In October of 2016, John Wargo and I had a jury trial against Giant Eagle. Our client, a 71-year-old Cleveland widow, was injured while shopping at Giant Eagle when she was struck by a motorized shopping cart driven by another Giant Eagle customer. After nearly a week-long trial, the jury awarded our client $121,000.00 in compensatory damages along with $1,198,000.00 in punitive damages for a total award of $1,319,000.00.
You would think our client would be happy with a jury award of $1.3 Million Dollars. But just because she won doesn’t mean she’s been paid. Since that time, Giant Eagle has been doing everything in its power to keep from paying our client — including appealing the jury verdict. On January 23, 2018, I argued the case before the Cuyahoga County Court of Appeals. So now we are waiting to see what the Court will do.
OK, I’ve been a lawyer for over 30 years and I know how the system works. But enough is enough. During trial, Giant Eagle proudly admitted that it does $9.3 Billion Dollars in annual sales. Assuming every Giant Eagle store is open 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, that means Giant Eagle sells over $2 Million of groceries every hour! In other words, the $1,319,000 jury verdict owed to our client is less than 45 minutes of Giant Eagle sales. Our client was hurt in December of 2012. It’s now January, 2018. That’s over 5 years! Come on Giant Eagle, stop using the legal system to boost your profits and do the honorable thing — pay our client!
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