Personal Injury

In Valdez v. Upper Creston, LLC, 2022 NY Slip Op 00367 (NY App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 20, 2022), a personal injury case, the court unanimously affirmed the lower court’s order granting plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment on the issue of liability against defendant. In this premises liability case, the plaintiff (a resident of a…

Read More “Res Ipsa Loquitur” Applies in Personal Injury Case Arising From Collapsing Drain
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In a January 3, 2022 Order in Elden v. Nirvana, L.L.C. et al, C.D. Cal., No. CV 21-6836, a California federal court dismissed plaintiff Spencer Elden’s lawsuit against Nirvana L.L.C. et al. In this lawsuit, plaintiff – whose image (as a baby) appears on Nirvana’s 1991 “Nevermind” album – alleged, inter alia, that he was…

Read More Oh Well, Whatever, Nevermind: Baby Model’s Lawsuit Against Nirvana (Temporarily) Ends With a Whimper
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Let’s say, hypothetically, you are a burglar and decide to target a particular house owned by a family that will be away (overseas) for the Christmas holiday – i.e., for at least a week, without any indication that any of the family (let alone their 8 year-old son) is left Home Alone. So you and…

Read More Lime & Merchants v. McCallister
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In Norwood v Simon Property Group, No. 2017-11874, 5155/12, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 07006, 2021 WL 5913212 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., Dec. 15, 2021), the court discussed and applied the doctrine of “respondeat superior” to deny a motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims against a movie theater for the actions of one of its managers. Here are…

Read More “Respondeat Superior” Applied Against Movie Theater For Manager’s Alleged Use of Pellet Gun Against Patron
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In Peldman v. Kalahari Resorts, LLC, No. 161385/2019, 2021 WL 3619757 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty. August 16, 2021), the court held, inter alia, that the court did not have personal jurisdiction over an out-of-state (PA) defendant. Among other things, the plaintiff argued that defendant’s connections to New York – including purchase of a float in…

Read More Purchase of Floats in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Insufficient to Confer Personal Jurisdiction
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In Kouri v Eataly N.Y. LLC, No. 14538, 158476/14, 2021-00047, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 06044, 2021 WL 5113230 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept. Nov. 04, 2021), the court affirmed the denial of defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims arising from his ejection from Eataly. As to plaintiff’s public accommodation discrimination claims asserted under the New…

Read More Public Accommodation (Sexual Orientation) Discrimination Case Proceeds Against Eataly NY LLC
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In a recently-filed lawsuit, captioned J.C. v. Robert Allen Zimmerman a/k/a Bob Dylan (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty. Index No. 951450/2021), the plaintiff – proceeding pseudonymously – asserts (under the Child Victims Act and pursuant to CPLR 214-g and 22 NYCRR § 202.72) that the defendant sexually abused her over a six-week period between April and…

Read More Child Victims Act Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against Bob Dylan
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In Alberto Coronado v. Veolia North America Inc. & Subsidiaries et al, NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty. 450319/2019 (April 6, 2021), a motor vehicle accident case, the court held that the defendant was not entitled to obtain discovery of so-called “litigation funding” material from the plaintiff. Despite the liberal construction courts give to the CPLR’s…

Read More Litigation Funding Discovery Denied in Car Accident Case
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New York Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation, S.7196/A.6762-B, which arms the public with a new remedy for gun-related harm. (Additional legislation, S.5000-B/A.6198-B) prohibits the sale of firearms to anyone with an outstanding warrant for a felony or serious offense.) Specifically, the law amends New York’s General Business Law by adding a new Article 39-DDDD (comprising…

Read More New York Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Holding Gun Manufacturers Accountable
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In Louise v Hampton Jitney, Inc., 2021 NY Slip Op 02251 (App. Div. 1st Dept. April 13, 2021) – a personal injury case – the court affirmed the preclusion of defendant’s expert from testifying at trial or the use of his expert report. From the decision: Preclusion of expert evidence on the ground of failure…

Read More Court Precludes Expert Testimony and Report, Based on Demanded But Undisclosed Evidence
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