Ketterling v. Burger King CorporationAnnotate this Case
Plaintiff-Appellant Alesha Ketterling alleged that she slipped on snow in the parking lot of the Burger King restaurant in Burley, Idaho, on December 22, 2006. BDSB of Western Idaho, L.C. had the contractual right to operate the restaurant under a franchise agreement with Burger King. HB Boys managed the Burley Burger King under a contract with BDSB. According to Plaintiff, her fall aggravated an existing knee injury. Plaintiff alleged that Burger King’s failure to make the premises safe was negligent and entitled her to damages for her injuries. HB Boys moved for summary judgment, contending that Plaintiff failed to timely join it as a defendant. The district court agreed and granted the motion. The court subsequently granted summary judgment to Burger King, holding that, as franchisor, it did not control the premises where Plaintiff fell and had no vicarious liability for her injuries. The issue before the Supreme Court was whether either Defendant was entitled to summary judgment. Finding no abuse of discretion, the Supreme Court affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendants.