Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Station Night Club Fire Lawsuit Settled for $176 Million

West Warwick, RI:  
A settlement of $176 million has been approved by a federal judge, ending a lengthy lawsuit stemming from the infamous nightclub fire in Rhode Island in 2003. The Station Night Club fire killed 100 people.

The settlement monies will be distributed among survivors of the fire who were severely injured, and the many children who lost their parents in the fire. A trust fund will be set up to hold funds for more than 300 people affected by the fire.

The settlement was reached prior to going to trial. The defendants in the case include the club's owners, foam manufacturers, Anheuser-Busch, Clear Channel Broadcasting and the town of West Warwick.

Criminal charges were brought in 2006 against the club owners and the tour manager for Great White, the band playing at the time of the fire. They all pleaded no contest to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter, and have subsequently served their prison sentences.





The Station Nightclub Blaze: Companies, owner settle fire lawsuits 

 Updated Sep 9, 2008 at 9:07 AM - Providence, R.I.

The final defendants to settle lawsuits over a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people have agreed to pay survivors and victims’ relatives more than $250,000, according to court papers filed Monday.
Seven insurance companies and the former owner of The Station nightclub in West Warwick reached the settlement. The insurance companies will dole out $262,500, and Howard Julian, accused of installing defective insulation material at the nightclub, will contribute $3,000.
Neither the companies nor Julian admitted any wrongdoing. The companies’ lawyers either did not return phone messages or declined to comment. Julian declined to comment.
Eight of the fire victims either lived or worked in Connecticut, including Sam Miceli Jr., a 37-year-old Lisbon resident. Miceli’s mother, Madeliene, said no one had approached her with any settlement information as of Monday night — not that it mattered to her.
“It’s not going to bring my son back,” she said, “so I’m not interested in their money.”
Miceli said the worst part about the recent lawsuit announcements is how it inevitably dredges up horrible memories.
“It’s very upsetting to see the same footage played over and over again,” she said. “I won’t watch the news tonight.”
More than $176 million has been offered by dozens of people and companies sued after the Feb. 20, 2003, fire, which began when a pyrotechnics display for the 1980s rock band Great White set ablaze packaging foam used as soundproofing around the stage.
In the last week, members of the band offered $1 million to the victims’ families and survivors, and club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian agreed to an $813,000 settlement.
All the settlements must be approved by the more than 300 plaintiffs and the federal judge overseeing the case, among other conditions. A Duke University law professor has been appointed to develop a formula for how much money each of the plaintiffs should receive.
Several insurance companies involved in Monday’s settlement were accused in the lawsuits of failing to thoroughly inspect the club for safety hazards before issuing policies to its owners. Victims’ lawyers and prosecutors have said the club was cluttered with building and fire code violations.
The defendants include Essex Insurance Co.; Underwriter’s at Lloyd’s, London; Surplex Underwriters Inc.; V.B. Gifford & Company Inc.; Gresham & Associates of R.I. Inc; Gresham & Associates of Rhode Island Inc.; and Anchor Solutions Company Inc.
They were the last defendants to settle, excluding those already dropped from the case or expected to be dismissed by the victims’ lawyers.
A judge had earlier dismissed the companies from the case, saying the companies did not owe any burden to the club’s patrons. The victims’ lawyers appealed that decision, and the companies agreed to settle while the appeal was pending.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mass. man awarded $500k in lawsuit settlement against Manchester nightclub

Via: http://www.bostonpersonalinjuryattorneyblog.com/2016/03/lawsuit-night-club-settles-massachusetts-man-gets-500000.html

March 15th, 2016

A recent news article from the Union Leader discusses a report that a man recently settled a lawsuit with a night club in the amount of $500,000.  The lawsuit was filed after plaintiff was injured in a confrontation with night club security personnel outside the Gloucester area establishment.
Via: http://www.unionleader.com/Mass.-man-awarded-$500k-in-lawsuit-settlement-against-Manchester-nightclub-where-he-was-injured-in-confrontation-with-security

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The 23-year-old plaintiff was severely injured as a result of the altercation with nightclub bouncers and had to have multiple surgical operations to treat his injuries. In his complaint, he was demanding $1 million in damages.  As part of the pretrial process, the case went before a mediator with Massachusetts Dispute Resolution Services, and this ultimately led to the settlement that both parties were willing to accept. 

