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Gordon v. American Museum of Natural History

492 N.E.2d 774 (1986)

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Gordon v. American Museum of Natural History

Court of Appeals of New York

492 N.E.2d 774 (1986)

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Facts

Gordon (plaintiff) slipped on a piece of paper and fell on the steps of the American Museum of Natural History (defendant). The paper came from a concession stand that the Museum contracted to operate on the steps. Gordon testified that he saw other pieces of paper on another portion of the steps prior to his fall. Gordon argued that the Museum either had actual notice or constructive notice of the dangerous condition created by the papers, and that it was negligent in failing to remedy this condition. A jury found for Gordon, and the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division affirmed.

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Holding and Reasoning (Memorandum)

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