Cugno v. Kaelin

In Cugno v. Kaelin, 138 Conn. 341, 84 A.2d 576, 576-577 (Conn. 1951), the Supreme Court of Connecticut held that a defendant who lived on the third floor of a three story apartment story was improperly served when the constable left the summons under the door of the second floor apartment. The Court held that "the law is that the apartments in a house of the character of that in which the defendant lived are as separate and distinct as though they were under different roofs. Each had a single place of abode, a habitation as much apart from the other as though each inhabitant lived in a building by himself." Id. Thus, the Court held it had no jurisdiction because service was not made at the defendant's "usual place of abode." Id.