Connecticut Supreme Court Decisions 2020

State v. Smith (2 Order on Petition)  
Date: August 11, 2020
Docket Number: SC19048

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this petition for certification to appeal from an order of the Appellate Court affirming the order of the trial court denying Defendant's motion for bond modification, holding that three relat...

State v. Covington  
Date: July 28, 2020
Docket Number: SC20198

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming Defendant's conviction for carrying a pistol or revolver without a permit, in violation of Conn. Gen. Stat. 29-35(a), holding that there was suffic...

Reserve Realty, LLC v. Windemere Reserve, LLC  
Date: July 21, 2020
Docket Numbers: SC19979, SC19982, SC19981

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgments of the Appellate Court determining that it was required to apply State v. Hossan-Maxwell, Inc., 436 A.2d 284 (Conn. 1980), to this case, holding that Hossan-Maxwell, Inc. is overr...

Johnson v. Preleski (Dissent)
Date: July 14, 2020
Docket Number: SC20104
Johnson v. Preleski  
Date: July 14, 2020
Docket Number: SC20104

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming the trial court's dismissal of Petitioner's petition for a new trial brought against Respondent, the state's attorney, as time barred, holding that...

Jemiola v. Hartford Casualty Insurance Co.  
Date: July 7, 2020
Docket Number: SC19978

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the determination of the trial court that the collapse provisions of Insured's homeowners insurance policy unambiguously foreclosed coverage under the circumstances of this case, holding that t...

Karas v. Liberty Insurance Corp.  
Date: July 7, 2020
Docket Number: SC20149

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reformulated a certified question concerning the application of Connecticut insurance law in this action to recover damages for, among other things, breach of an insurance contract, concluding that the...

Vera v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co.  
Date: July 7, 2020
Docket Number: SC20178

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered certified questions concerning the application of Connecticut insurance law in this action to recover damages for, among other things, breach of an insurance contract, concluding that the defin...

Diaz v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: April 7, 2020
Docket Number: SC20233

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming the judgment of the habeas court denying Petitioner's amended petition for a writ of habeas corpus, holding that the Appellate Court improperly rai...

State v. Sawyer  
Date: March 24, 2020
Docket Number: SC20132

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant's motion to suppress photographs and videos of suspected child pornography that the police recovered from computer equipment and other media st...

Langston v. Commissioner of Correction
Date: March 17, 2020
Docket Number: SC20221
Garcia v. Cohen  
Date: March 17, 2020
Docket Number: SC20285

Justia Opinion Summary: In this negligence action, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Appellate Court declining to review Plaintiff's claim that the trial court improperly rejected her request to instruct the jury that Defendants ha...

Dickerson v. Stamford  
Date: March 10, 2020
Docket Number: SC20244

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Compensation Review Board, which vacated the decision of the Workers' Compensation Commissioner dismissing Plaintiff's claim for benefits brought pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat...

Kos v. Lawrence + Memorial Hospital  
Date: March 10, 2020
Docket Number: SC20256

Justia Opinion Summary: In this medical malpractice case, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying Plaintiffs' motion to set aside the jury's verdict in favor of Defendants, holding that the trial court improperly inst...

Coughlin v. Stamford Fire Department  
Date: March 10, 2020
Docket Number: SC20319

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Compensation Review Board, which reversed the decision of the Workers' Compensation Commissioner denying benefits to Plaintiff pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. 7-433c(a), holdin...

State v. White (Concurrence)
Date: March 3, 2020
Docket Number: SC20168
State v. White  
Date: March 3, 2020
Docket Number: SC20168

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court convicting Defendant of assault in the first degree, holding that the trial court did not err in denying Defendant's motions seeking public funds to pay for a...

State v. Jackson  
Date: March 3, 2020
Docket Number: SC20193

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the appellate court affirming Defendant's conviction of one count of murder, one count of conspiracy to commit murder, and four counts of assault in the first degree, holding th...

State v. Edwards  
Date: February 25, 2020
Docket Number: SC19899

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and related crimes, holding that any violation of Defendant's right to confrontation was harmless an...

Rutter v. Janis  
Date: February 25, 2020
Docket Number: SC20122

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the appellate court concluding that a motor vehicle accident occurred on the last day of the thirty-day limitation period of Conn. Gen. Stat. 14-60(a) because the day during whi...

Jobe v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: February 18, 2020
Docket Number: SC20124

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming the judgment of the habeas court, which dismissed Petitioner's petition for a writ of habeas corpus for lack of jurisdiction, holding that the Appe...

State v. Turner  
Date: February 18, 2020
Docket Number: SC20186

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming Defendant's conviction of felony murder, robbery in the first degree, and conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree, holding that Defendant...

Zhou v. Zhang  
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: SC20146

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court dissolving Plaintiff's marriage to Defendant, holding that the trial court did not err. After a dissolution trial, the trial court ordered Defendant to pay alim...

Graham v. Friedlander  
Date: February 4, 2020
Docket Number: SC20243

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying certain defendants' motion to dismiss Plaintiffs' complaint, holding that Defendants were not entitled to sovereign immunity. Plaintiffs, the parents of...

State v. Lebrick (Concurrence and Dissent)
Date: January 28, 2020
Docket Number: SC20083
State v. Lebrick  
Date: January 28, 2020
Docket Number: SC20083

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming Defendant's judgment of conviction and remanded the case for a new trial, holding that the admission of certain testimony during trial violated Def...

Gilchrist v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: January 28, 2020
Docket Number: SC20141

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming the judgment of the habeas court dismissing, sua sponte, Petitioner's pro se petition for a writ of habeas corpus without first acting on Petitione...

State v. Collymore  
Date: January 21, 2020
Docket Number: SC19868

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming the judgment of conviction of felony murder, attempt to commit robbery, and other offenses, holding that Defendant was not harmed when the State, a...

Netscout Systems, Inc. v. Gartner, Inc.  
Date: January 21, 2020
Docket Number: SC20079

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting Defendant's motion for summary judgment in this action to recover damages for, among other things, violations of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practic...

Puff v. Puff  
Date: January 14, 2020
Docket Number: SC20058

Justia Opinion Summary: In this postdissolution matter the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Court reversing the decision of the trial court granting Defendant's motion for sanctions and for contempt, holding that there was n...

Jenzack Partners, LLC v. Stoneridge Associates, LLC  
Date: January 14, 2020
Docket Numbers: SC20188, SC20189

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part the judgment of the Appellate Court reversing the judgment of the trial court ordering strict foreclosure, holding that the Appellate Court erred in concluding that an initial entry int...

In re Tresin J. (Concurrence)
Date: January 7, 2020
Docket Number: SC20267
In re Tresin J.  
Date: January 7, 2020
Docket Number: SC20267

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming the judgment of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights as to his child, holding that Father's parental rights were properly terminate...

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