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Tort Law Supreme Court Opinion

by Agati, Taryn


SC20722 - O'Sullivan v. Haught ("In this certified appeal, we consider the scope of an appellate court’s jurisdiction over an interlocutory appeal from the denial of a motion for summary judgment on the ground of collateral estoppel that is based on the preclusive effect of a Probate Court decree. The defendant, Alan F. Haught, appeals, upon our grant of his petition for certification, from the Appellate Court’s dismissal of his appeal from the trial court’s denial of his motion for summary judgment with respect to the claim of tortious interference with an expected inheritance brought in a tort action by the plaintiff, David O’Sullivan. Specifically, the defendant claims that the Appellate Court improperly granted the motion to dismiss his appeal because a trial court’s denial of a summary judgment motion based on a colorable claim of collateral estoppel is an immediately appealable final judgment. We agree with the defendant and conclude that the Appellate Court improperly dismissed the defendant’s appeal from the decision of the trial court.")