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Case Law Update: Liability in Slip and Fall Cases

Richardson, Sr. v. Bond Drug Company of Illinois, No. 1-07-3349 (1/14/09) affirmed that the trial court did not err when it entered summary judgment in favor of defendant, owner and operator of drug store at which plaintiff fell. Plaintiff testified that he did not see any liquid on the floor, but assumed the floor was wet because knees of his pants were wet when he got up; and defendant’s store manage testified that there was no liquid on floor in vicinity of plaintiff’s fall. Therefore, there is no material issue of fact with regards to the cause of plaintiff’s fall beyond mere speculation. This case will have an impact on slip and fall cases.