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Is The Scaffold Law's 'Strict Liability' Taking a 'Step' Down?

, New York Law Journal


George M. Heymann writes: 'O'Brien v. Port Authority' appears to be an outlier among the numerous Court of Appeals decisions on the Scaffold Law. Although the majority notes that this case is one of limited application, because the staircase at issue was immovable and not subject to collapsing as are other protective devices, its determination that defendants' expert raised questions of fact sufficient to defeat a motion for summary judgment may have the unintended effect of opening a floodgate of defense experts in subsequent Labor Law §240(1) cases

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