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Family Law Appellate Court Opinion

   by Greenlee, Rebecca

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AC 45848 - Czunas v. Mancini ("In this postjudgment marital dissolution matter, the defendant, Richard J. Mancini, appeals from the judgment of the trial court denying his motion to modify child support and awarding attorney’s fees to the plaintiff, Sandra E. Czunas, to defend against this appeal. The defendant claims that the court (1) improperly found that there had not been a substantial change in circumstances since the date of the entry of the prior child support order that warranted a modification of that order, and (2) the court abused its discretion in awarding the plaintiff attorney’s fees in the amount of $10,000 to defend against this appeal. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.")


Family Law Appellate Court Opinion

   by Greenlee, Rebecca

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AC 45849 - L. K. v. K. K. ("In this postjudgment dissolution matter, the defendant, K. K., appeals challenging the judgment of the trial court denying his motion to modify the amount of unallocated alimony and child support that he is obligated to pay to the plaintiff, L. K. On appeal, the defendant raises various claims concerning the denial of his motion to modify, which we distill to the following: (1) the court, in its written order denying the motion to modify, improperly failed to address the defendant’s claim that a reduction in the child support component of the unallocated order was warranted due to the fact that one of the parties’ three children had reached the age of majority, and (2) the court abused its discretion in denying the motion to modify by ignoring the tax returns, financial statements and other financial documents that had been submitted into evidence. We disagree and affirm the judgment of the court.")


Tort Law Appellate Court Opinion

   by Agati, Taryn

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AC46061 - Wylie v. APT Foundation, Inc. ("The plaintiff, Nadine Wylie, acting in her capacity as the administratrix of the estate of Keith Wylie (decedent), appeals from the judgment rendered by the trial court in favor of the defendant, APT Foundation, Inc., following the granting of a motion to strike her amended substitute complaint dated July 21, 2021. On appeal, the plaintiff claims that the court improperly concluded that she failed to allege sufficient facts to support her public nuisance claim. We disagree and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the trial court.")


Habeas Appellate Court Opinion

   by Agati, Taryn

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AC44158 - Townsend v. Commissioner of Correction ("The self-represented petitioner, Timothy Townsend, appeals, following the granting of his petition for certification to appeal, from the judgment of the habeas court denying his second amended petition for a writ of habeas corpus, in which he claimed that the retroactive application of the Deadly Weapon Offender Registry (DWOR) requirement of General Statutes § 54-280a to him renders his underlying guilty plea involuntary. On appeal, the petitioner raises for the first time the precise claim that he is not required to register as a deadly weapon offender because § 54-280a does not apply to him in connection with his 2002 conviction for murder. Exercising our supervisory authority to review this unpreserved claim, we agree and, accordingly, reverse the judgment of the habeas court.")


Civil Procedure Law Appellate Court Opinion

   by Agati, Taryn

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AC46294 - Torrington Tax Collector, LLC v. Riley ("The plaintiff, Torrington Tax Collector, LLC, appeals from the judgment of the trial court granting the defendant, Holly Riley, an exemption from a bank execution on an account held by the defendant. See General Statutes (Supp. 2022) § 52-367b. On appeal, the plaintiff claims that the court improperly (1) determined that the plaintiff's opposition to the claim of exemption was barred by the doctrine of res judicata and/or collateral estoppel, and (2) failed to hold an evidentiary hearing before granting the defendant's claim for exemption from execution. We disagree and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the court.")


Contract Law Appellate Court Opinion

   by Oumano, Emily

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AC46392 - Finnochio Brothers, Inc. v. 587 CTA, LLC (“The plaintiff, Finocchio Brothers, Inc., appeals from the judgment of the trial court, rendered after a court trial, in favor of the defendant, 587 CTA, LLC. On appeal, the plaintiff claims that the court improperly found that the defendant had cancelled the parties’ contract in accordance with the terms set forth therein. We disagree and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the trial court.”)


Employment Law Appellate Court Opinion

   by Oumano, Emily

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AC46099 - Demarco v. Charter Oak Temple Restoration Assn., Inc. (“The plaintiff, James Demarco, appeals from the judgment of the trial court rendered in favor of the defendant, Charter Oak Temple Restoration Association, Inc., following the granting of the defendant’s motion to strike the plaintiff’s revised complaint. The revised complaint alleged that the defendant violated General Statutes § 46a-60 (b) (1), a provision of the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA), General Statutes § 46a-51 et seq., by terminating the plaintiff’s employment because of his association with a disabled individual. On appeal, the plaintiff claims that the trial court improperly concluded that his allegations failed to state a valid cause of action under CFEPA because, as the court determined, CFEPA does not recognize claims for associational discrimination on the basis of disability. We disagree with the plaintiff and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the trial court.”)


