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Property Law Appellate Court Opinions

by Zigadto, Janet


AC45134 - Padula v. Arborio (Adverse possession; "The defendants, Aquino Arborio and Faith Arborio, appeal from the judgment, rendered after a trial to the court, declaring the plaintiffs, Antonio Padula and Giuseppina Padula, to be the owners, by adverse possession, of a certain strip of land lying between the adjacent properties of the parties. On appeal, the defendants claim that (1) the plaintiffs could not prevail on their adverse possession claim because they never personally possessed the property in question, (2) the court incorrectly awarded the plaintiffs an area beyond that which was expressly sought in the complaint, and (3) the court incorrectly concluded that the plaintiffs had possessed the disputed property for the requisite period of fifteen years. We affirm in part and reverse in part the judgment of the court.")

AC45303 - Kohl's Dept. Store, Inc. v. Rocky Hill (Property tax assessment appeal; "This appeal arises from a municipal tax appeal filed by the plaintiff, Kohl's Department Stores, Inc., pursuant to General Statutes ยง 12-117a, against the defendant, the town of Rocky Hill (town), challenging its assessments of personal property located at 1899 Silas Deane Highway (store) for the years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. The town appeals from the judgment of the trial court sustaining the plaintiff's appeal and ordering the reduction of the town's tax assessments levied against the plaintiff's personal property. The town claims that the court (1) abused its discretion by admitting into evidence the valuations of the plaintiff's expert appraiser and (2) made clearly erroneous findings that the plaintiff was aggrieved and as to the true and actual value of its personal property. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.")