Office Depot sued after customer trips during grand opening

Michelle Massey Apr. 25, 2011, 3:41am


A customer has filed a lawsuit against Office Depot after tripping on boxes during the store's opening day.

Yolanda Crawford filed suit against Office Depot Inc. (of Delaware) and ABC Inc. Co. on March 4 in St. John the Baptist District Court. The defendant removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on April 13.

According to court documents, on the LaPlace store's opening day on Dec. 28, 2010, Crawford was walking down an aisle heading towards the checkout counter, when she tripped and fell forward over three crates which were protruding out and obstructing the exit of the aisle. Crawford states she received a "substantial injury."

The defendant is accused of creating an unreasonably dangerous condition for pedestrians, failing to create a proper safety and inspection procedure, failing to follow any and all safety and inspection procedures and failing to take precautions to avoid foreseeable patron's trip and falls.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of earnings, loss of enjoyment of life and court costs.

Crawford is represented by Steven Gill of The Gill Law Firm in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-00817

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