Connecticut Supreme Court Decisions 2013

Milliun v. New Milford Hosp.  
Date: December 31, 2013
Docket Number: SC18845

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, Leslie Milliun's conservator, filed a negligence suit against Defendant hospital, alleging that, while in Defendant's care, Leslie suffered severe respiratory dysfunction which resulted in Leslie's severe brai...

State v. Heredia  
Date: December 31, 2013
Docket Number: SC19111

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was arrested without a warrant and charged with several crimes. Defendant filed a motion to be released without bond because a probable cause finding had not been made within forty-eight hours of his arrest. Th...

State v. Brown  
Date: December 24, 2013
Docket Number: SC18926

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of multiple offenses and sentenced to a term of incarceration followed by sixteen years of special parole. Defendant filed a motion to correct an illegal sentence, arguing that the trial court ill...

State v. Ferdinand R.  
Date: December 17, 2013
Docket Number: SC18918

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of sexual assault in a spousal relationship in violation of Conn. Gen. Stat. 53a-70b. Defendant appealed, claiming that the trial court should interpret section 53a-70b to requ...

Olson v. Mohammadu  
Date: December 10, 2013
Docket Number: SC18963

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother, who resided in Connecticut, and Father, who resided in Florida, were divorced pursuant to a decree that awarded primary physical custody of the parties' child to Mother and ordered Father to pay alimony and child...

Austin-Cesares v. Safeco Ins. Co. of Am.  
Date: December 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC19081

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a breach of contract action against Defendant, her insurer, claiming that Defendant improperly denied her claim for homeowners' insurance coverage after a fire damaged her home. BSI Financial Services, In...

H.P.T. v. Comm'r of Corr.  
Date: November 26, 2013
Docket Number: SC18962

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was charged with various criminal offenses in two informations. After a jury trial, Petitioner was convicted of sexual assault in the second degree, assault in the second and third degrees, and risk of injury...

State v. Gallo
Date: November 26, 2013
Docket Number: SC18992
MacDermid, Inc. v. Leonetti  
Date: November 26, 2013
Docket Number: SC19077

Justia Opinion Summary: While working for Employer, Employee filed notice of a workers' compensation claim related to a lower back injury he received during the course of his employment. Employee was discharged approximately four years later pu...

Lopez v. Bd. of Educ.  
Date: November 26, 2013
Docket Number: SC19172

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was selected by the City of Bridgeport Board of Education to serve as its acting superintendent of schools. Because Defendant was not certified as a school superintendent in Connecticut, Defendant completed an...

State v. Maguire  
Date: November 19, 2013
Docket Number: SC18828

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of risk of injury to a child and sexual assault in the fourth degree. The Supreme Court reversed the trial court's judgment, holding (1) the prosecutor made improper statements...

Ulbrich v. Groth (Concurrence)
Date: November 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC18815
Ulbrich v. Groth  
Date: November 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC18815

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff successfully bid at a combined foreclosure sale of real estate and secured party auction of personal property owned by Debtors. Bank held mortgage and security interests in the real and personal property. Aucti...

In re Elvin G. (Dissent)
Date: November 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC19108
In re Elvin G.  
Date: November 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC19108

Justia Opinion Summary: Father's parental rights to his two minor children were terminated based on the trial court's determination that Father failed to rehabilitate. Father appealed, arguing that the trial court improperly terminated his pare...

State v. Freeman  
Date: November 5, 2013
Docket Number: SC18909

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of second degree murder and death of a child by a parent, guardian, or custodian. Petitioner filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, claiming that he had been punished twice for the same of...

Wood v. Club, LLC
Date: November 5, 2013
Docket Number: SC18978
State v. Moulton  
Date: October 29, 2013
Docket Number: SC18632

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of breach of the peace in the second degree and harassment in the second degree for allegedly threatening a coworker during a telephone call. The appellate court reversed, c...

Romprey v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America (Dissent)
Date: October 29, 2013
Docket Number: SC18858
Romprey v. Safeco Ins. Co. of Am.  
Date: October 29, 2013
Docket Number: SC18858

Justia Opinion Summary: After Dolly Romprey was involved in an accident, Romprey and her husband (Plaintiffs) sought to recover from their insurer (Defendant) under the uninsured/underinsured motorist provisions of their automobile insurance po...

