Wal-Mart Held Liable for Injury Occurring Beyond Its Property

, New Jersey Law Journal


A state appeals court upheld a personal-injury verdict against Wal-Mart for a contractor's slip and fall in an area the store wasn't contractually obligated to maintain.

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  • Dan Levy

    Very interesting case. Please see my evaluation of this case on the Raff & Raff blog: http://www.raffandraff.com/2013/01/21/store-responsible-for-surrounding-areas-that-they-do-not-own/

  • Wade B. Coye

    Oftentimes, in liability cases such as these, there are several parties that could have been held responsible; the landowner, ground maintenance company, store manager, or person who gave the independent contractor the instructions to use an alternate entrance are just a few examples. Often times it is difficult and complicated to determine that at fault party. If you don't name the correct party, problems can arise later during suit. The lines drawn between who is responsible, and who is considered negligent, are frequently hard to define. - http://www.coyelaw.com

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