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PHENIX CITY, Ala. — An Alabama man who said he tripped and broke his hip while buying a watermelon at a Wal-Mart store has won a $7.5 million verdict in his lawsuit against the retailer.

Henry Walker on Wednesday was awarded the damages after a jury trial in Phenix City, Ala., just west of the Georgia state line, court records show.

Walker had sued Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., saying his foot became trapped in a pallet beneath the watermelons as he reached for one of the fruits at a Phenix City Wal-Mart on June 25, 2015.

"We are disappointed in the verdict," Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove said Thursday. "We appreciate the jury's service, however we believe that the damages awarded were excessive in light of the facts in this case. We plan to appeal."

Wal-Mart should have covered the pallet so that it could not entangle a shopper's foot, Charles Gower, one of Walker's attorneys, told The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

In court records and in testimony, Wal-Mart has maintained that the display was not dangerous and that any negligence was Walker's fault. In fact, the same displays are still used, it said.

"Walmart continues to display watermelons in the same manner as it did on June 25, 2015," the company wrote in a court filing Wednesday. "These displays come to the store from the producer already packaged and ready to be dropped and displayed."

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  • Torquodal
    November 9, 2017 at 4:23 p.m.

    They'll make it back in revenue in about 5 minutes.

  • LevyRat
    November 9, 2017 at 7:33 p.m.

    What a crock of sh .... i.... t .....

    This stupid redneck was just looking for a check!!!!

    No everyone gets to pay ...............

  • RBBrittain
    November 9, 2017 at 10:16 p.m.

    LevyRat, you must mean everyone named Walton will pay. ;)

  • Ragmop
    November 10, 2017 at 4:55 a.m.

    How do they manage to find 12 morons to serve on a jury?

  • Murphy01
    November 10, 2017 at 7:25 a.m.

    No one named Walton will a single penny

  • rainjdtrout
    November 10, 2017 at 11:04 a.m.

    To excessive on the award. Just another troll in our society looking for a free ride. I hope Walmart wins on the appeal!

    November 10, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

    Oh, the arrogance of WallyWorld for not correcting the hazard that caused the personal injury even after two and a half years! Depending on his age this injury is known to not only reducing ones quality of life, but shortening it. Thus the award that is undoubtedly figured on his medical bills and future medical bills and monies due to possible job loss. Come on people get educated!