Johnson v. Board of Education
Date: October 22, 2013
Docket Number: SC18893
Chairperson, Conn. Med. Examining Bd. v. Freedom of Info. Comm'n  
Date: October 15, 2013
Docket Number: SC19055

Justia Opinion Summary: Complainants, an attorney and the Office of the Chief Public Defender, submitted a request for a declaratory ruling to the Connecticut Medical Examining Board asking whether physician participation in the execution of co...

State v. Pires (Dissent)
Date: October 8, 2013
Docket Number: SC18742
State v. Pires  
Date: October 8, 2013
Docket Number: SC18742

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder. Defendant appealed, contending, among other things, that statements he made to the court during a pretrial hearing and at sentencing indicating dissatisfaction with...

Janulawicz v. Comm'r of Corr.  
Date: October 8, 2013
Docket Number: SC18790

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner entered conditional pleas of nolo contendere to several felony offenses. The appellate court affirmed. Petitioner filed an amended petition for a writ of habeas corpus, alleging that his counsel rendered ineff...

Leonetti v. MacDermid, Inc.  
Date: October 1, 2013
Docket Number: SC19085

Justia Opinion Summary: Claimant suffered a lower back injury during the course of his employment and filed notice of a workers' compensation claim. Employer later informed Claimant he would be discharged from his employment. Claimant signed a...

Mirjavadi v. Vakilzadeh  
Date: September 24, 2013
Docket Number: SC18813

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed for a divorce from Orang Fabriz, with whom she had a daughter. Defendant was hired to supervise visits between Fabriz and the child. During a visit supervised by Defendant at a shopping mall, Fabriz abduc...

Citibank, N.A. v. Lindland  
Date: September 17, 2013
Docket Number: SC18885

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose when plaintiff initiated a foreclosure action against defendant. At issue on appeal was whether the trial court had authority to open a judgment of foreclosure by sale and related supplemental judgments a...

Equity One, Inc. v. Shivers (Dissent)
Date: September 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC18775
Equity One, Inc. v. Shivers  
Date: September 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC18775

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant executed a promissory note secured by a mortgage deed. Plaintiff subsequently sought to foreclose on the mortgage, claiming it was the holder of the note and mortgage. The trial court rendered a judgment of for...

Chief Info. Officer v. Computers Plus Ctr., Inc.  
Date: September 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC19029

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from disputes between the Department of Information Technology and Defendant, a computer equipment supplier, over two contracts between the parties. The Department filed this action against Defendant, all...

State v. Acordia, Inc.  
Date: August 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC18756

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, an independent insurance broker, offered its clients insurance products from multiple insurance companies. Plaintiff, the State, brought this action against Defendant, alleging that Defendant's failure to disc...

DiLieto v. County Obstetrics & Gynecology Group, P.C.  
Date: August 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC18838

Justia Opinion Summary: The named plaintiff, Michele DiLeito, commenced this medical malpractice action against Defendants. The jury found Defendants liable and awarded $5,200,000 plus interest to the substitute plaintiff, LiDeito's bankruptcy...

Inv. Assocs. v. Summit Assocs., Inc.  
Date: August 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC18910

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1991, Plaintiff commenced an action to recover on a promissory note. In 1992, Defendant, a guarantor of the note, moved from Connecticut to South Carolina. In 1994, the trial court rendered judgment in Plaintiff's fav...

A. Gallo & Co. v. Comm'r of Envtl. Prot.  
Date: August 20, 2013
Docket Number: SC18764

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs in this case were twelve beer and soft drink manufacturers doing business in Connecticut. In 2009, the Legislature provided that all unclaimed beverage container deposits, which previously had been retained by...

State v. Milner  
Date: August 20, 2013
Docket Number: SC18844

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of burglary in the first degree. After Defendant was released from prison he was found to have violated the terms and conditions of his probation by engaging in criminal conduc...

Town of Marlborough v. AFSCME, Council 4, Local 818-052  
Date: August 20, 2013
Docket Number: SC18865

Justia Opinion Summary: The Town of Malborough terminated the employment of Emily Chaponis as town assessor after the board of selectmen did not make a motion to reappoint her to a successive term of office. Chaponis filed a grievance through t...

