Trevett v City of Little Falls
2006 NY Slip Op 03623 [6 NY3d 884]
May 9, 2006
Court of Appeals
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
As corrected through Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Dan Trevett, Individually and as Parent and Legal Guardian of Adam Trevett, an Infant, Appellant,
City of Little Falls, Respondent.

Decided May 9, 2006

Trevett v City of Little Falls, 24 AD3d 1197, affirmed.


Michael A. Castle, Herkimer (Scott H. Oberman of counsel), for appellant.

Cramer, Smith & Leach, P.C., Syracuse (Ralph S. Alexander of counsel), for respondent.



The order of the Appellate Division should be affirmed, with costs.

Plaintiff was injured while attempting a lay up when he collided in mid-air with a pole supporting a basketball backboard and rim. The Appellate Division correctly held that the proximity of the pole to the court was open and obvious, and thus the risk of collision with the [*2]pole was inherent in playing on that court. Therefore, the Appellate Division properly dismissed the complaint on the ground that plaintiff had assumed the risk of injury (see Sykes v County of Erie, 94 NY2d 912 [2000]; Morgan v State of New York, 90 NY2d 471 [1997]).

Chief Judge Kaye and Judges G.B. Smith, Ciparick, Rosenblatt, Graffeo, Read and R.S. Smith concur.

On review of submissions pursuant to section 500.11 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals (22 NYCRR 500.11), order affirmed, with costs, in a memorandum.