61 N.Y.2d 261 (1984)

Astor Cover et al., Respondents, v. Helen Cohen, as Administratrix of The Estate of Irving Cohen, Deceased, et al., Respondents, and General Motors Corporation, Appellant.

Court of Appeals of the State of New York.

Decided February 28, 1984.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Roy L. Reardon, Kenneth R. Logan, Irene S. Alpert and Nicholas J. Wittner for appellant.

Marshall M. Kolba for Kinney Motors, Inc., respondent.

Emilio Nunez, Harry H. Lipsig, Pamela Anagnos Liapakis, Jay W. Dankner and Cheryl R. Eisberg for Astor Cover and another, respondents.

Chief Judge COOKE and Judges JASEN, JONES, WACHTLER and KAYE concur; Judge SIMONS taking no part.


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