Incardona v. Roer  
Date: August 20, 2013
Docket Number: SC18925

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs brought two separate actions alleging that Hazel Smart died as a result of a defective catheter used in her dialysis treatment at Greater Waterbury Gambro HealthCare. The trial court consolidated the two actio...

AFSCME, Council 4. Local 1303-325 v. Town of Westbrook  
Date: August 20, 2013
Docket Number: SC18969

Justia Opinion Summary: After the Town of Westbrook's board of selectmen unanimously voted not to reappoint Ivan Kuvalanka to a successive term of office as town assessor, Kuvalanka filed a grievance asserting that the Town had violated its col...

Kervick v. Silver Hill Hospital (Concurrence)
Date: August 13, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC18805, SC18806
Kervick v. Silver Hill Hosp.  
Date: August 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC18805

Justia Opinion Summary: Decedent admitted herself to Hospital for treatment for major depression and personality disorder. At the time of her admission, Decedent was diagnosed with high suicide ideation and had previously attempted suicide. One...

Jones v. Conn. Med. Examining Bd.  
Date: August 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC18843

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a licensed physician and surgeon, was charged with violating the applicable standard of care in his treatment of two children. The Connecticut Medical Examining Board (board) found that Plaintiff had violated...

D'Ascanio v. Toyota Industries Corp. (Concurrence)
Date: August 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC18935
D'Ascanio v. Toyota Indus. Corp.  
Date: August 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC18935

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, Emilio and Maria D'Ascanio, filed an action for damages incurred as a result of personal injuries sustained by Emilio when he was operating a forklift designed, manufactured, and distributed by Defendants. Pl...

In re Azareon Y.  
Date: August 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC19087

Justia Opinion Summary: The Commissioner of Children and Families filed petitions to terminate Mother's parental rights to her son and daughter. The trial court granted the petitions pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. 17a-112. Mother sought review, c...

In re Brayden E.-H.  
Date: August 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC19136

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court terminated Mother's parental rights to her two minor children and awarded permanent guardianship to the children's paternal great-aunt and her husband. Mother appealed, claiming that the trial court's app...

State v. Stephen J. R.  
Date: August 6, 2013
Docket Number: SC18748

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of eight counts of sexual assault in the first degree and eight counts of risk of injury to a child. The sixteen counts were predicated on four separate incidents. The Supreme...

State v. AFSCME, Council 4, Local 391 (Dissent)
Date: August 6, 2013
Docket Number: SC18749
State v. AFSCME, Council 4, Local 391  
Date: August 6, 2013
Docket Number: SC18749

Justia Opinion Summary: Employee was discharged from his employment for allegedly engaging in sexual harassment. Employee's union filed a grievance against Employer, and the parties submitted the controversy to arbitration. The arbitrator reduc...

State v. Annulli  
Date: August 6, 2013
Docket Number: SC18856

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of sexual assault in the fourth degree and related crimes. Defendant appealed, contending that the trial court erred in precluding him from cross-examining the complainant abou...

State v. Brown  
Date: August 6, 2013
Docket Number: SC18870

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and operating a motor vehicle while having an elevated blood alcohol content. Defendant appealed,...

Marchesi v. Bd. of Selectmen of Town of Lyme  
Date: August 6, 2013
Docket Number: SC18890

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff owned real property on a highway. In 2006, the board of selectmen of the town of Lyme (board) concluded that the highway extended through and across Plaintiff's property. Plaintiff brought an administrative app...

Barros v. Barros  
Date: August 6, 2013
Docket Number: SC18934

Justia Opinion Summary: Upon their divorce, Father and Mother agreed to a parenting plan governing the care and custody of their minor child. Father subsequently sought increased visitation and parenting time. The matter was referred to the Fam...

State v. Dupigney  
Date: August 6, 2013
Docket Number: SC19026

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of murder and related firearms offenses. The appellate court affirmed. Petitioner subsequently filed a petition for postconviction DNA testing, which the lower court denied. The Supreme Court aff...

