Woman who blamed Target for July 4th bike fall loses appeal

Published 8:55 am Tuesday, August 9, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — A suburban Detroit woman couldn’t convince jurors that Target had sold her a defective bike. The country’s second-highest court isn’t swayed, either.

A federal appeals court says it won’t overturn a verdict from a three-day trial over a bike mishap.

Lorie Applebaum of Bloomfield Hills fell off the bike and hurt her shoulder on her first ride on July 4, 2009. She accused Target of selling a bike with a bad brake.

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But the big retailer said the bike was new and that Applebaum’s fall was simply due to how she rode it.

In a 3-0 decision last week, the appeals court says much of the evidence in Applebaum’s favor came from her. The court says she’s entitled to a “fair jury” but “not one that believes whatever she says.”