Connecticut Supreme Court Decisions 2017

Williams v. Housing Authority (Dissent)
Date: December 26, 2017
Docket Number: SC19570
Williams v. Housing Authority of City of Bridgeport  
Date: December 26, 2017
Docket Number: SC19570

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising from four deaths from a house fire the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Court concluding that a jury reasonably could find that the municipal defendants were potentially liable pu...

Hull v. Newtown (Dissent)
Date: December 26, 2017
Docket Number: SC19656
Hull v. Town of Newtown  
Date: December 26, 2017
Docket Number: SC19656

Justia Opinion Summary: Certain policy and procedures of the Newtown Police Department did not impose a ministerial duty on the department’s officers to search Stanley Lupienski, an individual suffering from auditory hallucinations and shortnes...

Nationwide Mutual Ins. Co. v. Pasiak
Date: December 19, 2017
Docket Number: SC19618
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. v. Pasiak  
Date: December 19, 2017
Docket Number: SC19618

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether an insurer was obligated to indemnify a business owner under a personal insurance policy for liability arising form his false imprisonment of his company’s employee at her workplace. The business own...

State v. Adams  
Date: December 19, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC19690, SC19692

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether the Appellate Court correctly concluded that there was sufficient evidence to support Defendant’s conviction for breach of the peace and whether the Appellate Court correctly concluded that there was...

In re Henrry P. B.-P.  
Date: December 19, 2017
Docket Number: SC19907

Justia Opinion Summary: The probate court retains the statutory authority to make findings pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. 45a-608n(b) in connection with a petition for special immigrant juvenile status pursuant to 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(27)(J) when the...

State v. James E.  
Date: December 12, 2017
Docket Number: SC19711

Justia Opinion Summary: There was sufficient evidence in this case to support Defendant’s conviction of risk of injury to a child because Defendant willfully or unlawfully caused or permitted a three-year-old child to be placed in a situation w...

State v. Damato - Kushel (Concurrence)
Date: December 5, 2017
Docket Number: SC19872
State v. Damato-Kushel  
Date: December 5, 2017
Docket Number: SC19872

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court correctly determined that pretrial disposition conferences, when they are conducted in chambers and off the record, do not constitute “court proceedings the accused has the right to attend” within the mea...

CCT Communications, Inc. v. Zone Telecom, Inc.  
Date: November 21, 2017
Docket Number: SC19574

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court in favor of Defendant on Plaintiff’s complaint and Defendant’s counterclaim for damages and declaratory judgment. This case stemmed from a purchase agreement ent...

State v. Urbanowski
Date: November 21, 2017
Docket Number: SC19678
State v. Patel (0 Order on Motion)  
Date: November 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC16042

Justia Opinion Summary: The right to bail under Conn. Const. art. I, section 8 is extinguished upon a finding of guilt, accepted by the court, and does not continue until the defendant has been sentenced for that offense. Defendant was release...

Wellswood Columbia, LLC v. Town of Hebron  
Date: November 7, 2017
Docket Number: SC19693

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court granting summary judgment for the Town of Hebron on this complaint brought by Plaintiffs seeking damages for a temporary taking, temporary nuisance, and tortious...

Bagley v. Adel Wiggins Group  
Date: November 7, 2017
Docket Number: SC19835

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court for Plaintiff in this action brought pursuant to Connecticut’s Product Liability Act under strict liability and negligence theories, holding that Plaintiff faile...

In Re Elianah T.-T. (Order on Motion)  
Date: October 24, 2017
Docket Number: SC19902

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted Petitioner’s motion for reconsideration but denied relief in this case addressing the mandatory vaccination of a child. In 2017, the Supreme Court held that Conn. Gen. Stat. 17a-10(c) did not a...

In Re Elianah T.-T. (Order on Motion Concurrence)
Date: October 24, 2017
Docket Number: SC19902
James v. Commissioner of Correction (Dissent)
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: SC19787
James v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: SC19787

Justia Opinion Summary: Conn. Gen. Stat. 18-98d requires that if a person serving a term of imprisonment exercises his constitutional right to pursue a double jeopardy claim on a charge for which the sentence may run concurrently, that person i...

State v. Pelella  
Date: October 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC19760

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court granting Defendant’s motion to dismiss the charges against him, holding that the trial court incorrectly determined that an expression of an intent to cause harm...

Sepega v. DeLaura Concurrence
Date: September 26, 2017
Docket Number: SC19683
Sepega v. DeLaura  
Date: September 26, 2017
Docket Number: SC19683

Justia Opinion Summary: The firefighter’s rule should not be extended beyond claims of premises liability so as to bar a police officer from recovering, under theory of ordinary negligence, from a homeowner who is also an alleged active tortfea...

Lund v. Milford Hospital, Inc. Dissent
Date: September 26, 2017
Docket Number: SC19834
Lund v. Milford Hospital, Inc.  
Date: September 26, 2017
Docket Number: SC19834

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the trial court’s judgment in favor of Defendant in light of this court’s decision in Sepega v. DeLaura, __ A.3d ___ (Conn. 2017). Plaintiff, a state trooper, sued Defendant hospital for person...

Nelson v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: September 19, 2017
Docket Number: SC19830

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the habeas court missing Petitioner’s habeas action alleging that he had received ineffective assistance of counsel at two criminal jury trials, both of which resulted in convic...

State v. Fay  
Date: September 12, 2017
Docket Number: SC19350

Justia Opinion Summary: Under certain circumstances, the privileged psychiatric records of a witness testifying for the state are subject to in camera review by the trial court so that the court can determine whether the accused’s constitutiona...

Maio v. City of New Haven  
Date: September 5, 2017
Docket Number: SC19401

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, the City of New Haven, was entitled to a new trial on this action for indemnification. Plaintiff, a police officer with the New Haven Police Department, was acquitted of sexual assault and unlawful restraint c...

State v. Kelley  
Date: September 5, 2017
Docket Number: SC19694

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant’s probation sentence had not expired at the time the trial court found that Defendant had violated his probation conditions and revoked his probation even though the trial court decided the violation charge aft...

Chief Disciplinary Counsel v. Rozbicki
Date: September 5, 2017
Docket Number: SC19796
Anthony A. v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Number: SC19565

Justia Opinion Summary: The allegations in an inmate’s habeas corpus petition, which claimed that Petitioner was incorrectly classified as a sex offender and that he suffered negative consequences as a result of that erroneous classification, s...

Munn v. Hotchkiss School (Concurrence)
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: SC19525
Munn v. Hotchkiss School (Concurrence)
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: SC19525
Munn v. Hotchkiss School  
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: SC19525

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered questions of law certified to it by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by holding (1) Connecticut public policy supports imposing a duty on a school to warn about or prot...

Kellogg v. Middlesex Mutual Assurance Co.  
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: SC19803

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court vacating an arbitration award setting the amount of an insured loss caused by a tree falling on the insured home. After her property suffered a casualty loss, P...

Williams v. General Nutrition Centers, Inc.  
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: SC19829

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was how employers must determine the hourly wage - or regular rate - for retail employees whose pay fluctuates weekly because they receive commissions for the purposes of calculating overtime pay. Defendants in...

In re Elianah T.-T. (Concurrence)
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: SC19902
In re Elianah T.-T.  
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: SC19902

Justia Opinion Summary: Vaccinations are not “medical treatment” within the meaning of Conn. Gen. Stat. 17a-10(c), and therefore, the statute does not authorize the Commissioner of Children and Families to vaccinate a child temporarily placed i...

State v. Skipwith (Concurrence)
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Number: SC19608
State v. Skipwith  
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Number: SC19608

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Justin Skipwith was charged with manslaughter in the second degree with a motor vehicle after he struck and killed Brianna Washington, the daughter of the plaintiff in error, Tabatha Cornell. Although Cornell n...

In re Elijah C.  
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Number: SC19695

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the Appellate Court dismissing Mother’s appeal from the judgment of the trial court terminating Mother’s parental rights as to her son and remanded the case with direction to aff...

Ferri v. Powell-Ferri  
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC19432, SC19433

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, the trustees of a trust created by Paul John Ferri, Sr. solely for the benefit of his son, Paul John Ferri, Jr. (Ferri), sought a judgment declaring that they were authorized to decant certain assets from the...

Powell-Ferri v. Ferri  
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Number: SC19434

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court dissolving the marriage of Plaintiff and Defendant. On appeal, Plaintiff challenged several financial orders entered by the trial court. In affirming, the Suprem...

Diaz v. Commissioner of Correction
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Number: SC19527
St. Pierre v. Plainfield  
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Number: SC19871

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, municipal immunity was not abrogated either by the proprietary function exception of Conn. Gen. Stat. 52-557n or by the identifiable person, imminent harm exception. Plaintiff appealed from a judgment rend...

