App. Div. 1st Dept.

In Lord v. Marilyn Model Mgt., Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op 05093 (App. Div. 1st Dept. June 25, 2019), the court reversed the lower court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s claim for breach of contract arising from defendant’s failure to pay him severance. The facts, as summarized by the court: As alleged in the complaint, plaintiff was…

Read More Modeling Scout Sufficiently Alleges Claims Relating to Failure to Pay Severance, First Department Holds

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

In Catalano v. Fox Tel. Stas., Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op 04463 (App. Div. 1st Dept. June 6, 2019), the Appellate Division, First Department affirmed the lower court’s dismissal on summary judgment of plaintiff’s disability discrimination claims under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. This case is instructive on the nature and…

Read More Employer Met Obligation to Have “Interactive Dialogue” Relating to Reasonably Accommodating Plaintiff’s Disability, Court Finds

In Farkas v. River House Realty Co., Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op 04322 (App. Div. 1st Dept. June 4, 2019), the First Department affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s lawsuit alleging, inter alia, violation of the New York State and City Human Rights Laws and tortious interference with contract. The court summarized the allegations as follows:…

Read More Housing Discrimination Claim Dismissal Affirmed; Anti-French Motivation Not Shown

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

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

In Winklevoss v. Steinberg, 2019 NY Slip Op 02419 (App. Div. 1st Dept. March 28, 2019), the court unanimously affirmed the dismissal of plaintiffs’ defamation claim. The court based its decision on the plaintiffs’ status (public figures) and their failure to prove “actual malice”, the applicable standard under these circumstances. As to their status, the…

Read More Winklevoss Twins’ Defamation Claim Dismissed; Actual Malice Not Shown