Verdict Against Bar – Aggressive Bouncers

Rausch v. McFadden Lane Inc., Multnomah County Case No. 1404-04162

Plaintiff was a patron at Defendant’s bar. Plaintiff alleges that Defendant’s bouncers ejected him from the bar for slapping the side of a pinball machine. Plaintiff went outside and pushed Defendant’s sandwich board advertising to the ground before leaving the area. Defendant’s bouncers pursued Plaintiff down the street.  Plaintiff was afraid of being “cornered” so he pushed the closest bouncer to keep him away. Plaintiff was then thrown onto a parked car and assaulted without justification. Plaintiff sustained a severe finger fracture which required surgery. He sought economic damages for past medical bills totaling $23,700 and $250,000 in non-economic damages.

Defendant alleges that they ejected Plaintiff from the bar after he punched the pinball machine. Defendant claims that its security personnel followed Plaintiff at a safe distance to make sure he did not attempt to go in their back entrance.  Plaintiff attacked the security who then acted in self-defense. They also claim that Plaintiff may have suffered the injury when he punched the pinball machine.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – David Shannon

Defense Counsel – Richard A. Mario

Verdict – $143,700.00

Date – June 4, 2015

June 11, 2015

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