Case against Sharky's continued to June 27

By Christina Stueve | Apr 26, 2012


Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth on Wednesday continued a case management conference to June 27 in a man's personal injury suit against a Collinsville sports bar.

Edward W. Shea filed the lawsuit Jan. 28, 2011 against Sharky's Restaurant Sports Bar and its owner, Sherry R. Lutman.

According to the complaint, Shea was in Sharky's in February 2010 along with several other people who were playing poker. Shea claims those people, while allegedly drunk, started fighting.

Shea says one or more of them fell onto him, and he was knocked down, breaking his ankle.

Shea accuses Sharky's, Lutman and the owners of the building that houses the bar of negligence and violations of Illinois' Dram Shop Act.

Sharky's has stated the plaintiff's damages were caused by his own negligence because he failed to keep a careful lookout while on the premises.

Defendant Dulaney Enterprises states the plaintiff failed to bring the suit within the applicable statute of limitations.

Dulaney Enterprises also claims the plaintiff caused the drunkenness of the intoxicated person by furnishing him with the liquor that caused his intoxication and by participating in the activities that led to the alleged injury.

Shea is asking for more than $50,000.

Attorney John M. Smith of Granite City represents Shea.

John Cunningham and Daniel Hasenstab are the attorneys for Lutman and Sharky's.

The owners of the building being leased by the bar, Vernon R. Dulaney, Yenoh Land Trust and Dulaney Enterprises Inc., are also named as defendants. They are represented by Russell Scott and Laura Hayden of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale.

Madison County Circuit Court Case No. 11-L-94

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