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Robert Guerra obtained a defense verdict for Wal-Mart following a three day trial in Hidalgo County, Texas

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October 3, 2011

Robert Guerra obtained a defense verdict for Wal-Mart following a three day trial in Hidalgo County, Texas.  Plaintiff's purse was taken from her in a Wal-Mart parking lot, and she claimed Wal-Mart failed to adequately secure the parking lot its customers.  Plaintiff claimed numerous injuries on behalf of herself as well as her minor children who were allegedly bystanders to the event,  as a result of the Plaintiff being dragged by the assailants through the Wal-Mart parking lot.  Plaintiff, was represented by Fernando Mancias, and sought more than $175,000 in damages.

Wal-Mart presented evidence, including surveillance footage, that Plaintiff was negligent in chasing after her assailants after her purse was taken, and argued that Plaintiff's actions led to her injuries.  The jury agreed, assigning 25% fault on the Plaintiff, 70% on the criminal defendants, and only 5% on Wal-Mart.  The jury awarded Plaintiff $9,400 in past medical, and nothing for future medical care, mental anguish, pain or suffering.  Additionally, the jury awarded the minor children $640 each in bystander damages.  Accordingly Wal-Mart was fount responsible for $533.03 in damages.

Robert Guerra is a partner in Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, L.L.P.'s South Texas office.  His practice focuses on civil litigation including, general liability, wrongful death, construction defects, transportation, personal injury, employment, professional liability/malpractice defense.

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