Connecticut Supreme Court Decisions 2019

Redding Life Care, LLC v. Town of Redding  
Date: May 21, 2019
Docket Number: SC20054

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the appellate court vacating the trial court's order denying David Salinas's motion for a protective order seeking to prohibit the Town of Redding from taking his deposition, ho...

Griswold v. Camputaro  
Date: May 21, 2019
Docket Number: SC20061

Justia Opinion Summary: In certified appeal arising from a consolidated zoning appeal and enforcement action relating to a manufacturing facility the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Appellate Court reversing the judgment of the super...

Brennan v. Waterbury  
Date: May 14, 2019
Docket Number: SC19937

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning the proper recipient of heart and hypertension benefits under Conn. Gen. Stat. 7-433c for permanent disability if such benefits vested and were payable during the claimant's lifetime but were not...

State v. Owen  
Date: May 14, 2019
Docket Number: SC20127

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the trial court determining that the prosecutor did not abuse her discretion in a manner clearly contrary to manifest public interest when she entered a nolle prosequi on the ba...

State v. Guerrera (Concurrence)
Date: May 7, 2019
Docket Number: SC19785
State v. Guerrera  
Date: May 7, 2019
Docket Number: SC19785

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming Defendant's conviction of one count of murder, holding that the trial court should have dismissed rather than denied Defendant's motion for...

State v. McCoy (Concurrence and Dissent)
Date: May 7, 2019
Docket Number: SC19905
State v. McCoy  
Date: May 7, 2019
Docket Number: SC19905

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that inmates charged in criminal cases, some of whose telephone calls and noncontact visits have been recorded and reviewed by the Department of Corrections, are not entitled, under Brady v. Maryla...

Newland v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: April 30, 2019
Docket Number: SC19987

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the habeas court granting Petitioner's petition for a writ of habeas corpus, holding that Petitioner established good cause for failing to raise his claim at trial or on direct...

Board of Education of Town of New Milford v. New Milford Education Ass'n  
Date: April 30, 2019
Docket Number: SC20140

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute between the Board of Education of the Town of New Milford (Board) and the New Milford Education Association (Union) the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying the Board's applicati...

Essex Insurance Co. v. William Kramer & Associates, LLC  
Date: April 23, 2019
Docket Number: SC20130

Justia Opinion Summary: In this negligence case, the Supreme Court answered a question certified to it by a federal district court by concluding that the trial evidence was not legally sufficient to support the jury's finding that a continuing...

Feehan v. Marcone
Date: April 23, 2019
Docket Numbers: SC20216, SC20217, SC20218
Feehan v. Marcone  
Date: April 23, 2019
Docket Numbers: SC20216, SC20217, SC20218

Justia Opinion Summary: In these public interest appeals arising from a mix-up at a high school polling place in the town of Stratford where approximately seventy-six voters received the incorrect ballots, rendering those voters unable to cast...

Mangiafico v. Farmington  
Date: April 16, 2019
Docket Number: SC19993

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that, in light of Patsy v. Board of Regents, 457 U.S. 496, 501 (1982), and its progeny, a plaintiff is not required to exhaust administrative remedies prior to filing a 42 U.S.C. 1983 claim in stat...

Hynes v. Jones  
Date: April 16, 2019
Docket Number: SC20009

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the appellate court's decision affirming the trial court's judgment dismissing Plaintiff's appeal from the decree of the probate court monitoring use of a September 11th Victim Compensation Fun...

Raspberry Junction Holding, LLC v. Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority  
Date: April 9, 2019
Docket Number: SC19974

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant, Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority, on the basis of a rule (Rule) promulgated by Defendant immunizing itse...

State v. Purcell  
Date: April 9, 2019
Docket Number: SC19980

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming Defendant's conviction, holding that Defendant's statements during interrogation did not meet the standard set forth in Davis v. United States, 512...

