Alton VFW denies liability in a woman’s Dram Shop
lawsuit claiming she was injured when she was allegedly knocked down on a dance
floor on the defendant’s property.
Mary L. Svoboda filed her lawsuit on May 26 against
Alton VFW Post 1308.
According to the complaint, Svoboda claims she was on
the defendant’s premises located at 4445 Alby in Alton on Aug. 1, 2014, when
she was knocked down on the dance floor by another customer or patron.
She accuses the defendant of improperly managing,
maintaining or controlling the premises, failing to provide adequate security
and inspect or supervise the dance floor, overserving alcohol to its patrons
and permitting its patrons to wildly thrash about the dance floor.
Alton VFW denied the allegations in its July 24 answer
to the complaint through attorney James C. Leritz of Leritz Plunkert &
Bruning in St. Louis. The defendant filed two affirmative defenses against
Svoboda, arguing that the plaintiff failed to state a claim upon which relief
can be granted.
Svoboda denied the allegations raised in the defendant’s
affirmative defenses in her July 28 response through attorney Gregory M. Tobin of
Pratt & Tobin in East Alton.
The plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus
attorney’s fees and costs.
County Circuit Court case number 15-L-671