Connecticut Superior Court, Judicial District of Waterbury
1990 WL 265273 (1990)
Pannone (plaintiff) entered into negotiations to purchase a house owned by Grandmaison (defendant). The purchase agreement stated that Pannone’s offer to purchase the house was contingent on the “Purchaser’s approval” of the result of a home inspection, a termite inspection, and a radon gas inspection. Pannone is particularly sensitive to the effects of radon due to his exposure to radiation while serving in the United States Air Force in the Korean War. An inspection of Grandmaison’s home revealed radon was present but not in an abnormal level for homes within the state of Connecticut. Pannone found the presence of radon to be unacceptable, however, and informed Grandmaison he was canceling the sale. Grandmaison refused to return the $18,000 real estate deposit provided by Pannone. Pannone brought suit in Connecticut Superior Court against Grandmaison seeking the return of his deposit plus interest.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (McWeeny, J.)
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