Deutsche Bank AG v. Sebastian Holdings, Inc.  
Date: April 9, 2019
Docket Numbers: SC20037, SC20038

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Court in this interlocutory appeal regarding what preclusive effective to give in this action to the findings and judgment rendered by an English court in a prior...

State v. Brown  
Date: April 2, 2019
Docket Number: SC19960

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgments of the trial court granting Defendant's motions to suppress all cell site location information (CSLI) obtained by the State as a result of three ex parte orders that had been gran...

Gould v. Stamford  
Date: April 2, 2019
Docket Number: SC20004

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Compensation Review Board affirming the decision of the Workers' Compensation Commissioner concluding that Plaintiff was not an employee of Intervale Group, LLC for purposes...

State v. Davis  
Date: April 2, 2019
Docket Number: SC20157

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence discovered by the police during the forcible detention of Defendant, holding that Defendant's detention violated...

State v. Fernando V. (Dissent)
Date: March 26, 2019
Docket Number: SC19885
State v. Fernando V.  
Date: March 26, 2019
Docket Number: SC19885

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Court concluding that the improper exclusion of P's testimony during the underlying criminal proceedings was not harmless, holding that the testimony was necessary...

Soto v. Bushmaster Firearms International, LLC (Dissent)
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Numbers: SC19832, SC19833
Soto v. Bushmaster Firearms International, LLC  
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Numbers: SC19832, SC19833

Justia Opinion Summary: In this action brought by the administrators of the estates of nine people killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Supreme Court held that the trial court properly determined that, although the trial...

State v. Daniel B. (Dissent)
Date: March 5, 2019
Docket Number: SC19788
State v. Daniel B. (Joint Appendix)
Date: March 5, 2019
Docket Number: SC19788
State v. Daniel B.  
Date: March 5, 2019
Docket Number: SC19788

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming Defendant’s judgment of conviction, holding that the evidence was sufficient to support Defendant’s conviction for attempt to commit murder under t...

State v. Henderson  
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: SC19947

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant’s motion to correct on illegal sentence, holding that the Appellate Court’s thorough and well rea...

In re Jacob W. (Dissent)
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: SC20063
In re Jacob W.  
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: SC20063

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Court reversing the judgments of the trial court denying the petitions filed by the maternal grandmother (Petitioner) for termination of Father's parental rights w...

O'Brien v. New Haven
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: SC20069
Independent Party of CT-State Central v. Merrill  
Date: February 19, 2019
Docket Number: SC20160

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this writ of error brought by the plaintiffs in error seeking to protect their rights with respect to the judgment of the trial court that was challenged on appeal in Independent Party of CT-S...

Independent Party of CT-State Central v. Merrill  
Date: February 19, 2019
Docket Number: SC20165

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court for Defendants Michael Telesca and Rocco Frank, Jr. in this battle between the Danbury faction and the Waterbury faction over the control of the state’s Independ...

Do v. Commissioner of Motor Vehicles  
Date: February 12, 2019
Docket Number: SC19722

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the appellate court reversing the decision of the trial court and sustaining Plaintiff’s appeal, holding that the hearing officer did not abuse his discretion in admitting and r...

Restaurant Supply, LLC v. Giardi Ltd. Partnership  
Date: February 12, 2019
Docket Number: SC20154

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court in favor of Defendants after concluding that Plaintiff did not sufficiently plead that a transaction was an auction without reserve, holding that Plaintiff’s all...

Ventura v. Town of East Haven  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: SC19898

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Court reversing the trial court’s judgment in favor of Plaintiff in this personal injury case, holding that that Appellate Court correctly determined that governme...

Marquez v. Commissioner of Correction (Concurrence)
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: SC19889
Marquez v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: SC19889

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming the judgment of the habeas court denying Petitioner’s habeas petition, holding that the State did not violate the due process of Petitioner by not...

Johnson v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: January 8, 2019
Docket Number: SC19856

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the appellate court reversing in part the judgment of the habeas court granting in part Petitioner’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus on the ground that Petitioner’s defense...

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