Schwartz v. Macrose Lumber & Trim Co.

CourtNew York Court of Appeals
Citation301 N.Y.S.2d 91,24 N.Y.2d 856,248 N.E.2d 920
Decision Date10 April 1969
Parties, 248 N.E.2d 920 Paul SCHWARTZ, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. MACROSE LUMBER & TRIM CO., Inc., et al., Defendants-Respondents-Appellants. WILMOD COMPANY, Inc., Defendant-Respondent and Third-Party Plaintiff- Appellant, v. NISSHO AMERICAN CORP., Third-Party Defendant-Appellant.

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301 N.Y.S.2d 91
24 N.Y.2d 856, 248 N.E.2d 920
Paul SCHWARTZ, Plaintiff-Appellant,
v.
MACROSE LUMBER & TRIM CO., Inc., et al.,
Defendants-Respondents-Appellants.
WILMOD COMPANY, Inc., Defendant-Respondent and Third-Party
Plaintiff- Appellant,
v.
NISSHO AMERICAN CORP., Third-Party Defendant-Appellant.
Court of Appeals of New York.
April 10, 1969.

Appeal from Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, 29 A.D.2d 781, 287 N.Y.S.2d 706.

[24 N.Y.2d 858] Sidney H. Bishop, Lynbrook, Samuel G. Rabinor, Jamaica (Albert S. Dranoff, Jamaica, on the brief), for plaintiff-appellant.

E. Edan Spencer, New York City (Walter Feller, New York City, of counsel), for defendants-respondents-appellants.

Barry McTiernan & Congdon, New York City (Roger P. McTiernan, Michael R. Treanor, New York City, of counsel), for defendant-respondent and third-party plaintiff-appellant.

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Kamerman & Kamerman, New York City (Michael I. Begun, Murray H. Paloger, Henry B. Raff, New York City, of counsel), for third-party defendant-respondent-appellant.

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[24 N.Y.2d 857] Negligence and breach of warranty action by purchaser of a box of nails against retailer and supplier for an eye injury sustained when a nail allegedly shattered. Supplier impleaded distributor from which it had purchased nails.

The Supreme Court, Trial Term, Queens County, Part I, 50 Misc.2d 547, 270 N.Y.S.2d 875, entered a judgment in favor of plaintiff and third-party defendant moved to resettle the judgment to eliminate therefrom any claim over by third-party plaintiff. The Supreme Court, J. Irwin Shapiro, J., denied the motion, at 50 Misc.2d 1055, 272 N.Y.S.2d 227, and appeals were taken by defendants from certain parts of the judgment, and by third-party defendant from the entire judgment and order denying its motion to resettle the judgment.

The Appellate Division held that evidence was insufficient to demonstrate a causal relation between plaintiff's injury and asserted defect in the nails sold to him. The judgment was reversed and the complaint, cross claims and third-party complaint were dismissed.

Appeals were taken to the Court of Appeals. The plaintiff asserted that the only reasonable and probable inference to be drawn from the facts proven was that the injury to plaintiff's right eye was caused by the nail head shattering from the rest of the nail and striking his eye when he hammered it through the wooden stud into the concrete.

[24 N.Y.2d 858] Order affirmed,...

