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5.01.2012

Howd & Ludorf, LLC Wins Supreme Court Appeal for Towns of Woodbridge and Bethany

         Howd & Ludorf, LLC Partner Thomas R. Gerarde and Associate Michael R. Oleyer won summary judgment for the Towns of Woodbridge and Bethany in the case of Rettig v. Woodbridge, et al., that now has been affirmed by the Connecticut Supreme Court.  Plaintiff Rettig was the Animal Control officer for the District Animal Control  formed by the Towns of Woodbridge, Bethany, Orange and Prospect.  Rettig suffered a serious injury while on duty and filed for Worker’s Compensation against her employer, the District Animal Control.  She also sought to file separate personal injury claims against the towns of Woodbridge, Bethany, Prospect and Orange.  The Towns asserted that, in addition to the District Animal Control, they were also Rettig’s employer --- which barred her tort claim, as an employee’s exclusive remedy for an injury occurring on the job is that provided by the Worker’s Compensation Act.  The trial court agreed, and entered summary judgment.  The Supreme Court has now affirmed, in a unanimous opinion authored by Justice Richard Palmer.

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