TERZO v. WIEDERKEHR

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.

Adele TERZO, et al., appellants, v. Judah WIEDERKEHR, respondent.

Decided: March 27, 2000

CORNELIUS J. O'BRIEN, J.P., MYRIAM J. ALTMAN, WILLIAM D. FRIEDMANN, LEO F. McGINITY and NANCY E. SMITH, JJ. Steven R. Blyer (Majewski & Poole, LLP, East Meadow, N.Y. [Michael Majewski and Nicole Norris Poole] of counsel), for appellants. Fiedelman & McGaw, Jericho, N.Y. (James K. O'Sullivan of counsel), for respondent.

In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, etc., the plaintiffs appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Queens County (Dye, J.), entered May 10, 1999, which, upon a jury verdict in favor of the defendant and against them, dismissed the complaint.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed, with costs.

The act of painting a hallway is not work of an inherently dangerous nature as to render a building owner liable for the negligence of an independent contractor (see, MacDonald v. Heuer, 253 A.D.2d 795, 677 N.Y.S.2d 630;  Rodriguez v. C.F. Lex Assocs., 235 A.D.2d 354, 658 N.Y.S.2d 256;  Fischer v. Battery Bldg. Maintenance Co., 135 A.D.2d 378, 521 N.Y.S.2d 678;  cf., Beck v. Woodward Affiliates, 226 A.D.2d 328, 640 N.Y.S.2d 205).   Thus, the Supreme Court properly refused to submit an interrogatory to the jury on this issue.

MEMORANDUM BY THE COURT.

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