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Plaintiff Was Struck by a Piece of a Building Facade That Came Loose; Plaintiff Sued Two Defendants Who Had Done Work in the Roadway Near the Building, Alleging the Excavation Loosened the Facade Material; Defendants’ Motions for Summary Judgment Should Not Have Been Granted
The Second Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined defendants’ motions for summary judgment should not have been granted. Plaintiff was struck by a piece of the facade of a brownstone that came loose. Plaintiff sued Keyspan Energy Delivery and Harris Water Main and Sewer Contractors alleging excavation work done by the defendants near the building loosened the facade: “A contractual obligation, standing alone, generally will not give rise to tort liability in favor of a third party (see Espinal v. Melville Snow Contrs., 98 NY2d 136, 140). ‘[A]n exception to this rule applies where the contracting party, in failing to exercise reasonable care in the performance of contractual duties, launches a force or instrument of harm, such as by creating or exacerbating a dangerous condition’ … . The plaintiffs alleged that the vibrations from Harris’s work in the roadway created or exacerbated the alleged dangerous condition on the facade of the subject building.” Payne v. Murray, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 05576, Second Dept 10-13-21