Christina Stueve Hodges Jan. 31, 2013, 7:13am

A Pierron woman is being summoned to respond to a lawsuit against her over claims she assaulted a Greenville woman while the two were at a bar in Pierron.

Smokehouse Bar, where the alleged incident occurred, has also received a summons to respond to the same lawsuit.

According to the  lawsuit filed last December in Madison County Circuit Court, plaintiff Sheila Mae Carter claims she was at the bar on Feb. 22, 2012 at 11:33 p.m. when defendant Mary Murphy struck her and forced her to the ground and then “violently and physically beat and kicked her.”

Murphy was in an intoxicated state, the lawsuit states.

The Smokehouse Bar and Murphy are required to respond to the lawsuit within 30 days of being served with the summons, according to the summons filed on Jan. 23.

The summons further states that if the defendants fail to respond to the lawsuit within the allotted time, a judgment or decree by default may be ordered against them.

Carter claims she suffered injuries to her face, mouth and right ankle.

Carter also claims the Smokehouse served Murphy alcohol, which caused Murphy’s intoxication and then caused Murphy to assault Carter.

Carter seeks in excess of $50,000.

Carter is represented by the law firm of Hassakis & Hassakis in Mt. Vernon.

The case is assigned to Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth.

Madison County case number 12-L-2044.

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