The Fourth Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment in this hunting accident case should have been granted. Defendant, like the plaintiff, was hunting turkey when he shot plaintiff and his friend. Defendant subsequently pled guilty to attempted assault:
We agree with plaintiffs that they established as a matter of law that defendant was negligent by failing to exercise the degree of care that a reasonable person “of ordinary prudence would exercise under the circumstances, commensurate with the known dangers and risks reasonably to be foreseen” … , and that defendant failed to raise an issue of fact in response. We also agree with plaintiffs that triable issues of fact regarding plaintiff’s comparative negligence do not preclude an award of summary judgment in plaintiffs’ favor on the issue of defendant’s negligence … . Pachan v Brown, 2022 NY Slip Op 02684, Fourth Dept 4-22-22
Practice Point: Comparative negligence is no longer a bar to summary judgment on liability. Comparative negligence is relevant only to damages.