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Gwinnett jury awards $2.3 million in Kroger suit

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Gwinnett County jury has awarded $2.3 million in damages after a judge determined that a Douglasville Kroger destroyed and manipulated key video evidence involving an injured customer.

Reports said that 49-year-old Craig Walters was shopping at the Douglasville-area grocery store when he slipped on crushed fruit in 2008. His attorney, Lloyd Bell, said Walters suffered a serious spinal cord injury in the subsequent fall.

Walters sued Kroger, and a Gwinnett jury returned the $2.3 million verdict after a three-day trial. Gwinnett State Court Judge Joseph Iannazzone issued the initial ruling, finding that Kroger "acted in bad faith in failing to preserve the evidence and manipulating evidence to excuse its actions."

According to a synopsis issued by the Bell Law Firm, the store moved a surveillance camera after the fall, "then created a 'sample' video from the different angle, which did not show the area where Walters fell."

A Kroger representative said it disagreed with some of the decisions made during the trial and was evaluating whether to file an appeal.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

Comments

Kent 2 years, 6 months ago

Classic example why we need tort reform. Consumers pay for these "victims" failure to take responsibility for their lack of responsibility of watching where they are stepping. Then the lawyer low life's are all too happy to sue the big pockets for the money. Of course they are "for the people".

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news2me 2 years, 6 months ago

$2.3 mil is quite excessive, especially when the lawyer gets their large cut. We are going to get to a point in this country where true victims won't get a dime because of excessive lawsuits.

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Mack711 2 years, 6 months ago

Well there goes the savings on my Kroger card at the gas pump and in the store. After all we the consumer will pay for this and other lawsuits at the cash register.

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