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Riviello v. Waldron
Court of Appeals of the State of New York
391 N.E.2d 1278 (1979)
Joseph Waldron (codefendant) worked for the Pot Belly Pub, a bar operated by Raybele Tavern, Inc. (codefendant). Raybele hired Waldron to prepare and serve food because he was popular and drew many patrons to the bar. Joseph Riviello (plaintiff) frequented the bar and knew Waldron. Waldron stopped to talk to Riviello and another patron and showed them a pocketknife. Waldron left to deliver a food order and was flipping the knife in his hand when he returned. Riviello turned suddenly, and the knife blade inadvertently hit his eye, blinding it. Riviello sued Waldron for negligence and Raybele for vicarious liability as his employer. The jury found Waldron negligent and awarded Riviello $200,000 in damages, and Waldron’s insurer paid $25,000 in exchange for releasing Waldron. But the appellate court found Raybele not vicariously liable, reasoning that Waldron was acting outside the scope of his employment when the accident happened. Riviello appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Fuchsberg, J.)
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