The nightclub owner initially tried to defend the lawsuit by claiming that the security personnel would not have had to harm the plaintiff if he had not first attacked them.  This brings up an interesting point about a typical settlement in a personal injury case.

In most settlement agreements, each party can continue to maintain their position, and there is no reason for the defendant to admit to liability in connection with any of the allegations.  There is also typically a confidentiality agreement, so the parties cannot discuss the details of the settlement even if the amount is made public, as is sometimes the case through other judicial proceedings.
Settlement agreements will also include a provision that releases the other party from any and all liability in connection with the events that relate to the lawsuit, such as a car accident or bar fight.  It should be noted that most personal injuries cases will settle long before trial.  Many cases will settle before a lawsuit is even filed.  There is nothing wrong with this, as you can often achieve a full and appropriate financial recovery through a private settlement agreement.

However, when you speak with a Boston personal injury attorney, you want to make sure he or she is actually willing to go to trial and fight when necessary to get you the award you deserve. Many attorneys will never go to trial and will take a quick settlement even when it is not in your best interest.  The reason they are willing to do this is because they handle thousands of cases and only expect to make a little money from each case.  This is not in your best interest, and you should make sure your attorney will zealously advocate for your rights.

A full and appropriate financial recovery should include payment for pain and suffering, medical bills, future medical expenses, compensation for lost wages, and payment for special damages. There are other possible claims that can be filed such as for the intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED), negligent infliction of emotional distress (NIED), and in some cases loss of consortium damages. However, it should be noted that these damages are not easy to get and are not available in many cases.  Since no two cases are exactly the same, as the facts are always different, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your actual situation.

MANCHESTER — A Massachusetts man has been awarded $500,000 in a settlement of a lawsuit filed against a Manchester nightclub where he was injured after a confrontation with security outside the club in December 2013.

Marc Shields, 23, suffered severe internal injuries that required multiple surgeries after the confrontation at Drynk at 20 Old Granite St. on Dec. 11, 2013, according to Joseph M. Orlando Sr., a Gloucester, Mass., attorney who represented Shields.

Orlando filed a civil suit seeking $1 million in damages. The case went to a mediator and was settled on Jan. 15, according to a document from Massachusetts Dispute Resolution Services signed by attorneys for both parties.

Shields, a student at Southern New Hampshire University at the time of the incident, is still recovering, Orlando said.

“He’s still looking forward to going back to school,” Orlando said. “Because of this he wasn’t able to graduate.”

Drynk is no longer in business, former owner Thomas Svoleantopoulos said Friday. Svoleantopoulos said the club was purchased in October by the group East Coast Service Industry Companies Inc., which opened a new club called Whiskey’s 20 at the same location with Svoleantopoulos serving as principal owner.

Although Svoleantopoulos disputed the claims club security “assaulted” Shields and other claims in the lawsuit, he said the settlement was handled by the former club’s insurer, Hospitality Mutual Insurance Co. of Westborough, Mass.

“These were unfortunate circumstances,” Svoleantopoulos said. “No one wants to see anybody get hurt.”

Svoleantopoulos said he was not aware of the incident until the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Boston. According to the lawsuit, Shields and a friend were asked to leave the club for unspecified reasons.

Shields and his friend obliged, but a confrontation ensued when a security member grabbed Shields around the neck and shoulder, the lawsuit states. Shields attempted to free himself, pushing the bouncer away and accidentally struck a female member of the security team, according to the lawsuit.

