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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 […]

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 […]

In DeLorenzo v. Viceroy Hotel Group LLC, 17-3470 (2d Cir. Nov. 21, 2018) (Summary Order), the court held that plaintiff’s personal injury complaint – based on an alleged sexual assault by an employee of a a hotel in Anguilla – was properly dismissed because the court did not have personal jurisdiction over the defendant. The […]

In Stagnitta v. Ambrosino, 2018 NY Slip Op 08053 (App. Div. 2nd Dept. Nov. 21, 2018), the court held that “[t]he alleged sexualization of a physician-patient relationship generally sounds in medical malpractice … since the injuries incurred are not separate and distinct from the damages incurred for medical malpractice[.]” Here are the facts of this case, […]

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 […]

In Easley v. U Haul, 2018 NY Slip Op 08008 (App. Div. Nov. 21, 2018), a personal injury trip-and-fall action, the court held that defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s complaint should have been granted. In sum, plaintiff alleged that he was “injured when he tripped and fell on a half-inch to one-inch metal protrusion sticking […]

In Rosen v. MHM Realty LLC, 2018 NY Slip Op 07549 (App. Div. 1st Div. Nov. 8, 2018), the Appellate Division unanimously affirmed the lower court’s order denying plaintiff’s motion for a protective order and directed plaintiff to give defendants an unlimited authorization (for a specified period) for mental health records for treatment in connection with injuries […]

In Sager v. Waldo Gardens, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 07359 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Nov. 1, 2018) – a personal injury slip-and-fall case – the court affirmed the lower court’s denial of summary judgment to the defendant. The outcome, like so many cases of this type, turned on the often difficult-to-prove issue of constructive notice. From […]

Happy Halloween! There are many instances of Halloween antics giving rise to litigation. As one (admittedly old) example, consider Daniels v. Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority, 689 N.Y.S.2d 463, 464, 261 A.D.2d 115, 115 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept. 1999), in which the plaintiff sued a bus operator after being “struck in the left eye […]

In Ricaurte v. Inwood Beer Garden & Bistro Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 07242 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Oct. 30, 2018), the court held that the lower court should have granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment as to plaintiff’s claim under New York’s Dram Shop Act, but that it should have denied it as to plaintiff’s […]