Mudge sets trial date in suit against Wal-Mart

Christina Stueve Hodges Sep. 12, 2012, 9:20am

Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge has set a trial date of Jan. 7 in a woman's personal injury suit against Wal-Mart.

In his order entered Sept. 10, Mudge also set a final pre-trial conference for Jan. 3.

Judy Davis, who sued Wal-Mart and three individuals over a trip in a parking lot in 2010, filed a motion for leave to file a punitive damages claim on Aug. 14.

The suit claims Davis visited Wal-Mart on July 15, 2010 when she stepped into a hole while attempting to load bags into her car.

According to Davis's motion, Wal-Mart answered discovery revealing that Davis was not the first person to be injured in the parking lot at the Glen Carbon Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart admitted another customer suffered injury in the same parking lot, the motion states.

Davis stated she learned about another lawsuit against Wal-Mart by a patron who fell in a hole in the same parking lot on Oct. 27, 2009.

The suit seeks a judgment of more than $50,000.

Brian M. Wendler of Wendler Law in Edwardsville represents Davis.

James Borland of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo represent the defendants.

Madison County case number 10-L-1251.

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