A motion to compel settlement was been filed in litigation brought by Juan Zuniga, who filed a slip-and-fall lawsuit against La Morenita Meat Market. 

As previously reported, the suit was filed Feb. 27, 2012, in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show the plaintiff filed the motion on Feb. 18, asserting that the defendant insists as a condition of fulfilling its settlement an inclusion of proper language release.

The motion asks the court to compel defendant’s counsel to authorize the execution of an appropriate release.

A hearing on the matter has been slated for March 12.

The lawsuit alleges that on Jan. 30, 2011, Zuniga was proceeding into the Port Arthur store when he slipped and fell on a wet substance on the floor.

The suit alleges the defendant knew of the dangerous condition and failed to prevent the plaintiff from being injured.

The suit further alleges the defendant negligently failed to post warning signs and maintain its premises.

Zuniga is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Attorney John Werner of the Beaumont law firm Reaud, Morgan & Quinn represents him.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. D192-023

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