June 27, 2018
Lee Niedrach resolved a lawsuit brought against a major box retail store for a highly favorable amount 75 TIMES the long-standing offer that had been on the table. Lee’s client, a customer, slipped on water that had been on the ground all day that the store failed to clean up. The customer had soft tissue injuries only, mostly hip pain that began a week after falling. The store denied liability and filed a motion for summary judgment, asking the judge the throw the lawsuit out. The judge sided with Lee that the case should go to a jury. Unhappy with that prospect, the store appealed to the Court of Appeals in Atlanta. The 3-member panel of judges again sided with Lee that the case should go to a jury. At that point, with a jury trial looming, the store finally agreed to a confidential settlement.