Status conference held for suit over fall at Market Basket

David Yates Mar. 24, 2010, 4:18am

Last July, the Southeast Texas Record reported on a slip-and-fall suit filed by Kim Renee Relford against TSTL Investments, doing business as Market Basket.

Currently, Market Basket is seeking summary judgment, arguing in a recently filed motion that there is no evidence to support Relford's allegations.

A summary judgment hearing was slated to be held March 2, however the hearing turned into a status conference and Judge Milton Shuffield, who is presiding over the case, continued Market Basket's motion for 60 days, a court official told the Record.

In her suit, Relford says she was shopping at the Market Basket located at 5690 FM 105 in Beaumont on July 3, 2007, at about noon when she fell due to "unsafe and dangerous conditions."

Relford does not specify what unsafe and dangerous conditions caused her to fall, but she blames the company for failing to warn her about the dangerous conditions and for maintaining an area that was not safe.

Relford is suing for her alleged medical costs, pain, mental anguish and lost earnings.

She is also seeking exemplary damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief to which she may be entitled.

Stephen N. Williams of The Williams Firm in Beaumont represents her.

Market Basket is represented by attorney Ray Jeffrey.

The case was originally assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Case No. A184-408

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