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The following summaries are intended to provide quick summaries of some aspects of recent CT legal developments on accident and insurance issues. Most of these matters were not handled by Jackson O’Keefe, LLP. The summaries are provided as a news summary only. The summaries are not comprehensive, and readers are referred to the primary sources for full details. These summaries are not legal advice. You should consult with an attorney with regard to your situation.

PREMISES LIABILITY: Trial Court erred in refusing Plaintiff’s request for jury instructions relating to non-delegable duty to maintain the premises in reasonably safe condition

This action arose from a slip and fall premises liability suit. The plaintiff was a tenant in the defendant landlord’s building when she slipped on an exterior staircase of the apartment building. Her chief allegation was that the defendant was…

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PREMISES LIABILITY: Court grants summary judgment in favor of defendant, finding no duty of care by a private defendant to the plaintiff for maintaining public sidewalks

In this action, the plaintiff was injured when she tripped and fell into a hole/depression on the sidewalk adjacent to 399 Mill Hill Avenue in Bridgeport. She filed suit, alleging two different theories of liability, first, that the defendants were…

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PREMISES LIABILITY: Appellate Court affirms summary judgment in favor of defendant, finding no duty of care by private defendant to the plaintiff for maintaining a public sidewalk

The plaintiff sued the defendants City of Bridgeport and Seaside Village Homes, a housing association, after she fell on a city sidewalk adjacent to property owned by Seaside Village Homes. The plaintiff alleged that her injuries were the result of…

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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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INSURANCE COVERAGE: Supreme Court reverses the Superior Court’s granting of summary judgment for insurer in a case of first impression, holding that insurer had duty to defend based on the legal uncertainty of coverage

In this action, the homeowner appealed the Superior Court’s decision of summary judgment in favor of insurer. The homeowner brought a direct action against their general contractor’s commercial general liability insurer seeking to recover default judgment in underlying negligence action,…

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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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