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MUNICIPAL LAW: Appellate Court reverses jury verdict for plaintiff on grounds that highway defect statute is exclusive remedy, even where alleged negligence of municipal employee creates defect

At trial, the plaintiff claimed that a City of New Haven snowplow truck struck and knocked off a manhole cover. The plaintiff’s vehicle struck an open manhole in the road, rendering it inoperable, and leaving the plaintiff with physical injuries.…

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CONTRACTUAL INDEMNITY: Superior Court denies Motion for Summary Judgment as provision to indemnify and hold harmless in construction contract is found to be ambiguous, creating a genuine issue of material fact

The defendant, HOTH, moved for partial summary judgment on the issue of duty to defend and indemnity pursuant to provisions in construction contracts.  The defendant argued that pursuant to the provisions of the construction contract the contractor was obligated to…

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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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