Svoleantopoulos disputed the claim that Shields was merely trying to defend himself.

“Had the young man not assaulted security, there would have been no need to restrain him,” Svoleantopoulos said.

Shields was taken first to Elliot Hospital after the incident, then transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Orlando said he had severe internal injuries and a traumatic brain injury.

“If this type of overreaction is to be avoided in the future, it was important that the club be held accountable for the conduct of his employees,” Orlando said in a statement.

No criminal charges were filed regarding the incident. - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/Mass.-man-awarded-$500k-in-lawsuit-settlement-against-Manchester-nightclub-where-he-was-injured-in-confrontation-with-security#sthash.jQACvoxW.dpuf

Mass. man awarded $500k in lawsuit settlement against Manchester nightclub


MANCHESTER — A Massachusetts man has been awarded $500,000 in a settlement of a lawsuit filed against a Manchester nightclub where he was injured after a confrontation with security outside the club in December 2013.

Marc Shields, 23, suffered severe internal injuries that required multiple surgeries after the confrontation at Drynk at 20 Old Granite St. on Dec. 11, 2013, according to Joseph M. Orlando Sr., a Gloucester, Mass., attorney who represented Shields.

Orlando filed a civil suit seeking $1 million in damages. The case went to a mediator and was settled on Jan. 15, according to a document from Massachusetts Dispute Resolution Services signed by attorneys for both parties.

Shields, a student at Southern New Hampshire University at the time of the incident, is still recovering, Orlando said.

“He’s still looking forward to going back to school,” Orlando said. “Because of this he wasn’t able to graduate.”

Drynk is no longer in business, former owner Thomas Svoleantopoulos said Friday. Svoleantopoulos said the club was purchased in October by the group East Coast Service Industry Companies Inc., which opened a new club called Whiskey’s 20 at the same location with Svoleantopoulos serving as principal owner.

Although Svoleantopoulos disputed the claims club security “assaulted” Shields and other claims in the lawsuit, he said the settlement was handled by the former club’s insurer, Hospitality Mutual Insurance Co. of Westborough, Mass.

“These were unfortunate circumstances,” Svoleantopoulos said. “No one wants to see anybody get hurt.”

Svoleantopoulos said he was not aware of the incident until the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Boston. According to the lawsuit, Shields and a friend were asked to leave the club for unspecified reasons.

Shields and his friend obliged, but a confrontation ensued when a security member grabbed Shields around the neck and shoulder, the lawsuit states. Shields attempted to free himself, pushing the bouncer away and accidentally struck a female member of the security team, according to the lawsuit.

Svoleantopoulos disputed the claim that Shields was merely trying to defend himself.

“Had the young man not assaulted security, there would have been no need to restrain him,” Svoleantopoulos said.

Shields was taken first to Elliot Hospital after the incident, then transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Orlando said he had severe internal injuries and a traumatic brain injury.

“If this type of overreaction is to be avoided in the future, it was important that the club be held accountable for the conduct of his employees,” Orlando said in a statement.

No criminal charges were filed regarding the incident
- See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/Mass.-man-awarded-$500k-in-lawsuit-settlement-against-Manchester-nightclub-where-he-was-injured-in-confrontation-with-security#sthash.nZxsepur.dpuf

Mass. man awarded $500k in lawsuit settlement against Manchester nightclub


MANCHESTER — A Massachusetts man has been awarded $500,000 in a settlement of a lawsuit filed against a Manchester nightclub where he was injured after a confrontation with security outside the club in December 2013.

Marc Shields, 23, suffered severe internal injuries that required multiple surgeries after the confrontation at Drynk at 20 Old Granite St. on Dec. 11, 2013, according to Joseph M. Orlando Sr., a Gloucester, Mass., attorney who represented Shields.

Orlando filed a civil suit seeking $1 million in damages. The case went to a mediator and was settled on Jan. 15, according to a document from Massachusetts Dispute Resolution Services signed by attorneys for both parties.

