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Stern v. Costco Wholesale

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK APPELLATE DIVISION SECOND JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT


June 30, 2009

RHODA STERN, APPELLANT,
v.
COSTCO WHOLESALE, RESPONDENT.

In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, the plaintiff appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Westchester County (Nastasi, J.), entered December 17, 2007, which granted the defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.

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.

STEVEN W. FISHER, J.P., JOSEPH COVELLO, DANIEL D. ANGIOLILLO and JOHN M. LEVENTHAL, JJ.

(Index No. 21484/05)

DECISION & ORDER

ORDERED that the order is affirmed, with costs.

The plaintiff allegedly was injured when she tripped and fell over a flatbed shopping cart in one of the aisles of the defendant's store. The cart was painted bright orange, was approximately four feet long and two to three feet wide, had a six-inch-high bed with a handle at one end, and was available for use by both customers and employees. On its motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, the defendant established that the shopping cart in the aisle was "both open and obvious and . . . not inherently dangerous" (Cupo v Karfunkel, 1 AD3d 48, 52; see Bernth v King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc., 36 AD3d 844; Espinoza v Hemar Supermarket, Inc., 43 AD3d 855). In opposition, the plaintiff failed to raise a triable issue of fact (see Bernth v King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc., 36 AD3d 844). Accordingly, the Supreme Court properly granted the defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.

The plaintiff's remaining contentions are without merit.

FISHER, J.P., COVELLO, ANGIOLILLO and LEVENTHAL, JJ., concur.

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