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Garcia v. Best Value Discount Corp.

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT


November 10, 2009

IRIS GARCIA, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
BEST VALUE DISCOUNT CORP., DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Lucindo Suarez, J.), entered February 4, 2009, which denied defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, unanimously affirmed, without 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.

Tom, J.P., Friedman, Nardelli, Buckley, Richter, JJ.

24039/05

Defendant failed to establish its prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law in this action where plaintiff was injured when she tripped and fell over a open box of fluorescent light bulbs that was on the floor of defendant's store. There are triable issues of fact concerning whether defendant violated its duty to maintain its premises in a reasonably safe condition (see id. at 72-76; Caicedo v Cheven Keeley & Hatzis, 59 AD3d 363 [2009]). Plaintiff testified that on the day of the accident, there were numerous boxes piled on top of one another in an area generally traversed by customers, which a jury might reasonably find constituted an unsafe condition.

Because defendant failed to meet its prima facie burden on its motion, we need not address its argument that the court should not have considered plaintiff's opposition papers because they were untimely.

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

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