Gregory v. Loder, No. 409.

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court (New Jersey)
Writing for the CourtBODINE, Justice.
Citation185 A. 360
Decision Date04 June 1936
Docket NumberNo. 409.
PartiesGREGORY v. LODER et al.
185 A. 360

GREGORY
v.
LODER et al.

No. 409.

Supreme Court of New Jersey.

June 4, 1936.


Appeal from Third District Court, Bergen County.

Action by Earl Gregory against Clifton Loder and another. From a judgment for plaintiff, defendants appeal.

Reversed.

Argued May term, 1936, before BODINE and HEHER, JJ.

I. William Aronshon, of Hackensack, for appellants.

Abram A. Lebson, of Englewood, for appellee.

BODINE, Justice.

Defendants appeal from a judgment recovered by the plaintiff by reason of injuries suffered when he fell down the cellar steps in defendants' house while visiting them.

"It has been held that one who comes on premises by express invitation to enjoy hospitality as a guest of the owner or occupant, or a guest who enters merely to receive a gratuitous favor from the owner or occupant, has only the rights of a licensee and must take the property as he finds it." 45 Corpus Juris, 794.

Justice Minturn, in writing the opinion of the court of Errors and Appeals in the case of Morril v. Morril, 104 N.J. Law, 557, 561, 142 A. 337, 340, 60 A.L.R. 102, quoted with approval the following language from the case of Southcote v. Stanley, 1 Hurl. & N. 247: "Where one visits the private home of another as a social guest the owner is bound to take the same care of him that he takes of himself and the other members of his family, and no more."

We have examined the proofs in this case and can find nothing which justified the submission of the case to the jury. The circumstance that the stairs may not have been adequately lighted, and that the stairs and side walls were of similar material, cannot after the legal rule of duty towards licensees and such as come upon the premises to enjoy hospitality as a guest, which is to refrain from willfully or wantonly injuring them. See Fleckenstein v. Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., 91 N.J.Law, 145, 102 A. 700, L.R.

A. 1918C, 179. The rule stated in the case of Crouse v. Stacy-Trent Co., 110 N.J. Law, 124, 164 A. 294, applies only to business visitors where, of course, the rule is different. See, also, Feingold v. S. S. Kresge Co., 116 N.J.Law, 146, 183 A. 170.

We need not consider the other matters presented by appellant.

Judgment is reversed.

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  • Berger v. Shapiro, No. A--101
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New Jersey)
    • June 1, 1959
    ...and wantonly injuring them. Sohn v. Katz, 112 N.J.L. 106, 169 A. 838, 90 A.L.R. 880 (E. & A. 1934); Gregory v. Loder, 116 N.J.L. 451, 185 A. 360 (Sup.Ct.1936). The rationale of this doctrine is that the guest understands when he accepts the hospitality of the host that he is temporarily......
  • Mistretta v. Alessi, No. A--171
    • United States
    • New Jersey Superior Court – Appellate Division
    • May 20, 1957
    ...27 A. 478 (E. & A.1893); Sohn v. Katz, 112 N.J.L. 106, 169 A. 838, 90 A.L.R. 880 (E. & A.1933); Gregory v. Loder, 116 N.J.L. 451, 185 A. 360 (Sup.Ct.1936); King v. Patrylow, 15 N.J.Super, 429, 83 A.2d 639 However, early in this era it was said that in connection with a licensee or s......
  • Knox v. Goodman, No. A--170
    • United States
    • New Jersey Superior Court – Appellate Division
    • June 18, 1957
    ...wilful and wanton injury. Morril v. Morril, 104 N.J.L. 557, 142 A. 337, 60 A.L.R. 102 (E. & A.1928); Gregory v. Loder, 116 N.J.L. 451, 185 A. 360 (Sup.Ct.1936); Lewis v. Dear, 120 N.J.L. 244, 198 A. 887 (E. & A.1938); Cosgrave v. Malstrom, supra; Vogel v. Eckert, 22 N.J.Super. 220, ......
  • Debes v. Morganroth, No. A--670
    • United States
    • New Jersey Superior Court – Appellate Division
    • December 11, 1957
    ...the guest. Such as, Morril v. Morril, 104 N.J.L. 557, 561, 142 A. 337, 60 A.L.R. 102 (E. & A.1928); Gregory v. Loder, 116 N.J.L. 451, 185 A. 360 (Sup.Ct.1936); Lewis v. Dear, 120 N.J.L. 244, 198 A. 887 (E. & A.1938); Cosgrave v. Malstrom, 127 N.J.L. 505, 23 A.2d 288 (Sup.Ct.1941); V......
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  • Berger v. Shapiro, No. A--101
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New Jersey)
    • June 1, 1959
    ...and wantonly injuring them. Sohn v. Katz, 112 N.J.L. 106, 169 A. 838, 90 A.L.R. 880 (E. & A. 1934); Gregory v. Loder, 116 N.J.L. 451, 185 A. 360 (Sup.Ct.1936). The rationale of this doctrine is that the guest understands when he accepts the hospitality of the host that he is temporarily......
  • Mistretta v. Alessi, No. A--171
    • United States
    • New Jersey Superior Court – Appellate Division
    • May 20, 1957
    ...27 A. 478 (E. & A.1893); Sohn v. Katz, 112 N.J.L. 106, 169 A. 838, 90 A.L.R. 880 (E. & A.1933); Gregory v. Loder, 116 N.J.L. 451, 185 A. 360 (Sup.Ct.1936); King v. Patrylow, 15 N.J.Super, 429, 83 A.2d 639 However, early in this era it was said that in connection with a licensee or s......
  • Knox v. Goodman, No. A--170
    • United States
    • New Jersey Superior Court – Appellate Division
    • June 18, 1957
    ...wilful and wanton injury. Morril v. Morril, 104 N.J.L. 557, 142 A. 337, 60 A.L.R. 102 (E. & A.1928); Gregory v. Loder, 116 N.J.L. 451, 185 A. 360 (Sup.Ct.1936); Lewis v. Dear, 120 N.J.L. 244, 198 A. 887 (E. & A.1938); Cosgrave v. Malstrom, supra; Vogel v. Eckert, 22 N.J.Super. 220, ......
  • Debes v. Morganroth, No. A--670
    • United States
    • New Jersey Superior Court – Appellate Division
    • December 11, 1957
    ...the guest. Such as, Morril v. Morril, 104 N.J.L. 557, 561, 142 A. 337, 60 A.L.R. 102 (E. & A.1928); Gregory v. Loder, 116 N.J.L. 451, 185 A. 360 (Sup.Ct.1936); Lewis v. Dear, 120 N.J.L. 244, 198 A. 887 (E. & A.1938); Cosgrave v. Malstrom, 127 N.J.L. 505, 23 A.2d 288 (Sup.Ct.1941); V......
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