Pugh v. N.Y.C. Hous. Auth.

Citation74 N.Y.S.3d 522,159 A.D.3d 643
Decision Date29 March 2018
Docket Number6134,Index 156875/14
Parties Clayton H. PUGH, Plaintiff–Respondent–Appellant, v. NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY, et al., Defendants–Appellants–Respondents.
CourtNew York Supreme Court Appellate Division

159 A.D.3d 643
74 N.Y.S.3d 522

Clayton H. PUGH, Plaintiff–Respondent–Appellant,
v.
NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY, et al., Defendants–Appellants–Respondents.

6134
Index 156875/14

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York.

ENTERED: MARCH 29, 2018


74 N.Y.S.3d 523

Wison Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, New York (Patrick J. Lawless of counsel), for appellants-respondents.

Gordon & Gordon, P.C., Forest Hills (Jason S. Matuskiewicz of counsel), for respondent-appellant.

Friedman, J.P., Tom, Kapnick, Singh, JJ.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Paul A. Goetz, J.), entered on or about March 30, 2017, which, denied the motion of defendants, New York City Housing Authority (N.Y.CHA) and Salvadore Oddo, for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, and denied plaintiff's cross motion to strike the twelfth affirmative defense, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

The motion court properly denied defendants' motion for summary judgment, as they did not establish their entitlement to application of the emergency doctrine as a matter of law (see Powers v. Kyong Kwan Min, 147 A.D.3d 401, 46 N.Y.S.3d 90 [1st Dept. 2017] ). On the contrary, defendants' moving papers presented inconsistent accounts of the alleged accident; thus, whether the individual defendant was presented with an emergency beyond his control is not an issue that can be resolved on summary judgment (see Moreno v. Golden Touch Transp., 129 A.D.3d 581, 12 N.Y.S.3d 57 [1st Dept. 2015] ; Powers, 147 A.D.3d at 404, 46 N.Y.S.3d 90).

Likewise, regardless of whether the motion court providently exercised its discretion to consider plaintiff's expert affidavit, it nonetheless correctly denied plaintiff's motion to strike defendants' twelfth

affirmative defense asserting the emergency doctrine. On such a motion, the allegations set forth in the answer must be viewed in the light most favorable to the defendants ( 182 Fifth Ave. v. Design Dev. Concepts, 300...

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