Rodrick v. Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P., No. 11-1085 (8th Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff sued Wal-Mart after she tripped on a rug in the store, asserting tort claims for her injuries. A jury ruled in favor of Wal-Mart and the district court subsequently denied plaintiff's motion for a new trial. The court found no abuse of discretion regarding the admission of Wal-Mart's independent physician; there was no clear abuse of discretion where the district court refused to allow into evidence any exhibits or testimony regarding a previous incident that occurred on the same rug, in the same location prior to plaintiff's fall; and there was no abuse of discretion by denying the motion for new trial because of improper closing arguments.