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Evans v. Hodge
Mississippi Court of Appeals
2 So. 3d 683 (2008)
Dianne Evans (plaintiff), Bonnie Hodge (defendant), and Betty Russell were college friends. Hodge and Russell were also sisters. Russell lived in Jackson, next door to Evans. Russell’s house burned down, and she temporarily moved in with Hodge in Pocahontas. During this time, Evans collected the mail that was delivered to Russell’s home, and Hodge drove to Jackson about once a week to pick it up. However, Russell asked Evans to bring her mail to Pocahontas on January 2nd because she expected to receive a check from the insurance company. Evans did, but as she was leaving Hodge’s home, Evans slipped on a doormat covered in ice and snow and fell. Evans sued Hodge, alleging that she was an invitee of Hodge and that Hodge was negligent. Hodge moved for summary judgment, arguing that Evans was just a licensee and was owed a lesser duty of care. The trial court agreed and granted the motion. Evans appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Barnes, J.)
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