Status reset to April 6 in ESL nightclub wrongful death suit

Amelia Flood Mar. 23, 2011, 12:51pm

An April 6 status conference is set in a wrongful death suit brought by the estate of a man killed during an alleged argument at an East St. Louis nightclub.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien reset the hearing in the case brought by the estate of Anthony Rice.

The estate filed suit last year against City Lights Inc. doing business as Miss Kitty's II, Reginald Allen, Gail Allen and Woodrow Allen.

The administrators of the Rice estate, Robert A. Rice and Annette Nash-Smith, are seeking damages in excess of $250,000, attorney's fees and costs.

The plaintiffs contend that Anthony Rice, his brother and friends went to the club on Oct. 3, 2010.

The plaintiffs claim the group was racially harassed and that an argument between the group, Reginald Allen, and another employee of the club broke out.

They claim that Reginald Allen then drove his car into Rice.

The collision allegedly caused injuries the plaintiffs claim led to Rice's death the same night.

Woodrow and Gail Allen are named as the club's owners.

The defendants deny the allegations.

They allege that Rice threatened Reginald Allen with a firearm and that his own negligence led to the argument and accident.

Status hearings in the case have been pushed off due to on-going discovery in the case.

Lloyd Cueto II represents the plaintiffs.

The case is St. Clair case number 10-L-156.

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