Shields, a student at Southern New Hampshire University at the time of the incident, is still recovering, Orlando said.

“He’s still looking forward to going back to school,” Orlando said. “Because of this he wasn’t able to graduate.”

Drynk is no longer in business, former owner Thomas Svoleantopoulos said Friday. Svoleantopoulos said the club was purchased in October by the group East Coast Service Industry Companies Inc., which opened a new club called Whiskey’s 20 at the same location with Svoleantopoulos serving as principal owner.

Although Svoleantopoulos disputed the claims club security “assaulted” Shields and other claims in the lawsuit, he said the settlement was handled by the former club’s insurer, Hospitality Mutual Insurance Co. of Westborough, Mass.

“These were unfortunate circumstances,” Svoleantopoulos said. “No one wants to see anybody get hurt.”

Svoleantopoulos said he was not aware of the incident until the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Boston. According to the lawsuit, Shields and a friend were asked to leave the club for unspecified reasons.

Shields and his friend obliged, but a confrontation ensued when a security member grabbed Shields around the neck and shoulder, the lawsuit states. Shields attempted to free himself, pushing the bouncer away and accidentally struck a female member of the security team, according to the lawsuit.

Svoleantopoulos disputed the claim that Shields was merely trying to defend himself.

“Had the young man not assaulted security, there would have been no need to restrain him,” Svoleantopoulos said.

Shields was taken first to Elliot Hospital after the incident, then transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Orlando said he had severe internal injuries and a traumatic brain injury.

“If this type of overreaction is to be avoided in the future, it was important that the club be held accountable for the conduct of his employees,” Orlando said in a statement.

No criminal charges were filed regarding the incident
- See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/Mass.-man-awarded-$500k-in-lawsuit-settlement-against-Manchester-nightclub-where-he-was-injured-in-confrontation-with-security#sthash.nZxsepur.dpuf

Mass. man awarded $500k in lawsuit settlement against Manchester nightclub


MANCHESTER — A Massachusetts man has been awarded $500,000 in a settlement of a lawsuit filed against a Manchester nightclub where he was injured after a confrontation with security outside the club in December 2013.

Marc Shields, 23, suffered severe internal injuries that required multiple surgeries after the confrontation at Drynk at 20 Old Granite St. on Dec. 11, 2013, according to Joseph M. Orlando Sr., a Gloucester, Mass., attorney who represented Shields.

Orlando filed a civil suit seeking $1 million in damages. The case went to a mediator and was settled on Jan. 15, according to a document from Massachusetts Dispute Resolution Services signed by attorneys for both parties.

Shields, a student at Southern New Hampshire University at the time of the incident, is still recovering, Orlando said.

“He’s still looking forward to going back to school,” Orlando said. “Because of this he wasn’t able to graduate.”

Drynk is no longer in business, former owner Thomas Svoleantopoulos said Friday. Svoleantopoulos said the club was purchased in October by the group East Coast Service Industry Companies Inc., which opened a new club called Whiskey’s 20 at the same location with Svoleantopoulos serving as principal owner.

Although Svoleantopoulos disputed the claims club security “assaulted” Shields and other claims in the lawsuit, he said the settlement was handled by the former club’s insurer, Hospitality Mutual Insurance Co. of Westborough, Mass.

“These were unfortunate circumstances,” Svoleantopoulos said. “No one wants to see anybody get hurt.”

Svoleantopoulos said he was not aware of the incident until the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Boston. According to the lawsuit, Shields and a friend were asked to leave the club for unspecified reasons.

Shields and his friend obliged, but a confrontation ensued when a security member grabbed Shields around the neck and shoulder, the lawsuit states. Shields attempted to free himself, pushing the bouncer away and accidentally struck a female member of the security team, according to the lawsuit.

Svoleantopoulos disputed the claim that Shields was merely trying to defend himself.

“Had the young man not assaulted security, there would have been no need to restrain him,” Svoleantopoulos said.

