General Accident Insurance Company v. Mortara
The law of Connecticut, rather than New Jersey, applied in an action resulting from an underinsured motorist claim for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident that took place in New Jersey. The defendant, Jason Mortara, asserted an underinsured motorist claim against the plaintiff, the General Accident Insurance Company, for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident that took place in New Jersey. A divided arbitration panel determined, pursuant to the 1994 Connecticut Supreme Court case of Williams v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, that New Jersey law applied and that Mortara had complied with the procedural law of that state to receive underinsured motorist benefits. The plaintiff filed an application to vacate the award in the Superior Court pursuant to C.G.S. §52-418(a)(4). The court rendered judgment for the plaintiff concluding that Connecticut, rather than New Jersey, law applied and, accordingly, granted the plaintiff's application to vacate the award and denied the defendant's motion to confirm it. The defendant appealed. The Appellate Court affirmed the judgment. Finding that the issues were resolved properly in the trial court's complete and well reasoned memorandum of decision, the Appellate Court adopted it as a proper statement of the relevant facts, issues and applicable law. No further discussion was found necessary.