Court upholds $10 million verdict in Walmart case
New York City — A truck driver who slipped and fell on ice and grease while he was making a delivery to a Walmart store in northern Colorado can collect a nearly $10 million award after the state Supreme Court upheld a jury verdict in the case on Monday, the Associated Press reported.
The 41-year-old driver Holly Averyt of Cheyenne, Wyo., had to undergo three spine surgeries, was unable to return to work and lost her truck. Her attorneys presented city documents during the original trial that showed some grease from the store’s deli didn’t get trapped in a device designed to keep it from getting into the sewer, the report said.
Wal-Mart Stores had told jurors there had been no grease spill at the store in Greeley.
A jury awarded $15 million to Averyt in November 2010. Justices reduced the award amount by about $5 million due to a state cap on non-economic damages.
Wal-Mart appealed and a lower court granted the company a new trial. But the Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday threw out the order for a new trial.
Target announces free shipping for online purchases made with REDcard
Minneapolis — Target Corp. is adding a new benefit to its REDcard Rewards loyalty program: free shipping on Target.com purchases when guests use their REDcards. In addition, for the first time Target Debit Cards can be used on Target.com.
Target’s REDcard Rewards loyalty program applies to the Target REDcards, including the Target Credit Card, Target Visa Credit Card and Target Debit Card. The program offers guests an extra 5% off Target’s already prices on nearly all items purchased in stores and online when they use a REDcard.
Tablet Wars Heat Up: Barnes & Noble unveils Nook Tablet
New York City — Barnes & Noble took the wraps off its Nook Tablet, a $249 tablet for reading e-books, streaming movies and browsing the web. The new tablet, which is lighter and faster than other Nook devices, offers access to popular apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora.
Barnes & Noble also on Monday reduced the entry-level price for its Nook line of digital readers to $99.
The new tablet device will be available in its stores on Nov. 17, two days after Amazon begins shipping pre-ordered Kindle Fires. The product was unveiled at Barnes & Noble’s store in Manhattan’s Union Square by company CEO William Lynch, who wasted no time in positioning the new Nook directly up against Amazon’s recently released Kindle Fire. He emphasized what he called the Nook’s advantages in memory and multimedia capability.
“The Kindle Fire, and they do a lot of things well, is a vending machine for Amazon services,” Lynch said. “We’re going to partner with the world’s most popular music services. We’re going to let the consumers choose.”