SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department
February 1, 2013
MARY J. HALL AND FILLMORE V. HALL, PLAINTIFFS-RESPONDENTS,
CITY FENCE, INC., DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT, DR. R. REED STEVENS, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT, ET AL.,
Appeal from an order of the Supreme Court, Erie County (Patrick H. NeMoyer, J.), entered March 19, 2012.
Hall v City Fence, Inc.
Released on February 1, 2013
Appellate Division, Fourth Department
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.
PRESENT: SMITH, J.P., LINDLEY, SCONIERS, AND VALENTINO, JJ.
The order, among other things, denied the motion of defendant Dr. R. Reed Stevens for summary judgment.
BURGIO, KITA & CURVIN, BUFFALO (STEVEN P. CURVIN OF COUNSEL), FOR DEFENDANT-APPELLANT. WEBSTER SZANYI LLP, BUFFALO (MARK C. DAVIS OF COUNSEL), FOR PLAINTIFFS-RESPONDENTS. LIPPMAN O'CONNOR, BUFFALO (MATTHEW J. DUGGAN OF COUNSEL), FOR DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT.
It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs.
Memorandum: We affirm for reasons stated in the decision at Supreme Court. We add only that, to the extent that the amended complaint, as amplified by the bill of particulars, may be construed as alleging that defendant Dr. R. Reed Stevens is vicariously liable for the alleged negligence of defendant City Fence, Inc. (City Fence), the court properly noted in its decision that no such liability can attach because City Fence is an independent contractor (see Kleeman v Rheingold, 81 NY2d 270, 273-274). Entered: February 1, 2013 Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court
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