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West Park Bowl seeks to transfer trip and fall suit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 20, 2015


A bowling alley sued in a customer’s trip and fall suit seeks to transfer the case to Monroe County where the establishment is located.

Deborah Gloeckner filed her lawsuit on June 19 against VO & J Investments LLC, doing business as West Park Bowl & Saloon.

According to the complaint, Gloeckner claims she was visiting the bowling alley on Jan. 13, 2014, when she allegedly fell on a rug near the lockers provided for customers to store their property.

She claims the defendant was negligent in allowing a hazardous condition to exist on its property and failing to warn patrons of the unsafe walking condition near the lockers.

The plaintiff claims she suffered injuries to her right foot and was unable to work for six weeks following the alleged incident.

Gloeckner seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus attorney’s fees and costs.

West Park Bowl filed a motion to transfer venue to Monroe County on Oct. 5 through attorneys Scott Bjorseth and Davi Schott of Hoagland, Fitzgerald & Pranaitis in Alton. The defendant argues that West Park is actually located in Monroe County, and the plaintiff consents to the motion to transfer venue.

James W. Eason of the Eason Law Firm in Clayton, Mo., represents Gloeckner.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-362

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