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  • Chisholm v. J. R. Simplot Co., No. 10667
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Idaho
    • April 13, 1972
    ...346 Mass. 532, 194 N.E.2d 392 (1963); Schwartz v. Macrose Lumber & Trim Co., 29 A.D.2d 781, 287 N.Y.S.2d 706 (1968) (mem.), aff'd mem., 24 N.Y.2d 856, 301 N.Y.S.2d 91, 248 N.E.2d 920 (1969); Landers v. Safeway Stores, Inc., 172 Or. 116, 139 P.2d 788 (1943); see Dent v. Hardware Mut. Cas. Co......
  • Computerized Radiological Services v. Syntex Corp., No. 78 CV 2831.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. United States District Court (Eastern District of New York)
    • October 22, 1984
    ...875, 883 (Sup.Ct.Queens Co.1966) ("of medium quality"), rev'd on other grounds, 29 A.D.2d 781, 287 N.Y. S.2d 706 (2d Dep't 1968), aff'd, 24 N.Y.2d 856, 248 N.E.2d 920, 301 N.Y.S.2d 91 (1969). In other words, merchantability refers to whether the goods in question are fit for the "ordinary" ......
  • In re Joint Eastern & Southern Dist. Asbestos Lit., No. NYAL-PH-8888.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. United States District Court (Eastern District of New York)
    • July 28, 1992
    ...possible causes of an injury," Schwartz v. Macrose Lumber & Trim Co., 29 A.D.2d 781, 287 N.Y.S.2d 706, 707-08 (2d Dept.1968), aff'd, 24 N.Y.2d 856, 301 N.Y.S.2d 91, 248 N.E.2d 920 (1969), dates from the era prior to New York's adoption of comparative negligence. See N.Y. CPLR § 1411. Under ......
  • Rodriguez v. State, No. 54030
    • United States
    • New York Court of Claims
    • April 18, 1974
    ...v. Weil, 260 N.Y. 192, 199--200, 183 N.E. 360 (1932); Schwartz v. Macrose Lbr. & Trim Co., 29 A.D.2d 781, 287 N.Y.S.2d 706, affd. 24 N.Y.2d 856, 301 N.Y.S.2d 91, 248 N.E.2d 920 (1969); Morales v. Kiamesha Concord, App.Div.2d, 352 N.Y.S.2d 26 (2nd Dept., The defendant's citations as to the n......
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  • Chisholm v. J. R. Simplot Co., No. 10667
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Idaho
    • April 13, 1972
    ...346 Mass. 532, 194 N.E.2d 392 (1963); Schwartz v. Macrose Lumber & Trim Co., 29 A.D.2d 781, 287 N.Y.S.2d 706 (1968) (mem.), aff'd mem., 24 N.Y.2d 856, 301 N.Y.S.2d 91, 248 N.E.2d 920 (1969); Landers v. Safeway Stores, Inc., 172 Or. 116, 139 P.2d 788 (1943); see Dent v. Hardware Mut. Cas. Co......
  • Computerized Radiological Services v. Syntex Corp., No. 78 CV 2831.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. United States District Court (Eastern District of New York)
    • October 22, 1984
    ...875, 883 (Sup.Ct.Queens Co.1966) ("of medium quality"), rev'd on other grounds, 29 A.D.2d 781, 287 N.Y. S.2d 706 (2d Dep't 1968), aff'd, 24 N.Y.2d 856, 248 N.E.2d 920, 301 N.Y.S.2d 91 (1969). In other words, merchantability refers to whether the goods in question are fit for the "ordinary" ......
  • In re Joint Eastern & Southern Dist. Asbestos Lit., No. NYAL-PH-8888.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. United States District Court (Eastern District of New York)
    • July 28, 1992
    ...possible causes of an injury," Schwartz v. Macrose Lumber & Trim Co., 29 A.D.2d 781, 287 N.Y.S.2d 706, 707-08 (2d Dept.1968), aff'd, 24 N.Y.2d 856, 301 N.Y.S.2d 91, 248 N.E.2d 920 (1969), dates from the era prior to New York's adoption of comparative negligence. See N.Y. CPLR § 1411. Under ......
  • Rodriguez v. State, No. 54030
    • United States
    • New York Court of Claims
    • April 18, 1974
    ...v. Weil, 260 N.Y. 192, 199--200, 183 N.E. 360 (1932); Schwartz v. Macrose Lbr. & Trim Co., 29 A.D.2d 781, 287 N.Y.S.2d 706, affd. 24 N.Y.2d 856, 301 N.Y.S.2d 91, 248 N.E.2d 920 (1969); Morales v. Kiamesha Concord, App.Div.2d, 352 N.Y.S.2d 26 (2nd Dept., The defendant's citations as to the n......
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