Schnucks-Coca Cola can injury case settles days before trial

Amelia Flood Mar. 23, 2011, 2:17am


A trial set for Tuesday in a woman's suit against the Schnucks grocery chain over injuries she claims to have suffered in 2008 when a number of Coca Cola cans fell on her has been canceled due to the suit's settlement.

The parties in the case brought by Patricia Quinlan against Schnucks Markets Inc. filed a notice March 18 with the court canceling the March 22 trial due to a settlement.

A stipulation for dismissal will follow, according to that notice. Terms of the settlement were not included in the March 18 document.

Quinlan sought damages in excess of $50,000 and costs from the grocer.

She alleged that the store negligently constructed a Coca Cola display and allowed drink cans to fall on her.

The incident took place Sept. 5, 2008 at a Schnucks store in Collinsville.

Schnucks filed a third party complaint against Coca Cola in 2009 alleging that the soft drink maker's employee negligently constructed the display at the Collinsville store.

In the event of a judgment against Schnucks, the grocery chain sought contribution from Coca Cola.

Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla was set to preside at trial.

Brian Polinske represents Quinlan.

Beth Kamp Veath represents Schnucks.

Timothy McMahon represents Coca Cola Company.

The case is Madison case number 08-L-785.

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