Wal-Mart agrees to pay $2 million after “Black Sunday” melee

CNN.com posted a report about Wal-Mart’s agreement with the District Attorneys Office Long Island, New York to pay $2 million , including $1.5 million for community programs and $400K to reimburse people injured in a “Black Thursday” shopping stampede to get into a Wal-Mart the day after Thanksgiving in lieu of criminal penalties.

To recap the story, Wal-Mart in Nassau County was the scene of a melee the day after Thanksgiving when approximately 2,000 people rushed through the doors at the store’s opening, knocking more than a dozen people to the floor and trampling a store employee, Jdimytai Damour, of Jamaica to death. In addition to Damour’s death, four other people were injured including a pregnant woman. Damour was 34 years of age and 6’5″ and weighed 270 pounds. He died of asphyxiation when the crowd ran over him. He was a temporary employee and had only worked at the store for a week.

In the agreement with the DA’s office, Wal-Mart has agreed to change their safety programs and to implement crowd management techniques which are used at events like the Super Bowl or Olympic Games.

In reading this article, I just wondered how the wrongful death lawsuit was gong that was initiated by Damour’s family. In their lawsuit, the family claims that Wal-Mart was negligent in not providing adequate security and ¬†“engaged in specific marketing and advertising techniques to specifically attract a large crowd and create an environment of frenzy and mayhem and was otherwise careless, reckless and negligent.”


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Washington State’s wrongful death statute allows the surviving spouse, child or parent to bring forth a lawsuit on behalf of their deceased loved one.

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