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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, April 5, 2010

MLB: SF Giants’ Coca-Cola slide the site of injuries

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — The famous Coca-Cola bottle slide at the San Francisco Giants' waterfront ballpark is becoming known for another reason: lawsuits.

The team, which starts its season Monday, is facing a $6 million suit by Chad Mello, who injured his left knee and ankle on the slide in 2008.

Mello's is the fourth such lawsuit filed against the Giants and Coca-Cola since the park opened in 2000.

The team says it will not comment on ongoing litigation. Coca-Cola is referring any comment to the team.

The Giants and Coca-Cola reached a confidential settlement in 2001 with a woman who broke her knee on the slide, and settled another 2003 suit with a woman who also broke her knee. A jury in 2008 awarded another woman $177,823 for her injuries.