Salinas v World Houseware Producing Co., Ltd., 2018 NY Slip Op 07938 [1st Dept. 2018]

Where the conclusion of an expert relies upon facts contrary to the plaintiff’s testimony, the affirmation will fail to raise an issue of fact sufficient to defeat summary judgment (see Feaster-Lewis v Rotenberg, 93 AD3d 421, 422 [1st Dept 2012], lv denied 19 NY3d 803 [2012]; Wengenroth v Formula Equip. Leasing, Inc., 11 AD3d 677, 679 [2d Dept 2004]). Here, the validity of plaintiff’s experts’ opinions rely upon the assumption that the subject potholder caught fire after contacting the heating element of plaintiff’s oven, a fact plaintiff specifically denied several times during her deposition. Plaintiff was not equivocal at her deposition, nor did she seek to correct her testimony at any time thereafter.


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