Personal Injury

As summer approaches, one’s thoughts naturally turn to summer-y things, like picnics, pools, barbecues, and, maybe, fireworks.  But, as we all know, fireworks (and similar devices) can be dangerous, and their use may result in serious injuries.  Worse, anyone suffering such injuries may be deprived of a legal remedy under a rule recently applied by…

Read More Decision to “Light Up Some Boom Booms” Precludes Recovery in Negligence

Below is a copy of the complaint filed last week by the husband and child of Marion Hedges, who was injured on October 30, 2011 when struck by a shopping cart dropped from an elevated walkway of a Harlem shopping center (news regarding the recent sentencing of one of the teens involved in the incident here).…

Read More Shopping Cart Drop Lawsuit

In Sacco v. City of New York (App. Div. 1 Dept. Feb. 16, 2012), an Appellate Division, First Department panel held that the trial court erred in determining, as a matter of law, that the City was not provided with sufficient notice, per NYC Administrative Code § 7-201(c)(2), of the defective condition upon which plaintiff…

Read More Inspection Report Satisfied NYC’s “Pothole Law” Notice Requirement

A state appellate court recently held that the New York statute that requires certain health clubs in the State of New York to provide an automated external defibrillator (AED) device, as well as a person trained in its use, also imposes an affirmative duty of care upon said clubs so as to give rise to…

Read More “Death by Gym” Less Likely Now – Court Imposes Affirmative Duty to Use Defibrillator

The SDNY recently held, in In re September 11 Litigation, 04-cv-7272 (Sept. 23, 2011), that the absence of duty doomed Con Edison’s negligence suit against various defendants arising from the destruction of its power station following the collapse of 7 World Trade Center on September 11, 2011.  Specifically, Con Edison sued the builder and developer…

Read More SDNY Applies Palsgraf to Deny Recovery to Con Edison in 9/11-Related Litigation

In Creagh v. Trata Estiatorio and Watermill 27 Partners, LLC (decided March 14, 2011), the court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on the issue of notice of the allegedly hazardous condition (here, water on the floor). Initially, the court summarized the law regarding premises liability, as well as the burdens of the parties on summary judgment…

Read More Court Denies Summary Judgment to Defendant Restaurant in Slip and Fall Case