The Second Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined defendant’s motion for summary judgment in this slip and fall case should not have been granted. Defendant did not demonstrate the absence of constructive notice:
A defendant who moves for summary judgment in a slip-and-fall case has the initial burden of making a prima facie showing that it did not create the hazardous condition which allegedly caused the fall, and did not have actual or constructive notice of that condition for a sufficient length of time to discover and remedy it … . A defendant moving for summary judgment dismissing a complaint cannot satisfy its initial burden merely by pointing to gaps in the plaintiff’s case … .
Here, the defendant failed to meet its initial burden as the movant … . The defendant failed to affirmatively demonstrate that it did not have constructive notice of the condition that allegedly caused the plaintiff to fall … . Seedat v Capital One Bank, 2019 NY Slip Op 01632, Second Dept 3-6-19