Exhibit State of CT 'Safe Store" Guidlines Rendering it Impossible to Get Within Six Feet of Petitioners, # 12 Exhibit Def. Merrill Opinion Voting in Person for August Primary Too Dangerous, # 13 Exhibit Dept of Consumer Protection Waiving Signature Requirements for Beer & Wine Delivery)(Bona, Edward) (Entered: 05/11/2020)

May 11, 2020

May 11, 2020

PACER
31

NOTICE by Ned Lamont, Denise Merrill Notice of Executive Oder No. 7LL Changes to Petitioning Process for Ballot Access (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Murphy-Osborne, Maura) (Entered: 05/11/2020)

May 11, 2020

May 11, 2020

PACER
32

Minute Entry. Proceedings held before Judge Janet C. Hall: Motion Hearing held on 5/11/2020; As discussed on the record, the Motions to Intervene (Doc. Nos. 22 and 28 ) are taken under advisement. The briefing deadlines outlined in the courts May 4, 2020 Minute Entry (Doc. No. 24 ) remain in effect. 30 minutesCourt Reporter Terri Fidanza (Lewis, D) (Entered: 05/11/2020)

May 11, 2020

May 11, 2020

PACER
36

Appearance Self Represented Party by Kyle Kenley Kopitke (Reis, Julia) (Entered: 05/12/2020)

May 11, 2020

May 11, 2020

PACER
33

ORDER REFERRING CASE to Magistrate Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam for Settlement Conference Signed by Judge Janet C. Hall on 5/12/2020.(Caffrey, A.) (Entered: 05/12/2020)

May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020

PACER

Order Referring Case to Magistrate Judge

May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020

PACER

Settlement Conference

May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020

PACER
34

MOTION for Electronic Filing Access and Notice by Daniel Reale. (Reis, Julia) (Entered: 05/12/2020)

May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020

RECAP
35

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam: Telephonic Ex Parte Settlement Conference held on 5/12/2020 with self-represented plaintiff Daniel Reale and counsel for plaintiffs Libertarian Party of Connecticut and Harold Harris. 22 minutes. (Katz, S.) (Entered: 05/12/2020)

May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020

PACER
37

ORDER. After engaging in informal communications with the parties, the Court has concluded that mediation of this matter would not be productive. Accordingly, this case should proceed to a resolution on the merits. If at any time the parties believe that settlement discussions would be productive, the Court encourages the parties to contact the undersigned's chambers at SALM_Settlement@ctd.uscourts.gov to begin discussions. Signed by Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam on 5/13/2020. (Katz, S.) (Entered: 05/13/2020)

May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020

PACER

Order on Motion for Order

May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020

PACER

Order

May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020

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38

ORDER granting 34 Motion for Order. Motion granted subject to his completion of the required form which the Clerks Office will provide. SO ORDERED by Judge Janet C. Hall on 5/13/2020. (Lewis, D) (Entered: 05/13/2020)

May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020

PACER
39

Order granting 28 Motion to Intervene. The moving intervenors are similarly situated to the plaintiffs in relation to the issues raised, remedies sought, and present common questions of law and fact.>br>The moving intervenors, Independent Party and Michael Telesca, clearly have a direct and substantial interest, and they have made a minimal showing that plaintiffs will not adequately protect the moving intervenors interest. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 24(a)2.The intervening plaintiffs will file their intervenor complaint by 5/18/2020, and any memorandum in support of Temporary Restraining Order/Preliminary Injunction by 5/19/2020. The defendants opposition is due on 5/26/2020.. SO ORDERED by Judge Janet C. Hall on 5/15/2020. (Lewis, D) (Entered: 05/15/2020)

