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Civil Procedure Keyed to Glannon
Lane v. Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc.
Citation:184 F.3d 705 (7th Cir. 1999)
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Lane sued Hardee’s, a restaurant owner, after he slipped and was injured in the restaurant’s restroom. Lane claimed that he slipped on water that was negligently left on the restroom floor by a Hardee’s employee after the floor was mopped. At trial, Lane presented testimony of the Hardee’s managers regarding the schedule for when the restroom floor was mopped, when warning signs regarding the mopping were put out, and when the restrooms were checked. Based on this evidence, Lane was prepared to argue to the jury that he slipped in the restroom soon after a scheduled mopping and that the restaurant was responsible for mop water being left on the floor and failing to warn that the floor was wet. The trial court concluded, after hearing Lane’s case, that he had failed produce evidence that Hardee’s had actually left water on the floor, and that Hardee’s was entitled to judgment as a matter of law.
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