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Coca-Cola sued by woman who slipped in puddle coming from vending machine

By Kyle Barnett | Aug 27, 2013

GRETNA – A soft drink corporation is being sued by a woman who alleges she was injured after slipping and falling in a puddle coming from a soda machine

Marie Patton filed suit against the Louisiana Coca-Cola Bottling Company Limited, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., Louisiana Dispenser Inc., an unknown employee and their insurer in the 24th Judicial District Court on June 28.

Patton claims she was working as a cashier at Time Clock when she walked past soda machines installed on the premises by the defendants. The plaintiff claims as she walked by the soda machines she slipped in a puddle that was caused by the machines and fell to the floor. Patton asserts she was injured in the fall.

The defendant is accused of failing to maintain safe premises, failing to maintain and repair defective equipment and failing to warn of possible danger.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for mental pain, anguish, physical pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of earnings and disability.

Patton is represented by James E. Shields of New Orleans-based Shields Law Firm.

The case has been assigned to Division N Judge Stephen D. Enright Jr.

Case no. 728-465.

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