Supreme Court on June 10 denied Kroger's request to overturn
an Indiana jury's 1999 decision to award a settlement to a truckdriver
who was injured at an Indianapolis Kroger site.
of Illinois had sued the Kroger Co. and one of its truckdrivers,
accusing them of negligence after he was crushed between two
trucks when a tractor-trailer backed into him in May 1995. He
spent 243 days in the hospital and underwent several surgeries.
jury trial, Kroger attorneys argued that Stanton was at fault
for the accident because he should have been more alert. Witnesses
said the Kroger driver was driving too fast.
million was one of the largest awards in Indiana state court
history, according to published reports. Kroger claimed the
amount was "grossly excessive," urged the Supreme
Court to compare the award to similar cases.
a spokesman for Kroger, declined to comment on the decision,
but said the payment is being made and is covered by a liability
insurance policy. The Indiana jury originally gave Stanton and
his wife $68.7 million in damages, but later cut the amount
by 20 percent, saying Stanton was partly responsible for the