May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

PACER

Order on Motion to Intervene

May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

PACER
40

Amended Order granting 22 and 28 Motions to Intervene. The moving intervenors are similarly situated to the plaintiffs in relation to the issues raised, remedies sought, and present common questions of law and fact.The moving intervenors clearly have a direct and substantial interest, and they have made a minimal showing that plaintiffs will not adequately protect the moving intervenors interests. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 24(a)(2).If they have not already done so, the intervening plaintiffs will file their intervenor complaint by 5/18/2020, and any memorandum in support of Temporary Restraining Order/Preliminary Injunction by 5/19/2020. The defendants opposition is due on 5/26/2020.. SO ORDERED by Judge Janet C. Hall on 5/15/2020. (Lewis, D) (Entered: 05/15/2020)

May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

PACER
41

Intervenor COMPLAINT, filed by The Independent Party, Michael Telesca.(Bloss, William) (Entered: 05/18/2020)

May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

RECAP
42

First MOTION for Extension of Time until June 30, 2020 to Answer by Ned Lamont, Denise Merrill. (Murphy-Osborne, Maura) (Entered: 05/18/2020)

May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

PACER
43

MOTION for Preliminary Injunction by Michael Telesca, The Independent Party.Responses due by 6/9/2020 (Bloss, William) (Entered: 05/19/2020)

May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020

PACER

Update Answer Deadline

May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020

PACER

Order on Motion for Extension of Time

May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020

PACER
44

Memorandum in Support re 43 MOTION for Preliminary Injunction filed by Michael Telesca, The Independent Party. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G, # 8 Exhibit H)(Bloss, William) (Entered: 05/19/2020)

May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020

PACER
45

ORDER granting 42 First MOTION for Extension of Time until June 30, 2020 to Answer. Granted for good cause. SO ORDERED by Judge Janet C. Hall on 5/19/2020. (Lewis, D) (Entered: 05/19/2020)

May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020

PACER

Answer deadline updated for Ned Lamont to 6/30/2020; Denise Merrill to 6/30/2020. (Lewis, D)

May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020

PACER
46

Memorandum in Opposition Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Injunctive Relief re 43 MOTION for Preliminary Injunction, 12 Emergency EXPARTE MOTION to Immediately Grant Temporary Restraining Order (ECF 2) to prevent irreparable harm to Plaintiffs and reduce health risks of COVID-19 Defendants demand they be exposed to circulating ballot petitions filed by Ned Lamont, Denise Merrill. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit 1 to Defendant's Opposition to Plaintiffs' Mtn for Temporary Restraining Order and Injunctive Relief)(Murphy-Osborne, Maura) (Entered: 05/26/2020)

May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

PACER
47

MOTION for Discovery Conference by Michael Telesca, The Independent Party. (Bloss, William) (Entered: 05/27/2020)

May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020

RECAP
48

Appearance Self Represented Party by Ethan Alcorn (Reis, Julia) (Entered: 05/27/2020)

May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020

PACER
49

MOTION to Intervene by Ethan Alcorn. Responses due by 6/17/2020. (Attachments: # 1 Complaint)(Reis, Julia) (Entered: 05/27/2020)

May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020

PACER
50

NOTICE OF E-FILED CALENDAR: THIS IS THE ONLY NOTICE COUNSEL/THE PARTIES WILL RECEIVE. ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE MUST PRESENT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION. Telephonic Conference re: Discovery set for 6/1/2020 04:00 PM in Chambers Room 107, 141 Church St., New Haven, CT before Judge Janet C. Hall. Counsel/Pro Se litigant are requested to participate in this conference, via telephone. Please use the following dial-in for this call: 1-877-873-8017; Access Code: 6415663#. (DeRubeis, B.) (Entered: 05/29/2020)

May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020

PACER

Calendar Entry

May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020

PACER
51

REPLY to Response to 43 MOTION for Preliminary Injunction, 2 Emergency MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order, 12 Emergency EXPARTE MOTION to Immediately Grant Temporary Restraining Order (ECF 2) to prevent irreparable harm to Plaintiffs and reduce health risks of COVID-19 Defendants demand they be exposed to circulating ballot petitions and State's Objection filed by Harold Harris, Libertarian Party of Connecticut, Daniel Reale. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit EO 7LL, # 2 Exhibit Instructions for Application for Petition, # 3 Exhibit Party Reservation Form, # 4 Exhibit Instructions for Nominating Petition, # 5 Exhibit COVID-19 Guidance Published by SOTS, # 6 Exhibit Declaration of Harrold Harris re time to obtain petition page, # 7 Exhibit Supplementary Declaration of Plaintiff Reale re Party Ability to Carry Out new procedures, # 8 Exhibit Unsigned Return Reciept from Def. Merrill's office)(Bona, Edward) (Entered: 06/01/2020)

