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Slip and fall at Lansdale ACME store leads to lawsuit

A woman who slipped down in an ACME store in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, has sued ACME Markets and SuperValu Inc. According to a lawsuit filed by the woman and her husband, a liquid substance on the floor of the store's shampoo and soap aisle caused the woman to slip and fall. She suffered injuries in her leg and ankle, and she was eventually diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

The woman and her husband seek to hold the defendants responsible for loss of consortium, negligence and premises liability.

As with all lawsuits, procedural matters have to be clarified. In this case, an attorney for the defendants has asked to have the lawsuit removed from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, which is a state court, to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which is a federal court.

The defendants' attorney claims that while the plaintiffs are pursuing damages of more than $50,000, the actual amount of damages is expected to exceed $75,000. The larger amount, then, would give the federal court jurisdiction.

The attorney for ACME and SuperValu also noted that the companies are technically Delaware corporations, and because of a diversity of citizenship among the involved parties, the lawsuit belongs in federal court.

As the legal details get sorted out, the injured woman has reportedly been under a doctor's supervision ever since she sought hospital treatment following the slip and fall. If her lawsuit is successful, the resulting compensation will undoubtedly help alleviate some of the burden caused by her injuries.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "ACME, SuperValu seek removal of slip-and-fall case to federal court," Jon Campisi, Dec. 3, 2013

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