State v. Acosta  
Date: August 1, 2017
Docket Number: SC19645

Justia Opinion Summary: In this criminal case, the trial court acted within its discretion in admitting uncharged sexual misconduct that occurred twelve years prior to the charged conduct. After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of sexua...

State v. Houghtaling  
Date: July 25, 2017
Docket Number: SC19510

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the Appellate Court’s conclusion that Defendant failed to establish that he had a subjective expectation of privacy in a residence he had leased to a third party. Defendant was charged with dru...

Machado v. Taylor  
Date: July 25, 2017
Docket Number: SC19838

Justia Opinion Summary: A party’s delay in raising a challenge to the trial court’s subject matter jurisdiction is an improper ground on which to deny a motion for judgment of dismissal insofar as the motion challenged subject matter jurisdicti...

James E. v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: July 25, 2017
Docket Number: SC19854

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the habeas court dismissing the petition for writ of habeas corpus filed by Petitioner alleging that a 2013 amendment to Conn. Gen. Stat. 54-125a repealing a provision advancing...

Perez v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: July 25, 2017
Docket Number: SC19855

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the habeas court dismissing Petitioner’s habeas corpus petition claiming that application of the 2013 substantive and procedural amendments to Conn. Gen. Stat. 54-125a to him vi...

State v. Schovanec  
Date: July 18, 2017
Docket Number: SC19851

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of identity theft in the third degree, credit card theft, illegal use of a credit card, and larceny in the sixth degree. Contrary to Defenda...

State v. Jerzy G. (Dissent)
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: SC19641
State v. Jerzy G.  
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: SC19641

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a citizen of Poland, was charged with sexual assault in the fourth degree. The superior court granted Defendant’s application for accelerated rehabilitation. Defendant was subsequently ordered removed from the...

Spiotti v. Wolcott  
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: SC19691

Justia Opinion Summary: Genovese v. Gallo Wine Merchants, Inc., 628 A.2d 946 (Conn. 1993), which held that, under Con. Gen. Stat. 31-51bb, a factual determination made in a final and binding arbitration conducted pursuant to a collective bargai...

State v. Baccala (Concurrence)
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: SC19717
State v. Baccala  
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: SC19717

Justia Opinion Summary: The Connecticut Supreme Court reversed defendant's conviction for breach of the peace in the second degree in connection with a customer dispute with a supermarket employee. The court held that the conviction constituted...

Channing Real Estate, LLC v. Gates  
Date: July 4, 2017
Docket Number: SC19575

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part the judgment of the Appellate Court, which reversed the judgment of the trial court in favor of Defendant on both Plaintiff’s complaint seeking recovery on six promissory notes and on D...

Barton v. Norwalk  
Date: July 4, 2017
Docket Number: SC19671

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming the judgment of the trial court awarding Plaintiff $899,480 in damages plus prejudgment interest for his claim that Defendant, the city of Norwalk,...

Maturo v. State Employees Retirement Commission  
Date: July 1, 2017
Docket Number: SC19831

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the Municipal Employees’ Retirement Act (Act) a retiree cannot continue to collect a pension while reemployed in any full-time position with a participating municipality. In 1991, Plaintiff retired from his posit...

O'Brien v. O'Brien  
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: SC19635

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court entered judgment dissolving the marriage of Plaintiff and Defendant. During the pendency of the divorce action, Plaintiff sold shares of stock and exercised certain stock options without first receiving p...

Brenmor Properties, LLC v. Planning & Zoning Commission of Town of Lisbon  
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: SC19665

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a developer, appealed a decision of Defendant, a planning and zoning commission, denied Plaintiff’s application for an affordable housing subdivision pursuant to the Affordable Housing Appeals Act, Conn. Gen....

State v. Seeley  
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: SC19790

Justia Opinion Summary: There was sufficient evidence in the State’s case-in-chief to support the conviction of Defendant of forgery in the second degree in connection with a document created to facilitate the purchase of a vehicle on behalf of...

Town of Middlebury v. Connecticut Siting Council  
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: SC19799

Justia Opinion Summary: The Town of Middlebury and sixteen residents and entities situated in Middlebury and nearby towns (collectively, Plaintiffs), appealed the dismissal of their appeal from the decision of the Connecticut Siting Council gra...

State v. Kallberg (Dissent)
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: SC19536
State v. Kallberg  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: SC19536

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with larceny in the third degree as an accessory and conspiracy to commit larceny in the third degree. Defendant moved to dismiss the charges on the basis of the State’s prior entry of a nolle prose...

