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Police at Fault for Concert Trampling?
Highest Court New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division
Year Ended 1999
Plaintiffs Concert Attendee(s)
Defendants Combs, Sean
Educational Institution(s)
Municipal Entity and/or Official(s)
Police Officer(s)
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description In 1991, before Sean "Puff Daddy"/"Puffy"/"P. Ditty" Combs was the uber famous rapper, producer, and mogul he is today, he hosted a celebrity basketball game at the City College of New York, co-coaching the two teams with Heavy D, which resulted in an idiotic stampede amongst the attendees that killed nine people and injured others. Apparently, the stampede resulted when fans tried to rush into the event, which might have been oversold or inadequately staffed. Puffy and Heavy were held liable, though this case only dealt with the liability of the State of New York and the police department, who were present at the event, which was held on State-owned property. The court held the state and municipal entities were shielded from liability under governmental immunity; to hold them liable, Plaintiffs would need to show the government assumed responsiblity for planning, security, or management of the event. This was not shown. They were acting in their usual capacity at the time. For the resulting insurance coverage dispute, see "Puff and D's Stampede Insurance." - LSW

Legal Issues
General Affirmative Defenses Governmental Immunity
Torts Negligence Negligent Supervision, Procedures & Precautions
    Personal & Emotional Injury

Opinions Levy v. State
692 N.Y.S.2d 354
New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division , June 24, 1999 ( _ )

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Related Searches Parties
Combs, Sean ( Defendant )
Concert Attendee(s) ( Plaintiff )
Educational Institution(s) ( Defendant )
Municipal Entity and/or Official(s) ( Defendant )
Police Officer(s) ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
General / Affirmative Defenses / Governmental Immunity
Torts / Negligence / Negligent Supervision, Procedures & Precautions
Torts / Negligence / Personal & Emotional Injury

New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division (highest court)

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