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Spierer v. Bloomingdale's

February 19, 2009

CHRISTOPHER SPIERER, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS-APPELLANTS,
v.
BLOOMINGDALE'S, ETC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS, SIMMONS, USA, DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT.



Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Stanley Green, J.), entered on or about January 3, 2008, which, upon renewal, granted the motion of defendant Simmons to dismiss the complaint as against it, unanimously affirmed, with costs.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Mazzarelli, J.P., Friedman, Gonzalez, Catterson, Renwick, JJ.

8024/87

This is a personal injury/product liability action alleging injury from exposure to toxic chemicals in bedding manufactured by defendant Simmons and purchased from defendant Bloomingdale's. The court properly applied the law of the case doctrine (People v Evans, 94 NY2d 499, 504 [2000]; Matrin v City of Cohoes, 37 NY2d 162, 165 [1975]) in dismissing the claims against Simmons based on this Court's earlier dismissal of the claims against Bloomingdale's for lack of a defect and proximate cause (43 AD3d 664, lv denied 10 NY3d 705).

Renewal was warranted because dismissal of the action against Bloomingdale's constituted a change in the law (CPLR 2221[e][2]) - i.e., a new pronouncement of the law governing this case (see Avalon, LLC v Coronet Props. Co., 16 AD3d 209, 210 [2005]); Engel v Eichler, 300 AD2d 622 [2002]).

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

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