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TORT LAW – Appellate Court holds holiday does not extend SOL

Peter K. O'Keefe

The plaintiff served the defendant one day after Memorial Day, which was one day too late.  The statute of limitations expired on Memorial Day.  The Appellate Court affirms, holing that holidays do not create a grace period.  Kim v.…

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TORT LAW – Superior Court holds legislative permission to sue State unconstitutional

Matthew J. O'Keefe

The plaintiff failed to timely sue the State for a claim arising out of a staph infection while at the UConn Health Center.  The legislature enacted a resolution to allow the untimely suit.  The Superior Court holds that the resolution…

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MUNICIPAL LAW – High school student injured due to allegedly defective pathway on way home not subject to imminent harm

Philip R. Dunn

The Superior Court grants judgment to the defendant school based on governmental immunity.  The plaintiff was on a trail about 500 feet from the high school when the fall occurred, when the plaintiff’s girlfriend fell and the plaintiff attempted to…

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MUNICIPAL LAW – Superior Court holds teacher not responsible for kindergartner’s accident

Kathryn M. Cunningham

  After a trial to the court, the court holds that a kindergarten teacher either was not negligent or enjoyed qualified immunity with regard to an accident that occurred during recess.  The evidence was that the child had been pushed…

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CONNECTICUT INSURANCE LAW – Superior Court refuses to reduce $1.5 million award for insurer’s failure to pay claim

Joseph M. Busher

Following a house fire, the insurer denied the claim, concluding the fire was arson, and urged the fire marshal to change the his conclusion as to the cause of accident from accidental to arson.  In the insured’s claim against the…

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CONNECTICUT ACCIDENT LAW – JACKSON O’KEEFE obtains dismissal of motorcycle versus pedestrian collision suit

Peter K. O'Keefe

The firm congratulates managing partner Peter K. O’Keefe on this dismissal.  Both the motorcyclist and pedestrian were killed.  The estate of the motorcyclist brought suit, alleging that the pedestrian improperly crossed the road and failed to keep a proper look…

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