Anthony B. Corleto: Lawyer with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Anthony B. Corleto

Phone203.388.2404

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Practice Areas

  • Accountants
  • Commercial & Business Litigation
  • Commercial Contracts & Agreements
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • General Liability & Casualty
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Coverage
  • Construction
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Municipal/Local Government
  • Real Estate & Development
  • Real Property
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 203.388.2404
Fax: 203.388.9101
http://www.wilsonelser.com/attorneys/anthony_b_corleto
 
University College of Insurance, B.B.A., 1983
 
Law SchoolPace University School of Law, J.D., 1989
 
AdmittedConnecticut; U.S. Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court; U.S. District Court
 
Biography

Tony Corleto focuses on commercial litigation, transactions and municipal liability. His experience covers intellectual property, corporate, construction, insurance coverage and bad faith, environmental, and employment practice liability issues. He regularly tries cases and argues appeals in the state and federal courts of Connecticut and New York, including complex matters involving banking and lease finance, software disputes, development rights and insurance coverage.

Before his legal career, Tony worked as a commercial casualty underwriter and risk management consultant. He also has served as general counsel for a software company where he handled copyright, trademark, trade secret and licensing matters.

Whether Tony is managing a data breach for a gaming company or litigating construction defect issues, he looks beyond the issue of immediate concern to better understand how it originated. This allows him to help clients avoid similar problems in the future.

Areas of Focus

Commercial Services
In commercial litigation and transactions, Tony represents a wide range of clients, including consulting organizations in the technology, environmental and market research sectors general and trade contractors insurance companies and brokers and software developers.

Tony has handled branding/identity projects, franchise matters involving petroleum dealers (PMPA) and automobile dealers, and transfers of environmentally impaired properties. He has litigated commercial disputes involving trademark, copyright, trade dress and patent infringement claims. As counsel to automobile leasing companies, manufacturers, banks, software developers and consulting organizations, Tony also has managed numerous transactions involving licensing, executive employment, spin-offs, mergers, buy-backs, technology transfers and real estate.

His recent technology engagements included assisting a new gaming company with its strategic agreements, copyright and licensing work. He also recently assisted a market research company after hackers accessed and posted proprietary product development information. Leading a team of Wilson Elser attorneys, the offending posts were taken down, the source of the leak was eliminated, and an effective presentation was made to assure content owners of security going forward.

Tony s recent commercial engagements also included a copyright dispute involving a housewares designer, trade secret matters between competitors, insurance coverage issues related to the 2010 catastrophic snowstorms in the Northeast, and sports liability matters involving football and cheerleading events.

Municipal Liability
Tony has successfully defended property rights claims brought by developers and landowners, wrongful arrest claims brought by detainees, defective road claims, drainage and sewer claims, employment claims, and claims under the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. He has secured defense verdicts, summary judgments and other favorable outcomes for a number of towns and villages. In addition to his litigation work for municipal clients, Tony consults and works on insurance coverage disputes.

Awards & Distinctions

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Publications

Connecticut Appellate Court Rules Reinstatement of Coverage After Lapse for Nonpayment Is Prospective Only

CT Court Articulates Rule for Prospective Coverage

June 12, 2014

In a case of first impression, the Connecticut Appellate Court found that reinstatement of a homeowner's policy after a lapse for nonpayment only restores coverage prospectively. Although the Appellate Court was clear in its articulation of a rule for prospective coverage, insurers may want to take steps to ensure that policy language and cancellation notice clauses clearly state the intent to reinstate coverage only prospectively.

Business Interests Outside Law Practice May Preclude Duty to Defend

ABA Section of Litigation: Professional Liability Newsletter

February 4, 2013

Bloomberg Law Publishes Article by Corleto

January 3, 2012 Corleto writes article for September 13, 2011 issue of the Bloomberg Law Report - Technology Law.

Employment Newsletter

April 2009 This California Employment newsletter discusses the broadened ADA expands 504 and employee accommodation exposure. A recent change in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will expand school district obligations to accommodate students and employees. Addressing case law that narrowly interpreted disability, effective January 1, 2009, the ADA has been broadened (Public Law, 110-32s, September 25, 2008) to enlarge the universe of disabled individuals.

Additional Publications

Second Circuit Decision in Barclays v. Theflyonthewall.com Sheds Light on Conflict over Hot News , Bloomberg Law Reports: Technology Law, September 13, 2011

Events

To me, or not to me? Performing artists and the Right of Publicity

Speaking Engagements

July 17, 2014

New York Intellectual Property Association: Hot Topics in Trademark, Advertising, & Copyright CLE Seminar

Preparing a Defense for Sports Medicine Practitioners

Speaking Engagements

May 10, 2013

The 7th Annual National Summit on Sports Concussion

News

Tony Corleto Named General Counsel for National Sports Concussion Coalition

February 2014

Corleto and Antoci Prevail in Defamation Case

April 16, 2013

Corleto and Jean-Pierre Win Summary Judgment in Sexual Discrimination/Zoning Case

October 19, 2012

Corleto and Antoci Win Summary Judgment in Rough Coaching” Case

October 9, 2012

Municipal Practice Wins Motion to Dismiss in RLUIPA Case

May 19, 2011 Anthony B. Corleto obtained dismissal of a Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) case on behalf of his defendant clients, an international groundwater and environmental engineering services firm and one of its consultants.

