Status continued to June in janitor's suit against high school students over horseplay injury

By Amelia Flood | Apr 6, 2011

A status conference has been continued until late June in a personal injury suit brought by a Belleville high school janitor and his wife against the parents of students whose horseplay allegedly led to the injury.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Lloyd Cueto signed an order March 30 moving a status conference in the suit to June 27.

Plaintiffs Keith and Paula Muskopf are seeking damages in excess of $800,000 in a suit filed against students Ehhsan Hamden and Philsamrae Escaesenas.

The suit now names Ehhsan Hamden's parents Rodolpho and Marites Escaesenas as defendants.

The plaintiffs claim that the students were engaged in horseplay when they slammed a door into Keith Muskopf's shoulder injuring him.

His wife is suing on claims of lost consortium.

The plaintiffs amended their complaint last month to change the defendants out due to the students' ages.

The defendants denied the claims made in the amended complaint.

The suit had been set for trial this month.

That trial setting has been canceled.

Steven Katzman of Belleville represents the Muskopfs.

Michael Murphy of Belleville represents the Hamdens.

Roger Wilson of St. Louis represents the Escaesenas family.

The case is St. Clair case number 10-L-230.

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