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Target moves slip-and-fall case to federal court

By Annie Cosby | Dec 10, 2014


CLARKSBURG – An Illinois man is suing over claims he was injured on the slippery floor of a West Virginia Target store, and the case has been removed to district court.

Jerald and Meryl Goldfarb filed a lawsuit Oct. 22 in Monongalia Circuit Court against Target Corporation and John Doe Corporation, citing negligence.

According to the complaint, Jerald Goldfarb was shopping at the Target store at University Town Centre in Granville on Nov. 26, 2013, when he walked to checkout, slipped on a slippery area of floor and fell. Goldfarb says eventually a store employee escorted him to an area to wait for a manager to talk with, and as they walked, the employee acknowledged that the floors were waxed and polished daily and were, indeed, slippery.

The complaint states Goldfarb sustained fractured kneecaps. Target is accused of negligence in allowing its employees and an unknown outside contractor to maintain the floor in a hazardous condition. Meryl Goldfarb is suing for loss of consortium.

The Goldfarbs seek compensatory damages, interest and costs of court.

They are represented by attorney Jacques R. Williams of Hamstead, Williams & Shook in Morgantown.

The defendants removed the case to the Clarksburg Division of the Northern District of West Virginia on Nov. 18, due to the parties being from different states and the amount in controversy exceeding $75,000.

In its Nov. 20 answer, Target denies negligence contributing to the plaintiff's alleged injury.

Clarksburg Division of the Northern District of West Virginia case number: 1:14-CV-00198

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