Bedford v. Doe, No. 16-4558 (8th Cir. 2018)Annotate this Case
After plaintiff was injured by a load of boxes he was hauling, he filed suit against IP and John Doe, an employee of IP, alleging that Doe negligently failed to secure the load and that IP negligently supervised the loading and inspecting of the trailer and was vicariously responsible for Doe's negligence. The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of plaintiff's motion for reconsideration of the district court's grant of summary judgment for IP. The court held that the district court correctly noted that plaintiff made no evidentiary showing that IP or Doe had breached a duty of care owed to him, so there was no evidence that anyone committed a negligent act. Furthermore, plaintiff failed to produce any evidence showing that negligence in the loading process caused his injuries, and that he was deemed to have admitted that causes other than negligence could well have caused the load to fall on him.