June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020

PACER
52

Memorandum in Support re 43 MOTION for Preliminary Injunction filed by Michael Telesca, The Independent Party. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F)(Bloss, William) (Entered: 06/01/2020)

June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020

PACER
53

Minute Entry. Proceedings held before Judge Janet C. Hall: Telephonic Status Conference held on 6/1/2020, granting 47 Motion for Discovery Conference. As stated on the record, the Court denies the Request for Production of Documents; the court will not permit expedited discovery prior to the hearing, which will be scheduled in a separate docket entry. Total time: 55 minutes. (Court Reporter Terri Fidanza.) (DeRubeis, B.) (Entered: 06/01/2020)

June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020

PACER

Status Conference AND Order on Motion for Conference

June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020

PACER
54

MOTION to Intervene by Green Party of Connecticut, Justin Paglino, Patricia Kane.Responses due by 7/1/2020 (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support)(Goselin, Peter) (Entered: 06/10/2020)

June 10, 2020

June 10, 2020

PACER
55

NOTICE re 54 MOTION to Intervene : Any objections to motion to intervene must be filed by June 17, 2020. SO ORDERED by Judge Janet C. Hall on 6/11/2020.(Lewis, D) (Entered: 06/11/2020)

June 11, 2020

June 11, 2020

PACER

Notice

June 11, 2020

June 11, 2020

PACER
56

NOTICE OF E-FILED CALENDAR: THIS IS THE ONLY NOTICE COUNSEL/THE PARTIES WILL RECEIVE.ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE MUST PRESENT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION. Oral Argument Hearing set for 6/22/2020 10:30 AM before Judge Janet C. Hall via Zoom. The public may access the proceedings by telephone at 1-646-828-7666, entering meeting ID no. 1600916539, and meeting password 785515 when prompted. The public may also join by video conference through the Zoom application at https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1600916539. Persons granted remote access to proceedings are reminded of the general prohibition against photographing, recording, screenshots, streaming, and rebroadcasting in any form, of court proceedings. The Judicial Conference of the United States, which governs the practices of the federal courts, has prohibited it. Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions, including removal of court issued media credentials, restricted entry to future hearings, denial of entry to future hearings, or any other sanctions deemed necessary and appropriate by the court. (Lewis, D) (Entered: 06/15/2020)

June 15, 2020

June 15, 2020

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NOTICE regarding hearing via Zoom: The Oral Argument scheduled for 6/22/2020 at 10:30 will be conducted via Zoom. The video link is https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1600916539?pwd=ZkY3Zm1Hd3hQbUt3YUpQSHVZZDB0QT09 and call in number is 1-646-828-7666.Meeting ID: 160 091 6539 Meeting Password: 785515Please note: Persons granted remote access to proceedings are reminded of the general prohibition against photographing, recording, screenshots, streaming, and rebroadcasting in any form, of court proceedings. The Judicial Conference of the United States, which governs the practices of the federal courts, has prohibited it. Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions, including removal of court issued media credentials, restricted entry to future hearings, denial of entry to future hearings, or any other sanctions deemed necessary and appropriate by the court.. (Lewis, D)

June 15, 2020

June 15, 2020

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Set Motion and Rcmd Ruling Deadlines/Hearings AND Calendar Entry

June 15, 2020

June 15, 2020

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Notice Regarding Hearing Via Zoom

June 15, 2020

June 15, 2020

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Memorandum in Opposition Defendant's Opposition to Motion to Intervene re 54 MOTION to Intervene filed by Ned Lamont, Denise Merrill. (Murphy-Osborne, Maura) (Entered: 06/17/2020)