Criminal Law Appellate Court Opinions

   by Agati, Taryn

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AC46102 - State v. Nichols ("The defendant, Robert Lee Nichols, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of sexual assault in the fourth degree in violation of General Statutes (Rev. to 2009) § 53a-73a (a) (1) (A) and risk of injury to a child in violation of General Statutes § 53-21 (a) (2). The defendant claims that (1) the trial court abused its discretion in denying his motion for a mistrial predicated on an outburst by the victim while the defendant was testifying at trial and (2) there was insufficient evidence to support the conviction of sexual assault in the fourth degree. We disagree and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of conviction.")

AC46170- State v. Richey ("The defendant, Michael Richey, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of threatening in the second degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-62 (a) (2) (A). On appeal, the defendant claims that (1) the evidence before the trial court was insufficient to sustain his conviction and (2) the trial court erred in refusing to provide the jury with an instruction on defense of premises. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.")


Administrative Appeal Supreme Court Opinion

   by Dowd, Jeffrey

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SC20838 - 9 Pettipaug, LLC v. Planning & Zoning Commission (Administrative appeal; Zoning appeal, constructive notice, "This certified appeal requires us to consider a significant question in this time of great change in the local journalism industry, namely, how a publication qualifies as "a newspaper having a substantial circulation in the municipality" for purposes of providing constructive notice of that municipality's promulgation of zoning regulations under General Statutes § 8-3 (d). The defendant, the Planning and Zoning Commission of the Borough of Fenwick (commission), appeals, upon our grant of its petition for certification, from the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming the judgment of the trial court in favor of the plaintiffs, 9 Pettipaug, LLC, and Eniotna, LLP. 9 Pettipaug, LLC v. Planning & Zoning Commission, 217 Conn. App. 714, 717, 737, 290 A.3d 853 (2023). On appeal, the commission claims that the Appellate Court incorrectly concluded that its publication of notice in The Middletown Press (Press) of an amended zoning regulation did not comply with § 8-3 (d) because none of Fenwick's fourteen year-round households subscribes to the Press and it is not sold anywhere in Fenwick. Given the Press' focus on news items of general interest, its ready availability for purchase in the commercial area of the town of Old Saybrook, in which the borough of Fenwick is located, the fact that the Press' website allows free access to legal notices, and the deference that we afford the commission's long history of using the Press for its legal notices, we conclude that the Press is a newspaper having a substantial circulation in the municipality of Fenwick under § 8-3 (d). Accordingly, we reverse the judgment of the Appellate Court.")


2024 Major Public Acts

   by Roy, Christopher

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The Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has made available its Major Public Acts Report for the 2024 Legislative Session:

"These summaries, composed by the Office of Legislative Research (OLR) with the assistance of the Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA), briefly describe the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts adopted by the General Assembly in its 2024 regular session. Acts that have been assigned a public act (PA), special act (SA), or resolution act (RA) number are identified by that number; otherwise, we refer to the bill or resolution number. Not all provisions of the acts are included. More detailed summaries can be found at https://cga.ct.gov/olr/. Summaries of the major acts and all other public acts will be provided in our 2024 Public Act Summary Book, which will be available later this year."


Law Library Hours: June 13th to June 21st

   by Roy, Christopher

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The regularly scheduled hours for the law libraries are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., unless noted below.

Thursday June 13th

  • All Judicial Branch Law Libraries will open at 12:00 p.m.
  • New Britain Law Library closes at 1:00 p.m.
  • Stamford Law Library closes at 4:15 p.m.
  • Waterbury Law Library closes at 2:30 p.m.

Friday, June 14th

  • Danbury Law Library is closed from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Middletown Law Library is closed.

Monday June 17th

  • Danbury Law Library closes at 10:30 a.m.
  • Middletown Law Library is closed.
  • Putnam Law Library is closed.
  • Rockville Law Library closes at 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 18th

  • Danbury Law Library closes at 3:30 p.m.
  • Putnam Law Library is closed.
  • Rockville Law Library is closed.
  • Torrington Law Library closes at 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19th

  • All Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries are closed in observance of the holiday.

Thursday, June 20th

  • Danbury Law Library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Middletown Law Library opens at 10:15 a.m.
  • New London Law Library is closed.
  • Rockville Law Library opens at 10:15 a.m.
  • Waterbury Law Library opens at 10:15 a.m.

Friday, June 21st

  • Danbury Law Library is closed.
  • Middletown Law Library is closed.
  • New London Law Library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Torrington Law Library opens at 10:30 a.m.


Administrative Appeal Supreme Court Opinion

   by Dowd, Jeffrey

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  • SC20717 - Dept. of Public Health v. Estrada (Administrative appeal; Whistle-blower complaint, (1) "Did the Appellate Court correctly conclude that Estrada's disclosure was not a protected disclosure under ...§4-61dd?" (A) "Specifically, does §4-61dd apply to purported misconduct in municipal government?" (B) "Can an employee seek whistleblower protection for reporting her own error?" (2) "Did Estrada establish a causal connection between any alleged whistleblower disclosure and the complained of personnel actions?" And (3) "[t]o the extent that an actual violation of state law is required to establish a prima facie claim of retaliation under ...§4-61dd, did the Appellate Court correctly conclude that there were no required qualifications for acting directors of public health under ...§19a-200?")


