Appeals Court Overturns Jury Verdict in Slip-and-Fall Case

Facts: A business owner slipped on a puddle of oil on the floor of the warehouse space he rented. He sued the trust that owned the property and the trustee (the defendants) for negligent maintenance of the premises and a jury trial was held. The jury ruled in his favor. The defendants asked the court for a judgment notwithstanding the verdict (JNOV), a practice whereby a judge may overrule the decision of a jury and reverse or amend its verdict. JNOV permits the judge to exercise discretion to avoid extreme and unreasonable jury decisions.

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