Defendant in slip and fall case claims it is wrongly named in suit

Christina Stueve Dec. 15, 2011, 6:00am


A defendant in a Madison County slip and fall suit, Shriji Group - which does business as Shop 'N Save - filed a motion to be dismissed from a suit filed by a woman who claims she fell on a pool of water while shopping.

Pamela L. Knight claims she was at Shop-N-Save in Granite City on June 12, 2010, when she fell due to the water, injuring her neck, back, spine and knee, according to the complaint filed Oct. 24 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Shriji Group claims it is an improper party in the case and is not connected with the Shop 'N Save in Granite City where Knight was shopping. Shriji Group owns one Shop 'N Save in Antioch, Ill., the motion reads.

Deepti Shah filed an affidavit on Nov. 29, alleging he is an active member of Shriji Group, doing business as Shop 'N Save. Shah claims Shriji Group owns one Shop 'N Save Cigarette & Liquor Store in Antioch and does not own any other Shop 'N Save locations. Shriji Group does not own the Shop 'N Save in Granite City, the affidavit says.

Knight claims to have suffered physical pain, mental anguish and incurred medical costs, the suit states. She was unable to perform normal activities, lost income, sustained disability and disfigurement and lost her normal life, her complaint says.

Co-plaintiff Rick Knight, Pamela's husband, alleges he lost the benefits of his wife's companionship.

Knight is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs and other relief.

Gregory M. Tobin of Pratt and Tobin in East Alton represent her.

Beth C. Boggs, Michael J. Lach, of Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs in St. Louis represent Shriji Group.

Madison County Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian is assigned to the case.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-1094.

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