922 A.2d 1084


No. (SC 17805).Supreme Court of Connecticut

Borden, Norcott, Palmer, Vertefeuille and Sullivan, Js.

Argued April 13, 2007.

Officially released May 29, 2007.

Procedural History
Action to recover damages for the defendants’ alleged violations of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, and for other relief, brought to the Superior Court in the judicial district of New Haven, where the case was transferred to the judicial district of Waterbury, Complex Litigation Docket; thereafter, the court, Alander, J., granted the defendants’ motions for summary judgment and rendered judgment thereon for the defendants, from which the plaintiff appealed Affirmed.

John R. Williams, for the appellant (plaintiff).

Michael P. Shea, with whom, on the brief, wa Howard Fetner, for the appellees (named defendant et al).

Elizabeth J. Stewart, with whom were Dena M. Castricone, Matthew Van Dusen and, on the brief, Luigi Spadafora, for the appellee (defendant South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority).


The plaintiff, A-Right Plumbing, Sewer and Water Main Company, LLC, appeals from the summary judgment of the trial court[1] in favor of the defendants, Aquarion Operating Services Company, Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut and South Central Connecticut

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Regional Water Authority. The plaintiff claims that the trial court improperly rendered summary judgment for the defendants because there is a question of fact that could not be determined on summary judgment. See Practice Book § 17-49. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.

The plaintiff, a plumbing contractor that repairs sewer and water lines, brought this action against the defendants, which operate repair programs through which consumers can, for a fixed annual fee, purchase in advance plans for the repair and replacement of water and sewer pipes, alleging violations of General Statutes § 42-110b (a)[2] of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA), General Statutes § 42-110a et seq. The defendants moved for summary judgment. After sub-mission of the papers and oral argument, the trial court issued a thorough and thoughtful memorandum of decision and granted the defendants’ motions. This appeal followed.

The plaintiffs sole claim on appeal is that the trial court improperly rendered summary judgment because there is a question of fact regarding whether the defendants had engaged in deceptive acts or practices in violation of CUTPA. The fatal flaw in this claim, as the trial court determined and as the defendants contend in this court, is that the plaintiff never raised a claim of deceptive acts or practices as a basis for the alleged CUTPA violation in the trial court. The plaintiffs complaint does not allege deception and, as the plaintiff conceded at oral argument before this court, the plaintiff, in oral argument before the trial court on the summary judgment motion, explicitly disavowed any claim of deception. We therefore decline to address the plaintiffs claim on appeal.

The judgment is affirmed.

[1] The plaintiff appealed from the judgment of the trial court to the Appellate Court, and we transferred the appeal to this court pursuant to General Statutes § 51-199 (c) and Practice Book § 65-1.
[2] General Statutes § 42110b (a) provides: “No person shall engage in unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in the conduct of any trade or commerce”.

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