Dram Shop; Rear End Auto Accident; Fractures

Style of Case: James Snider and Linda Snider v. Mega Leasing Corp., d/b/a Pop’s Saloon
Client:    Mega Leasing Corp.
Trial End Date:   10/9/2007
Court:    20th Judicial Circuit, St. Clair, Illinois
Type of Case:    Dram Shop; Rear End Auto Accident; Fractures
Judge:    The Honorable Lloyd Cueto
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case:  James L. Hodges
Jury Verdict

On January 24, 2005 Mr. Dino Murabito went to a party at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in St. Louis, Missouri where he consumed 12-14 beers. He then drove to Pop’s in Sauget, Illinois where he had a Jack Daniels and Coke. When he realized he was tired he decided to drive home, which put him westbound on Interstate 55/70. The plaintiff’s were passengers in a vehicle heading west on Interstate 55/70, when they were rear-ended by Dino Muabito. Mr. Murabito’s BAC was .148 following the accident. James Snider suffered four fractured ribs and a sprained wrist with medical bills totaling $25,000.00. Linda Snider suffered a fractured pelvis with medical bills totaling $125,000.00. Defendant Mega Leasing, Corp., established that the one beverage consumed at Pop’s did not cause Mr. Murabito’s intoxication and therefore was not a cause of the plaintiffs’ injuries.

Last Demand:    James Snider: $56,302.45; Linda Snider: $56,302.45
Verdict:    Defense verdict (jury deliberated for 30 minutes)