Leland Smith and Robert Stephenson Win Summary Judgment in Slip and Fall Case

August 06, 2015.

Leland Smith and Robert Stephenson obtained a summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, in the case styled Faith Cole vs. Southern Family Markets of Meridian, LLC doing business as Piggly Wiggly; C & S Wholesale Grocers, a Corporation.  The plaintiff claimed that she slipped and fell at the entrance of the defendant’s grocery store in rainwater which had collected at the entrance.  She claimed that the store’s failure to mop up or warn her about the water on the floor breached its duty to provide her reasonably safe premises.  The court found that the defendants’ had no actual or constructive knowledge of water at the entrance, and that there was no evidence demonstrating negligence.  As a result, the defendant’s motion for summary judgment was granted.