Court of Appeals Holds Police Officer May Pursue General Municipal Law 205-e Claim Against Municipality Where It Does Not Offer Workers’ Comp Benefits

In Matter of Diegelman v City of Buffalo (No. 168) previewed here, the Court of Appeals held that a police officer injured in the line of duty may pursue a negligence claim against his employing municipality for a negligent violation of a statutory or regulatory duty where the municipality elects not to provide workers' compensation …

Court of Appeals Upholds Syracuse Noise Ordinance Against Constitutional Vagueness Challenge

In People v Stephens (No. 171) previewed here, the Court of Appeals upheld the validity of the City of Syracuse's Noise Control Ordinance prohibiting the creation of "unnecessary noise" heard more than 50 feet from a car on a public road against a challenge by a criminal defendant that the ordinance was unconstitutionally vague under …

Court of Appeals Holds Plaintiff’s Use of Makeshift Milk Crate Steps in Lieu of a Wall Ladder Create Question of Fact in Personal Injury Action

In Newman v RPCI Landmark Properties, LLC (No. 174) previewed here, the Court of Appeals reversed the Appellate Division, First Department's order dismissing the personal injury complaint, where the First Department had held that Newman's claim was barred as a matter of law because Newman’s choice to use a set of plastic milk crates to get …

Court of Appeals Foreshadows Future Issue Concerning Summary Judgment Burden in Medical Malpractice Cases

In Pullman v Silverman (No. 151), a medical malpractice action concerning the alleged negligent administration of Lipitor and azithromycin which the plaintiff claims caused him to suffer a cardiac arrhythmia that progressed to the point of requiring placement of a permanent pacemaker, the Court held that the defendant's expert medical affidavit was insufficient to meet …

Court of Appeals Holds Youth Sports League Not Liable for Parents Fighting in Stands

The Court of Appeals decided Pink v Rome Youth Hockey Assn., Inc. (No. 158) today, an action where a parent who was hit in the head while trying to break up a fight between spectators in the stands at a youth hockey game sued the Association putting on the game for failure to protect the …