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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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PREMISES LIABILITY: Superior Court holds motorized carts not inherently dangerous, but opens door to possible negligent entrustment actions on motorized carts

The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant Wal-Mart and the operator of the motorized cart.  The claims directed to the corporate defendant sounded in premises liability, mode of operation, and negligent entrustment.  After a bench trial on liability the court…

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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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