Shields was taken first to Elliot Hospital after the incident, then transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Orlando said he had severe internal injuries and a traumatic brain injury.

“If this type of overreaction is to be avoided in the future, it was important that the club be held accountable for the conduct of his employees,” Orlando said in a statement.

No criminal charges were filed regarding the incident
- See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/Mass.-man-awarded-$500k-in-lawsuit-settlement-against-Manchester-nightclub-where-he-was-injured-in-confrontation-with-security#sthash.nZxsepur.dpuf
MANCHESTER — A Massachusetts man has been awarded $500,000 in a settlement of a lawsuit filed against a Manchester nightclub where he was injured after a confrontation with security outside the club in December 2013.

Marc Shields, 23, suffered severe internal injuries that required multiple surgeries after the confrontation at Drynk at 20 Old Granite St. on Dec. 11, 2013, according to Joseph M. Orlando Sr., a Gloucester, Mass., attorney who represented Shields.

Orlando filed a civil suit seeking $1 million in damages. The case went to a mediator and was settled on Jan. 15, according to a document from Massachusetts Dispute Resolution Services signed by attorneys for both parties.

Shields, a student at Southern New Hampshire University at the time of the incident, is still recovering, Orlando said.

“He’s still looking forward to going back to school,” Orlando said. “Because of this he wasn’t able to graduate.”

Drynk is no longer in business, former owner Thomas Svoleantopoulos said Friday. Svoleantopoulos said the club was purchased in October by the group East Coast Service Industry Companies Inc., which opened a new club called Whiskey’s 20 at the same location with Svoleantopoulos serving as principal owner.

Although Svoleantopoulos disputed the claims club security “assaulted” Shields and other claims in the lawsuit, he said the settlement was handled by the former club’s insurer, Hospitality Mutual Insurance Co. of Westborough, Mass.

“These were unfortunate circumstances,” Svoleantopoulos said. “No one wants to see anybody get hurt.”

Svoleantopoulos said he was not aware of the incident until the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Boston. According to the lawsuit, Shields and a friend were asked to leave the club for unspecified reasons.

Shields and his friend obliged, but a confrontation ensued when a security member grabbed Shields around the neck and shoulder, the lawsuit states. Shields attempted to free himself, pushing the bouncer away and accidentally struck a female member of the security team, according to the lawsuit.

Svoleantopoulos disputed the claim that Shields was merely trying to defend himself.

“Had the young man not assaulted security, there would have been no need to restrain him,” Svoleantopoulos said.

Shields was taken first to Elliot Hospital after the incident, then transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Orlando said he had severe internal injuries and a traumatic brain injury.

“If this type of overreaction is to be avoided in the future, it was important that the club be held accountable for the conduct of his employees,” Orlando said in a statement.

No criminal charges were filed regarding the incident. - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/Mass.-man-awarded-$500k-in-lawsuit-settlement-against-Manchester-nightclub-where-he-was-injured-in-confrontation-with-security#sthash.nZxsepur.dpuf
MANCHESTER — A Massachusetts man has been awarded $500,000 in a settlement of a lawsuit filed against a Manchester nightclub where he was injured after a confrontation with security outside the club in December 2013.

Marc Shields, 23, suffered severe internal injuries that required multiple surgeries after the confrontation at Drynk at 20 Old Granite St. on Dec. 11, 2013, according to Joseph M. Orlando Sr., a Gloucester, Mass., attorney who represented Shields.

Orlando filed a civil suit seeking $1 million in damages. The case went to a mediator and was settled on Jan. 15, according to a document from Massachusetts Dispute Resolution Services signed by attorneys for both parties.

Shields, a student at Southern New Hampshire University at the time of the incident, is still recovering, Orlando said.

“He’s still looking forward to going back to school,” Orlando said. “Because of this he wasn’t able to graduate.”

