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Court sides with Rocky Hill in dispute over inmate nursing home; reverses lower court decision

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HARTFORD, Connecticut — Connecticut's highest court is siding with the town of Rocky Hill in a dispute about whether a privately operated nursing facility for state prisoners should be immune from local zoning restrictions and free from paying local property taxes.

The state Supreme Court on Friday overturned a lower court decision that said iCare Management LLC and its subsidiaries are an arm of the state, and therefore immune from zoning and taxes. The town filed a lawsuit in 2012 to stop the facility from opening.

The Supreme Court remanded the case back to the lower court.

Jonathan M. Starble represents the nursing home. He said Friday's decision does not change the ultimate outcome of the case because the facility complies with local zoning rules.

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