Market Basket abandons summary judgment fight, settles slip & fall claim

David Yates Feb. 9, 2011, 6:29am

Market Basket, Highway 105 in Beaumont

Rather continuing to fight for summary judgment, Market Basket has opted to settle a slip-and-fall claim filed against it in July 2009.

Kim Relford sued TSTL Investments, doing business as Market Basket, alleging she was shopping at the store located at 5690 FM 105 in Beaumont on July 3, 2007, when she fell due to "unsafe and dangerous conditions."

Shortly after the suit was filed, Market Basket filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing there is no evidence to support Relford's allegations, court records show.

A summary judgment hearing was slated to be held last March, however the hearing turned into a status conference and Judge Milton Shuffield, who was temporarily presiding over the case, continued Market Basket's motion.

Rather than continue to fight, Market Basket settled and reached a compromise with Relford.

A final judgment was entered in the court records on Dec. 16, disposing of the case, court records show.

Agreements of the settlement are not disclosed. Relford was suing for her alleged medical costs, pain, mental anguish and lost earnings.

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

Market Basket was represented by Bulverde attorney Ray Jeffrey.

The case was originally assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court. Judge Wortham approved the final judgment.

Case No. A184-408

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