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Target not negligent in collision of carts incident
A national retailer has been exonerated in a cart collision case. Shopper Deborah Cahill alleged that while shopping at a Target store in Jacksonville in May 2009, she stopped at the baby section; she claimed a store employee then pushed a merchandise cart into her cart, causing her to fall. Cahill claimed she injured her back and sued Target for failure to maintain its premises in a reasonably safe condition. The defense argued there was no negligence, the store had proper safety protocols in place, and contested the accident’s causation. The defense claimed the plaintiff was pushing her cart and turning a corner when the accident occurred. The jury found no negligence on the store’s part that was a legal cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.
Cahill v. Target Corp.
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville
Slip, fall on mayo at restaurant results in substantial award
A customer has won a substantial, six-figure damage award in connection with a fall at a restaurant. Karen Seaberg alleged she slipped on mayonnaise on the dining room floor of a Steak N' Shake in Ocala. Seaberg claimed she injured her right hand and left knee, with the knee later requiring surgery, and other treatment. She sued Steak N' Shake Operations, Inc. alleging the restaurant had actual or constructive notice of the dangerous condition. Defense counsel argued the restaurant did not have constructive notice. The jury found that the restaurant had actual or constructive notice, was negligent by failing to exercise reasonable care to remedy the condition, and awarded plaintiff Seaberg $425,000.
Seaberg v. Steak N' Shake Operations Inc.
U.S. District Court, Middle District, Ocala Division
Collier County cleared in discrimination suit
A former county employee has lost her discrimination suit. Susana Capasso, former investigative supervisor for Collier County, sued the county, alleging that in 2009 she was subject to derogatory comments regarding Hispanics from her supervisor and other workers. Capasso also claimed that after she filed two internal complaints, her performance evaluation was downgraded in July 2010. Later, in 2011 after requesting - but not receiving - time off for an illness, and failing to return to work, she was terminated. The county denied all of Capasso's allegations, arguing she was terminated for legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons, including violation of insubordination policy. The jury found that Capasso did not engage in a protected activity.
Capasso v. Collier County
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Ft. Myers
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