Directed Verdict

Brownrigg v New York City Hous. Auth., 2010 NY Slip Op 00795 (App. Div., 2nd, 2009)

Prior to directing a verdict in favor of one party to an action, a court must determine “whether there [is] any rational basis on which a jury could [find] for [the opposing party], the [opposing party] being entitled to every favorable inference which could reasonably be drawn from the evidence submitted by [it]” (Rhabb v New York City Hous. Auth., 41 NY2d 200, 202; see Pollack v Klein, 39 AD3d 730, 730). In making this determination, a court must not “engage in a weighing of the evidence,” nor may it direct a verdict where “the facts are in dispute, or where different inferences may be drawn or the credibility of witnesses is in question” (Dolitsky v Bay Isle Oil Co., 111 AD2d 366, 366).

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