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Kaplan v. Lucille Roberts Health Clubs Inc.

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT


June 9, 2009

ANNA MAZUR KAPLAN, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
LUCILLE ROBERTS HEALTH CLUBS INC., ETC. ET AL., DEFENDANTS-RESPONDENTS.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Edward H. Lehner, J.), entered March 28, 2008, which granted defendant health club's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, unanimously reversed, on the law, without costs, the motion denied and the complaint reinstated.

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., Sweeny, DeGrasse, Freedman, Abdus-Salaam, JJ.

101742/06

There are issues of fact as to whether, inter alia, plaintiff, a paying member at the club, was limited to choosing among defective step-aerobic boards supplied by the club for participation in a club-sponsored class, and whether defendants had notice that a fair number of those boards allegedly lacked stabilizing bottom grips. Factual issues exist as to whether the absence of these grips unreasonably increased the risk of use of the boards, whether this risk was apparent to plaintiff, and whether it proximately caused her injury (see e.g. Morgan v State of New York, 90 NY2d 471 [1997]).

The question of spoliation of evidence is reserved for the trial court's consideration.

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

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