Dancing bar patron scared and hurt, files suit

Steve Gonzalez May 24, 2005, 6:29am

Martin's Pub in Granite City

Martin’s Pub, a Granite City tavern, was hit with two separate personal injury lawsuits on May 16 in Madison County Circuit Court, each seeking damages in excess of $30,000.

Brandy Moerlien, claims she was attacked by another patron while dancing on the bar on May 16, 2003. The suit states that she was "encouraged" to dance atop the bar.

Moerlien claims the injures she suffered throughout her body are permanent and progressive. She also has suffered extreme mental and physical anguish, medical expenses, disfigurement and lost income.

According to the suit, she was "scared."

Her case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Daniel Stack.

Richard Dawson, who filed the second suit against Martin’s, claims that on Dec. 12, 2003, Martin’s failed to prevent rowdy and unruly people from entering the bar. As a result, he was attacked, beaten and has suffered extreme physical and mental anguish.

Dawson claims Martin’s failed to warn him of the presence of violent people in the tavern, failed to take steps to prevent the alleged assault and failed to contact the police to prevent the assault.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge George Moran.

Granite City attorney Thomas Hildebrand represents both Dawson and Moerlien.

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