Corleto Wins Defense Verdict for School Bullying Case

April 20, 2010 Anthony B. Corleto (Partner-Connecticut) obtained a defense verdict for a Connecticut municipal Board of Education and its officials in a student bullying” case. Michaelle Jean-Pierre (Associate-Connecticut) assisted in preparation of the case.

Wilson Elser goes 3-0 on Injunctions Filed by Youth Football Teams

November 13, 2009 On behalf of their client, a national nonprofit youth football organization, Wilson Elser attorneys Anthony Corleto and Valerie N. Kloecker defeated injunctions brought by three disqualified teams seeking to gain post-season berths in regional championships. Winners at the regional level advance to the Super Bowl.

Corleto Wins Defense Verdict for Builder

September 4, 2009 Anthony Corleto obtained a defense verdict in a trespass/property damage claim brought by the owner of a Greenwich, Connecticut estate home against the owner of the adjacent property and his builder. The case was venued in Connecticut Superior Court, Stamford.

Corleto Resolves Tenants Debt through Writ of Attachment

June 2, 2009 Anthony B. Corleto resolved a commercial dispute between Wilson Elser's client, a landlord, and his tenant, a printing/graphics design business, whose owner was chronically delinquent in paying his rent and was preparing to vacate the premises prior to the expiration of his lease.

Corleto Wins Summary Judgment and Counter Claims for Insurance Company

March 27, 2009 Anthony B. Corleto won summary judgment dismissal of tortious interference, unfair trade practice and breach of an exclusive dealing contract claim in Connecticut Federal Court on behalf of the defendant, an insurance company. (Also at White Plains, New York Office)

 
Reported CasesRepresentative Matters; Commercial; Won summary judgment dismissal of tortious interference, unfair trade practice and breach of contract claims in federal court in the District of Connecticut on behalf of an insurance company client. Plaintiff, an independent adjuster, commenced this action to recover payment of unpaid invoices and for breach of an alleged agreement to use the adjuster's services exclusively in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Defendant withheld payment and ended the relationship when an internal audit revealed a pattern of fraudulent billing by plaintiff, and brought a counterclaim for affirmative relief. Court dismissed plaintiff's breach of contract claims; defendant's counterclaims and plaintiff's claim for unpaid invoices also were resolved favorably for the client.Resolved a commercial dispute between a landlord client and a tenant that was chronically delinquent in paying rent and was preparing to vacate the premises prior to the expiration of the lease. In a rare move, the court granted the Writ of Attachment in an amount $240,000, which covered both back rent and the remaining balance of the lease.Obtained a defense verdict in a trespass/property damage claim brought in Connecticut Superior Court by the owner of a Greenwich, CT, estate home against the owner and builder of the adjacent property. Plaintiff claimed that the construction company, while doing work on the adjacent property owned by the co-defendant, trespassed on her property, damaging a vintage rock wall and disrupting the grade. Successfully argued that plaintiff failed to meet her burden of proof.Represent a national nonprofit youth football organization as a defendant in a variety of matters arising from league operations across the country, including defeating injunctions brought by three disqualified teams seeking to gain post-season berths in regional championships.Municipal; Obtained dismissal of a Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) case in the Eastern District of New York against an environmental engineering consulting firm. Plaintiff, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY, acquired a 97-acre parcel of land in the Village of Old Westbury to develop a cemetery. After the Village denied a permit because cemeteries were not within the building code, the diocese sued, claiming the cemetery would be used for religious purposes and therefore would be allowed under RLUIPA. The diocese prevailed on appeal, with the stipulation that the project be subject to State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process. Our client, the environmental consulting firm, was hired by the Village to establish ground water monitoring and management criteria under which a cemetery could be developed, if feasible. The firm recommended stringent criteria to avoid contamination of the main source of water on Long Island. The diocese claimed the firm violated RLUIPA and the first and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution because its criteria for the cemetery were more stringent than regional criteria for similar non-religious uses ( e.g., golf courses). We successfully argued that plaintiff failed to articulate facts demonstrating religious animus or an interference with the exercise of religious beliefs.Won defense verdict for a Connecticut municipal Board of Education and its officials in a student bullying case. Complainant initially leveled claims of common law negligence and violations of the Connecticut bullying statute. Court granted defendants' initial motion to strike the bullying claim on the grounds that the statute did not create a private cause of action. Motions for summary judgment based on governmental and qualified immunity were denied for questions of fact.
 
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Connecticut Appellate Court Rules Reinstatement of Coverage After Lapse for Nonpayment Is Prospective Only
Anthony B. Corleto, June 18, 2014
When a homeowner’s insurer reinstates coverage that was cancelled for nonpayment of premium, can it avoid coverage for a fire loss that happened while the policy was cancelled? Yes, said the Connecticut Appellate Court in the recent decision Brown v. State Farm Insurance Co., 150 Conn. App....


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