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Morris v. City of New York

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


January 19, 2010

MARY ELLEN MORRIS, ET AL., APPELLANTS,
v.
CITY OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT.

In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, etc., the plaintiffs appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Queens County (Kitzes, J.), entered December 22, 2008, which, after a jury trial, and upon the granting of the defendant's motion, in effect, pursuant to CPLR 4401, made at the close of evidence, for judgment as a matter of law for the plaintiff's failure to establish a prima facie case, is in favor of the defendant and against them 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.

MARK C. DILLON, J.P., ANITA R. FLORIO, L. PRISCILLA HALL & SANDRA L. SGROI, JJ.

(Index No. 4472/03)

DECISION & ORDER

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed, with costs.

In granting a motion pursuant to CPLR 4401 for judgment as a matter of law, the trial court must determine that by no rational process could the trier of fact find in favor of the nonmoving party on the evidence presented (see Szczerbiak v Pilat, 90 NY2d 553; Alicea v Ligouri, 54 AD3d 784; Alameldin v Kings Castle Caterers, Inc., 53 AD3d 514). Here, the trial court properly granted the defendant's motion, in effect, pursuant to CPLR 4401. The plaintiffs failed to submit evidence sufficient to establish, prima facie, that the defendant had prior written notice of the alleged hazardous condition that purportedly caused the subject accident or that the defendant created the alleged hazardous condition by an affirmative act of negligence (see Administrative Code of City of NY § 7-201[c]; Amabile v City of Buffalo, 93 NY2d 471; Farrell v City of New York, 49 AD3d 806).

DILLON, J.P., FLORIO, HALL and SGROI, JJ., concur.

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