Personal Injury

Happy holidays to all! One of my favorite Christmas/seasonal movies is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. In my view it’s full of memorable moments and quotable lines. See, e.g., “our motor home’s septic tank is at capacity!” As with most movies, there are also a host of legal issues lurking – which, to a law student…

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In Lawyer v. City of New York, 2019 NY Slip Op 07698 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Oct. 24, 2019), the court unanimously affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s premises liability (negligent security) case. The court stated the rule that “[a] landlord has a common-law duty to take minimal security precautions to protect tenants and members of…

Read More Negligent Security Case Dismissed; Court Cites Building Security Measures and Lack of Prior Incidents
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In Nieto v. CLDN NY LLC, No. 159273/2016, 2019 WL 4962568 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Oct. 08, 2019), a personal injury case, the court addressed what a plaintiff’s attorney may do during a defense medical exam (DME) (otherwise, arguably misleadingly, known as an “Independent” Medical Exam, or IME). Here, the defendant asserted that…

Read More Court: Attorney May Take Notes at Defense Medical Exam
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Motion practice in New York litigation is governed by a variety of overlapping provisions, including those set forth in the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR), “Uniform Rules”, local/judges’ rules, and case law. Section 202.7 of the Uniform Civil Rules for the Supreme and County Courts, titled “Calendaring of motions; uniform notice of…

Read More 2d Dept.: Affirmation of Good Faith May Be Contained in Primary Affirmation
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In Evarts v Pyro Engineering, No. 517394, 985 N.Y.S.2d 179, 181–82, 2014 N.Y. Slip Op. 02996, 2014 WL 1698366 (N.Y.A.D. 3 Dept., May 01, 2014), the court modified a lower court’s order and reversed the grant of summary judgment in defendants’ favor on plaintiff’s negligence cause of action arising from a fireworks-related injury. Here, the…

Read More Fireworks Injury Negligence Claim Survives Summary Judgment
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One prominent memory from my One-L torts class is the professor telling us “the railroad always wins.” This was his tongue-in-cheek summary of ancient cases we were studying which involved tort/negligence lawsuits by injured persons against railroads. The explanation for what seemed like overwhelmingly railroad-friendly results in these cases was that the perception of a…

Read More MTA Metro North Conductor’s FELA Claim, Arising From Alleged Passenger Assault, Survives Summary Judgment
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In Serrano v. DTG Enter. Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op 03469 (App. Div. 1st Dept. May 2, 2019) – a rear-end collision car accident case – the First Department reversed the denial of plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment. From the decision: It is undisputed that Serrano made a prima facie showing that he was entitled…

Read More Plaintiff Gets Summary Judgment in Rear-End Collision Case; Lack of Turn Signal Was Irrelevant
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In Forman v. Whitney Ctr. for Permanent Cosmetics Corp., 155762/2015, 2019 NY Slip Op 03451 (App. Div. 1st Dept. May 2, 2019), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s lawsuit in which plaintiff alleged (inter alia) that defendant acted negligently in performing cosmetic tattooing on the plaintiff. From the decision: Defendants’ motion for summary judgment…

Read More Citing Express Approval, Court Affirms Dismissal of yebrow Tattoo Negligence Case Dismissed
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