Juicy Peanut attack prompts personal injury suit

Kelly Holleran Oct. 6, 2009, 9:18am

A man has filed suit against a Mascoutah bar, its owners and the patron who he says attacked him after ingesting numerous alcoholic beverages.

George H. Lyons claims he was a patron at defendant The Juicy Peanut Bar and Grill on Sept. 23, 2008, when defendant Robert W. Stock attacked and beat him without any provocation after consuming numerous alcoholic beverages.

Because of the assault, Lyons was made sick, sore, lame and disordered, suffered extensive injuries to his left hand, wrist and fingers and experienced pain and suffering, according to the complaint filed Sept. 23 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. In addition, Lyons incurred medical costs, suffered disability, lost wages, sustained permanent disfigurement and experienced a diminished earning capacity, the suit states.

In addition to The Juicy Peanut and Stock, also named as defendants are The Juicy Peanut owners Napaporn Taylor and Jeffrey L. Taylor.

Lyons blames The Juicy Peanut and its owners for allowing a quarrelsome and vicious person to be present, for failing to control Stock and to remove him from the premises, for failing to protect Lyons from Stock's misconduct, for failing to give aid under the circumstances and for failing to provide adequate security.

Stock negligently allowed himself to become intoxicated when he knew of his violent tendencies, failed to take sufficient precautions when he allowed himself to become intoxicated, failed to restrict himself from becoming intoxicated and failed to take precautions for those around him, the complaint states.

In the eight-count suit, Lyons is seeking a judgment of more than $400,000, plus costs.

He will be represented by D. Jeffrey Ezra and Shaun M. Lieser of Ezra and Associates in Collinsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-503.

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