The Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Affirms Unanimous Defense Verdict obtained by Burglass & Tankersley
July 1, 2013
On March 22, 2012, following a four day jury trial, B&T attorneys Andre Gaudin and Richard Pavlick received a unanimous defense verdict in Kathleen Hill Tilden and James Tilden v. Blanca, L.L.C., et al. The plaintiff, a patron at defendant’s restaurant, was injured when she fell walking through the dining room. The plaintiff alleged the floors of the restaurant were sweating and posed a danger to patrons. Plaintiff incurred medical bills of $180,000, lost wages of $110,000, and asked for a total of $1.1 million in closing argument. The jury returned the defense verdict in fifteen minutes.
The Court affirmed the verdict by way of its opinion dated June 26, 2013. The Court found that plaintiff failed to meet her burden of proof under the Louisiana Merchant Liability Statute, citing and relying upon the facts developed on cross-examination of witnesses by B&T attorneys.
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