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Unformatted text preview: rolet, Inc., 371 F.Supp. 381 (M.D.Fla.1974) (employer is liable for improper
acts of its agents committed in the scope of their employment even though they may have
deviated from the employer's instructions). The store owed the customer the duty to
maintain the premises in a reasonable and safe manner. See Bryant v. Lucky Stores, Inc.,
570 So.2d 950 (Fla. 2d DCA 1990); see also Phillips v. Hartford Cas. Ins. Co., 373 So.2d
415 (Fla. 4th DCA 1979); Luckey v. City of Orlando, 264 So.2d 99 (Fla. 4th DCA 1972).
The employee did not act when confronted with a hanger directly in the customer's path;
K-Mart thus breached the duty of care it owed Perl. Therefore, in the absence of any
contrary evidence, the plaintiff should have prevailed on her motion for directed verdict
on the negligence issue.
 The fact that Perl may have been contributorily negligent does not alter the above
analysis. A directed verdict may *414 still lie as against a defendant whose negligent acts
are less than the sole proximate cause of an injury. Burton v. Powell, 547 So.2d 330, 332
(Fla. 5th DCA 1989). This is merely a finding that the defendant was negligent to some
extent. Id. See also Ligman v. Tardiff, 466 So.2d 1125 (Fla. 3d DCA), review denied,
478 So.2d 54 (Fla.1985); Marlowe v. Food Fair Stores of Fla., Inc., 284 So.2d 490 (Fla.
3d DCA 1973), cert. denied, 291 So.2d 205 (Fla.1974).
Upon remand, the trial court is directed to enter a directed verdict on the issue of KMart's negligence. The case should then be retried on the issue of Mrs. Perl's contributory
negligence, if any, and any damages she has sustained.
Reversed and remanded. 249 Case # 25 RIVERO vs. MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
764 So.2d 850, 25 Fla. L. Weekly D1856
District Court of Appeal of Florida,
Ruben P. RIVERO, Appellant,
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY and Unemployment Appeals Commission, Appellees.
Aug. 9, 2000.
Claimant appealed decision of Unemployment Appeals Commission affirming decision
of appeals referee denying him unemployment benefits. The District Co...
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