Respondeat Superior

In Rodriguez v Judge and Community Church of Astoria, 2015 NY Slip Op 07828 [132 AD3d 966] (App. Div. 2nd Dept. Oct. 28, 2015), the court explained and applied the well-known tort doctrine of “respondeat superior”, under which an employer is liable for the torts of its employees. Here are the (briefly-summarized) facts of this personal…

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In Fauntleroy v. EMM Group Holdings LLC, the First Department held that plaintiff presented enough evidence to overcome summary judgment on his claims for personal injuries arising from a fight with a security guard hired by one of the defendants. The appellate court unanimously reversed the lower court’s order granting summary judgment to defendants, explaining: Defendants’…

Read More Lawsuit Brought By Plaintiff Punched in Face by Nightclub Security Guard Continues
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In her personal injury lawsuit captioned Brouillette v. Lisa Kistermann et al. and filed in New York Supreme Court on May 4, 2015, plaintiff Robin Brouillette alleges that on March 25, 2015, defendants Lisa Kistermann and Jessica Kistermann caused her “to be precipitated down a set of stairs” and suffer injuries.

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Here is the lawsuit, recently filed by Georgina Spence, against Insomnia Cookies and its deliveryman Keith Moody. The suit alleges, inter alia: That on November 3, 2014 plaintiff Georgina Spence was violently contacted by defendant’s employee Keith Moody without cause, provocation or justification while in the course of his employment as an employee of defendant Insomnia…

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Don’t cry fight over spilled milk alcohol. That’s the (non-legal) takeaway from Selmani v City of New York, in which the Appellate Division, Second Department permitted plaintiff’s claims for negligent hiring, supervision, training, and retention to continue against defendants City of New York and the New York City Fire Department. The case arose from injuries sustained by plaintiffs during…

Read More Bar Brawl Case Continues Against City and FDNY on Negligent Hiring/Supervision/Training/Retention Theory
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In Ali v. State of New York, the Appellate Division, Second Department held that the lower court properly dismissed plaintiff’s claim for personal injuries allegedly suffered as a result of defendant’s employee’s conduct. Here are the facts: On February 24, 2009, the claimant was in the waiting area of the office of the New York…

Read More Employer Not Liable for Employee’s Conduct Under the Doctrine of “Respondeat Superior”
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In Parker v. Dunn, the Supreme Court, Wayne County recently granted summary judgment for defendant Hazlitt’s 1852 Vineyards dismissing plaintiffs’ claims arising from a fatal motorcycle accident. The facts: The action arises from a motor vehicle accident which occurred on May 31, 2009, on State Route 414 in the Town of Hector, New York at approximately…

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In Doe v. Guthrie Clinic, Ltd., the New York Court of Appeals considered the following question: Whether, under New York law, the common law right of action for breach of the fiduciary duty of confidentiality for the unauthorized disclosure of medical information may run directly against medical corporations, even when the employee responsible for the breach is…

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