Tallmadge Bros., Inc. v. Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P
In Tallmadge Bros., Inc. v. Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P., 252 Conn. 479, 495, 746 A.2d 1277 (2000) the parties inserted merger clauses into their settlement agreements, which the defendant contended precluded the plaintiff from introducing parol evidence. At a hearing, the trial court examined extrinsic evidence to determine whether the agreements were complete integrations.
Because the parties had positions of relatively equal bargaining power, the Court held that "the parties' insertion of the merger clauses into the settlement agreements is conclusive evidence of their intent to create fully integrated contracts, and that the trial court's subsequent consideration of extrinsic evidence was improper." Id.