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Retired Madison County judge sues Alton pub over trip, fall

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 1, 2018

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EDWARDSVILLE — Retired Madison County judge Ralph J. Mendelsohn is suing Morrison's Irish Pub after he allegedly fell on uneven steps. 

Mendelsohn served as an associate judge in Madison County from 2000 until 2009. He also was recalled by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve as a fill-in judge for a two-month period in 2015 after five associate judges in Madison County were not reappointed. 

Following his retirement, Mendelsohn started his own mediation practice and later joined the Caffey Law Group in Godfrey, a plaintiff's firm, which represents him in his trip and fall lawsuit. 


Mendelsohn filed his complaint on May 15 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Thayer Morrison, Morrison's Irish Pub, Lisa Morrison, et. al., alleging they failed to exercise ordinary care to avoid harm to their patrons.

According to the complaint, Mendelsohn alleges that on May 17, 2016, he was a patron at Morrison's Irish Pub in Alton when he fell due to uneven steps. 

He alleges the defendants failed to realize the danger posed by the uneven steps, failed to make it safe and failed to warn patrons of the existence of the dangerous condition.

Mendelsohn claims he sustained extensive injuries to his right shoulder, arm and hand, requiring him to expend large sums of money in medical expenses. 

Mendelsohn requests a trial by jury and seeks damages of more than $50,000, plus costs of suit and any further relief as the court deems just. 

Madison County Circuit Court case number 18-L-645

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