Williams v Fedex

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[*1] Williams v Fedex 2011 NY Slip Op 51242(U) Decided on July 7, 2011 City Court Of Mount Vernon Seiden, J. Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law ยง 431. This opinion is uncorrected and will not be published in the printed Official Reports.

Decided on July 7, 2011
City Court of Mount Vernon

Harold Williams, Plaintiff,


Fedex, Defendant.


Adam Seiden, J.

Plaintiff brought this small claims proceeding alleging three hundred thirty two

dollars ($332.00) in damages caused by defendant's loss of his property. It is

uncontested that the plaintiff ordered a digital camera from Fingerhut on

December 15, 2010 and paid for same in full. The camera was shipped via Fedex

Ground and plaintiff never received it.

Defendant showed proof of delivery (business record) on December 20, 2010. It

was allegedly signed for by one T. Jame at the address the package was shipped to by


Plaintiff has standing to sue as a third party beneficiary to the contract entered

into by the shipper (Fingerhut) and carrier (Fedex Ground). In order to recover as third-party beneficiary to a contract, plaintiff must establish: "(1) the existence of a valid and binding contract between other parties, (2) that the contract was intended for their benefit, and (3) that the benefit to them is sufficiently immediate to . . . indicate the assumption by the contracting parties of a duty to compensate them if the benefit is lost" (Mandarin Trading Ltd. v Wildenstein, 16 NY3d 173 (2011)(citation omitted); see also Saratoga Schenectady Gastroentrology Associates, P.C., et al. v. Bette & Cring, LLC, 921 N.Y.S.2d 393 (2011)). Under New York law, a third party beneficiary is entitled only to those rights which the original parties to the contract intended the third party to have ( Republic of Iraq v. ABB AG, et al. WL 781192 (2011). Accordingly, as a third party beneficiary, the plaintiff has no rights beyond those stated in the contract. [*2]

In the case at bar the shipper declared no value when entering into the contract

with the carrier. As a result, the limit of liability is one hundred dollars ($100.00)

pursuant to the shipping contract.

Judgment for plaintiff in the sum of one hundred dollars ($100.00).

The above complies with this Courts statutory charge to do substantial justice

between the parties.

The above constitutes the Decision and Order of the Court.

Dated: Mount Vernon, New York

July 7, 2011


Associate City Judge of Mount Vernon

AS:mjc & akb

To:Harold Williams

1815 Bruckner Boulevard

Apt. 6D

Bronx, New York 10472


669 S. 3rd Aenue

Mount Vernon, New York 10550

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