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CT ACCIDENT AND INJURY LAW -- Superior Court strikes claim for sexual abuse against church entity

2016-01-25 | Peter K. O'Keefe
pkokeefe@jacksonokeefe.com

The plaintiff was allegedly sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest.  The plaintiff alleged that the Hartford Roman Catholic Diocese Corporation negligently hired, supervised and retained the priest. 

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CT ACCIDENT AND INJURY LAW -- Superior Court holds that claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress was not stated based upon prevention of relative from visiting hospital patient

2016-01-25 | Joseph M. Busher

Superior Court holds that allegations that a private hospital barred a relative from visiting a patient with brain cancer were not sufficient to allege extreme and outrageous conduct as required to establish a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress

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CT ACCIDENT AND INJURY LAW -- Superior Court allows claim of recklessness based upon lead paint poisoning to stand

2016-01-25 | Philip R. Dunn
prdunn@jacksonokeefe.com

The Complaint contained allegations that the landlord knew that the apartment at issue contained high levels of lead and that the landlord consciously disregarded the risk of harm by leasing the apartment to a family with children. 

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CT ACCIDENT AND INJURY LAW -- Connecticut Appellate Court reaffirms requirement of actual or constructive notice in premises liability area

2016-01-25 | Matthew J. O'Keefe
mjokeefe@jacksonokeefe.com

The plaintiff slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk.  She sued the property owner, a hospital, alleging negligence.

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CT ACCIDENT AND INJURY LAW -- Snow removal on roadway did not qualify as excavation for purposes of Call Before You Dig statute

2016-01-25 | Kathryn M. Cunningham
kmcunningham@jacksonokeefe.com

In a case handled by Attorney Kathryn M. Cunningham at Jackson O’Keefe, LLP, obtained summary judgment in favor of municipal defendants arising out of alleged damage to a CL&P power unit along the side of a road. 

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CT ACCIDENT AND INJURY LAW -- Connecticut Appellate Court holds that firefighters entitled to immunity for blocking highway

2016-01-25 | Kathryn M. Cunningham
kmcunningham@jacksonokeefe.com

Affirming a jury verdict on the grounds of qualified immunity based upon the exercise of discretion, the Appellate Court holds that the jury properly determined that governmental immunity applied.  The case arose out of a September 3, 2006 accident that occurred on Interstate 95.

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ACCIDENT AND INJURY LAW -- Connecticut Appellate Court affirms summary judgment for town on claim arising from allegedly defective playground

2016-01-25 | Philip R. Dunn
prdunn@jacksonokeefe.com

A minor was injured when a seesaw he was riding on allegedly crashed to the ground.  The plaintiff claimed that there was insufficient shock-absorbing material beneath the seesaw. 

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CT INSURANCE LAW - Superior Court finds a breach of the duty to defend based upon "arising out of" language

2016-01-25 | Peter K. O'Keefe
pkokeefe@jacksonokeefe.com

The underlying lawsuit arose out of a 2012 fall while the plaintiff was on her way to a ladies room at a restaurant located at a public golf course owned by the City of Waterbury.  The plaintiff sued the restaurant and the City. 

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CT INSURANCE LAW -- District Court Holds Insurer Required To Defend Insured Who Engaged In Fistfight

2016-01-21 | Joseph M. Busher
jmbusher@jacksonokeefe.com

The insured allegedly acted in self-defense, but was sued by the other person involved in the fight.  The applicable homeowner’s insurer defended the insured pursuant to a reservation of rights and filed a declaratory judgment action in District Court to address the duty to defend and indemnify. 

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CT INSURANCE LAW -- Appellate Court holds claim for posttraumatic stress disorder barred by exclusion for business pursuits

2016-01-21 | Joseph M. Busher
jmbusher@jacksonokeefe.com

Appellate Court holds claim for posttraumatic stress disorder barred by exclusion for business pursuits ...

CT INSURANCE LAW -- Homeowners policy held not to cover alleged misrepresentation in property disclosure statement

2015-11-15 | Joseph M. Busher
jmbusher@jacksonokeefe.com

In a declaratory judgment action, the homeowners insurer sought a declaration that it had no duty to defend its insured.  The insured had been named as a defendant in a lawsuit alleging that the insured represented on a property disclosure report that he lacked knowledge about basement water seepage, water dama ...

CT WRONGFUL DEATH – Connecticut Appellate Court reverses summary judgment for fire marshal arising out of fire at affordable housing unit

2015-11-13 | Matthew J. O'Keefe
mjokeefe@jacksonokeefe.com

The case arose out of a fire that occurred in an affordable housing unit in Bridgeport. The fire allegedly originated in the plaintiff/decedent’s oven in the apartment. ...

CT INJURY LAW – Premises liability claim allowed for wedding guest injured on dance floor

2015-11-13 | Peter K. O'Keefe
pkokeefe@jacksonokeefe.com

Where the plaintiff that alleged that a dance floor was too crowded to be safe, the Superior Court held that a claim was stated for premises liability. The plaintiff was attending a wedding reception and allegedly slipped and fell while dancing. ...


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