Ann Maher Jul. 18, 2016, 12:42pm


Defendants being blamed for injuries suffered during an Alton bar altercation deny negligence.

Last month, Shawn Barrett and New DJ's Bar & Grill answered the suit brought by Marcus Gordon, Jr. in April in Madison County.

Gordon claims that on June 29, 2015, Barrett began a verbal altercation using racial slurs and attempting to entice the plaintiff into a physical altercation. Gordon alleges he left the premises and was sitting inside a vehicle when Barrett came out of the bar and allegedly struck him in the face.

Gordon left the scene and called his father, who told the plaintiff to meet him back at the bar, according to the suit. Barrett continued his verbal assault and became so agitated that he shoved his hands through a window, causing injuries to the plaintiff.

Gordon alleges injuries to his face, chin, arms and hands. He claims he will continue to incur medical bills for treatment of his injuries and has been prevented from attending to his usual duties and affairs, the suit states.

Barrett, represented by Susan Grammer of East Alton, denies negligence, saying that he too suffered injuries and also has a pending claim against the bar.

The bar, represented by Ralph Derango of Belleville, also denies that it is under any liability whatsoever to Barrett.

Gordon seeks judgment against both defendants for all four counts in excess of $50,000 plus court costs and other relief the court deems appropriate. He is represented by William E. Miller III in Alton.

Circuit Judge William Mudge presides.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-547

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