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Gore v. People’s Savings Bank

Connecticut Supreme Court
665 A.2d 1341 (1995)


Facts

In 1984, Thomas Gore and Wanda Copeland (plaintiffs), along with their son Kendall Copeland, moved into an apartment in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In 1985, a health inspector discovered lead-based paint in the apartment in amounts that exceeded federal exposure guidelines. The inspector notified the landlords, People’s Savings Bank and M.S.B. Real Estate Corporation (defendants), who then arranged for the paint to be removed. The plaintiffs then brought suit against the defendants on behalf of their son, claiming that the defendants were strictly liable for their son’s exposure to lead-based paint. The trial court entered a directed verdict for the defendants on the strict liability claim, and the plaintiffs appealed. The appellate court reversed, holding that the statute allowed for strict liability for landlords for the presence of lead-based paint, even if the landlords had no notice that there was lead-based paint. The defendants then appealed.

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