A seven-person jury in federal court took two hours last week to return a $2.7 million verdict against Kmart for an accident where a 76-year-old woman broke her hip as a stack of soda toppled and fell on her.

The jury handed down its decision after a three-day trial before Eastern District Judge Charles Weiner. The lawsuit was originally filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, plaintiffs lawyer Edward Silva of Feinberg & Silva said, but Kmart, a Michigan company, insisted that the case be removed to federal court on diversity jurisdiction.

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