CAMPBELL v. GREAT ATLANTIC PACIFIC TEA COMPANY

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

Kathleen CAMPBELL, et al., Respondents, v. GREAT ATLANTIC & PACIFIC TEA COMPANY, d/b/a A & P Food Stores, Appellant.

Decided: January 25, 1999

LAWRENCE J. BRACKEN, J.P., DAVID S. RITTER, FRED T. SANTUCCI and MYRIAM J. ALTMAN, JJ. Boeggeman, George, Hodges & Corde, P.C., White Plains, N.Y. (Leslie K. Arfine of counsel), for appellant. Albert E. Roberto, Jr., Cross River, N.Y. (Frank Prete, Jr., of counsel), for respondents.

In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, etc., the defendant appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Putnam County (Hickman, J.), dated June 2, 1998, which denied its motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.

ORDERED that the order is reversed, with costs, the motion is granted, and the complaint is dismissed.

The plaintiffs commenced the instant action, inter alia, to recover damages for personal injuries which the injured plaintiff allegedly suffered when she slipped and fell on a piece of banana on the floor in the appellant's supermarket.   The appellant moved for summary judgment dismissing the complaint on the ground that it neither created nor had actual or constructive notice of the condition.   The Supreme Court denied the motion.   We reverse.

The appellant made a prima facie showing affirmatively establishing the absence of notice as a matter of law (see, Dwoskin v. Burger King Corp., 249 A.D.2d 358, 671 N.Y.S.2d 494;  Goldman v. Waldbaum, Inc., 248 A.D.2d 436, 669 N.Y.S.2d 669).   Therefore, the burden shifted to the plaintiff to show that the appellant either created or had actual or constructive notice of the condition (see, Bradish v. Tank Tech Corp., 216 A.D.2d 505, 628 N.Y.S.2d 807;  Pirillo v. Longwood Assocs., 179 A.D.2d 744, 579 N.Y.S.2d 120).   The plaintiffs failed to come forward with evidence sufficient to raise a triable issue of fact and, consequently, the Supreme Court erred in denying the appellant's motion (see, Gordon v. American Museum of Natural History, 67 N.Y.2d 836, 837, 501 N.Y.S.2d 646, 492 N.E.2d 774;  Anderson v. Klein's Foods, Inc., 139 A.D.2d 904, 905, 527 N.Y.S.2d 897, affd. 73 N.Y.2d 835, 537 N.Y.S.2d 481, 534 N.E.2d 319;  Katsoris v. Waldbaum, Inc., 241 A.D.2d 511, 512, 663 N.Y.S.2d 984;  Bernard v. Waldbaum, Inc., 232 A.D.2d 596, 597, 648 N.Y.S.2d 700;  Bykofsky v. Waldbaum's Supermarkets, 210 A.D.2d 280, 619 N.Y.S.2d 760;  Maiorano v. Price Chopper Operating Co., 221 A.D.2d 698, 633 N.Y.S.2d 413).

MEMORANDUM BY THE COURT.

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