Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge on Wednesday ordered a case settled in an Olin employee's suit against a security firm after he was assaulted in a parking lot.

John Summers, an employee who was assaulted in the parking lot after his shift ended, filed a personal injury complaint against the security firm contracted to secure the premises.

Mudge continued the case until March 28 for the purposes of allowing dismissal pleadings to be filed. The terms of the settlement were not included in the case file.

According to a suit filed May 28, 2008, Summers claims he was leaving Olin at 4:15 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2007, when he was attacked by two individuals and was severely beaten.

Guardsmark LLC is an independent business contracted to provide security and guard services at Olin, the complaint states.

Summers claims Guardsmark failed to secure the area, failed to come to his aid while he was being beaten, failed to supervise and secure the area where he was injured and failed to provide surveillance.

Summers claims the attack caused him to become sore, lame, disordered, and disabled and he sustained extensive internal and external injuries to his head, neck, shoulder, low back and leg.

Guardsmark said in its answer to the suit that the plaintiff failed to select an appropriate parking lot and that he contributed in part to his own injury.

Represented by John Hustava of Collinsville, Summers sought damages in excess of $50,000.

Robert Shultz Jr. and Gary Pinter of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen represent the defendant.

Madison County case number 08 L 459

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