James Ceja has filed suit against Regal Beagle, Inc., and Michael Whittman, alleging he received facial fractures after Whittman punched him because of intoxicating beverages he received at Regal Beagle.

Whittman and Ceja were at Regal Beagle on Feb. 28 when Whittman assaulted Ceja, who suffered numerous facial fractures requiring surgery and causing him to incur pain and suffering, according to the complaint filed Dec. 10 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Ceja also incurred medical expenses, became disabled, is unable to pursue his normal activities of life and lost wages, the suit states.

Regal Beagle is liable under the Dramshop Act because it sold alcoholic beverages to Whittman, causing him to become intoxicated, Ceja claims.

Whittman was negligent because "during a heated argument, Defendant unintentionally, but negligently came into contact with Plaintiff's person causing severe injury," the suit states.

In the two-count suit, Ceja is seeking a judgment in excess of $50,000, compensatory damages less than $50,000, plus costs.

Michael F. Glisson of Williamson, Webster, Falb and Glisson in Alton will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 08-L-1159.

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