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Posecai v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Louisiana Supreme Court
752 So.2d 762 (1999)



Posecai (plaintiff) was shopping at a store owned by Wal-Mart (defendant) during the daytime. While in the parking lot, also owned by Wal-Mart, a man robbed Posecai of her jewelry after threatening her with a gun. Wal-Mart had not posted security guards in the parking lot. In the last six and a half years, three robberies took place on Wal-Mart’s property, while eighty-three similar offenses took place on the same block. Posecai brought a negligence claim against Wal-Mart, alleging that it had a duty to place security guards in the parking lot because of the past criminal activity. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Posecai.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Marcus, J.)

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