Skuzinski vs. Bouchard Fuels, Inc., 240 Conn. 694 (1997)

Trial Attorneys for the defendants, Joseph F. Trotta, Esq. and Erica W. Todd, Esq.


The theory of common law indemnification was changed in the State of Connecticut as a result of the firmís defense in the matter of Skuzinski vs. Bouchard Fuels, Inc., 240 Conn. 694 (1997). Our firmís defense propounded the theory which was affirmed by the Supreme Court that a third party plaintiff, outside the context of workersí compensation law, need not establish the existence of an independent legal relationship between itself and the alleged indemnitor as a condition for recovery on the basis of a common law indemnity. Hence, the definition was broadened thereby creating alternative theories to be utilized in the defense of personal injury matters.

The case was thereafter cited in the National Law Reporter.





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