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Law Library Hours Update May 25th - June 1st

   by Dowd, Jeffrey

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Friday, May 25th

  • Danbury Law Library will be closed for the day.
  • Torrington Law Library will be open until 1:00 p.m.
  • Waterbury Law Library will be closed for the day.

Monday, May 28th

  • All Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Friday, June 1st

  • Torrington Law Library will be closed from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Criminal Law Appellate Court Opinion

   by Booth, George

 http://www.jud.state.ct.us/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=3020

AC39463 - State v. Hearl (Cruelty to animals; "The defendant, Michael A. Hearl, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered following a jury trial, on nineteen counts of animal cruelty in violation of General Statutes § 53-247 (a). The defendant claims that (1) the evidence adduced at trial was insufficient to sustain his conviction, (2) the trial court did not provide the jury with a proper instruction on the required mental state to prove a violation of § 53-247 (a), (3) § 53-247 (a) is unconstitutionally vague as applied to his conduct, and (4) his conviction and sentencing on nineteen separate counts of animal cruelty violates the constitutional prohibitions against double jeopardy. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.")


Business Law Appellate Court Opinion

   by Roy, Christopher

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AC39172 - Lynn v. Bosco ("This case is about the propriety of a judicial remedy binding a company that had been cited in as a party by the plaintiffs, Jack E. Lynn and Jeffrey Lynn, for notice purposes only and against whom no allegations had been pleaded. The defendant Aerospace Techniques, Inc. (company), appeals from the January 11, 2016 judgment of the trial court ordering the company to pay the owners of 141 shares of treasury stock issued to the defendants Clyde E. Warner, Robert J. Bosco, Sr. (Bosco), Anthony Parillo, Jr., and Richard B. Polivy in exchange for the return of the 141 shares to the company. The company claims that the trial court acted beyond the scope of its authority by entering an order that imposed a remedy on the company, although neither party made any allegations against or sought relief from the company in the operative complaint. We agree and, accordingly, reverse the judgment of the trial court.")


Foreclosure Law Appellate Court Opinion

   by Mazur, Catherine

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AC40123 - Tedesco v. Agolli ("The defendants, Resmije Agolli and Fikri Development, LLC (Fikri), appeal from the judgment of foreclosure by sale rendered in favor of the substitute plaintiff, Scott Tedesco, trustee of the Heritage Builders of Waterbury, LLC, 401 (k) Profit Sharing Plan. On appeal, the defendants challenge the trial court's findings with respect to the dates of disassociation and removal of Gina Antonios as member and Joseph Antonios as manager of Fikri. The defendants also claim that the court improperly found that Agolli, as a member of Fikri, had the authority to bind Fikri to the mortgage at issue in the present case.")


Tort Law Appellate Court Opinion

   by Mazur, Catherine

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AC38829 - Perez v. University of Connecticut (Negligence; "The issue in this appeal is whether the plaintiff Christian Perez has the right to a jury trial in a negligence action for monetary damages against the defendant, the state of Connecticut. The plaintiff was authorized to bring his action against the state by the General Assembly pursuant to General Statutes § 4-159 (b) (1) (B) (ii). Following a trial to the court, judgment was rendered in favor of the state. The plaintiff now appeals from the judgment, claiming that the court improperly granted the state's motion to strike his action from the jury list. We affirm the judgment of the court.")


Workers' Compensation Appellate Court Opinion

   by Townsend, Karen

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AC39488- Clements v. Aramark Corp. ("The principal issue in this appeal is the compensability, under the Workers’ Compensation Act (act), General Statutes § 31-275 et seq., of an injury to an employee that occurred on an employer’s premises when the employee became lightheaded, fell, and hit her head while walking to her work station before the start of her shift... The plaintiff claims that the board erred in holding that, because the plaintiff’s fall was caused by her personal infirmity, rather than a workplace condition, her resultant head injury did not arise out of and in the course of her employment within the meaning of the act. We agree and, accordingly, reverse the decision of the board.")



Election Law Supreme Court Opinion

   by Booth, George

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SC20007 - Cook-Littman v. Board of Selectmen (Writ of mandamus; "In this appeal, we consider how a town charter provision that controls the filling of vacancies on that town's board of selectmen relates to General Statutes § 9-222, which provides a statutory procedure for filling such vacancies, in light of the home rule principles that govern the relationship between municipalities and the state.The defendants town of Fairfield (town) and its Board of Selectmen (board) appeal from the judgment of the trial court granting an application by the plaintiffs, five individual electors of the town, for a writ of mandamus ordering a special election for a vacant seat on the board. On appeal, the defendants claim, inter alia, that article VI, § 6.3 (B), of the Fairfield Town Charter (charter), which does not provide for a special election when the board has acted to fill a vacancy within thirty days, is controlling over § 9-222, which contemplates the possibility of a petition for a special election to fill such a vacancy even after the board has acted, and that, therefore, the trial court improperly issued a writ of mandamus compelling a special election in the present case. We agree with the defendants and, accordingly, reverse the judgment of the trial court.")


New Titles: Middletown Law Library

   by Roy, Christopher

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The Law Library at Middletown has received the following new titles: