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Brodie L. Etheridge, Plaintiff-Respondent v. Marion A. Daniels & Sons

New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department


June 7, 2012

BRODIE L. ETHERIDGE, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
MARION A. DANIELS & SONS, INC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS-APPELLANTS.

Etheridge v Marion A. Daniels & Sons, Inc.

Decided on June 7, 2012

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.

Gonzalez, P.J., Friedman, Renwick, Manzanet-Daniels, Roman, JJ.

Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (John A. Barone, J.), entered December 22, 2011, which denied defendants' motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, unanimously reversed, on the law, without costs, and the motion granted. The Clerk is directed to enter judgment dismissing the complaint.

Defendants established prima facie that they had no notice of the alleged slippery condition of the painted ramp or driveway on which plaintiff slipped while helping to move a casket into a garage (see Gordon v American Museum of Natural History, 67 NY2d 836 [1986]). They also established, via their expert engineer's affidavit, that the ramp did not violate any applicable building codes or industry standards.

In opposition, plaintiff failed to raise an issue of fact. She presented no evidence that defendants had notice of the allegedly slippery condition of the ramp. As to building code violations, plaintiff's expert cited code provisions that were inapplicable to the ramp, which was not an "exit" from the combined buildings (see Administrative Code of City of NY § 27-377 [ramps]; §§ 27-375 [interior stairs]; 27-376 [exterior stairs]; Remes v 513 W. 26th Realty, LLC, 73 AD3d 665 [2010]). Her expert also failed to support his opinion "by nonconclusory reference to specific, currently applicable safety standards or practices" (see Contreras v Zabar's, 293 AD2d 362 [2002]; Hotaling v City of New York, 55 AD3d 396, 398 [2008], affd 12 NY3d 862 [2009]; Jones v City of New York, 32 AD3d 706 [2006]).

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

ENTERED: JUNE 7, 2012

CLERK

20120607

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