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Parking lot mishap inspires absurd lawsuit

Must store owner's insurer pay for injury in common area?

Peggy Lampert was a customer of the One-Half Off Card Shop at the Minges Creek Shopping Center. After she left the card shop, as she was walking to her car in the parking lot, she slipped and fell, causing serious personal injuries and damages. She sued the shopping center owner and the card shop. The state trial court dismissed the card shop from liability because the card shop did not legally have control over the sidewalk or parking area where Lampert's injury occurred. Chubb Insurance Co., as insurer for the shopping center owner, then settled the lawsuit for $210,000. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. The shopping center owner, on behalf of Chubb, then sued the card shop's insurer, Royal Insurance Co. Minges Creek argued that because the card shop was required by its store lease to name Minges Creek as an additional insured under its policy, that policy should pay Lampert's $210,000 damages because she had just left that store. But the card shop's insurer argued its policy insure...

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