Tuxis Ohr's Fuel, Inc. v. Adm'r, Unemployment Comp. Act  
Date: July 30, 2013
Docket Number: SC18791

Justia Opinion Summary: Employee, who worked as a driver for Plaintiff, had his commercial driver's license suspended for one year after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Although Employee's misconduct did not occur in the course o...

Fireman's Fund Ins. Co. v. TD Banknorth Ins. Agency, Inc.  
Date: July 30, 2013
Docket Number: SC18796

Justia Opinion Summary: A construction company (Constructor) retained Defendant to arrange insurance for a new housing development. Defendant procured insurance from two insurance companies (Peerless and Hartford). Peerless denied coverage for...

Adams v. Comm'r of Corr.  
Date: July 23, 2013
Docket Number: SC18810

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was convicted of murder and other offenses in connection with a shooting that left one man dead and two others seriously wounded. At trial, one of the victims testified falsely regarding th...

Dowling v. Szymczak  
Date: July 23, 2013
Docket Number: SC18922

Justia Opinion Summary: The family court magistrate ordered Defendant to pay $1440 in weekly child support based on Defendant's eighty-six percent proportionate share of the parties' combined net weekly income of $14,154. In determining the app...

Blonski v. Metropolitan District Commission (Concurrence)
Date: July 16, 2013
Docket Number: SC18809
Blonski v. Metro. Dist. Comm'n  
Date: July 16, 2013
Docket Number: SC18809

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was injured when she rode her bicycle into a pipe gate on property maintained by Defendant, a water supply company. Plaintiff brought this action claiming that Defendant was negligent in its maintenance of the...

Doe v. Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center (Dissent)
Date: July 16, 2013
Docket Number: SC18912
Doe v. Saint Francis Hosp. & Med. Ctr.  
Date: July 16, 2013
Docket Number: SC18912

Justia Opinion Summary: Doctor was a physician who worked for Hospital on a study he claimed would assist in the treatment of children with abnormally low rates of growth. In actuality, Doctor was a child pornographer and pedophile and used the...

Coppola Constr. Co. v. Hoffman Enters. Ltd. P'ship  
Date: July 16, 2013
Docket Number: SC18955

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a construction company, agreed by contract to perform site work for Hoffman Enterprises on several parcels of property. Plaintiff later filed this action against Hoffman Enterprises and Jeffrey Hoffman for neg...

J.E. Robert Co. v. Signature Props., LLC  
Date: July 16, 2013
Docket Number: SC19050

Justia Opinion Summary: Signature Properties executed a promissory note payable to JPMorgan Chase Bank. The loan was secured by a mortgage and security interest on Signature's commercial property. The loan was guaranteed by Signature's members...

Tanzman v. Meurer (Dissent)
Date: July 2, 2013
Docket Number: SC18812
Tanzman v. Meurer  
Date: July 2, 2013
Docket Number: SC18812

Justia Opinion Summary: Upon Plaintiff and Defendant's divorce, the trial court ordered Plaintiff to pay Defendant unallocated alimony and child support for fourteen years, concluding that Plaintiff had an earning capacity far Plaintiff his cur...

Patel v. Flexo Converters U.S.A., Inc.  
Date: June 25, 2013
Docket Number: SC18817

Justia Opinion Summary: Employee was injured at Employer's paper bag manufacturing facility while attempting to dislodge a bag that was jammed in a machine. Employee filed this action to recover damages for the alleged intentional misconduct by...

Caciopoli v. Lebowitz  
Date: June 25, 2013
Docket Number: SC18894

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed this action for trespass after Defendant removed multiple trees on Plaintiff's property without Plaintiff's permission. The trial court rendered judgment in favor of Plaintiff and awarded damages reflecti...

State v. Taylor
Date: June 25, 2013
Docket Number: SC18916
Kasica v. Town of Columbia  
Date: June 25, 2013
Docket Number: SC18968

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff appealed the town assessor's interim valuations of his property. The Board of Assessment Appeals upheld the assessor's interim valuations. The trial court concluded (1) the assessor improperly relied on Conn. G...

