Clean it Up New York Landlords – Tenants May Have a Toxic Mold Case Against You

For several years, landlords in New York have defended against personal injury liability for mold, arguing that Fraser v. 301-52 Townhouse Corp., 870 N.Y.S.2d 266 (2008), established a categorical rule that epidemiological studies were insufficient to support a finding of causation for respiratory illnesses. In a recent Appellate Division decision, Cornell v. 360 West 51st Street Realty, LLC, 939 N.Y.S.2d 434 (App. Div. 2012), the Court clarified Fraser and held that the scientific evidence in each case should be evaluated under the Frye test, thus opening the door to mold cases.