Does the grocery store have a duty to secure its buggies?

Early on law students are exposed to the concept of “reasonably foreseeable.” It will be interesting to see how this plays out in a case recently filed in Orleans Parish by a woman who was in an automobile accident she alleges was caused by a stray shopping cart. The plaintiff contends that the grocery store failed to make appropriate security measures which resulted in the basket rolling off the parking lot and onto the highway where she was driving. Doubtless, the issue will arise whether Winn-Dixie knew or should have known that its baskets were a substantial factor in causing an unreasonable risk of harm. In this case, whether it should have known the basket could ultimately end up in the highway, and whether it could have prevented the accident had it exercised reasonable care.

Whether or not Winn-Dixie has such a duty is not an ironclad rule. Although, theoretically our civil law system has a code which we rely upon in instances of tortious infractions, the outcome will be heavily fact intensive. What measures were taken to avoid the situation, by both the plaintiff and the defendant? Did Winn-Dixie have actual knowledge that its baskets were exiting the property (either intentionally or negligently)? The answer will have to be decided by a judge summarily, or perhaps even by twelve jurors. The result is guaranteed to be interesting.

DnD

Forming a corporation, LLC, and other business entities.

Forming a Louisiana business entity is pretty straightforward. The secretary of state website is very useful and contains all of the forms necessary to get your corporation, partnership, or LLC up to the proper legal status. Years ago these were things that only attorneys could do. Now, anyone with an internet connection can go to this link, fill out the proper forms, send the money, and you are now an official Louisiana business entity. All the forms you would every need for setting up your business can be found here.

Now you know where to go to create a business without consulting an attorney or an accountant. For most solo, or small family business entities without shareholders or stock value this remains a convenient and low cost way to do these things yourself . Obviously, I would encourage consulting a professional if you have any uncertainty or for more complex businesses. Much like a will, a lawyer can analyze your specific situation and do his or her best to avoid future complications.