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Gas Station Fall No Jackpot For Casino Visitor

Connecticut Law Tribune

June 15, 2009

Authors: Robert R. Simpson

Janet Dilisio v. ExxonMobil Corp.: On an excursion from her home in Nashua, N.H., to the Mohegan Sun casino in 2007, Janet Dilisio stopped at the Plainfield ExxonMobil service station on southbound I-395.

She bought a candy bar, and on the way back to her car, parked on the periphery of the lot, tripped on a 23-inch by eight-inch hole in the pavement that was about five inches deep. She claimed she damaged the tendons in her ankles so badly she couldn’t do her job as a nurse’s aide for five months.

Attorney Kara M. Burgarella of New London’s Faulkner & Boyce represented Dilisio in the subsequent negligence case against ExxonMobil. Robert R. Simpson of Hartford-based Shipman & Goodwin defended ExxonMobil, and this month won a defense verdict in the case.

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