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O'Connor v. O'Connor
Connecticut Supreme Court
201 Conn. 632, 519 A.2d 13 (1986)
Roseann O’Connor (plaintiff) was injured in a car accident. Roseann was the passenger, and Brian O’Connor (defendant) was the driver. When the accident occurred, the O’Connors were residents of Connecticut, though the accident occurred during a day trip to Quebec. After receiving initial treatment in Quebec, Roseann suffered continuing injuries when she returned to Connecticut. Roseann filed a complaint in Connecticut state court seeking to recover damages for the serious injuries she suffered. Connecticut’s no-fault insurance law permitted a cause of action for plaintiffs who are seriously injured in motor-vehicle accidents. Quebec law did not permit such a private cause of action, instead allowing injured victims a statutory recovery from a public fund. The trial court granted a motion to strike the complaint, and the intermediate appellate court affirmed. Roseann appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Peters, C.J.)
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