P Defeats Summary Judgment (Personal Injury)

In Monzac v. 1141 Elder Towers LLC, 2020 NY Slip Op 01243 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Feb. 20, 2020) – a personal injury slip-and-fall case – the court reversed the lower court’s directed verdict for defendant. From the decision: Plaintiff’s trial evidence established prima facie that defendant had constructive notice of the water on the…

Read More Evidence of Water on Lobby Floor Meets Summary Judgment Burden in Personal Injury Slip/Fall Case
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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 Shatsky v. Highpoint Assoc. V, LLC, 2019 NY Slip Op 01825 (App. Div. 1st Dept. March 14, 2019) – a slip/trip-and-fall premises liability personal injury case – the court unanimously affirmed the lower court’s order denying defendant’s motion for summary judgment. From the decision: Triable issues of fact regarding whether defendant Bagels and More…

Read More Water Diversion Pipe Cited in Summary Judgment Denial in Slip/Trip and Fall Case
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In Barracato v. SP Plus Corp., 2019 NY Slip Op 00698 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 31, 2019), a personal injury motor vehicle accident case, the First Department unanimously affirmed the lower court’s decision denying defendants’ motion for summary judgment. In sum, plaintiff was unloading merchandise from the drivers’ side of his truck on a a two…

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In Alatsas v Sacchetti, 2018 NY Slip Op 08270 (App. Div. 2nd Dept. Dec. 5, 2018), a personal injury car accident case, the court affirmed the lower court’s decision denying summary judgment to defendant. The court explained: The City defendants failed to establish their prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law. While…

Read More Car Accident Case Survives Summary Judgment; Plaintiff Not Shown to be the Sole Proximate Cause of Accident
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In Wilkins v. West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 08247 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Dec. 4, 2018) – a premises liability personal injury case – the court reversed the lower court’s decision granting summary judgment to defendant. In sum, plaintiff was injured when, after attempting to close a window on property leased by…

Read More “Res Ipsa Loquitur” Doctrine Applicable in Falling-Window Personal Injury Case; Summary Judgement to Defendant Reversed
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In Hirsch v. Solares, 2018 NY Slip Op 07828 (App. Div. 1st Div. Nov. 15, 2018), a personal injury action arising from a bar fight, the court held that summary judgment was properly denied as to plaintiff’s negligence claim, but that plaintiff’s claim for strict liability under Alcoholic Beverage Control Law § 65(2) should have been dismissed. As…

Read More Bar Brawl Personal Injury Case Survives Summary Judgment, In Part
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