Lexington Ins. Co. v. Lexington Healthcare Group, Inc. (Dissent)
Date: June 18, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC18681, SC18682
Lexington Ins. Co. v. Lexington Healthcare Group, Inc.  
Date: June 18, 2013
Docket Number: SC18681

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, multiple residents of a nursing home (Greenwood) died or were injured when another resident set fire to the facility. Consequently, thirteen negligence actions seeking damages for serious bodily injury or wrongf...

State v. Patterson  
Date: June 18, 2013
Docket Number: SC18868

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of one count of criminally negligent homicide, two counts of cruelty to persons, and two counts of risk of injury to a child. The convictions arose from Defendant's restriction...

State v. Esarey  
Date: June 18, 2013
Docket Number: SC19004

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of, inter alia, promoting a minor in an obscene performance, risk of injury to a child, and possession of child pornography in the third degree. Defendant appealed, contending...

State v. Jorge P.  
Date: June 11, 2013
Docket Number: SC18711

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of sexual assault in the first degree and risk of injury to a child. The trial court sentenced Defendant to thirty-two years incarceration and lifetime sex offender registratio...

Capstone Bldg. Corp. v. Am. Motorists Ins. Co.  
Date: June 11, 2013
Docket Number: SC18886

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs served as the general contractor and the project developer for construction of a student housing complex at the University of Connecticut (UConn). UConn procured a commercial general liability (CGL) policy for...

Wyatt Energy, Inc. v. Motiva Enters., LLC  
Date: June 4, 2013
Docket Number: SC18811

Justia Opinion Summary: Wyatt Energy unilaterally terminated an agreement with Motiva Enterprises granting Motiva exclusive use of logistical and storage services provided by a gasoline distribution terminal owned by Wyatt after Motiva purchase...

State v. Henderson
Date: June 4, 2013
Docket Number: SC18860
Marinos v. Poirot  
Date: June 4, 2013
Docket Number: SC18924

Justia Opinion Summary: Decedent hired David Poirot as an associate in his law office. After Decedent died, Poirot left Decedent's law office to open his open practice. Poirot and Gordon Johnson (collectively, Defendants) subsequently litigated...

State v. Shields  
Date: May 28, 2013
Docket Number: SC18731

Justia Opinion Summary: On a conditional plea of nolo contendere, Defendant was convicted of child pornography in the first degree. During the course of the proceedings, the trial court denied Defendant's motion to suppress numerous photographi...

Simms v. Seaman (Concurrence)
Date: May 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC18839
Simms v. Seaman (Dissent)
Date: May 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC18839
Simms v. Seaman  
Date: May 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC18839

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and Spouse divorced in 1979. In postdissolution proceedings during which Plaintiff sought modification of the alimony award, Spouse was represented by several different attorneys (Defendants). All defendants fa...

State v. Medrano (Concurrence)
Date: May 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC18895
State v. Medrano  
Date: May 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC18895

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of manslaughter in the first degree and carrying a dangerous weapon. The appellate court affirmed. Defendant appealed, arguing, inter alia, that the trial court's instruction r...

In re Jusstice W.  
Date: May 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC19017

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to plea agreements in five different cases, the trial court rendered judgments adjudicating five juveniles (Respondents) delinquent for various offenses and ordered that they be committed to the department of ch...

Gonzalez v. Commissioner of Correction (Concurrence)
Date: May 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC18688
Gonzalez v. Commissioner of Correction (Dissent)
Date: May 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC18688
Gonzalez v. Comm'r of Corr.  
Date: May 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC18688

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was arrested three times for three different offenses and later pleaded guilty to violation of a protective order and threatening in the second degree. Petitioner subsequently filed a second amended petition f...

Huertas v. Commissioner of Correction (Concurrence)
Date: May 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC18818
Huertas v. Commissioner of Correction (Dissent)
Date: May 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC18818
Huertas v. Comm'r of Corr.  
Date: May 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC18818

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner filed a petition for habeas corpus relief, arguing that his counsel provided ineffective assistance of counsel for failing to request an increase in bond on two prior charges so that Petitioner could be credit...

Anderson v. Comm'r of Corr.  
Date: May 7, 2013
Docket Number: SC18808

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner entered guilty pleas, pursuant to the Alford doctrine, to three counts of burglary and one count of larceny and admitted a violation of probation. Petitioner subsequently filed a revised amended petition for a...

