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Mich. woman may sue over toilet paper dispenser

DETROIT — A Michigan woman whose hand was broken while she was reaching for toilet paper can sue a restaurant over her injury.


The case is dividing the Michigan Supreme Court. The court’s liberal majority says a jury should decide whether the dispenser created an unreasonable risk of harm at Texas Roadhouse in Taylor.


The court’s three conservative justices say there should be no liability for ordinary accidents.


Sheri Schooley says it’s a “bizarre story.” She says the cover on the dispenser fell on her right hand, breaking it.


The 58-year-old South Rockwood woman says she can’t work as an administrative assistant because she can’t type. Schooley also says her bowling average dropped by 40 pins after she was forced to switch hands.


A lower court refused to dismiss the lawsuit.