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Tort Law Appellate Court Opinions

by Booth, George


AC38824 - Village Mortgage Co. v. Veneziano (Injunction; "The defendant, James Veneziano, appeals from the judgment of the trial court rendered in favor of the plaintiff, Village Mortgage Company (company), after a trial to the court, awarding the plaintiff $2,080,185.09 in damages for the defendant's misappropriation of corporate funds through conversion, statutory theft, and embezzlement. On appeal, the defendant claims that (1) the court's factual findings regarding statutory theft were clearly erroneous, (2) the court's discovery rulings on October 27, 2014, December 9, 2014, and January 16, 2015, "constitute reversible error," and (3) the court improperly failed to conclude that the plaintiff intentionally spoliated evidence or engaged in discovery misconduct. The plaintiff cross appeals from the judgment, claiming that the court improperly ruled in favor of the defendant on his statute of limitations special defense and barred its recovery for damages that occurred prior to October 16, 2009. Specifically, the plaintiff argues that the court improperly failed to conclude that the defendant's fraudulent concealment of his misconduct tolled the applicable statute of limitations. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.")

AC38472 - Hosein v. Edman (Negligence; personal injury; "The plaintiff's sole claim on appeal is that the trial court erred in completely discrediting the testimony of her expert witness, an accident reconstructionist, and thereby "effectively precluding" that witness' testimony, without affording her an evidentiary hearing pursuant to State v. Porter, 241 Conn. 57, 698 A.2d 739 (1997), cert. denied, 523 U.S. 1058, 118 S. Ct. 1384, 140 L. Ed. 2d 645 (1998). We conclude that the trial court did not preclude the testimony of the plaintiff's expert, but, rather, admitted that testimony in its entirety, before ultimately deciding not to afford it any weight. Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.")

AC38543 - Marciano v. Olde Oak Village Condominium Assn., Inc. (Negligence; premises liability; "The plaintiff, Mary Marciano, appeals from the grant of summary judgment by the trial court in favor of the defendant, Olde Oak Village Condominium Association, Inc. The plaintiff had sought damages from the defendant for its alleged negligence after she suffered personal injuries from a fall on April 14, 2012, while exiting her condominium unit from a rear entrance. The plaintiff alleged in her complaint that the defendant had possession and control over the premises where her fall took place. On appeal, the plaintiff claims that the court erroneously concluded that there was no genuine issue of material fact that the defendant did not have possession and control over the area on which she fell. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.")