Co-Op City Shooting Victim’s Personal Injury Lawsuit Dismissed

In Palaj v. Marion Scott Real Estate, Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op 00958 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Feb. 7, 2019), the court held that plaintiff’s personal injury claim should have been dismissed, and reversed the lower court’s decision to the contrary.

In a terse decision, the court explained:

Plaintiff Sander Palaj, and his wife suing derivatively, commenced this action to recover for personal injuries he allegedly sustained when he was shot outdoors in the co-operative complex known as Co-op City, which was managed by defendant Marion Scott Real Estate, Inc. at the time. However, a landowner’s duty to take minimal security precautions does not extend to exterior public areas, such as walkways and vestibules[.]