Connecticut Law Journal - June 11, 2024

   by Agati, Taryn

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The Connecticut Law Journal, Volume LXXXV, No. 50, for June 11, 2024 is now available.

Contained in the issue is the following:

  • Table of Contents
  • Volume 225 Conn. App. Replacement Pages 707 - 712
  • Volume 349: Connecticut Reports (Pages 223 - 268)
  • Volume 349: Orders (Pages 912 - 913)
  • Volume 349: Cumulative Table of Cases Connecticut Reports
  • Volume 226: Connecticut Appellate Reports (Pages 1 - 210)
  • Volume 226: Cumulative Table of Cases Connecticut Appellate Reports
  • Miscellaneous Notices
  • Notices of Connecticut State Agencies



Contract Law Appellate Court Opinion

   by Oumano, Emily

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AC46122 - C. W. v. E. W. (“The plaintiff, C. W., appeals from the judgment of the trial court rendered following a court trial in an action seeking enforcement of an alleged oral agreement pursuant to which the self-represented defendants, E. W. and A. W., would sell the plaintiff real property in Waterbury after he performed repairs to it. On appeal, the plaintiff claims that the court improperly (1) rendered judgment in favor of the defendants on the plaintiff’s breach of contract claim after failing to consider judicial admissions allegedly made by the defendants as to the existence of the contract, and (2) found, in the portion of its memorandum of decision addressing the plaintiff’s unjust enrichment claim, the plaintiff’s evidence of his labor at the property to be unreliable. We agree with the plaintiff’s second claim and, accordingly, we reverse the judgment in part.”)


Employment Law Appellate Court Opinion

   by Oumano, Emily

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AC45563 - Michel v. Hartford (“The plaintiff, Sean Michel, appeals from the judgment rendered in favor of the defendant, the city of Hartford, following the partial granting of its motion to strike and the subsequent withdrawal of the remaining count set forth in the plaintiff’s operative complaint. On appeal, the plaintiff contends that the court improperly granted the defendant’s motion to strike as to counts one, two, and three of that complaint, which alleged free speech retaliation claims pursuant to General Statutes (Rev. to 2019) § 31-51q and 42 U.S.C. § 1983. We agree with the plaintiff as to counts two and three of the operative complaint, which set forth the plaintiff’s claims under § 31-51q, and, accordingly, reverse in part the judgment of the trial court.”)


Administrative Appeal Appellate Court Opinion

   by Dowd, Jeffrey

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AC45560 - Romanelli v. Department of Social Services (Administrative appeal; "The plaintiff, Antoinetta Romanelli, executor of the estate of her husband, Antonio Romanelli (applicant), appeals from the judgment of the Superior Court dismissing her appeal from the decision of the defendant, the Department of Social Services, denying long-term care Medicaid benefits to the applicant. The plaintiff claims that (1) certain real property, which was contained in a trust and which the defendant used in its calculations to determine that the applicant was over the asset limit for Medicaid eligibility, was not actually available to the applicant due to his alleged incapacity to revoke the trust and therefore should not have been used to calculate his Medicaid eligibility and (2) the defendant violated due process by failing to provide notice to the applicant and/or his personal representative that the revocability of the trust was at issue in calculating the applicant’s Medicaid eligibility. We disagree and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the Superior Court.")


Attorney Discipline Law Appellate Court Opinion

   by Agati, Taryn

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AC45766 - Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel v. Vaccaro ("In this presentment matter, the respondent attorney, Enrico Vaccaro, appeals from the judgment of the trial court disciplining him after the Statewide Grievance Committee (grievance committee) directed the petitioner, the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel (disciplinary counsel), to file a presentment pursuant to Practice Book § 2-47 (d) (1) for the purpose of imposing appropriate discipline. On appeal, the respondent claims that the court (1) erred by failing to consider that the delay in the underlying disciplinary proceedings violated his due process rights and (2) abused its discretion by suspending him from the practice of law for a period of ninety days. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.")


Tort Law Appellate Court Opinion

   by Agati, Taryn

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AC44921 - GHP Media, Inc. v. Hughes ("The defendant and third-party plaintiff, Shafiis', Inc., doing business as TigerPress (TigerPress), appeals from the judgment of the trial court rendered in favor of the third-party defendants, John Robinson and Joseph LaValla, both officers of the plaintiff, GHP Media, Inc. (GHP), after it granted their motion to strike TigerPress' revised third-party complaint for indemnification. On appeal, TigerPress claims that the court, in granting the third-party defendants' motion to strike, improperly concluded that its revised third-party complaint failed to allege that TigerPress, Robinson, and LaValla owed an identical duty to GHP in the underlying action. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.")