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INSURANCE COVERAGE: Superior Court grants defendant’s motion for summary judgment, finding that the defendant clearly defined the policy limits and that plaintiff is not entitled to further recovery

This action arises out of a dispute over underinsured motorist benefit coverage where the plaintiff already recovered workers’ compensation benefits in excess of the limits of the available coverage. The defendant, J&B Hunt Transport, Inc., an auto self-insurer, argued that…

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MOTOR VEHICLE LAW: Court grants motion to strike finding that Graves Amendment barred claim of negligence against owner of vehicle in the trade of leasing vehicles where no allegation of negligence or criminal wrongdoing

The Superior Court granted a motion to strike a complaint, finding that the Graves Amendment barred the action for negligence against owner of vehicle that was in the business of leasing or renting vehicles.  The Graves Amendment, as deemed constitutional…

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INSURANCE COVERAGE: Superior Court holds that damages for post-traumatic stress disorder are not recoverable unless linked to a physical injury

Three Connecticut state troopers sued the state for injuries sustained when they were involved in related vehicle collisions involving underinsured motorists.  The plaintiffs claimed, among other injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder from the emotional stress they experienced in having gone through…

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MOTOR VEHICLE TORTS: Superior Court holds defendant insurer may not apportion third party in UIM claim where that party was not originally named as a tortfeasor

The plaintiffs brought an underinsured motorist claim against the plaintiff’s insurer after they were injured in an accident allegedly caused by the tortfeasor Harris.  The defendant insurer filed apportionment claims against a third party and his employer, alleging that the…

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