Trial against Conn's continued, again

David Yates May 25, 2010, 5:43am


For the second time this year, a personal injury trial against Conn's Appliances has been continued.

As the Southeast Texas Record reported earlier this year, the case of Lola Jones vs. Conn's was originally set for February, but continued to June.

With the trial around the corner, on Monday, May 24, defense attorney Gerald Wayne Riedmueller asked Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, for time.

A courthouse employee told the Record one more deposition is needed before the case can go to trial.

The same reason was given by the defendant and plaintiff back in February.

The trial has been continued this time until the second week of August.

The case centers on plaintiff Lola Jones, who filed suit against Conn's in May 2008 alleging one of the company's truck drivers rear-ended her on March 6, 2008.

Court documents show that Jones was traveling westbound in a 1998 Pontiac Sunfire in the 1000 block of Edgebrook in Houston. She had come to a stop when Juan Landa, a Conn's truck driver, struck her vehicle."

In her suit, Jones argues that the case belongs in Jefferson County because Conn's has a principal office here, even though the incident transpired in Harris County.

She contends Landa failed to keep a proper lookout and apply his brakes in a timely manner, in addition to alleging that Conn's negligently hired and trained Landa.

"Nothing plaintiff did, or failed to do, caused the occurrence in question," the suit states. "Rather, it was the negligence of the defendants."

On top of damages for mental anguish and physical pain, Jones is also seeking actual and exemplary damages.

She is represented by attorney Vuk Vujasinovic of Vujasinovic & Beckcom PLLC in Houston.

Case No. D181-794

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