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Panel orders judge to reconsider ruling in suit from woman who tripped on rug at Arkansas gas station

By John Moritz

This article was published December 6, 2017 at 11:12 a.m.

A judge in St. Francis County was ordered Wednesday to take another look at the case of a woman who sued a Love's Travel Stop after she tripped and fell on a rolled-up rug near the store's doorway.

At issue is whether or not the rolled-up rug presented an "obvious" danger to the woman, who claimed in court fillings that she could not look down to see the hazard as she was already in a neck brace.

The lower court judge, Chalk Mitchell, ruled in favor of the Love's store last year, finding that the rug did present clear danger for which the company was not liable.

On Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the Arkansas Court of Appeals reversed and remanded that decision back to the lower court.

The appeals judges also reversed Mitchell's decision not to compel Love's to turn over an incident report prepared on the night of the 2011 accident.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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