St. Clair County Associate Judge Heinz Rudolf granted a Caseyville bowling alley’s motion to compel in a bowler’s lawsuit alleging he was injured after falling on sprayed wax on the lane.
Johnny Henson filed his Feb. 19 lawsuit against St. Clair Bowl, claiming he was bowling at the establishment on July 28, 2013, while an alley worker was waxing the next lane over. He claims the wax was accidentally sprayed onto Henson’s lane, causing him to slip and fall.
The suit states that the alley failed to maintain a safe premises, negligently and carelessly allowed wax to be sprayed incorrectly, failed to provide an appropriate warning and failed to properly maintain its property.
St. Clair County Bowl claims Henson had a duty to exercise and use ordinary care and caution for his own safety. It accuses the plaintiff of failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to utilize and take proper care of bowling shoes and failing to keep himself from oiled surfaces of the bowling lane.
On July 28, Rudolf granted the defendant’s motion to compel and ordered the plaintiff to respond to the first interrogatories and requests.
He scheduled a status conference for Oct. 22 at 8:30 a.m.
Henson seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs.
The plaintiff is represented by Kirk A. Caponi of Williams Caponi & Associates in Belleville.
The defendant is represented by Troy A. Bozarth and Daniel C. Lytle of HeplerBroom in Edwardsville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-96