Torts Keyed to Franklin
Strauss v. Belle Realty Co
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Consolidated Edison’s power system in New York City failed and during the ensuing blackout, Plaintiff fell on defective basement stairs in his apartment building. In that building, the common areas were powered by Consolidated Edison through a contract with the Defendant, Plaintiff’s landlord. Plaintiff sued both Defendant and Consolidated Edison for his resulting injuries. Plaintiff claimed that Defendant owed him a duty as landlord to maintain the stairs and that Consolidated Edison owed him a duty to provide electricity. Consolidated Edison defended on the grounds that it owed no duty to Plaintiff, a noncustomer, as its duty was to Defendant for the common areas of the building. The trial court found for Plaintiff and the appellate court reversed. Plaintiff appealed.
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