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Gonzalez v. O & G Industries, Inc.

power plant factory

Court: Connecticut Supreme Court

Docket: SC20422

Opinion Date: February 15, 2022

Judge: Andrew J. McDonald

Areas of Law: Personal Injury

This case law update is brought to you by Freeway Law auto accident and personal injury lawyers in Orange County. The following is not one of our cases, but it is of some significance, and we thought we should share it with our readers for informational purposes. The information above is for informational purposes only and not to be construed as legal advice.

In this action arising from an explosion at a power generating facility under construction in Middletown, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court in favor of Defendants with respect to Plaintiffs’ strict liability claims and grant of summary judgment with respect to Plaintiffs’ negligence claims, holding that tort remedies were not available to Plaintiffs under the circumstances of this case.

Several of the victims of the blast and ensuing fire and their families brought this action against, among others, the power plant’s owner, the owner’s administrative agent, and the general contractor. The claims against the general contractor were resolved in the contractor’s favor. As to the owner and administrative agent, the trial court rendered judgment for Defendants with respect to the strict liability claims and granted summary judgment with respect to the negligence claims. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that Plaintiffs were not entitled to relief on their allegations of error.

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