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Langlois v. Town of Proctor
Citation:113 A.3d 44 (Vt. 2014).
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The Plaintiff, Kathleen Langlois, owned a building with commercial space and an apartment. The Defendant, Town of Proctor, controlled the water service to the Plaintiff’s building. The Plaintiff alleged that the she arranged with a representative of the Defendant that it would disconnect the water service so she would not incur further water expenses, but that the Defendant failed to do so. The Plaintiff further alleged that in relying on the Defendant’s promised undertaking, she discontinued heating the building, causing the pipes containing water to freeze and split under the first floor of the building. This caused the first floor and basement to flood, causing extensive damage to the building. The Plaintiff thus failed to pay her water bill.
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