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Washington State Settles Prisoner's Premises Defect Suit for $5,000

On June 29, 2007, the State of Washington settled for $5,000 a lawsuit brought by a prisoner who had been injured due to a premises defect at a state prison kitchen.

Louis R. Pace was a Washington State prisoner incarcerated at the Airway Heights Correctional Center and working in the prison's kitchen when he was ordered to clean out a large, rolling food warmer. As Pace pulled out the warmer drawer, the warmer unit tipped over and injured him. Unknown to Pace, but allegedly known to prison officials, the food warmer was missing one of its four large wheels, making it unstable.

Pace filed suit against the state, the DOC and DOC employees in state superior court, alleging negligence and premises defect liability. The state settled the suit for $5,000. Pace was represented by Seattle attorney Larry J. Landry.

See: Pace v. State of Washington, Washington Superior Court, Thurston County, No. 06-2-01588-3

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