2015

Negligence cases, particularly those arising from car accidents, involve many facts, and hence questions of fact that are typically for a jury. However, there are situations where a plaintiff might be entitled to judgment as a matter of law. One example of such a situation is the case of State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v.…

Read More Plaintiff Awarded Summary Judgment in Auto Accident Case Where Defendant’s “Sneezing Fit” Was Documented in Police Report

In Tate v. Levy Rest. Holdings, LLC, No. 14-CV-2056, 2015 WL 9076230 (E.D.N.Y. Dec. 16, 2015), the court stated and applied the standard for awarding attorney fees to a prevailing defendant in an employment discrimination case. You can read about the Eastern District’s dismissal of claims brought by the plaintiff – a gay male waiter who…

Read More Court Denies Attorney Fees to Prevailing Defendant in Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case

In Dooley v. JetBlue Airways Corp., No. 15-1356-CV, 2015 WL 9261293 (2d Cir. Dec. 18, 2015), a Summary Order, the Second Circuit vacated the dismissal of plaintiff’s claim of disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Initially, the court held, contrary to the district court, that plaintiff sufficiently alleged discrimination under the ADA.…

Read More Plaintiff Sufficiently Alleged Disability Discrimination Against JetBlue

In Santiago v Weisheng Enters. LLC, the Appellate Division, First Department affirmed the denial of summary judgment to defendants on plaintiff’s personal injury claim. From the decision: Defendants property owner and lessee-restaurant failed to establish their entitlement to judgment as a matter of law, in this action where plaintiff alleges that he was injured when he…

Read More Defendants Not Entitled to Summary Judgment on Plaintiff’s Slip/Fall Claim

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In Turner v. Manhattan Bowery Mgmt. Corp., 49 Misc. 3d 1220(A) (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2015), the court held that plaintiff (an African American maintenance worker) presented sufficient evidence to overcome summary judgment on his race discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims. As to his hostile work environment claim, the court held: [P]laintiff presented sufficient…

Read More Plaintiff Overcomes Summary Judgment on Race Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment, and Retaliation Claims

In Geras v. Hempstead Union Free Sch. Dist., No. 13-CV-5094(ADS)(AYS), 2015 WL 9182980 (E.D.N.Y. Dec. 17, 2015), the court noted that “although the standard for establishing a hostile work environment is high, … [t]he environment need not be unendurable or intolerable.” From the decision: [T]here is testimonial evidence that the Plaintiff was “harassed [and] belittled on…

Read More “Reverse” Race Discrimination Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment

In Bright v. Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc., No. 14-4465-CV, 2015 WL 9261278 (2d Cir. Dec. 18, 2015), the Second Circuit affirmed the lower court’s decision granting summary judgment judgment, of plaintiffs’ race-based hostile work environment claims. As to the merits, the Second Circuit incorporated the district court’s analysis and conclusion, adding that “[m]any of the comments and incidents…

Read More Second Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment Dismissing Hostile Work Environment Claims; Says District Court Properly Declined to Consider Post-Deposition Affidavits