Trial date set in woman's case against Wal-Mart

By Christina Stueve | Jul 25, 2012


Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge on July 25 ordered the parties in a woman's personal injury case against Wal-Mart to submit proposed trial dates within seven days by e-mail.

Two days earlier, Mudge had scheduled an Aug. 13 trial date.

He indicated that he would review proposals and re-set the date.

The case involves a Madison County woman who named three individuals as defendants in a suit she filed after falling in a hole at a Wal-Mart parking lot in Glen Carbon.

Judy and Thomas J. Davis filed a lawsuit Dec. 8, 2010 against Vicki Rehlen, Janelle McCoy and Arno Sponeman.

The individually named defendants were workers whose job duties included inspection, maintenance or repair of the parking lot.

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

Because of the incident, Judy Davis experienced permanent injuries to her lower extremities and suffered pain, according to the complaint.

She also suffered disability, impaired earning capacity and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

The defendants allegedly failed to inspect the parking lot, failed to train employees, failed to maintain the parking lot and failed to barricade the hole in the parking lot's surface, according to the complaint.

The Davises seek a judgment of more than $50,000.

Brian M. Wendler of Wendler Law in Edwardsville represents the Davises.

James Borland of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo represents the defense.

Madison County case number 10-L-1251.

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