Deborah J. Bookwalter wins at Appellate Division upholding lower court decision to dismiss premises liability case against snowplow operator

Deborah Bookwalter successfully defended a personal injury action for a snow removal contractor via summary judgment as the contract did not displace the obligation of the landlord to ensure the premises were maintained in a reasonably safe condition.  The case, venued in Supreme Court, Sullivan County, involved a plaintiff who slipped and fell in a parking lot at a grocery store.  The Supreme Court dismissed the plaintiff’s Complaint and all cross-claims against the snow removal contractor.  On appeal by the landlord, the Appellate Division upheld the lower court’s decision dismissing the entire action against the client.