NEW YORK, May 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 5, 2017, the plaintiffs, represented by Reuven S. Frankel of The Frankel Law Firm, won summary judgment on the issue of liability in J.S. v. 1439 Realty LLC. et. al., an action pending in Supreme Court, Kings County. In an action to recover damages arising from the infant plaintiff's exposure to hazardous lead-based paint conditions, plaintiffs alleged that the owner of the pre-1960 multiple dwelling was liable for plaintiffs' serious injuries that he sustained as a result of his exposure to hazardous lead paint conditions within the defendant's apartment. The Supreme Court agreed that plaintiffs had established their entitlement to summary judgment on the issue of liability as against the building owner under Local Law 1of 2004, by demonstrating that the defendant was aware that young children were present in the apartment which contained hazardous lead-based paint conditions, and that the infant plaintiff suffered injury in fact as a result of his lead exposure. The matter will now proceed toward a trial solely on the issue of the extent of plaintiffs' damages.
Founded in 1978 by Michael Stewart Frankel, a pioneer in the area of childhood lead poisoning litigation in New York State, The Frankel Law Firm (www.frankellawfirm.com) (tel# 212-888-5100) has successfully represented many families in lead poisoning actions over several decades, and was the attorney of record on precedent setting and reported cases in lead poisoning litigation including Juarez v. Wavecrest Mgt. Team, Ltd., 88 NY2d 628 (1996) (establishing a landlord's regulatory liability for childhood lead poisoning in New York City under Local Law 1); Munoz v. Puretz, 301 AD2d 382 (1st Dept 2003) (liability of landlord for prenatal exposure to lead-based paint suffered by the unborn child of a tenant); Zaman v. Patwary, 295 AD2d 424 (2d Dept 2002) (notice of a child under Local Law 1); Perez v. New York City Hous. Auth., 304 AD2d 736 (2d Dept 2003) (collateral estoppel effect of DOH lead paint violations). The firm has recovered multimillion dollars in damages in lead poisoning and other serious personal injury cases.