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Sec. 37-3a

Connecticut General Statutes as amended to January 1, 2007

Rate recoverable as damages. Rate on debt arising out of hospital services.

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Sec. 37-3a. Rate recoverable as damages. Rate on debt arising out of hospital services. (a) Except as provided in sections 37-3b, 37-3c and 52-192a, interest at the rate of ten per cent a year, and no more, may be recovered and allowed in civil actions or arbitration proceedings under chapter 909, including actions to recover money loaned at a greater rate, as damages for the detention of money after it becomes payable. Judgment may be given for the recovery of taxes assessed and paid upon the loan, and the insurance upon the estate mortgaged to secure the loan, whenever the borrower has agreed in writing to pay such taxes or insurance or both. Whenever the maker of any contract is a resident of another state or the mortgage security is located in another state, any obligee or holder of such contract, residing in this state, may lawfully recover any agreed rate of interest or damages on such contract until it is fully performed, not exceeding the legal rate of interest in the state where such contract purports to have been made or such mortgage security is located.

(b) In the case of a debt arising out of services provided at a hospital, prejudgment and postjudgment interest shall be no more than five per cent per year. The awarding of interest in such cases is discretionary.

(1972, P.A. 292, S. 1; P.A. 76-316, S. 1; P.A. 79-364, S. 2; P.A. 81-315, S. 1; P.A. 83-267, S. 1; P.A. 87-260, S. 2; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11, S. 10, 70; P.A. 03-266, S. 7.)

History: P.A. 76-316 added exception as provided in Sec. 52-192a; P.A. 79-364 applied section to arbitration proceedings; P.A. 81-315 added reference to Sec. 37-3b as an exception to this section; P.A. 83-267 increased rate of interest from eight to ten per cent; P.A. 87-260 added reference to Sec. 37-3c as an exception to this section; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11 deleted exception re recovery of interest with respect to demand obligations as provided in repealed Sec. 42a-3-122(4)(a); P.A. 03-266 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a) and added Subsec. (b) re rate on debt arising out of hospital services.

Cited. 175 C. 138. Cited. 178 C. 323; 180 C. 11. Statute does not apply to interest payments ordered by the public utilities control authority (PUCA). 183 C. 128. Challenge by general contractor to constitutionality of mechanic’s lien statutes discussed. 185 C. 583. Where condemnation award contemplated payment of interest at the prevailing statutory rate, court did not err in awarding interest at 6% from date of taking to October 1, 1979, when statute was amended to provide for interest at 8% from that date to date of payment. 187 C. 171. Prejudgment and postjudgment interest discussed with reference to Sec. 52-192a. 192 C. 301. Determination of interest in condemnation proceedings is not subject to provisions of the statute. Id., 377. Cited. 196 C. 81. Increase in interest rate only prospective in its operation. 199 C. 683. Cited. 203 C. 324. Cited. 207 C. 468. Cited. 210 C. 734. Cited. 211 C. 648. Cited. 213 C. 145. Cited. 217 C. 281. Cited. 218 C. 628. Cited. Id., 646. Cited. Id., 681. Cited. 222 C. 480. Cited. 224 C. 758. Cited. Id., 766. Cited. 228 C. 206. Cited. 234 C. 169. Cited. 235 C. 1. Cited. 238 C. 293. Cited. 239 C. 144. Cited Id., 708. Cited. 240 C. 287. Cited. 241 C. 749. Interest payable on money wrongfully withheld calculated from date on which court determines the money was due and payable. 247 C. 242.

Cited. 1 CA 595. Held not an abuse of discretion for trial court to determine that statutory eight per cent interest rate which became effective in 1979 should be applied to money due since 1973. 2 CA 322. Cited. 3 CA 111. Cited. 6 CA 292. Cited. Id., 417. Cited. Id., 447. Cited. 12 CA 468. Cited. 13 CA 330. Cited. 16 CA 705. Cited. 18 CA 559. Cited. 20 CA 566. Cited. Id., 676. Cited. Id., 680. Cited. 21 CA 359. Cited. Id., 380. Cited. Id., 549. Cited. 22 CA 640. Cited. 25 CA 529. Cited. 27 CA 635. Cited. 29 CA 484. Cited. 30 CA 136. Cited. Id., 729, 736. Cited. 31 CA 253. Cited. Id., 455. Inapplicable to punitive damages. 32 CA 133. Cited. 34 CA 27. Cited. 35 CA 504. Cited. 36 CA 322. Cited. 39 CA 122. Cited. 41 CA 302. Cited. 42 CA 712. Cited. 43 CA 645. Cited. 44 CA 402. Cited. Id., 490. Cited. 45 CA 543. Cited. 46 CA 37. Cited. Id., 87. Section interpreted as providing for interest to date of judgment. 56 CA 139. Prejudgment interest owed where defendant wrongfully withheld moneys owed plaintiffs at the time they were payable. 69 CA 366. Postjudgment interest awarded pursuant to section begins to run from date of judgment. Where there is a rescript that modifies a judgment, postjudgment interest is to run from date of the original judgment. It should be as if the correct judgment had been issued by the original trial court, with interest running from that date. 73 CA 492. Trial court properly ruled that plaintiff was not entitled to prejudgment interest pursuant to section because plaintiff sought damages necessary to correct damage proximately caused by defendant’s negligence. 75 CA 334. Plaintiff was entitled to prejudgment interest based on facts of case. 81 CA 213. Award of statutory prejudgment interest is contingent on the presence of two components: Claim to which the interest attaches must be for a liquidated sum of money wrongfully withheld, and trier must find that equitable considerations warrant payment of interest. Prejudgment interest pursuant to section is not warranted, however, in actions for breach of contract where damages sought are similar to those in a personal injury action for negligence, where a party seeks to be made whole for a loss caused by another. Id., 419.

Cited. 33 CS 609. Cited. 37 CS 50. Cited. 38 CS 610. Cited. 41 CS 538. Cited. 44 CS 207.

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