Drynk is no longer in business, former owner Thomas Svoleantopoulos said Friday. Svoleantopoulos said the club was purchased in October by the group East Coast Service Industry Companies Inc., which opened a new club called Whiskey’s 20 at the same location with Svoleantopoulos serving as principal owner.

Although Svoleantopoulos disputed the claims club security “assaulted” Shields and other claims in the lawsuit, he said the settlement was handled by the former club’s insurer, Hospitality Mutual Insurance Co. of Westborough, Mass.

“These were unfortunate circumstances,” Svoleantopoulos said. “No one wants to see anybody get hurt.”

Svoleantopoulos said he was not aware of the incident until the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Boston. According to the lawsuit, Shields and a friend were asked to leave the club for unspecified reasons.

Shields and his friend obliged, but a confrontation ensued when a security member grabbed Shields around the neck and shoulder, the lawsuit states. Shields attempted to free himself, pushing the bouncer away and accidentally struck a female member of the security team, according to the lawsuit.

Svoleantopoulos disputed the claim that Shields was merely trying to defend himself.

“Had the young man not assaulted security, there would have been no need to restrain him,” Svoleantopoulos said.

Shields was taken first to Elliot Hospital after the incident, then transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Orlando said he had severe internal injuries and a traumatic brain injury.

“If this type of overreaction is to be avoided in the future, it was important that the club be held accountable for the conduct of his employees,” Orlando said in a statement.

No criminal charges were filed regarding the incident. - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/Mass.-man-awarded-$500k-in-lawsuit-settlement-against-Manchester-nightclub-where-he-was-injured-in-confrontation-with-security#sthash.nZxsepur.dpuf

MANCHESTER — A Massachusetts man has been awarded $500,000 in a settlement of a lawsuit filed against a Manchester nightclub where he was injured after a confrontation with security outside the club in December 2013.

Marc Shields, 23, suffered severe internal injuries that required multiple surgeries after the confrontation at Drynk at 20 Old Granite St. on Dec. 11, 2013, according to Joseph M. Orlando Sr., a Gloucester, Mass., attorney who represented Shields.

Orlando filed a civil suit seeking $1 million in damages. The case went to a mediator and was settled on Jan. 15, according to a document from Massachusetts Dispute Resolution Services signed by attorneys for both parties.

Shields, a student at Southern New Hampshire University at the time of the incident, is still recovering, Orlando said.

“He’s still looking forward to going back to school,” Orlando said. “Because of this he wasn’t able to graduate.”

Drynk is no longer in business, former owner Thomas Svoleantopoulos said Friday. Svoleantopoulos said the club was purchased in October by the group East Coast Service Industry Companies Inc., which opened a new club called Whiskey’s 20 at the same location with Svoleantopoulos serving as principal owner.

Although Svoleantopoulos disputed the claims club security “assaulted” Shields and other claims in the lawsuit, he said the settlement was handled by the former club’s insurer, Hospitality Mutual Insurance Co. of Westborough, Mass.

“These were unfortunate circumstances,” Svoleantopoulos said. “No one wants to see anybody get hurt.”

Svoleantopoulos said he was not aware of the incident until the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Boston. According to the lawsuit, Shields and a friend were asked to leave the club for unspecified reasons.

Shields and his friend obliged, but a confrontation ensued when a security member grabbed Shields around the neck and shoulder, the lawsuit states. Shields attempted to free himself, pushing the bouncer away and accidentally struck a female member of the security team, according to the lawsuit.

Svoleantopoulos disputed the claim that Shields was merely trying to defend himself.

“Had the young man not assaulted security, there would have been no need to restrain him,” Svoleantopoulos said.

Shields was taken first to Elliot Hospital after the incident, then transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Orlando said he had severe internal injuries and a traumatic brain injury.

“If this type of overreaction is to be avoided in the future, it was important that the club be held accountable for the conduct of his employees,” Orlando said in a statement.

