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Contract Law Appellate Court Opinion

by Booth, George


AC42306 - Winakor v. Savalle (Breach of contract; violation of Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA) (§ 42-110a et seq.); violation of Home Improvement Act (§ 20-418 et seq.); attorney's fees; "The principal issue in this appeal is whether services provided by a contractor as part of the construction of a new residence fell outside of the statutory purview of the Home Improvement Act (Improvement Act), General Statutes § 20-418 et seq. The defendant, Vincent Savalle, appeals from the judgment of the trial court rendered in favor of the plaintiff, Lee Winakor, in which the court concluded that the defendant was liable to the plaintiff in the amount of $100,173.32 for breach of contract, violation of the Improvement Act, and violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA), General Statutes § 42-110b et seq. On appeal, the defendant claims, among other things, that the trial court improperly rendered judgment in favor the plaintiff on (1) the CUTPA count because it predicated CUTPA liability on the erroneous determination that the defendant had violated the Improvement Act, and (2) the breach of contract count because there was insufficient evidence to establish causation, which is necessary to prove damages. The defendant also claims that the trial court abused its discretion in awarding attorney's fees to the plaintiff. We agree with the defendant on his claim regarding the improper imposition of CUTPA liability and the award of attorney's fees but disagree with him on his claim that the court improperly found for the plaintiff on the count alleging a breach of contract. Accordingly, we affirm in part and reverse in part the judgment.")