Paisley v. United Parcel Service, Inc. , 17 Mich. App. 672 ( 1969 )

  • 17 Mich. App. 672 (1969)
    170 N.W.2d 283


    Docket No. 5,604.

    Michigan Court of Appeals.

    Decided June 24, 1969.

    *673 Reginald S. Johnson, for defendant and third-party plaintiff United Parcel Service.

    Bileti & Valenti, for third-party defendant Revco, Inc.



    Plaintiffs brought this suit in behalf of their minor daughter for damages resulting from injury sustained by the minor daughter as the result of being struck by a truck owned by the defendant parcel service. The accident occurred on property owned by Gulf Oil, at the rear of a store leased by Revco. United Parcel subsequently filed a third-party complaint against the owner and operator of the gas station, Gulf Oil and Charleton Holtz, respectively, and against Revco.

    Defendant United Parcel contends that, although the accident occurred on Gulf Oil property, the property was being used at that time for the use and benefit of Revco, which consequently, owed a duty to the minor plaintiff to safeguard, enclose and police the area and to prohibit small children from being on the premises.

    Revco's motion for summary judgment was based on the ground that since it had no possession or right to control of the Gulf Oil property, it owed no such duty to the minor plaintiff. The trial court ordered that the motion for summary judgment be granted *674 and a judgment entered in favor of the third-party defendant, Revco. Such motion for summary judgment was properly granted in favor of the third-party defendant.

    Liability for injuries due to defective premises ordinarily depends upon power to prevent the injury and therefore rests primarily upon him who has control and possession. Dombrowski v. Gorecki (1939), 291 Mich. 678; Nezworski v. Mazanec (1942), 301 Mich. 43. Appellant has failed to show this Court any proprietary interest or right to control possessed by Revco in the property where the accident occurred.

    The grounds for relief must appear, if at all, on the face of the pleadings which are attacked. GCR 1963, 117.2(1); Meadows v. Depco Equipment Company (1966), 4 Mich. App. 370, referring to Durant v. Stahlin (1965), 375 Mich. 628.

    Further, in order for the appellant successfully to resist a motion for summary judgment, he must come forward with some evidentiary proof or some statement of specific fact on which to base his case. Failing that, the motion for summary judgment is properly granted. GCR 1963, 117.2(3); Dionne v. Pierson Contracting Company (1956), 2 Mich. App. 134.


Document Info

DocketNumber: 5,604

Citation Numbers: 17 Mich. App. 672, 170 N.W.2d 283

Judges: Holbrook, P.J., and McGregor and Bronson

Filed Date: 6/24/1969

Precedential Status: Precedential

Modified Date: 4/8/2017