Torts Keyed to Goldberg
Pingaro v. Rossi
Ellen Pingaro, Plaintiff, worked as a meter reader for the New Jersey Natural Gas Company (NJNG). While working, Plaintiff went toJoseph Rossi’s, Defendant,home to read the meter. This was the first time Plaintiffwent to Rossi’s residence. When Plaintiff arrived, her hand-held computer notified and provided Plaintiff with the following information: “[B]ad dog, knock.” Plaintiff knocked on the door, but no one answered. Then, Plaintiff rattled the gate to the backyard and yelled“gas company.” However, no one responded. Plaintiff believed that the property was empty and without any animals. Thus, Plaintiff opened the gate and proceeded to the meter. Immediately, two dogs appeared. One dog, a German shepherd, knocked Plaintiff down to the ground and bit her limbs and her head. Plaintiff was able to escape, but Plaintiff endured numerous injuries, which required her to obtain stitches, causing scarring, psychological harm, and time off work. Plaintiff brought suit against Rossi under to a New Jersey statute that imposes liability upon dog owners for dog bites. The jury found for Plaintiff, and a new trial was granted as to liability.
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