Friday, November 4, 2016

Summary judgment in a trip-and-fall action.

Practice point:  A defendant may establish its prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law by submitting evidence that the plaintiff cannot identify the cause of the fall. A plaintiff's inability to identify the cause of the fall is fatal to the cause of action, because a finding that the defendant's negligence, if any, proximately caused the plaintiff's injuries would be based on speculation.

Case:  Baldasano v. Long Is. Univ., NY Slip Op 06995 (2d Dep't October 26, 2016)

Here is the decision.

Monday's issue:  Denial of a cross-motion to strike the answer.