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VOL. 110 | NO. 67 | Thursday, April 4, 1996

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04-04 Benchmark Jay Baker and Susan Baker vs. Equipment Engineering Co. A local engineering company is being sued by a Memphis couple in Circuit Court. According to the suit, Jay Baker was employed as a warehouse worker for Frito-Lay Inc. when the defendant provided a Raymond forklift to the company. The plaintiffs allege that the forklift was defective and/or unsafe for use and that on Dec. 9, 1992, it "failed to function properly and pinned the plaintiff against a metal rail, causing serious and permanent injuries." Jay Baker is seeking $2 million in actual and compensatory damages, and Susan Baker is suing the company for $500,000 for actual and compensatory damages. James L. Kirby is the attorney for the plaintiffs. Pamela D. Gantt vs. Kmart Corp. A Senatobia, Miss., woman is suing Kmart Corp. for $150,000 in Circuit Court. The plaintiff alleges that on July 24 she was leaving the Kmart store at 2700 Getwell Road when she was struck and knocked to the floor by security personnel who were chasing another person, thought to be a shoplifter, through the store. According to the suit, the plaintiff suffered injuries to her lower back, abdomen, neck and kidneys; incurred expenses for medical care; and lost wages. The attorney for the plaintiff is J. Cecil McWhirter. Patrick J. Bower vs. Siegel-Robert Inc. d/b/a Tennessee Electroplating Co. A Haywood County man has filed suit in U.S. District Court against a company doing business in Ripley. According to the suit, the plaintiff was employed by Tennessee Electroplating Co. as a corporate traffic manager until his termination in March 1995. The plaintiff alleges that beginning in March 1989, another male employee, who later became his immediate supervisor, make sexual advances toward him and made off-color and sexually explicit comments to him. The plaintiff alleges that he reported the behavior, but no action was taken. The plaintiff also alleges that after he suffered an on-the-job injury and filed a workers compensation claim, he was told he would be fired if he ever made another claim against the company and that it would "not be good for his future with the company to take more than the medical benefits from the workers compensation." According to the suit, a substantial reason for the plaintiffs termination was his refusal to participate in or remain silent about illegal activities regarding falsifying documents and waste disposal. The plaintiff is seeking damages to be determined at trial. Attorneys for the plaintiff are Larry Sargent and Sandra C. Isom. Mary A. Brooks vs. Colgate-Palmolive Co. and Conopco Inc. d/b/a Chesebrough Ponds USA Co. A Memphis woman is suing two companies that are involved in manufacturing and selling toothpaste. According to the suit, after the plaintiff purchased the tartar control toothpastes "Anti-Tartar Aim" and "Colgate Tartar Control," she developed perioral dermatitis, which resulted in severe facial injuries. The plaintiff was told by her physician that the cause of her condition was exposure and allergic reaction to tartar control toothpaste, according to the suit. The plaintiff alleges that as a result of negligence, strict liability in tort and breaches of warranties by the defendants, she has sustained personal injury, pain and suffering, medical expenses, permanent impairment and other damages. The plaintiff is suing the defendants in Circuit Court for $500,000. The attorney for the plaintiff is John R. Johnson III.
PROPERTY SALES 85 205 21,165
MORTGAGES 76 206 24,338
BUILDING PERMITS 183 321 43,755
BANKRUPTCIES 48 92 13,560