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Tort Law Appellate Court Opinions

by Roy, Christopher


AC42985 - McCrea v. Cumberland Farms, Inc. ("In this negligence action regarding injuries sustained by the plaintiffs, Yolanda McCrea and Derrick Pettway, in a motor vehicle accident, the jury returned a general verdict in favor of the defendants, Cumberland Farms, Inc. (Cumberland Farms), and its employee, Trevor Johnie. The trial court thereafter denied the plaintiffs' motion to set aside that verdict and rendered judgment accordingly. On appeal, the plaintiffs contend that the court improperly (1) permitted the defendants' counsel to pursue certain lines of questioning that allegedly were irrelevant and prejudicial, and (2) prevented the plaintiffs from testifying that the reason they were referred to certain medical providers by their attorney was because of a lack of adequate medical insurance. The defendants respond by arguing that the general verdict rule precludes our consideration of the plaintiffs' evidentiary claims. We agree with the plaintiffs' second claim and, accordingly, reverse the judgment of the trial court.")

AC43513 - Elder v. Kauffman ("The plaintiff, Joseph S. Elder, appeals from the judgment of the trial court dismissing, on the grounds of res judicata and collateral estoppel, his complaint alleging defamation and invasion of privacy brought against the defendants, Matthew Kauffman and The Hartford Courant Company, LLC (Courant). On appeal, the plaintiff claims that the court improperly granted the defendants' special motion to dismiss because (1) res judicata is not applicable to the anti-SLAPP statute, General Statutes § 52-196a, (2) res judicata is not applicable to this case, and (3) § 52-196a is unconstitutional as applied in this case because its application infringed on his state constitutional rights to redress and to a trial by a jury. We affirm the judgment of the trial court."")

AC42902 - Rousseau v. Weinstein ("The plaintiffs, Robert Rousseau and Preferred Display, Inc. (Preferred Display), appeal from the summary judgment rendered by the trial court in favor of the defendants Mark H. Dean, Mark H. Dean, P.C., Richard P. Weinstein, and Weinstein & Wisser, P.C. On appeal, the plaintiffs claim the court erred by holding that (1) the marital dissolution action between Rousseau and Madeleine Perricone was not a prior pending action and (2) the defendants had probable cause to continue a civil action based on similar claims against Rousseau in the dissolution action. We conclude that probable cause to continue the action existed and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the trial court.")