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CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT: Superior Court rules in favor of General Contractor that safety protocol and inspector on work site did not show indicia of control over employees of independent contractor

A Hartford Superior Court judge granted the defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment, finding that a general contractor did not exercise sufficient control over the employees of an independent contractor to be found liable for the negligence of the independent contractor. …

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INSURANCE COVERAGE: District Court grants insurer’s motion for summary judgment where cracking in concrete foundation constituted “collapse” within policy definition but was not sudden or accidental loss

The plaintiffs brought suit against their homeowner’s insurer alleging breach of contract and violations of CUIPA and CUTPA when a claim for repair related to their cracking concrete foundation was denied. The Court granted the insurer’s motion for summary judgment. …

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PERSONAL INJURY: Superior court denies plaintiff’s motion to strike apportionment complaint where, although apportionment defendant’s actions were intentional, apportionment plaintiff had adequately alleged negligent conduct

The plaintiff brought a negligence suit against a behavioral health treatment facility for children alleging that an adult woman had sexually assaulted, abused, and neglected the plaintiff while he was admitted to the facility.  The facility filed an apportionment complaint…

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INSURANCE COVERAGE: Appellate Court holds underinsured motorist benefits not triggered by accident where injured motorist not “occupying” an insured vehicle

An employee of a roofing company was exiting a company truck and walked past its rear bumper when he was struck by another vehicle.  The employee sought underinsured motorist benefits from the defendant insurer under the roofing company’s commercial auto…

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PREMISES LIABILITY: Superior Court holds lessee fails to prove that building owner had contractual duty to defend store from premises liability action

The defendant grocery store rented space from the building owner per lease terms that obligated the owner to defend and indemnify the defendant from premises liability actions arising from the use of common areas, including the exterior front store entrance.…

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