June 17, 2020

June 17, 2020

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Joint Memorandum in Support re 54 MOTION to Intervene by Proposed Green Party Plaintiffs filed by Harold Harris, Libertarian Party of Connecticut, Daniel Reale. (Bona, Edward) (Entered: 06/17/2020)

June 17, 2020

June 17, 2020

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59

NOTICE by Michael Telesca, The Independent Party of supplemental declaration (Bloss, William) (Entered: 06/18/2020)

June 18, 2020

June 18, 2020

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NOTICE by Michael Telesca, The Independent Party re 54 MOTION to Intervene (Bloss, William) (Entered: 06/18/2020)

June 18, 2020

June 18, 2020

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61

Joint NOTICE by Harold Harris, Libertarian Party of Connecticut, Daniel Reale re 30 Memorandum in Support of Motion,,,, 51 Reply to Response to Motion,,, re updated efforts and circumstances related to EO 7LL (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit Supplemental Affidavit of Harold Harris, Candidate for State Senate, # 2 Affidavit Supplemental Declaration of Daniel Reale, Chair of Libertarian Party of Connecticut, # 3 Affidavit Declaration of Douglas Lary, Regional Election Monitor of Northeast Connecticut Council of Governments (role created by CGS ยง9-229))(Bona, Edward) (Entered: 06/18/2020)

June 18, 2020

June 18, 2020

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AFFIDAVIT with Exhibits Signed By Theodore E. Bromley filed by Ned Lamont, Denise Merrill. (Murphy-Osborne, Maura) (Entered: 06/21/2020)

June 21, 2020

June 21, 2020

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Minute Entry. Proceedings held before Judge Janet C. Hall: Motion Hearing held on 6/22/2020; taking under advisement Motion for Preliminary Injunction (Doc. Nos. 2, 12, 43 ). Ruling to issue. Total Time: 3 hours and 10 minutes(Court Reporter Terri Fidanza.) (Lewis, D) (Entered: 06/22/2020)

June 22, 2020

June 22, 2020

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Second MOTION for Extension of Time until 08/21/2020 to File Answer by Ned Lamont, Denise Merrill. (Murphy-Osborne, Maura) (Entered: 06/24/2020)

June 24, 2020

June 24, 2020

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ORDER granting in part 64 Second MOTION for Extension of Time until 08/21/2020 to File Answer. Granted in part to August 7, 2020. The defendant may request additional time for any additional intervenor complaints. However, the Original complaint was filed in April, and the court deems this extension sufficient. SO ORDERED by Judge Janet C. Hall on 6/25/2020. (Lewis, D) Modified on 6/25/2020 (Lewis, D). (Entered: 06/25/2020)

June 25, 2020

June 25, 2020

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Answer deadline updated for Ned Lamont to 8/7/2020; Denise Merrill to 8/7/2020. (Lewis, D)

June 25, 2020

June 25, 2020

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Order on Motion for Extension of Time

June 25, 2020

June 25, 2020

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Update Answer Deadline

June 25, 2020

June 25, 2020

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RULING For the reasons stated above, the Libertarian Party plaintiffs Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (Doc. 2 ), the Libertarian Party plaintiffs Emergency Motion to Grant Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (Doc. No. 12 ), and the Indepe ndent Party plaintiffs Motion for Preliminary Injunction (Doc. No. 43 ) are denied. The Green Partys Motion to Intervene (Doc. No. 54 ) and Alcorns Motion to Intervene (Doc. No. 49 ) are granted.. Signed by Judge Janet C. Hall on 6/27/2020. (Lewis, D)

June 27, 2020

June 27, 2020

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Notice of Appeal

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July 9, 2020

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Case Details

State / Territory: Connecticut

Case Type(s):

Election/Voting Rights

Special Collection(s):

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

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Key Dates

Filing Date: April 4, 2020

Case Ongoing: Yes