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Alton pub denies liability in retired Madison County judge’s trip, fall suit


By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 28, 2018

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Morrison’s Irish Pub argues that retired Madison County judge Ralph J. Mendelsohn caused his own alleged injuries when he fell on uneven steps.

Mendelsohn filed a lawsuit on May 15 against Thayer Morrison, Morrison’s Irish pub and Lisa Morrison.

He claims he was a patron at Morrison’s Irish Pub in Alton on May 17, 2016, when he fell due to uneven steps.


Mendelsohn 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.

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

Morrison’s Irish Pub answered the complaint on June 25 through attorney Stephen C. Christiansen of the Law Offices of Rouse and Cary in St. Louis.

The defendant denies liability and argues in its affirmative defenses that Mendelsohn’s own negligence was the sole proximate cause of any alleged injuries.

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.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 18-L-645

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