Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Sep. 30, 2013, 5:07pm

Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth ordered trial for a lawsuit against Lowe’s Companies Inc. over allegations of falling lumber.

A jury trial is scheduled for Dec. 1, 2014, at 9 a.m.

According to the complaint filed in February, John S. Clark claims he was shopping at the Lowe’s on Homer Adams Parkway in May 2012 when he tried to move a single six-foot fence panel from a stack of nearly two dozen. Clark alleges the entire stack of lumber fell on top of him, causing him permanent injuries.

Lowe’s replied to the complaint on May 7 claiming Clark is to blame for his injuries due to his own negligence.

Clark responded to Lowe’s answer on May 13, denying the affirmative defenses.

Clark seeks a judgment of $50,000.

Bob L. Perica of Perica Law Firm in Wood River represents Clark.

Gordon Broom and Benjamin W. Powell of HeplerBroom in Edwardsville represent Lowe’s.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 13-L-208

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