Appellate Insights

Connecticut Supreme Court cases of interest to the business community

The Connecticut Supreme Court ‘s October term begins tomorrow. From October 10th through October 20th, the Court will hear appeals in fourteen cases. Here’s a look at the first week: Tuesday, October 10th The Court hears argument in Angersola v. Radiologic Associates, SC 29619, where the issue is whether the time limitations set forth in the wrongful death statute, General Statutes § 52-555, are jurisdictional and whether they can be tolled by the continuing course of…
We are into the second week of the Connecticut Supreme Court’s 2017-2018 year. Here’s a look at this week’s cases: Monday, September 18th The first case is Francini v. Goodspeed Airport, LLC, SC 19705, where the Supreme Court will consider whether the Appellate Court properly held that an easement by necessity for a landlocked parcel is not limited only to ingress and egress. The trial court had rejected the plaintiff’s claim that his property’s easement…
The Connecticut Supreme Court ‘s 2017-2018 sitting kicks off on Monday. From September 11th through September 28th, the Court will hear oral arguments in nineteen cases. Here’s a look at first week: Monday, September 11th The new year starts with a divorce case and a zoning case. In Reinke v. Sing, SC 19687, the Supreme Court will consider whether a family court, without a finding of fraud, has jurisdiction to open a dissolution judgment several…
In Munn v. The Hotchkiss School, the Second Circuit certified two questions to the Connecticut Supreme Court to help it decide an appeal from a $41.5 million jury verdict awarded to a student who contracted a serious tick-borne disease while on a month-long study abroad program in China:  (1) does Connecticut public policy support imposing a duty on a school to warn or protect against the risk of serious insect-borne disease when it organizes a…
Argument Recap:  Munn v. The Hotchkiss School, SC 19525 The Connecticut Supreme Court heard oral argument this term in Munn v. The Hotchkiss School to decide whether Connecticut public policy supports imposing a duty on a school to warn about or protect against a serious insect-borne disease when it organizes a trip abroad. The case arises from a month-long trip to China organized by Hotchkiss, a private secondary boarding school. Eighteen students went on the trip,…
Here’s a look at the second week of the Supreme Court’s 7th Term: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 The Court hears three cases today. The first is State v. Schovanec, SC 19851, which is an appeal by a defendant who was convicted of stealing a credit card and using it at a gas station. The defendant claims that the double jeopardy clause prohibits his conviction for larceny where he was also convicted for identity theft and…
Ruling Recap: Gold v. Rowland, SC 19585 Last October, we reported on the issues at stake in Gold v. Rowland, the class action that claims that Connecticut state employees were members entitled to shares of stock when their insurer, Anthem, demutualized in 2001.  The employees had asked the Supreme Court to reverse the trial court’s ruling that (1) Anthem’s Articles of Incorporation should be considered together with other documents in the Anthem-Blue Cross merger, (2) those documents…
The Connecticut Supreme Court’s Seventh Term begins today and ends on Thursday, April 6th. Here’s a look at the first week of the March/April term: Monday, March 27, 2017 The Court starts the term by hearing oral argument in Munn v. Hotchkiss, SC 19525, which is a federal lawsuit that resulted in a $41.5 million verdict in favor of a fifteen year old student who contracted tick-borne encephalitis while on a study abroad program in…
The Connecticut Supreme Court’s February term begins today and ends on Thursday with the Court hearing six cases this week. Tuesday, February 21st The Court starts the term by hearing oral argument in Lyme Land Conservation Trust, Inc. v. Beverly Platner et al., SC 19797, where the Court will consider whether the plaintiff-land trust and the Attorney General proved at trial that the defendant’s landscaping activities on residential property violated a “conservation restriction” contained in…
The Supreme Court has issued it decision in the case of Jefferson Allen, et al. v. Commissioner of Revenue Services, SC 19567.  The case decided the issue of the constitutionality of Connecticut’s taxation of the exercise of qualified stock options by former residents when the options had no readily ascertainable value when received as part of compensation for work performed in Connecticut.  However, when exercised during a period of time when the taxpayers were nonresidents of…