Romero v. Morrisania Towers Hous. Co. Ltd. P'ship

CourtNew York Supreme Court Appellate Division
Writing for the CourtTOM
Citation936 N.Y.S.2d 202,2012 N.Y. Slip Op. 00249,91 A.D.3d 507
Decision Date17 January 2012
PartiesJason ROMERO, Plaintiff–Respondent, v. MORRISANIA TOWERS HOUSING COMPANY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, et al., Defendants–Appellants.

2012 N.Y. Slip Op. 00249
91 A.D.3d 507
936 N.Y.S.2d 202

Jason ROMERO, Plaintiff–Respondent,
v.
MORRISANIA TOWERS HOUSING COMPANY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, et al., Defendants–Appellants.

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

Jan. 17, 2012.


[936 N.Y.S.2d 203]

Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP, New York (Judy C. Selmeci of counsel), for Morrisania Towers Housing Company Limited Partnership, The National Housing Partnership etc., Apartment Investment and Management Company and NHP Management Company, appellants.

Gallo Vitucci & Klar, New York (Kimberly A. Ricciardi of counsel), for First Quality Maintenance, L.P., and Limpiar, Inc., appellants.

Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer, LLP, New York (Howard R. Cohen of counsel), for McRoberts Protective Agency, appellant.Berson & Budashewitz, LLP, New York (Jeffrey A. Berson of counsel), for respondent.TOM, J.P., CATTERSON, DeGRASSE, RICHTER, MANZANET–DANIELS, JJ.

[91 A.D.3d 507] Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Ben R. Barbato, J.), entered March 23, 2011, which, among other things, denied defendants' motions for summary judgment dismissing the complaint and all related cross claims, unanimously modified, on the law, without costs, to grant defendant McRoberts's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint and cross claims against it, grant the motion by defendants First Quality Maintenance and Limpiar, Inc. (collectively FQM) for summary judgment to the extent of dismissing the complaint against it, and otherwise affirmed, without costs. The Clerk is directed to enter judgment accordingly.

Plaintiff allegedly slipped and fell on a “brownish liquid” in the stairwell of a building owned and managed by the Morrisania defendants, cleaned by the FQM defendants, and monitored by McRoberts. Defendants failed to make a prima facie showing that they did not have notice of the hazardous [91 A.D.3d 508] condition. Indeed, they did not submit evidence, based on personal knowledge, of their fulfillment of their cleaning and inspection duties at the subject premises on the date in question. Accordingly, the burden did not shift to plaintiff regarding notice ( see e.g. De La Cruz v. Lettera Sign & Elec. Co., 77 A.D.3d 566, 566, 909 N.Y.S.2d 448 [2010] ).

Nevertheless, McRoberts and the FQM defendants made a prima facie showing that, as service providers pursuant to contracts with Morrisania, they owed no duty of care to plaintiff ( see Espinal v. Melville Snow Contrs., 98 N.Y.2d 136,...

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    ...at 384; Scafe v. Schindler El. Corp., Ill A.D.3d 556, 557 (1st Dep't 2013); Romero v. Morrisania Towers Hous. Co. Ltd. Partnership, 91 A.D.3d 507, 508 (1st Dep't 2012); Chubb Natl. Ins. Co. v. Platinum Customcraft Corp., 38 A.D.3d 244, 245 (1st Dep't 2007). If upon defendants' prima facie s......
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  • Tuchman v. Deam Props. (Us), LLC, Index No. 101056/2010
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New York)
    • April 25, 2014
    ...in the opposition. JMD Holding Corp. v. Congress Fin. Corp., 4 N.Y.3d at 384; Romero v. Morrisania Towers Hous. Co. Ltd. Partnership, 91 A.D.3d 507, 508 (1st Dep't 2012); Ruth B. v. Whitehall Apt. Co., LLC, 56 A.D.3d 273, 274 (1st Dep't 2008); Chubb Natl. Ins. Co. v. Platinum Customcraft Co......
  • Royal Waste Servs., Inc. v. Interstate Fire & Cas. Co., Index No. 112999/2010
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New York)
    • January 31, 2014
    ...in the opposition. JMD Holding Corp. v. Congress Fin. Corp, 4 N.Y.3d at 384; Romero v. Morrisania Towers Hous. Co. Ltd. Partnership, 91 A.D.3d 507, 508 (1st Dep't 2012); Chubb Natl. Ins. Co. v. Platinum Customcraft Corp., 38 A.D.3d 244, 245 (1st Dep't 2007); Atlantic Mut. Ins. Co. v. Joyce ......
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    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New York)
    • January 16, 2015
    ...Constr. Corp., 18 N.Y.3d at 503; Morales v. D & A Food Serv., 10 N.Y.3d at 913; Romero v. Morrisania Towers Hous. Co. Ltd. Partnership, 91 A.D.3d 507, 508 (1st Dep't 2012). In evaluating the evidence for purposes of defendants' motion, the court construes the evidence in the light most favo......
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    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New York)
    • April 30, 2014
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