Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.
Sypros CAVOUNIS, Appellant, v. FIGLI DI SAN GENNARO, INC., et al., Respondents.
Decided: August 15, 2018
MARK C. DILLON, J.P., JOHN M. LEVENTHAL, COLLEEN D. DUFFY, HECTOR D. LASALLE, JJ.
Sacco & Fillas, LLP, Astoria, N.Y. (Adam Nichols of counsel), for appellant. O'Toole Scrivo Fernandez Weiner Van Lieu, LLC, New York, N.Y. (Robert W. Gifford of counsel), for respondents.
DECISION & ORDER
In a consolidated action to recover damages for personal injuries, the plaintiff appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Queens County (Denis J. Butler, J.), dated August 9, 2017. The order, insofar as appealed from, granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.
ORDERED that the order is affirmed insofar as appealed from, with costs.
During the afternoon of September 15, 2013, at the San Gennaro Feast (hereinafter feast) in Manhattan, the plaintiff allegedly was injured when an aluminum awning that had been covering a feast kiosk fell on him. The kiosk was owned by Anthony DiBenedetto, who, on July 1, 2013, had applied to Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (hereinafter Figli), the producer of the 2013 feast, to be a vendor. DiBenedetto was later approved by the New York City Department of Investigation to serve as a vendor at the 2013 feast.
In December 2013, the plaintiff commenced an action against Figli, and in March 2014, he commenced a separate action against DiBenedetto. In an order dated October 22, 2014, the Supreme Court consolidated both actions. After the plaintiff filed a note of issue and certificate of readiness in October 2015, Figli and DiBenedetto (hereinafter together the defendants) moved for summary judgment dismissing the complaint. In the order appealed from, the Supreme Court, inter alia, granted the defendants' motion.
The defendants demonstrated their prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law by submitting evidence, including DiBenedetto's affidavit, that they neither created nor had actual or constructive notice of any defective or dangerous condition that allegedly caused the plaintiff's injuries (see Williams v. Yang Qi Nail Salon, Inc., 113 A.D.3d 843, 979 N.Y.S.2d 625; Quinones v. Federated Dept. Stores, Inc., 92 A.D.3d 931, 939 N.Y.S.2d 134). In opposition, the plaintiff failed to raise a triable issue of fact (see Alvarez v. Prospect Hosp., 68 N.Y.2d 320, 324, 508 N.Y.S.2d 923, 501 N.E.2d 572). Furthermore, in opposition to the defendants' prima facie showing that the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur is inapplicable to this case, the plaintiff failed to raise a triable issue of fact (see Ramjohn v. Port Auth. of N.Y. & N.J., 151 A.D.3d 1090, 1092; Doxey v. Freeport Union Free Sch. Dist., 115 A.D.3d 907, 909, 982 N.Y.S.2d 539; see generally Dermatossian v. New York City Tr. Auth., 67 N.Y.2d 219, 501 N.Y.S.2d 784, 492 N.E.2d 1200).
The plaintiff's remaining contention is without merit.
Accordingly, we agree with the Supreme Court's determination to grant the defendants' motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.
DILLON, J.P., LEVENTHAL, DUFFY and LASALLE, JJ., concur.
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