Family Dollar Stores has removed a slip and fall suit
to federal court.
Family Dollar Store filed an amended notice of removal
to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on July 10
through attorney Troy A. Bozarth and Daniel C. Lytle of HeplerBroom in
The defendant argues removal is proper because
diversity of citizenship exists and the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000.
Mabel Ellison filed a lawsuit on April 10 against Family Dollar Stores of
Illinois Inc., claiming it does business as Family Dollar Store No. 4168 in
alleges she was a customer at the store on June 8, 2014, when she allegedly
slipped and fell on the floor. She claims she was not aware that the floor was
wet until after she fell.
result of her fall, Ellison asserts she sustained serious injuries to her right
shoulder and lower back, requiring medical treatment, the suit states.
alleges the defendant should have known that the floor was wet and that its
employees, who were allegedly obligated to exercise ordinary care to avoid
harming customers, failed to warn patrons of the hazard, inspect and clean the
area or supervise high-traffic areas.
Ellison seeks more than $75,000, plus attorneys’ fees
The plaintiff is represented by Craig Jensen of Meyer
Jensen in Alton.
Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-499