Couple claims Wal-Mart failed to keep Coca-Cola refrigerator safe

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 10, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A couple is suing Wal-Mart Stores East LP and Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc., citing alleged negligence.

Gardiyee Charlie and Albertha Charlie filed a complaint July 5, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging that the defendants breached their duty to keep a Wal-Mart store, including refrigerators supplied by Coca-Cola, in a reasonably safe condition for customers.

According to the complaint, Gardiyee Charlie allegedly slipped on a substanance that had leaked from a Coca-Cola refrigerator while he was shopping at Wal-Mart on Oct. 9, 2017. 

As a result, the plaintiffs claim Gardiyee Charlie fell and sustained various severe and permanent injuries that cost Albertha Charlie the consortium and services of her husband. 

The plaintiffs said the defendants should be held responsible because they allegedly failed to inspect the store to identify hazards and prevent potential injuries.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek a judgment in an amount in excess of $150,000, together with costs of their lawsuit, interest, attorney's fees and other relief the court deems proper. They are represented by Brandon Swartz and Bryan Ferris of Swartz Culleton PC in Newton, Pennsylvania.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:18-cv-02827-TJS

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