Sams v. Dep't of Envtl. Prot.  
Date: April 30, 2013
Docket Number: SC18438

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs installed a gabion seawall on their property to mitigate the effects of erosion. Plaintiffs did not seek approval from the town or the department of environmental protection (department) before constructing th...

State v. Wilson  
Date: April 30, 2013
Docket Number: SC18631

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) any error in the trial court's curtailment defense counsel's cross-examination of a jailhouse informant regarding the maximum...

State v. George A.  
Date: April 23, 2013
Docket Number: SC18729

Justia Opinion Summary: After a court trial, Defendant was convicted in two separate cases of two counts of sexual assault in the first degree, five counts of risk of injury to a child, and one count of promoting a minor in an obscene performan...

Santorso v. Bristol Hosp.  
Date: April 23, 2013
Docket Number: SC18798

Justia Opinion Summary: Decedent commenced an action (first action) against Defendants, a hospital and two individuals, alleging that Defendants were negligent in failing to treat him for a lesion in his lung. Decedent died of cancer while the...

Total Recycling Servs. of Conn., Inc. v. Conn. Oil Recycling Servs., LLC  
Date: April 23, 2013
Docket Number: SC18823

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant contracted with Plaintiffs to purchase their oil recycling business. The parties carried out the purchase using three contracts. All but one of these contracts, the equipment contract, contained provisions enti...

State v. Adams  
Date: April 23, 2013
Docket Number: SC18835

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of several crimes and sentenced to a term of imprisonment of fifty-five years for felony murder, twenty years for first degree robbery, and five years for carrying a pistol wit...

Tine v. Zoning Bd. of Appeals of Town of Lebanon  
Date: April 23, 2013
Docket Number: SC18872

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs obtained a variance from the zoning board of appeals (board) to construct a single-family house on their lakefront property. Plaintiffs then applied for and received a zoning permit and building permit from th...

State v. Polanco  
Date: April 2, 2013
Docket Number: SC18771

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of possession of a narcotic substance with intent to sell by a person who is not drug-dependent in violation of Conn. Gen. Stat. 21a-278 and possession of a narcotic substance...

Tuckman v. Tuckman  
Date: March 26, 2013
Docket Number: SC18786

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband brought this dissolution action in which he sought a dissolution of his marriage to Wife. Following a trial, the judge dissolved the parties' marriage, adopting the parties' agreed parenting plan and setting fort...

Cordero v. Univ. of Conn. Health Ctr.  
Date: March 26, 2013
Docket Number: SC18804

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was injured at the University of Connecticut Health Center during the course of her employment as a driver for Hartford Elderly Services. Plaintiff received workers' compensation benefits from Hartford Elderly,...

New England Road, Inc. v. Planning & Zoning Comm'n  
Date: March 26, 2013
Docket Number: SC18840

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff appealed to the superior court from the decision of the planning and zoning commission of the town of Clinton (Defendant), granting, subject to certain conditions, its applications for a special permit and for...

Misiti, LLC v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am.  
Date: March 26, 2013
Docket Number: SC18915

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was an additional insured on a commercial general liability insurance policy, which was issued to Plaintiff's tenant (Tenant) by Defendant, Travelers Property Casualty Company (Travelers). Plaintiff sought to i...

D'Amico v. ACE Financial Solutions, Inc.
Date: March 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC18678
Bauer v. Bauer  
Date: March 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC18846

Justia Opinion Summary: After the trial court rendered judgment dissolving the parties' marriage, Wife filed a motion for clarification asking the court to reconfirm its previous order requiring that Husband equally split his pension accounts w...

Redding Life Care, Inc. v. Redding (Dissent)
Date: March 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC18921
Redding Life Care, LLC v. Town of Redding  
Date: March 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC18921

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned the valuation of property owned by Plaintiff on which Plaintiff built a continuing care retirement community. In 2007, the assessor determined that Plaintiff's property had a fair market value of $117...

State v. Charlotte Hungerford Hosp.  
Date: March 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC18947

Justia Opinion Summary: Claimant brought a claim before the Claims Commissioner seeking damages from the State as the coadministrator of the estate of her deceased daughter, who had died while confined in a correctional institution. In the cour...