In re Natalie S.  
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: SC19707

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Children and Families was not required to continue providing reunification efforts to Mother in this case despite the trial court’s grant of custody and guardianship to Father. The trial court adjudica...

State v. Reyes  
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: SC19712

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of two counts of arson in the second degree, two counts of conspiracy to commit criminal mischief in the first degree, and one count of conspiracy to commit burglary in the first degree. The Supre...

In re Natalie S.  
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: SC19844

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court properly denied Mother’s motion for visitation with the minor child on the ground that North Carolina was the more appropriate forum to decide the issues raised in the motion. Mother filed a motion to m...

State v. Swebilius  
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: SC19526

Justia Opinion Summary: The court of appeals improperly concluded that a thirty-two delay in the execution of an arrest warrant, where the warrant was executed after the expiration of the limitation period, was reasonable as a matter of law suc...

Mayer v. Historic District Commission of Town of Groton  
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC19568, SC19569

Justia Opinion Summary: The statutory aggrievement principles of Conn. Gen. Stat. 8-8 do not extend to appeals from the decisions of historic district commissions brought pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. 7-147i. Plaintiffs appealed from two decisi...

Breton v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: SC19072

Justia Opinion Summary: Principally at issue in this case was defense counsel's obligation to investigate and present mitigating evidence that could reduce a defendant's culpability when the defendant has directed counsel not to present such ev...

Estate of Brooks v. Commissioner of Revenue Services  
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: SC19577

Justia Opinion Summary: The Connecticut Supreme Court affirmed the trial court's decision to uphold the Commissioner's determination denying plaintiffs' request for a refund of estate taxes paid by the estate of the decedent. The court held tha...

Lyme Land Conservation Trust v. Platner  
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: SC19797

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether a conservation restriction on private property was violated by the owner of that property and, if so, whether the remedies ordered by the trial court were proper. The Connecticut Supreme...

Skakel v. Commissioner of Correction (Concurrence)
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: SC19251
Skakel v. Commissioner of Correction (Dissent)
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: SC19251
Skakel v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: SC19251

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was found guilty in 2002 of the 1975 murder of his neighbor. The habeas court granted Petitioner’s petition seeking a writ of habeas corpus, concluding that Petitioner’s criminal trial counsel was constitution...

Gladstein v. Goldfield  
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: SC19696

Justia Opinion Summary: After the bankruptcy court granted Plaintiff a discharge of her debts, Plaintiff filed this action against the named defendants, alleging misuse of funds of a trust established by her mother. Plaintiff subsequently filed...

State v. Lima  
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: SC19736

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Conn. Gen. Stat. 54-1j(a) does not require the trial court to inquire directly of a defendant as to whether he or she has spoken with counsel about the possible immigration consequences of ple...

Presidential Village, LLC v. Phillips  
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: SC19762

Justia Opinion Summary: In this summary process action, the trial court relied on the “spirit” of certain federal disability laws in support of an equitable defense to the eviction of Defendant, a tenant who kept an “emotional support dog” in h...

Disciplinary Counsel v. Elder
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: SC19698
Pease v. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital  
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: SC19761

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought an action against a hospital and one of its employees for personal injuries allegedly sustained as a result of medical malpractice. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the hospital. The trial court...

State v. Donald  
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: SC19786

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant confessed to committing a robbery and assault at a grocery store in a signed, sworn statement he made to the police. Defendant moved to suppress his statements to the police. The trial court denied the motion....

State v. Lee  
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: SC19688

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to make a false statement in the second degree and conspiracy to fabricate physical evidence, arising from a single unlawful agreement. The Appellate Court remanded the case to the t...

State v. Chyung (Concurrence)
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: SC19375
State v. Chyung  
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: SC19375

Justia Opinion Summary: The State charged Defendant with murder and manslaughter in the first degree with a firearm. The jury rendered verdicts of guilty on both charges. Defendant filed a motion for judgment of acquittal and for a new trial, a...

State v. Bush (Dissent)
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: SC19492
State v. Bush  
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: SC19492

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of six counts of the sale of narcotics by a person who is drug dependent, racketeering, and other drug-related offenses. The Appellate Court reversed the judgment of the jury t...

In re Santiago G.  
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: SC19798

Justia Opinion Summary: Melissa was the biological mother of Santiago, the minor child at issue in this case. Santiago was in the care of Maria from his birth until he was three years old. At that time, the Commissioner of Children and Families...

