January 29, 2020 -- Richard Sorin secured a defense verdict for a commercial landlord from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, jury in a premises liability case.

Plaintiff slipped and fell on ice walking into her office, which she rented from the firm’s client, a local, commercial landlord.  Prior to the fall, Plaintiff’s secretary had requested assistance from the Defendant with ice in the parking lot from a significant storm the night before.  Client’s employee offered to place, and then did place, ice melting pellets in the lot.  An hour or so later, the Plaintiff slipped and fell in the lot.  Plaintiff alleged negligence on the part of the Defendant in failing to clear the lot of ice.  Defendant asserted that there was no negligence on their part, and that the Plaintiff assumed the risk of slipping and falling when she went in to work that day, after two inches of snow and ice had fallen the night before.  The Pine Bluff, Arkansas, jury returned a defense verdict, finding that the landlord-client was not negligent in the circumstances surrounding the Plaintiff’s fall.