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Alton VFW denies liability in personal injury suit

By The Madison County Record | Aug 11, 2015


Alton VFW denies liability in a woman’s Dram Shop lawsuit claiming she was injured when she was allegedly knocked down on a dance floor on the defendant’s property.

Mary L. Svoboda filed her lawsuit on May 26 against Alton VFW Post 1308.

According to the complaint, Svoboda claims she was on the defendant’s premises located at 4445 Alby in Alton on Aug. 1, 2014, when she was knocked down on the dance floor by another customer or patron.

She accuses the defendant of improperly managing, maintaining or controlling the premises, failing to provide adequate security and inspect or supervise the dance floor, overserving alcohol to its patrons and permitting its patrons to wildly thrash about the dance floor.

Alton VFW denied the allegations in its July 24 answer to the complaint through attorney James C. Leritz of Leritz Plunkert & Bruning in St. Louis. The defendant filed two affirmative defenses against Svoboda, arguing that the plaintiff failed to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.

Svoboda denied the allegations raised in the defendant’s affirmative defenses in her July 28 response through attorney Gregory M. Tobin of Pratt & Tobin in East Alton.

The plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus attorney’s fees and costs.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-671

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