Briere v. Greater Hartford Orthopedic Group, P.C. (Concurrence)
Date: April 11, 2017
Docket Number: SC19576
Briere v. Greater Hartford Orthopedic Group, P.C.  
Date: April 11, 2017
Docket Number: SC19576

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought a cause of action against a practice group and an orthopedic surgeon (collectively, Defendants), alleging medical malpractice during a spinal surgery. After the expiration of the pertinent statute of li...

Gold v. Rowland  
Date: April 11, 2017
Docket Number: SC19585

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff were a class of state employees and retirees who were enrolled in an Anthem Insurance group health insurance plan at the time of the 2001 demutualization of Anthem Insurance Companies. Plaintiffs brought suit a...

State v. Edwards  
Date: April 11, 2017
Docket Number: SC19735

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of home invasion, robbery in the first degree, larceny in the second degree, and assault of an elderly person in the third degree. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the t...

Amaral Brothers, Inc. v. Department of Labor  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: SC19622

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a Connecticut corporation that operates Domino’s pizza franchises, filed a petition for a declaratory ruling with the Labor Commissioner seeking a determination that it could pay a reduced minimum wage to its...

Burns v. Adler (Dissent)
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC19560, SC19561
Burns v. Adler  
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC19560, SC19561

Justia Opinion Summary: Contractor and Homeowner entered into an agreement whereby Contractor agreed to furnish materials and supply labor in connection with renovations to Homeowner’s residence. After the renovation project was largely complet...

State v. Milner  
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: SC19759

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of interfering with an officer, criminal trespass, and disorderly conduct. The conviction stemmed from an incident at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. Defendant appealed, arg...

Southwest Appraisal Group, LLC v. Administrator, Unemployment Compensation Act  
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: SC19651

Justia Opinion Summary: The Board of Review of the Employment Security Appeals Division found Southwest Appraisal Group, LLC (Plaintiff) liable for unemployment compensation taxes, plus interest, for three of its automobile appraisers following...

State v. Bennett  
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC18862

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder. On appeal, Defendant’s principal claim was that the trial court violated his constitutional right to present a defense by refusing either to issue a summons to secur...

State v. Davis  
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC19511

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of, among other charges, carrying a pistol without a permit and unlawful possession of a weapon in a vehicle. Defendant was sentenced to a total effective term of twelve years...

State v. McClain (Concurrence)
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC19532
State v. McClain  
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC19532

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of, inter alia, murder with a firearm. The Appellate Court affirmed. Defendant appealed, arguing, in part, that the Appellate Court erred in determining that waiver of a claim...

State v. Marrero-Alejandro
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC19559
Staurovsky v. Milford Police Dept.
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: SC19682
Horner v. Bagnell  
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: SC19700

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was an attorney who represented clients in contingency fee matters that originated while he was a member of a two-person law firm with Plaintiff. After the dissolution of that firm, Defendant continued to repre...

Wall Systems, Inc. v. Pompa  
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: SC19734

Justia Opinion Summary: When Employee received less compensation from Employer than that to which he believed he was entitled, Employee began to work for a competitor of Employer and to receive compensation for that work. Employer later termina...

ARS Investors II 2012-1 HVB, LLC v. Crystal, LLC  
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: SC19661

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, the owner of real property, filed a subdivision map that purported to subdivide the property into three new parcels. Defendant, however, did not obtain permission from the city planning and zoning authorities...

CCT Communications, Inc. v. Zone Telecom, Inc.  
Date: February 21, 2017
Docket Number: SC19574

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff entered into a purchase agreement providing that Plaintiff was to provide various telecommunications equipment, software, and services to Defendant for a switch room located in Los Angeles. Defendant later term...

Taylor v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: February 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC19462

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial in 1997, Petitioner was found guilty of murder and criminal possession of a firearm. the trial court sentenced Petitioner to an aggregate term of sixty years’ imprisonment. Petitioner later filed an am...

Norwalk Police Union, Local 1727 v. City of Norwalk  
Date: February 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC19667

Justia Opinion Summary: A police union and the City of Norwalk were parties to a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) governing the terms and conditions of employment for certain city police officers. The CBA provided that disputes over its in...

State v. Ayala (Dissent)
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: SC19466
State v. Ayala  
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: SC19466

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of three counts of interfering with an officer. The Appellate Court reversed, concluding that the trial court abused its discretion in allowing the state to allow a midtrial am...

