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PREMISES LIABILITY: Superior Court holds ordinance requiring property owner to maintain public sidewalk only imposes a duty upon landowner owed exclusively to the city

The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant abutting landowner for negligence in failing to properly maintain the public sidewalk in front of owner’s property, causing the plaintiff’s injuries. The Superior Court granted the defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment, holding that…

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MOTOR VEHICLE LAW: Stamford Superior Court Judge rules handicapped owner of a modified vehicle cannot be found liable for reckless entrustment of vehicle to a valet driver, who was not trained to operate such a vehicle

A Stamford Superior Court judge granted a defendant’s motion for strike plaintiff’s claim of reckless entrustment, holding that a claim for reckless entrustment of a modified vehicle cannot stand where the plaintiff’s sole claim is that the handicapped owner of…

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PERSONAL INJURY: Superior Court holds City of New Haven may not bring suit against drug manufacturers for social costs of drug addiction

The City of New Haven brought action against the defendant pharmaceutical companies to recoup money for the social costs of paying for addicts’ social and medical needs and indirect expenses caused by drug addicts, including extra emergency-responder expenses and other…

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INSURANCE COVERAGE: District Court grants insurer’s motion for summary judgment, holding that plaintiff’s claims fell within controlled substances exclusion

The plaintiff brought a wrongful death suit against a homeowner in 2015, alleging that the plaintiff’s fourteen-year-old daughter attended a party at the defendant’s house where heroin was available and used by the plaintiff’s decedent.  The homeowner’s insurer refused to…

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