Burnette Armstrong v. HMC Hotel Properties II Limited Partnership
(March 2007)

Michael R. Sistrunk secured a summary judgment dismissal, with prejudice, for the Baton Rouge Marriot Hotel and its General Manager, Janet Schwartz, in the case entitled Burnette Armstrong v. HMC Hotel Properties II Limited Partnership, which was pending in the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ms. Armstrong filed suit against the Marriott claiming she suffered serious injury as a result of a trip and fall in the Marriott parking lot. Ms. Armstrong underwent one shoulder surgery, had a second surgery recommended, and had received $34,217.52 in worker’s compensation benefits. The trial court granted the summary judgment motion finding same to be well-founded, specifically noting that none of the alleged defective joints or crevices in the parking lot were over 2″ in depth and thus, there was no unreasonably dangerous condition.