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Farrow v. Allstate

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department
Jul 15, 2008
862 N.Y.S.2d 92 (N.Y. App. Div. 2008)

Opinion

No. 2007-10218.

July 15, 2008.

In an action to recover damages for an alleged invasion of privacy, the plaintiff appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Suffolk County (Kerins, J.), dated July 10, 2007, which granted the defendants' motion pursuant to CPLR 3211 (a) (7) to dismiss the complaint.

Charles G. Mills, Glen Cove, N.Y., for appellant.

Adorno Yoss, New York, N.Y. (Donald J. Weiss of counsel), for respondents.

Before: Skelos, J.P., Miller, Carni and Chambers, JJ.


Ordered that the order is affirmed, with costs.

New York State does not recognize the common-law tort of invasion of privacy except to the extent it comes within Civil Rights Law §§ 50 and 51 (see Ram v Moritt, 205 AD2d 516, 517; see also Cohen v Herbal Concepts, 63 NY2d 379). Although the tort has assumed various forms in other jurisdictions (see Restatement [Second] of Torts § 652A), in New York privacy claims are founded solely upon Civil Rights Law §§ 50 and 51. These statutes protect against the appropriation of a plaintiffs name or likeness for a defendant's benefit and create a cause of action in favor of any person whose name, portrait, or picture is used for advertising purposes or for trade without the plaintiffs consent (see Cohen v Herbal Concepts, 63 NY2d at 383).

Here, the factual allegations in the complaint are not embraced by Civil Rights Law §§ 50 and 51. Thus, the complaint does not state a cognizable cause of action to recover damages for invasion of privacy. Accordingly, the Supreme Court properly granted the defendants' motion pursuant to CPLR 3211 (a) (7) to dismiss the complaint.

The plaintiffs remaining contentions are without merit.


Summaries of

Farrow v. Allstate

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department
Jul 15, 2008
862 N.Y.S.2d 92 (N.Y. App. Div. 2008)
Case details for

Farrow v. Allstate

Case Details

Full title:CATHLEEN FARROW, Appellant, v. ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY et al.…

Court:Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

Date published: Jul 15, 2008

Citations

862 N.Y.S.2d 92 (N.Y. App. Div. 2008)
862 N.Y.S.2d 92
2008 N.Y. Slip Op. 6283

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