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Tort Law Appellate Court Opinions

by Agati, Taryn


AC43087 - Buehler v. Newtown ("This is a premises liability action brought by the plaintiff, Albert Buehler, against the defendants, the town of Newtown (town), the Newtown Board of Education (board), and Gregg Simon, the former athletic director of Newtown High School, arising out of injuries he sustained after he fell from a referee stand while officiating a volleyball match at Newtown High School. The plaintiff appeals from the summary judgment rendered by the trial court in favor of the defendants on the ground that they are entitled to governmental immunity. The plaintiff claims that the court improperly rendered summary judgment in favor of the defendants because there is a genuine issue of material fact as to whether the plaintiff was an identifiable victim under the identifiable person-imminent harm exception to governmental immunity. We disagree and, therefore, affirm the judgment of the court.")

AC43919 - Graham v. Commissioner of Transportation ("The substitute plaintiff, Ethan Raymond Graham, the administrator of the estate of the plaintiff, Barry Graham, appeals from the judgment of the trial court denying his motion to set aside a jury verdict in favor of the defendant, the Commissioner of Transportation, after the jury found the defendant not liable for the plaintiff's motor vehicle accident and resulting injuries under the defective highway statute, General Statutes ยง 13a-144. On appeal, the substitute plaintiff claims that the trial court (1) abused its discretion by refusing to accept the jury's initial verdict, and by returning the jury to continue its deliberations to rectify an inconsistency in its verdict, and (2) erred with respect to the instruction that it gave to the jury prior to returning the jury to continue its deliberations. We disagree and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the trial court.")