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Spasic v. Cammeby's Management Co.

Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

August 1, 2018

Vlada Spasic, et al., appellants,
v.
Cammeby's Management Co., et al., respondents, et al., defendants.

          Mangan Ginsberg, LLP, New York, NY (Michael P. Mangan of counsel), for appellants.

          Margaret G. Klein (Mauro Lilling Naparty LLP, Woodbury, NY [Matthew W. Naparty and Jennifer B. Ettenger], of counsel), for respondents Cammeby's Management Co., Cammeby's Realty Corp., Cammeby's International Group, Jersey Central Management, LLC, Mid-Queens Limited Partnership, and Queens Fresh Meadows, LLC.

          SHERI S. ROMAN, J.P., JEFFREY A. COHEN, ROBERT J. MILLER, JOSEPH J. MALTESE, JJ.

          DECISION & ORDER

         In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, etc., the plaintiffs appeal from an order of the Supreme Court, Queens County (Marguerite A. Grays, J.), entered. The order, insofar as appealed from, granted that branch of the motion of the defendants Cammeby's Management Co., Cammeby's Realty Corp., Cammeby's International Group, Jersey Central Management, LLC, Mid-Queens Limited Partnership, and Queens Fresh Meadows, LLC, which was for summary judgment dismissing the complaint insofar as asserted against the defendant Mid-Queens Limited Partnership.

         ORDERED that the order is affirmed insofar as appealed from, with costs.

         The plaintiff Vlada Spasic (hereinafter the injured plaintiff) allegedly was injured while working as a maintenance worker in an apartment complex owned by the defendant Kew Garden Associates (hereinafter KGA) and managed by the defendant Mid-Queens Limited Partnership (hereinafter Mid-Queens). Although the injured plaintiff was employed by KGA, his work was supervised by property manager Chaim Rose, who was employed by Mid-Queens.

         The injured plaintiff, and his wife suing derivatively, commenced this action, inter alia, to recover damages for personal injuries. In the order appealed from, the Supreme Court, inter alia, granted the motion of several defendants (hereinafter the moving defendants) for summary judgment dismissing the complaint insofar as asserted against them. The plaintiffs appeal from so much of the order as granted that branch of the motion which was for summary judgment dismissing the complaint insofar as asserted against Mid-Queens.

         "Workers' Compensation Law §§ 11 and 29(6) restrict an employee from suing his or her employer or coemployee for an accidental injury sustained in the course of employment" (Fung v Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., 9 N.Y.3d 351, 357). "[A] general employee of one employer may also be in the special employ of another, notwithstanding the general employer's responsibility for payment of wages and for maintaining workers' compensation and other employee benefits" (Thompson v Grumman Aerospace Corp., 78 N.Y.2d 553, 557). "Although no one factor is determinative, a significant and weighty feature in deciding whether a special employment relationship exists is who controls and directs the manner, details and ultimate result of the employee's work in other words, who determines all essential, locational and commonly recognizable components of the [employee's] work relationship" (Fung v Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., 9 N.Y.3d at 359 [citations and internal quotation marks omitted]). "Other factors include who is responsible for the payment of wages and the furnishing of equipment, who has the right to discharge the employee, and whether the work being performed was in furtherance of the special employer's or the general employer's business" (Franco v Kaled Mgt. Corp., 74 A.D.3d 1142, 1142-1143 [internal quotation marks omitted]).

         Here, the moving defendants made a prima facie showing that Mid-Queens was entitled to summary judgment on the ground that it was the injured plaintiff's special employer. The evidence submitted by the moving defendants established that Mid-Queens controlled and directed the manner, details, and ultimate result of the injured plaintiff's work, the injured plaintiff's work was done in furtherance of Mid-Queens' business, and Mid-Queens had the right to discharge the injured plaintiff (see Akins v D.K. Interiors, Ltd., 65 A.D.3d 946; Ugijanin v 2 W. 45th St. Joint Venture, 43 A.D.3d 911, 913; Gubitosi v National Realty Co., 247 A.D.2d 512). In opposition, the plaintiffs failed to raise a triable issue of fact.

         Accordingly, we agree with the Supreme Court's determination to grant to that branch of the moving defendants' motion which was for summary judgment dismissing the complaint insofar as asserted against Mid-Queens.

         In light of our determination, we need not reach the ...


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