*The family of a worker trampled to death in a crush of "Black Friday" Wal-mart customers in Long Island filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on Wednesday, claiming store ads offering slashed prices "created an atmosphere of competition and anxiety" that led to "crowd craze."
The lawsuit claims that besides failing to provide adequate security for a pre-dawn crowd estimated at 2,000, Wal-Mart "engaged in specific marketing and advertising techniques to specifically attract a large crowd and create an environment of frenzy and mayhem and was otherwise careless, reckless and negligent."
Wal-Mart, the adjacent Green Acres Mall, a realty company that manages the property and a security company hired to patrol the property were all named as defendants.
Jdimytai Damour, 34, had been hired by an employment agency as a temporary worker at the Wal-Mart store and had been on the job about a week when he died, said his family's lawyer, Jordan Hecht. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound man died of asphyxiation after being crushed early Friday morning by the crowd, which broke down the electronic doors in a mad rush to buy items on sale. At least four other people were treated at hospitals, including a woman who was eight months pregnant.