O'Brien v. O'Brien
As stated in the 2009 Connecticut Appellate Court case of Collins v. Collins, "[w]hen, during the pendency of an appeal, events have occurred that preclude an appellate court from granting any practical relief through its disposition of the merits, a case has become moot." The defendant, Kathleen O'Brien, appealed claiming that the trial court improperly modified the judgment of dissolution by denying her motion to terminate the appellate stay with regard to membership in a certain country club. In the related and simultaneously released decision of an appeal brought by the plaintiff, Michael O'Brien, the majority of the Appellate Court panel reversed the judgment pertaining to the financial orders and remanded the matter for a new trial. Because the judgment of dissolution was reversed and the case remanded for a new trial on financial matters, there was no practical relief the Court could grant the parties. The defendant's appeal was moot and dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.