Grenier v. Compratt Construction Co.
Supreme Court of Connecticut
454 A.2d 1289 (Conn. 1983)
The Greniers (plaintiffs) entered into an agreement with Compratt Construction Co. (Compratt) (defendant) whereby Compratt would pay the Greniers $25,500 for blasting work in the construction of roads. Payment was conditioned upon the Greniers obtaining a letter signed by the city engineer by a certain date, certifying that a certificate of occupancy could be obtained by Compratt in the subdivision where the roads were located. The contract also contained a liquidated damages clause if the Greniers did not perform on time. Although the Greniers completed their work on time, they were unable to obtain a letter from the city engineer because he did not ordinarily write such letters and refused to do so. A week and a half after the agreed upon completion date, the Greniers obtained a letter from the assistant city attorney authorizing the issuance of certificates of occupancy. The Greniers brought suit to obtain the $25,500 under the contract. Compratt counterclaimed seeking enforcement of the liquidated damages clause. The trial court ruled in favor of the Greniers for $23,000, which was the contract price minus damages for the letter from the assistant city attorney coming ten days late. Compratt appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Peters, J.)
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