Adams v. New York City Transit Authority
New York Court of Appeals
666 N.E.2d 216 (1996)
A New York City Transit Authority (authority) (defendant) fare-booth clerk verbally abused and physically attacked a passenger, Margaret Adams (plaintiff), for no apparent reason. Adams sued the authority for damages. The trial court based its summary judgment for Adams on an 1882 court ruling that common carriers have implied contractual duties to keep their passengers free from harm and are strictly liable for employee torts or crimes committed against those passengers. An intermediate appellate court reversed on the grounds that the old rule was no longer viable. Adams appealed to the New York Court of Appeals.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Titone, J.)
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