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Out-of-Possession Owners and Snow, Ice Liability: Appellate Courts Are Split

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Alan R. Levy writes: Do "out-of-possession" commercial landowners, who have transferred possession and control of premises to a commercial tenant, retain the non-delegable duty to remove snow/ice from their abutting sidewalks? Can they be liable for injuries arising from an alleged failure to do so? The courts appear to be struggling with this question, as there appears to be a split among the First and Second Departments.

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