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Defense of Demolition Code Appeal and Negligence Lawsuits Related to Urban Fire

City of New Haven, Connecticut

Defended the City of New Haven, Connecticut in cases alleging negligence related to the demolition of fire-damaged buildings. In December 2007, a major fire in downtown New Haven, Connecticut caused the City’s Building Official to order the demolition of several buildings. The property owner appealed the demolition order and filed a negligence lawsuit seeking monetary damages from the City and several of its officials as well as the contractors and consultants involved with the demolition and disposal project. Another negligence action was brought by a retail business adjacent to the fire-damaged buildings. The case settled favorably and a substantial portion of the City's demolition costs were reimbursed.

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