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COURT OF APPEALS
PERSONAL INJURY, LANDLORD-TENANT, CRIMINAL LAW.
In These Two Cases, Intruders Entered an Apartment Building Through Exterior Doors Which, Allegedly, Were Unlocked and Murdered Victims Who Were Specifically Targeted; the Fact That the Victims Were Targeted Was Not an “Intervening Act” That Relieved the Landlord of Liability as a Matter of Law
The Court of Appeals, affirming the Second Department and reversing the First Department, in a full-fledged opinion by Judge Wilson, determined the fact that the murder victims were targeted did not relieve the landlord, here the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA), of liability for the alleged failure to provide exterior doors with functioning locks. Scurry v. New York City Hous. Auth., 2023 N.Y. Slip Op. 02752, CtApp 5-23-23