Pretzel & Stouffer

Summary Judgment Victory on Behalf of Bar Owner

Thomas V.P. Draths and Quinn P. Donnelly secured summary judgment for a bar owner in a negligence claim filed in Cook County arising from an altercation taking place in the facility. The plaintiff claimed that the bar owner was negligent in providing adequate security and in appropriately responding to the altercation.

Mr. Draths and Mr. Donnelly showed through deposition testimony that the bar owner fully complied with the duties imposed by Illinois law and argued that the bar owner had no duty to guard against the unforeseeable criminal conduct of the co-defendants. The Court agreed with Mr. Draths and Mr. Donnelly’s argument and granted summary judgment in favor of the bar owner.

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