Shine v. Pawlak
A court can enforce a contract to settle litigation and to withdraw a complaint. Allegedly, the Labrador retrievers of the defendant, Brett Pawlak, knocked over and bit the plaintiff, Charlotte Shine. The plaintiff sued Pawlak, and they attempted to resolve the plaintiff's claims. The defendant moved to enforce the parties' settlement agreement. "A trial court has the inherent power to enforce summarily a settlement agreement as a matter of law when the terms of the agreement are clear," pursuant to Audubon Associates Ltd. Partnership v. Barclay Stubbs, a 2007 decision of the Connecticut Appellate Court. The parties may not change their minds, after they reach agreement, pursuant to Superior Court Judge Barbara Sheedy's 2000 decision, Garofalo v. Yankee Linen Supply Co. Here, the court credited the defendant's claim that the parties agreed to settle, if the defendant paid $100 and apologized. The terms of the parties' agreement were clear. Crediting the defendant's claims that he performed, the court granted the defendant's motion to enforce the settlement agreement.