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State Can Sue Contractors Over Law Library Faults

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For years after its construction, the UConn Law School's library underwent renovations.  In 2008, it was surrounded by fences and wrapped in a temporary covering. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

For years after its construction, the UConn Law School’s library underwent renovations. In 2008, it was surrounded by fences and wrapped in a temporary covering. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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The state Supreme Court today ruled that the state can sue contractors responsible for building a leaky law library at the UConn Law School in Hartford.

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen says there were flaws in design and construction.

“This is a major victory for Connecticut taxpayers, because the amount at stake is probablly north of $15-million,” Jepsen said. That was the price of renovations done to the building.

The lawsuit was filed after the regular statute of limitations on a lawsuit had passed, but the court ruled that statute of limitations does not apply to the state in this situation.

The state can now sue Lombardo Brothers Mason Contractors and more than two dozen other architects, managers, construction companys, subcontractors, insurance companies, and suppliers.

The contractors argued that the statute of limitations had expired by the time the state filed its lawsuit, so the suit should be thrown out.

Water got inside the library and caused damage, and pieces of the facade became loose after its construction was finished in 1996.

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