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In New York City, personal injury actions arising from accidents caused by defective sidewalks are governed by §7-210 of the Administrative Code, often referred to as the Sidewalk Law of 2003. The law was intended to shift liability for improperly maintained sidewalks from the City of New York, which had borne that responsibility under the common law, to abutting commercial landowners. Because hazardous sidewalks are, unfortunately, all too common in the city, the law has proven to be extremely significant for tort litigation, and has been the subject of frequent interpretative disputes.

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