Kaddah v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: January 31, 2017
Docket Number: SC19512

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of murder and other crimes. Petitioner filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus alleging ineffective assistance of counsel at Petitioner’s underlying criminal trial and on direct appeal. The pe...

State v. Lester  
Date: January 24, 2017
Docket Number: SC19183

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault in the first degree, three counts of sexual assault in the fourth degree and one count of risk of injury to a child. The convictions stemmed...

Chestnut Point Realty, LLC v. Town of East Windsor  
Date: January 24, 2017
Docket Number: SC19554

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, Chestnut Point Realty, LLC, owned real property in the Town of East Windsor that that was assessed for purposes of the October 1, 2012 grand list. The Board of Assessment Appeals denied Plaintiff’s request for...

Kettle Brook Realty, LLC v. Town of East Windsor  
Date: January 24, 2017
Docket Number: SC19555

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, Kettle Brook Realty, LLC, owned real property in the Town of East Windsor that that was assessed for purposes of the October 1, 2012 grand list. The Board of Assessment Appeals denied Plaintiff’s request for a...

Bifolck v. Philip Morris, Inc. (Concurrence)
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC19310
Bifolck v. Philip Morris, Inc. (Dissent)
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC19310
Bifolck v. Philip Morris, Inc.  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC19310

Justia Opinion Summary: In this, the second of two diversity actions, federal courts certified questions for the Supreme Court’s advice regarding whether specific theories advanced in actions under Connecticut’s Product Liability Act alleging t...

State v. A. M. (Dissent)
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC19497
State v. A. M.  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC19497

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of sexual assault in the first degree and other offenses. The trial court rendered judgment in accordance with the jury’s verdict. The Appellate Court reversed the judgment and...

Tomick v. United Parcel Service, Inc. (Dissent)
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC19505
Tomick v. United Parcel Service, Inc.  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC19505

Justia Opinion Summary: After he was terminated, Employee sued Employer, alleging, inter alia, disability discrimination. After a trial, the jury trial returned a verdict in favor of Employee and awarded him, inter alia, $500,000 in statutory p...

Connecticut Light & Power Co. v. Proctor (Dissent)
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC19531
Connecticut Light & Power Co. v. Proctor  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC19531

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Gary Proctor set up an account of electric services for a new business. After Defendant contacted Plaintiff, Connecticut Light and Power Company, Plaintiff provided electric service to the business under an acc...

Disciplinary Counsel v. Parnoff
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC19535
Allen v. Commissioner of Revenue Services  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC19567

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs requested from the Commissioner of Revenue Services a tax refund for the taxable years 2002, 2006, and 2007. The Commissioner denied the request. The trial court upheld the decision of the Commissioner. The Su...

Gabriel v. Gabriel  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC19571

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, the trial court dissolved the marriage of Father and Mother. The judgment incorporated the parties’ separation agreement, which incorporated a parenting plan in which the parties agreed to share custody of the c...

Cadle Co. v. Fletcher  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC19583

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether, under Connecticut law, after a judgment debtor’s wages have been garnished, the remaining wages are exempt from execution, and whether the transfer of those wages to a third party const...

Connecticut Energy Marketers Ass’n v. Department of Energy & Environmental Protection  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC19620

Justia Opinion Summary: Connecticut Energy Marketers Association brought this action against the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (collectively, Defendants) alleging that Defendants...

State v. Holley  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC19662

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded nolo contendere to four count of criminal possession of a firearm. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress certain evidence discovered following the exec...

Lackman v. McAnulty  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC19668

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants were the beneficiaries of a trust settled by the decedent. Plaintiffs brought this action seeking, inter alia, a declaratory judgment determining the rights and ownership interests of Defendants in a certain p...

Marciano v. Jiminez  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: SC19547

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought a personal injury action against Defendants. After a jury trial, Plaintiff was awarded $84,283 in economic damages and $40,000 in noneconomic damages. Defendants moved for a collateral source reduction...

Dyous v. Commissioner of Mental Health & Addiction Services  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: SC19582

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was charged with several criminal offenses. Petitioner pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. After a nonadversarial proceeding, the court rendered a judgment acquitting Petitioner of all of...

State v. Kono (Concurrence)
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: SC19613
State v. Kono (Dissent)
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: SC19613
State v. Kono  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: SC19613

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant lived in a unit of a multiunit condominium complex. When the police department received an anonymous tip that Defendant was boasting about growing marijuana in his unit, the police entered the building with a d...

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