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SAKG OBTAINS SECOND UNANIMOUS DEFENSE VERDICT IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS

Less than two weeks after SAKG obtained a unanimous defense verdict for a local law enforcement agency in an employment discrimination case,  SAKG obtained another unanimous defense verdict for a regional grocery retailer in a premises liability case. Both cases were tried to juries in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri.

The case arose from a slip and fall incident in the parking lot of one of our client’s local stores in late February 2022. The weather that day was dank and dreary; the ambient temperature had dropped from 70 degrees to 24 degrees over the previous 12 hours and the air was misty and foggy. Although the plaintiff admitted no ice was present in the parking lot when she entered the store at approximately 7:15 a.m., she contended the parking lot suddenly became icy – which caused her to slip and fall and sustain various injuries – when she exited the store roughly 15 minutes later. Our client disputed its parking lot was icy and contended the plaintiff slipped because the pavement was damp and she failed to exercise reasonable caution under the circumstances. Our client also disputed the severity of the plaintiff’s alleged injuries and the amount of her claimed medical expenses.

The jury unanimously agreed with our client and assessed no fault to either party, thus resulting in a complete defense verdict.

The case was tried by the SAKG team of Jeff Kennard, Greg Frias, and Faith Collins.