Friday, May 18, 2018

Man Sues Mickys Bar in Another Alleged Assault by Bouncers

Micky’s, the popular West Hollywood gay bar, is being sued by a customer who claims he was assaulted and battered when he was struck and beaten by bouncers.”

In the lawsuit, filed in L.A. Superior Court on April 5, Jeffrey Thomas alleges that Micky’s security guards physically assaulted him when he was visiting the bar on July 31 last year.

The lawsuit claims that Thomas has incurred hospital and other medical expenses and lost wages as a result of the alleged assault. Thomas is being represented by attorney Martin Stanley.Micky’s on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.

Thomas’ lawsuit is the latest in a number of allegations that bouncers at Micky’s have assaulted customers. Several of those alleged assaults were chronicled in an April 30 story in WEHOville about Andrew Hampton, 29, who claims security guards picked him up and threw him out of the bar so that he landed on his head. Hampton suffered cuts to his head that required stitches and a broken tooth. He was taken to the hospital.

In comments on Yelp and Google over the past 16 months, six other people, one of whom was interviewed by WEHOville, have alleged they were assaulted by Micky’s bouncers.

Customers also have alleged misuse of their credit cards by bartenders, mostly with complaints that they had been charged unexpected tips. They have called out bartenders for other rude behavior and for refusing to offer them water between drinks unless they pay for bottled water. Making water available at bars is widely seen as a way to reduce serious intoxication. And there have been multiple complaints of misogynistic and racist behavior by the staff, with women claiming they have been called “bitches” or “c-nts” and one woman alleging a friend was called an “ugly fat black bitch.”

Micky’s owner, WHBT Inc., has yet to file a response to the lawsuit. WEHOville has reached out to Michael Niemeyer, the owner of WHBT and Micky’s, for a comment on the lawsuit. As of publication, Niemeyer hasn’t responded.

Micky’s is located at 8857 Santa Monica Blvd. in the heart of West Hollywood’s Boystown nightlife district.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Family of GCU students killed in wrong-way crash files lawsuit against restaurant

PHOENIX (KSAZ) - One year ago, in 2017, a horrific wrong-way crash killed three Grand Canyon University students. Now, the family of the two sisters who died in the crash is filing a lawsuit.

The wrong way driver, who was also killed in the crash, was way over the legal limit and had spent time at a bar and restaurant prior to the crash.

The people who died were identified as sisters Karli and Kelsey Richardson, and the wrong way driver was identified as Keaton Allison. Allison's BAC was found to be .25, or a "Super Extreme DUI" in Arizona.

Now, the girls' mother has filed a lawsuit against the establishment that was serving Allison - the Mellow Mushroom on Happy Valley Road, near the I-17.

According to a report from Arizona's Department of Liquor Licenses and Control obtained by FOX10, officials found multiple violations by the Mellow Mushroom from April 14, 2017, the night of the crash. The violations included "failure to protect the safety of patrons", and "selling liquor to an intoxicated or disorderly person".

The investigator interviewed multiple witnesses that observed Allison having multiple drinks at the restaurant for 4.5 hours, while dining with friends.

Then, Allison got on the road.

FOX 10 has reached out to the owners of that Mellow Mushroom, but they did not want to comment at this time. This lawsuit is seeking damages to be determined if there's a trial. The violations from the restaurant are being reviewed by the state, and possible penalties are pending.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Accused drunken driver, two bars sued over crash that killed mother, infant son in Clear Lake

Relatives of a mother and her infant son killed in an alleged drunken-driving wreck in Clear Lake have filed a $40 million lawsuit against the driver in the crash and the two bars that are accused of selling alcohol to the underage driver.

Shayla Joseph, 36, and her 3-month-old son, Braylan, died Feb. 28 after being rear-ended on the Gulf Freeway feeder road near El Dorado.

Veronica Rivas, 20, of Bacliff, was charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter in the crash. A bartender at Crescent City Connection Sports & Oyster Bar and two other people have been charged with helping provide alcohol the night before the crash.

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Joseph's husband, Bryan Joseph, and her mother, Mertis Edwards, filed the lawsuit on Tuesday against Rivas, Crescent City Connection Sports & Oyster Bar and a second bar, Dempsey's Tavern.

Joseph and his mother-in-law are seeking $40 million in damages for wrongful death and mental anguish.

The lawsuit alleges that the two bars served Rivas alcohol "though she was under the legal drinking age, and obviously intoxicated to the point that it was clear that she presented a danger to herself and others."

A woman who answered the phone at Crescent City Connection said no one at the restaurant would comment on the lawsuit.

"No. No one will speak with you," she said before hanging up.

Dempsey's Tavern could not be reached for comment, and Rivas' attorney did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Both Crescent City Connection and Dempsey's Tavern's limited liability companies could not be reached.

Investigators said Rivas and her 17-year-old friend were served several tequila margaritas at the Crescent City Connection the evening before Rivas' car slammed into Joseph's Toyota Scion about 3:50 a.m. at the Gulf Freeway feeder road near El Dorado. Rivas was driving about 90 mph, investigators said.

Rivas and her friend are also believed to have visited Dempsey’s Tavern in Webster the same evening, sources told the Houston Chronicle.

Early tests showed that Rivas had a blood alcohol level of .21, almost three times the legal limit of .08 for an adult, according to a county prosecutor. Law prohibits people under 21 from drinking alcohol, so any concentration above zero is illegal.

A spokesman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has confirmed that the agency is investigating at least two bars in connection to the fatal crash.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Historic Clifton's Cafeteria Sued on Allegations Flaming Drink Burned Woman

A woman is suing the historic Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown, alleging she was severely burned when she was struck in 2017 by a fireball during a bartender's preparation of a flaming drink.

Jennifer Lehoang alleges negligence and ultra-hazardous activity in the Los Angeles County Superior Court lawsuit filed Thursday. Her husband and fellow plaintiff, James O'Dowd, maintains he suffered emotional distress from witnessing the incident as well as a loss of consortium. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

A Clifton's representative did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The suit states that the couple were patrons of the restaurant, located for decades on South Broadway, on Nov. 11, 2017. They were standing by the bar when the bartender made a flaming drink called a Scorpion Bowl, in which the ingredients are ignited during the preparation, the suit alleges.

Suddenly, a ball of fire "flew from the area of the drink under (preparation) and hit Lehoang on multiple locations on her body,'' including her arm, one hand, her hair, neck and chest, the suit alleges.

"James, in horror, directly witnessed his wife on fire and helped her to the ground (to) extinguish the flames that were burning her," the suit states.

Lehoang was severely burned and left with permanent, disfiguring injuries that need daily treatment, the suit states. Her injuries have diminished her ability "to function as a wife to O'Dowd," the suit states.

The preparation of flaming drinks so close to customers in the darkly lit bar amounted to an ultra-hazardous activity, according to the lawsuit.