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Spence v. Layaou Transportation

Superior Court of Delaware, New Castle

July 30, 2013

REGINALD SPENCE, Plaintiff,
v.
LAYAOU TRANSPORTATION, a Delaware Corporation, MID-DEL HYDROSEEDING LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company Defendants.

Submitted: April 25, 2013

Pilar G. Kraman, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Attorney for Plaintiff Reginald Spence.

Richard D.. Abrams, Mintzer, Sarowitz, Zeris, Ledva & Meyers, LLP, Attorney for Defendant Mid-Del Hydroseeding LLC.

David L. Baumberger, Chrissinger & Baumberger, Attorney for Defendant Layaou Landscaping Inc., Three Mill Road, Suite 301, Wilmington, DE 19806.

OPINION AND ORDER

M. Jane Brady Superior Court Judge

I. Background

This case involves a personal injury action brought by Plaintiff Reginald Spence ("Spence") to recover damages against Defendant Layaou Landscaping Inc. ("Layaou") after his slip and fall while walking in the parking lot of Delaware Transit Corporation's Operation Complex in Georgetown, Delaware on December 21, 2009.[1] Layaou contracted to provide snow and ice removal for the site.[2] Subsequently, Spence amended his complaint to add Defendant Mid-Del Hydroseeding LLC ("Mid-Del"), the subcontractor who provided snow and ice removal for Layaou.[3] Spence was deposed on September 24, 2012.[4] In Spence's deposition, he answered the following:

Q: What was the condition of the employee lot when you pulled in that morning?
A: If I had to give it a grade, I'd say fair.[5]
Q: In what way?
A: You were – it wasn't clean-clean. There were spots of – where you could partially see blacktop and parts where you couldn't see.[6]
Q: From snow, you mean?
A: Snow, ice, whichever you wish to say.[7]
Q: So when you got to the lot, you remember there [were] spots that were snow covered and spots that were bare?
A: Yes.[8]
Q: Okay. Let's stick to the employee lot for the moment. Did you see anything on the ground that indicated to you that somebody had treated ...

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