HARTFORD — Opposing attorneys are scheduled to present oral arguments in the Merritt/GOSA v Ravenswood contract dispute at 10 a.m., Sept. 6, 2007, at the Appellate Court, 75 Elm St., Hartford.
Ravenswood Construction LLC of Cheshire is appealing a Superior Court jury verdict May 18, 2005, that Ravenswood did not have a valid contract to buy the 75-acre Merritt Property on Route 1 between the summit of Fort Hill and Fishtown Road.
GOSA and Merritt signed a contract for the sale April 14, 2003, and Ravenswood immediately challenged the document, claiming that it had a prior contract. GOSA has won a $650,000 state grant toward the $1 million price of the property. It has put down $90,000 as a deposit and will raise the remainder of the money. Following the May 18, 2005 verdict, Superior Court Judge Seymour Hendel declared GOSA’s contract to be valid and ordered it carried out.
In its appeal, Ravenswood contended that Judge Hendel made errors during the May 2005 trial and that the jury’s verdict was against the weight of the evidence. GOSA considers Ravenswood’s arguments to be without merit.
An Appellate Court ruling is expected within 90 days of the oral arguments. The losing side will have the opportunity to seek review by the state Supreme Court, which typically refuses to hear all but a small number of cases. In the event the Supreme Court should decide to hear the case, a decision could take another 12-16 months.
GOSA is represented by Tyler Cooper & Alcorn LLP, New Haven. Ravenswood’s law firm is Geraghty & Bonnano LLC, New London.