Shady's Bar sued on claims of neglect for allegedly allowing attack on premises

Catherine Melancon Nov. 9, 2012, 4:49am

David R. Kelly

BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge man is suing a bar after he allegedly lost consciousness after being attacked by a customer.

Gannon Achord, Kyle Achord and Jill Achord filed suit against DBJ Interests, LLC, doing business as Shady's Bar and Jon D. Babb in the 19th Judicial Court on Oct. 22.

Gannon claims he had been receiving threatening phone calls from a number, but didn't know who the phone number belonged to. On Oct. 22, 2011, the plaintiff was at Shady's Bar located at 623 E. Boyd Ave., when he was allegedly escorted to the back of the bar into an office. The plaintiff alleges he was told by the employee that he would finally meet the defendant, Babb, who had been threatening him, and they would resolve the misunderstanding.

The plaintiff claims Babb entered the office, and without warning, grabbed him by the neck and slammed his head, causing injuries to his face and teeth. He claims the back of his head hit an ice machine, and he lost consciousness.

Gannon claims his injuries include several broken teeth, a laceration to his head and scratches, bruises and contusions to his face, neck and head.

Babb is accused of wrongful conduct which caused injuries to the plaintiff.

The Shady's employee is accused of positioning the plaintiff in a space with Babb when he knew or should have known Babb was intoxicated and/or combative, allowing Babb to remain on the premises when he knew or should have known Babb was intoxicated and failing to provide for the safety and well-being of its patron.

Shady's is accused of failing to provide a safe environment for its patrons and failing to supervise its employees and patrons.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought by the plaintiff for physical pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement, medical expenses and loss of society.

Kyle and Jill are also seeking compensation for medical expenses.

The plaintiffs are represented by David R. Kelly of Baton Rouge-based Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson, LLP.

The case has been assigned to Division E Judge William A. Morvant.

Case no.616427.

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