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Furs v. Jewelers Protection Services, Ltd.

Court of Appeals of the State of New York
May 12, 1992
594 N.E.2d 933 (N.Y. 1992)

Opinion

Argued March 25, 1992

Decided May 12, 1992

Appeal from the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the First Judicial Department, Shirley Fingerhood, J.

Sheila L. Birnbaum for appellant.

Alexander J. Wulwick and Lawrence Bernstein for respondent.


MEMORANDUM.

The order of the Appellate Division should be reversed, with costs, defendant's motion for summary judgment granted, and the certified question answered in the negative.

Before moving to a new location, plaintiff, a fur dealer, contracted with defendant to design, install and monitor a burglar alarm system. In December 1986, several weeks after plaintiff occupied its new premises, furs worth about $300,000 were stolen in a nighttime burglary, but the alarm did not sound. In plaintiff's action for negligence and breach of contract, defendant sought summary judgment on the basis of contractual exculpatory and limitation of liability clauses, but plaintiff claimed that those clauses are unenforceable because defendant was grossly negligent.

Plaintiff's assertion of gross negligence is based on its expert's opinion that there should have been two motion detectors, instead of one, on each level; a shock sensor should have been installed; defendant should have ascertained how the inventory would be arranged; and a post-occupancy inspection should have been undertaken. Taken together, these allegations do not raise an issue of fact whether defendant performed its duties with reckless indifference to plaintiff's rights, and thus the contractual exculpatory and limitation of liability clauses are enforceable (see, Sommer v Federal Signal Corp., 79 N.Y.2d 540, 554 [decided today]).

Chief Judge WACHTLER and Judges KAYE, HANCOCK, JR., BELLACOSA and YESAWICH, JR., concur in memorandum; Judges SIMONS and TITONE taking no part.

Designated pursuant to N Y Constitution, article VI, § 2.

Order reversed, etc.


Summaries of

Furs v. Jewelers Protection Services, Ltd.

Court of Appeals of the State of New York
May 12, 1992
594 N.E.2d 933 (N.Y. 1992)
Case details for

Furs v. Jewelers Protection Services, Ltd.

Case Details

Full title:DAVID GUTTER FURS, Respondent, v. JEWELERS PROTECTION SERVICES, LTD.…

Court:Court of Appeals of the State of New York

Date published: May 12, 1992

Citations

594 N.E.2d 933 (N.Y. 1992)
594 N.E.2d 933
584 N.Y.S.2d 439

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