Cueto resets status conference in lawsuit against Belleville bar

Christina Stueve Hodges Aug. 3, 2012, 8:27am


St. Clair County Circuit Judge Lloyd Cueto on July 30 reset a status conference to Oct. 29 to allow parties to conduct further discovery in a woman's personal injury lawsuit against a Belleville bar.

Big Daddy's Disco Diner is being sued by a woman who claims she was pinned to a wall after a patron at the Belleville bar started a fight.

Lenora D. Ackman filed suit Nov. 2 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.
Ackman claims she was at Big Daddy's July 18, 2011, when two allegedly drunk patrons started a fight.

Ackman filed for a court order June 5, directing Big Daddy's 618 to show why it should not be held in contempt of court for failing to comply with a May 1 discovery order.

"Notwithstanding the numerous requests by plaintiff's counsel, defendant has failed to abide by the court's earlier order," plaintiff attorney Lanny Darr wrote. "The failure to abide by the court's earlier order is willful and contemptuous."

Jennifer Kunze entered her appearance Dec. 15 as attorney for Smeetz Inc., doing business as Big Daddy's Disco Diner, which was incorrectly sued as Big Daddy's 618.

Van-Lear P. Eckert of Belleville also represents Big Daddy's.

Ackman is seeking more than $50,000 plus costs.

Darr is with Schrempf, Kelly, Napp and Darr in Alton.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-619.

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