Rieger v. Giant Eagle, Inc.

The Ohio Supreme Court entered judgment in the case of Rieger v. Giant Eagle, Inc., 157 O.S.3rd 512, 2019-Ohio-3745. The Court ruled in favor of Defendant Giant Eagle reversing a civil jury trial held in October 2016 which resulted in a verdict against Giant Eagle in the amount of $121,000 in compensatory damages and $1,198,000 in punitive damages. After the trial, counsel worked with Attorney Scott Livingston of Marcus and Shapira in Pittsburgh, PA in pursuing an appeal to the Eighth District Court of Appeals in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. The appeal resulted in a statutory cap on punitive damages but left the remainder of the verdict intact. The case was appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court. The Court, in a unanimous ruling, held that there was insufficient evidence to establish causation for the negligence and negligent entrustment claims against Giant Eagle. The Court agreed with the argument advanced at trial by Giant Eagle’s counsel that it was entitled to a directed verdict and found the Eighth District Court of Appeals should have reversed. Reversed.