Sunday, April 12, 2009

Ruling on sink hole case

From the NHRs Luther Turmelle:

A Superior Court judge has issued a ruling that effectively removes the town of Cheshire as a defendant in a lawsuit over a sinkhole in a couple’s back yard.

William and Lisa Baker of 395 Sheridan Drive sued in 2007 over the 20-foot-wide, 30-foot-deep sinkhole that developed in their backyard in October 2005.

While the 16-page ruling, issued March 30 by Superior Court Judge William Holden in New Haven, removes the town as a defendant, pending an appeal, the judge did not remove a pair of co-defendants: John and Debra Lanzl, who owned the property before the Bakers.

Tim White


Anonymous said...

What is the saying: "If that is the law, then the law is an ass"

1) Watch now: The Lanzi's (orig owners) will now be forced to sue the Town...
2) Bad decision on the judge...everyone in town; selcetman, building inspector, contractors, real estate agents, zoning--ALL new about these mines & sinkholes; when these areas were developed, local townspeople scratched their heads in amazement. DPW in town used old mineshafts off of Jimmy Hill and dropped old, abandoned cars down them in the '40's & 50's.
3) Right thing for the Town to do was to accept responsibility & work with the state & feds to mitigate.

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