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Declaratory Judgment Law Appellate Court Opinion

by Booth, George


AC41417 - Prime Locations of CT, LLC v. Rocky Hill Development, LLC (Declaratory judgment; "This case was brought by the plaintiffs, Prime Locations of CT, LLC, Hasson Holdings, LLC, SMS Realty, LLC, and C&G Holdings, LLC, to prevent one of the defendants, Luke DiMaria, from constructing a crematorium on a lot in the Coles Brook Commerce Park in Cromwell. The plaintiffs appeal from the judgment of the trial court, rendered after a court trial, in favor of the defendants MPM Enterprises, LLC, (MPM Enterprises) and DiMaria. On appeal, the plaintiffs argue that the court (1) improperly concluded that the Declaration of Easements, Covenants and Restrictions (declaration), which created a common interest community, the Coles Brook Commerce Park Owners Association, LLC (association), to govern the use of the property in the business park, did not prevent the defendants from voting to withdraw from the association a lot formerly owned by MPM Enterprises and currently owned by DiMaria, (2) improperly concluded that the defendants were entitled to connect a lot to the association's drainage system, (3) improperly concluded that the plaintiffs' cause of action was barred by the doctrines of laches and equitable estoppel, and (4) erred in declining to grant the plaintiffs' request for a permanent injunction prohibiting DiMaria from constructing a crematorium on his lot without approval from the association. We disagree with the plaintiffs and affirm the judgment of the trial court.")