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Walmart Shopper Awarded $1.2 Million After Shopping Cart Injury

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A Walmart shopper has been awarded $1.2 million in a lawsuit after an employee hit her with a shopping cart, causing significant injuries. 

Tammy Callihan was at a Walmart store in Jasper, Georgia, in 2020 when she was struck by a cart. 

The incident resulted in neck and back injuries and aggravated a previous disc herniation, which meant she needed spinal surgery.

Her attorney, Robert Fickett, to ABC affiliate WSB-TV, said: "We're pleased the jury recognized the impact the severe injuries had on Ms. Callihan's life.

"She now experiences daily, recurrent pain that limits her activities, including holding her grandchildren and walking her dog. 

“I'm proud we were able to secure justice for our client and provide her with some peace of mind as she moves forward with her life."

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Fickett had initially declined Walmart’s highest offer of $350,000, seeking more fair compensation for Callihan's ongoing suffering.

This significant payout is not Walmart's only major settlement this year. 

The company has also agreed to pay New Jersey $1.64 million after being found guilty of illegal pricing practices at its 64 locations. 

The settlement includes a $1.62 million civil penalty and an additional $25,000 for investigative and legal costs.

This makes it the largest settlement attained by the Office of Weights and Measures of the state Division of Consumer Affairs.

New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin stated that Walmart violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act and Unit Pricing Disclosure Act by providing inaccurate prices to shoppers across all locations. 

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Platkin said: "As the price of grocery items continues to rise, it’s more important than ever to ensure consumers have all the information they need—and are entitled to by law—to make educated decisions on how to spend their money.

"The significant fine Walmart will pay as a result of this settlement sends a clear message that New Jersey will not allow retailers to engage in unlawful pricing practices that deny shoppers the ability to easily compare prices."

Walmart is required to pay the state of New Jersey $1,616,091 and was additionally charged $18,509 for investigative costs and $6,900 in lawyer fees. 

As part of the settlement, Walmart must comply with all state and federal laws, provide pricing law training to new employees within 90 days of the settlement, and conduct internal audits for the next three years to prevent similar issues.

Walmart expressed that it believes the settlement is in the best interest of all involved and reaffirmed its commitment to providing accurate prices and low costs for customers.

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