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October 13, 2015

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State Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal of $1.2 million Bellagio slip-and-fall case

The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a Florida woman who initially won a $1.2 million judgment against the Bellagio related to a slip-and-fall case.

Melinda Van Doren, a police officer from Eustis, Fla., was visiting Las Vegas in July 2005 when she fell on a set of outdoor stairs at the hotel-casino. She said the stairs were wet and slippery.

A first jury awarded Van Doren $1.2 million but incorrectly determined comparative fault damages. Former District Judge Jackie Glass ordered a second trial. The Bellagio won the jury verdict at the second trial.

The new trial was ordered in August 2008.

The Supreme Court said Van Doren waited almost two years before filing an appeal, which was required within 30 days. "Accordingly, this court lacks jurisdiction to consider the district court's order granting a new trial."

As a result, the court said it cannot consider the other issues raised by Van Doren at the second trial.

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