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Anzora v. 81 Saxon Avenue Corp.

Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

January 18, 2017

Juan Anzora, etc., respondent,
v.
81 Saxon Avenue Corp., doing business as Prestige Laundry, et al., appellants, et al., defendants. Index No. 35453/12

          Tromello, McDonnell & Kehoe, Melville, NY (Kevin Bryant of counsel), for appellants.

          Law Office of Kenneth M. Mollins, P.C., Hauppauge, NY (Leo Bevolas of counsel), for respondent.

          MARK C. DILLON, J.P., ROBERT J. MILLER, SYLVIA O. HINDS-RADIX, FRANCESCA E. CONNOLLY, JJ.

          DECISION & ORDER

         In an action to recover damages for personal injuries and wrongful death, the defendant SE 86 Holding Company, LLC, appeals, as limited by its brief, from so much of an order of the Supreme Court, Suffolk County (Farneti, J.), dated May 29, 2015, as denied that branch of the motion of the defendants SE 86 Holding Company, LLC, and 81 Saxon Avenue Corp., doing business as Prestige Laundry, which was pursuant to CPLR 3211(a) to dismiss the complaint insofar as asserted against the defendant SE 86 Holding Company, LLC, and the defendant 81 Saxon Avenue Corp., doing business as Prestige Laundry, appeals from stated portions of the same order.

         ORDERED that the appeal by the defendant 81 Saxon Avenue Corp., doing business as Prestige Laundry, is dismissed as abandoned (see 22 NYCRR 670.8); and it is further, ORDERED that the order is affirmed insofar as appealed from by the defendant SE 86 Holding Company, LLC; and it is further, ORDERED that one bill of costs is awarded to the plaintiff payable by the defendant SE 86 Holding Company, LLC.

         The plaintiff commenced this action as the administrator of the estate of the decedent, who was killed when he was crushed by machinery at a commercial laundry facility. The complaint alleged that the premises were owned and operated by, among other entities, the defendant SE 86 Holding Company, LLC (hereinafter the Holding Company), and the defendant 81 Saxon Avenue Corp., doing business as Prestige Laundry (hereinafter Saxon Corp.).

         The Holding Company and Saxon Corp. (hereinafter together the moving defendants) moved pursuant to CPLR 3211(a) to dismiss the complaint insofar as asserted against them. In the order appealed from, the Supreme Court, inter alia, denied that branch of the moving defendants' motion which was to dismiss the complaint insofar as asserted against the Holding Company.

         On a motion to dismiss a complaint pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(7), the court must "accept the facts as alleged in the complaint as true, accord plaintiffs the benefit of every possible favorable inference, and determine only whether the facts as alleged fit within any cognizable legal theory" (Leon v Martinez, 84 N.Y.2d 83, 87-88). While a court is "permitted to consider evidentiary material submitted by a defendant in support of a motion to dismiss pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(7)" (Sokol v Leader, 74 A.D.3d 1180, 1181), where the motion is not converted to one for summary judgment, "the criterion is whether the [plaintiff] has a cause of action, not whether he has stated one, and, unless it has been shown that a material fact as claimed by the [plaintiff] to be one is not a fact at all and unless it can be said that no significant dispute exists regarding it... dismissal should not eventuate" (Guggenheimer v Ginzburg, 43 N.Y.2d 268, 275; see Weill v East Sunset Park Realty, LLC, 101 A.D.3d 859, 859). A motion pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(1) to dismiss a complaint "may be appropriately granted only where the documentary evidence utterly refutes [the] plaintiff's factual allegations, conclusively establishing a defense as a matter of law" (Goshen v Mutual Life Ins. Co. of N.Y., 98 N.Y.2d 314, 326; see Rodolico v Rubin & Licatesi, P.C., 114 A.D.3d 923, 924-925).

         Applying these standards, we find that the complaint states causes of action sounding in negligence and wrongful death to recover damages for the Holding Company's alleged breach of a duty to maintain the subject premises in a reasonably safe condition (see Lewis v Drake,295 A.D.2d 482; see also Downey v Beatrice Epstein Family Partnership, L.P.,48 A.D.3d 616, 617). Contrary to the Holding Company's contention, its submissions failed to demonstrate that the plaintiff does not have a cause of action sounding in wrongful death or negligence (see Guggenheimer v Ginzburg, 43 N.Y.2d at 275). Moreover, the documentary evidence submitted by the moving defendants failed to conclusively establish a defense as a matter of law (see Wolfe v Long Is. Power Auth.,34 A.D.3d 575, 576; see also Gronski v County of Monroe, 18 N.Y.3d 374, 380-381; Galindo v Town of Clarkstown, 2 N.Y.3d 633, 636; Beeker v ...


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