State v. Sanchez  
Date: March 5, 2013
Docket Number: SC18799

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of kidnapping in the first degree, attempt to commit robbery in the first degree, and assault in the first degree. The appellate court affirmed the judgment of conviction. Defe...

State v. Webster (Concurrence)
Date: February 26, 2013
Docket Number: SC18787
State v. Webster  
Date: February 26, 2013
Docket Number: SC18787

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of the sale of narcotics within 1500 feet of a school in violation of Conn. Gen. Stat. 21a-278a(b). Defendant appealed, arguing that criminal liability under section 21a-278a(b...

State v. Barnes  
Date: February 19, 2013
Docket Number: SC18774

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of criminally possessing a firearm and several drug-related crimes. The appellate court affirmed Defendant's convictions. Defendant appealed. After noting that the appellate co...

Comm'r of Envtl. Prot. v. Farricielli  
Date: February 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC18596

Justia Opinion Summary: This litigation was the latest chapter in the efforts of Plaintiffs, including the commissioner of environmental protection, to close and remediate an area known as the "tire pond," a solid waste disposal area on land ow...

Duncan v. Mill Mgmt. Co. of Greenwich, Inc.  
Date: February 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC18722

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought a negligence action against a management company and condominium association after she fell and was injured on the premises of the condominium building where she resided. A jury returned a verdict in fa...

State v. Bryan  
Date: February 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC18776

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of assault in the first degree and attempt to commit assault in the first degree. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred by denying Defendant's request that the...

State v. Bennett (Dissent)
Date: February 5, 2013
Docket Number: SC18606
State v. Bennett  
Date: February 5, 2013
Docket Number: SC18606

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with aiding and abetting murder, felony murder, home invasion, and burglary in the first degree. Defendant elected a trial to a three judge court. The panel found Defendant guilty on all of the char...

State v. Hill  
Date: February 5, 2013
Docket Number: SC18662

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder, capital felony, carrying a pistol without a permit, and criminal possession of a firearm. Defendant appealed, raising three claims relating to testimony and demonstr...

Anastasia v. Gen. Cas. Co. of Wis.  
Date: February 5, 2013
Docket Number: SC18766

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and her husband were traveling in Plaintiff's automobile when Tortfeasor collided with the automobile, causing significant injuries to Plaintiff and her husband. At the time of the collision, the motor vehicle...

Anatra v. Town of Madison Zoning Bd. of Appeals  
Date: February 5, 2013
Docket Number: SC18784

Justia Opinion Summary: The zoning board of appeals of the town of Madison (board) approved a variance to replace Plaintiffs' house on the footprint of the prior structure. After Plaintiffs built a new house on the property, Plaintiffs submitte...

Pictometry Int'l Corp. v. Freedom of Info. Comm'n  
Date: January 29, 2013
Docket Number: SC18724

Justia Opinion Summary: Pictometry International Corporation was engaged in the business in selling specialized aerial photographic services. Pictometry contracted with the department of information technology to license the department of envir...

Merrill v. NRT New England, Inc.
Date: January 29, 2013
Docket Number: SC18763
Vance v. Tassmer  
Date: January 29, 2013
Docket Number: SC18807

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed this action against Defendants seeking a declaratory judgment that, under the doctrine of adverse possession, Plaintiffs were the owners of a parcel of land bordering Defendants' property. The parties re...

In re Jeffrey M.  
Date: January 29, 2013
Docket Number: SC18959

Justia Opinion Summary: Juvenile entered a plea of guilty to robbery in the second degree. The superior court found Juvenile to be delinquent and ordered him to be committed to the custody of the department of children and families (department)...

Kumah v. Brown  
Date: January 22, 2013
Docket Number: SC18777

Justia Opinion Summary: The vehicle Plaintiff was driving collided with a parked fire truck that was responding to an accident, and Plaintiff sustained serious physical injuries. Plaintiffs subsequently filed this action against the Town and ot...

Aaron Manor, Inc. v. Irving  
Date: January 1, 2013
Docket Number: SC18788

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant's father was a resident at Plaintiff's nursing care facility until his death. After Defendant refused to pay Plaintiff the outstanding bill from her father's assets, Plaintiff filed this action against Defendan...

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