Women Sues Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) For Trampling


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Amanda DuVall, a Kansas woman, sued Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) for allegedly being trampled at one of its stores on Black Friday in 2013. DuVall, 28, filed a lawsuit against Walmart claiming it didn’t ensure adequate measures to protect her. A filing also claimed that the retail giant did not do enough to inform customers that the discounted door-buster items were in limited supply.

DuVall filed the lawsuit on October 22, 2014, in Bourbon County and in mid-November the case was moved to federal court in Topeka at Walmart’s request. Last month, via an amended petition, DuVall sought more than $75,000 in damages.

What Happened to DuVall?

Surprisingly, eleven months later, DuVall alleged that she was pushed from behind and was trampled by customers rushing to get a $49.99 tablet. DuVall also mentioned that she waited three hours on 2013 Thanksgiving night for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT)’s Early Black Friday sale and was at the front of the queue when she was pushed down. Her filing accuses Wal-Mart of negligence and violating the Consumer Protection Act.

DuVall contends injuries that resulted in loss of earning capacity and enjoyment of life. According to the lawsuit, when she was trampled her face struck the hard floor and is causing her great pain in head, neck and back. She alleges the store management for conscious disregard for the safety of customers.

Wal-Mart’s Plea

Randy Hargrove, a spokesman for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), said that the company is investigated the claims and has been unable to verify Ms. DuVall’s allegations. He added that every Wal-Mart store ensures site-specific crowd management plans for Black Friday.

Walmart denies the claims that Plaintiff suffered any injury or damage in its response to amended petition seeking damages. The retails added that if she suffered any injury or damage, it might have been caused, in whole or in part, by the negligent acts or fault of Plaintiff.

Lisa Ray

Lisa Ray primarily covers Retail and Healthcare. Lisa Ray has completed her MBA (Finance) and an avid market tracker. She is a stock market analyst who closely tracks US markets along with other global markets like India. She has been expressing her views for years about markets and also advises various clients.

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