Hylla considering summary judgment move in case against Regal Beagle

Amelia Flood Aug. 31, 2010, 12:28pm


Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla has taken a move by the plaintiff in a dram shop suit against Roper's Regal Beagle in Godfrey under advisement.

Plaintiff James Ceja is suing Regal Beagle Inc., the bar's owner, for injuries he suffered in a bar fight in February 2008.

The plaintiff is seeking at least $50,000 in damages and costs per each of the two counts of the suit.

The case is set for trial Sept. 7 at 9 a.m.

Another defendant in the case, Michael Whittman – who the plaintiff claims broke bones in his face – settled with Ceja in April.

Whittman agreed to pay $10,000 to settle the claim.

Hylla took the summary judgment motion under advisement Aug. 20.

According to his complaint, Ceja was a patron at the Godfrey bar when Whittman, who had been drinking, assaulted him.

Ceja claims that Regal Beagle violated the state's Dram Shop Act by allowing Whittman to become intoxicated.

Regal Beagle has a motion for set-off pending against Whittman.

The plaintiff is represented by Michael Glisson.

Regal Beagle is represented by Michael Hobin.

The case is Madison case number 08-L-1159.

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