No criminal charges were filed regarding the incident.
- See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/Mass.-man-awarded-$500k-in-lawsuit-settlement-against-Manchester-nightclub-where-he-was-injured-in-confrontation-with-security#sthash.nZxsepur.dpuf

MANCHESTER — A Massachusetts man has been awarded $500,000 in a settlement of a lawsuit filed against a Manchester nightclub where he was injured after a confrontation with security outside the club in December 2013.

Marc Shields, 23, suffered severe internal injuries that required multiple surgeries after the confrontation at Drynk at 20 Old Granite St. on Dec. 11, 2013, according to Joseph M. Orlando Sr., a Gloucester, Mass., attorney who represented Shields.

Orlando filed a civil suit seeking $1 million in damages. The case went to a mediator and was settled on Jan. 15, according to a document from Massachusetts Dispute Resolution Services signed by attorneys for both parties.

Shields, a student at Southern New Hampshire University at the time of the incident, is still recovering, Orlando said.

“He’s still looking forward to going back to school,” Orlando said. “Because of this he wasn’t able to graduate.”

Drynk is no longer in business, former owner Thomas Svoleantopoulos said Friday. Svoleantopoulos said the club was purchased in October by the group East Coast Service Industry Companies Inc., which opened a new club called Whiskey’s 20 at the same location with Svoleantopoulos serving as principal owner.

Although Svoleantopoulos disputed the claims club security “assaulted” Shields and other claims in the lawsuit, he said the settlement was handled by the former club’s insurer, Hospitality Mutual Insurance Co. of Westborough, Mass.

“These were unfortunate circumstances,” Svoleantopoulos said. “No one wants to see anybody get hurt.”

Svoleantopoulos said he was not aware of the incident until the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Boston. According to the lawsuit, Shields and a friend were asked to leave the club for unspecified reasons.

Shields and his friend obliged, but a confrontation ensued when a security member grabbed Shields around the neck and shoulder, the lawsuit states. Shields attempted to free himself, pushing the bouncer away and accidentally struck a female member of the security team, according to the lawsuit.

Svoleantopoulos disputed the claim that Shields was merely trying to defend himself.

“Had the young man not assaulted security, there would have been no need to restrain him,” Svoleantopoulos said.

Shields was taken first to Elliot Hospital after the incident, then transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Orlando said he had severe internal injuries and a traumatic brain injury.

“If this type of overreaction is to be avoided in the future, it was important that the club be held accountable for the conduct of his employees,” Orlando said in a statement.

No criminal charges were filed regarding the incident.
- See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/Mass.-man-awarded-$500k-in-lawsuit-settlement-against-Manchester-nightclub-where-he-was-injured-in-confrontation-with-security#sthash.nZxsepur.dpuf

MANCHESTER — A Massachusetts man has been awarded $500,000 in a settlement of a lawsuit filed against a Manchester nightclub where he was injured after a confrontation with security outside the club in December 2013.

Marc Shields, 23, suffered severe internal injuries that required multiple surgeries after the confrontation at Drynk at 20 Old Granite St. on Dec. 11, 2013, according to Joseph M. Orlando Sr., a Gloucester, Mass., attorney who represented Shields.

Orlando filed a civil suit seeking $1 million in damages. The case went to a mediator and was settled on Jan. 15, according to a document from Massachusetts Dispute Resolution Services signed by attorneys for both parties.

Shields, a student at Southern New Hampshire University at the time of the incident, is still recovering, Orlando said.

“He’s still looking forward to going back to school,” Orlando said. “Because of this he wasn’t able to graduate.”

Drynk is no longer in business, former owner Thomas Svoleantopoulos said Friday. Svoleantopoulos said the club was purchased in October by the group East Coast Service Industry Companies Inc., which opened a new club called Whiskey’s 20 at the same location with Svoleantopoulos serving as principal owner.

Although Svoleantopoulos disputed the claims club security “assaulted” Shields and other claims in the lawsuit, he said the settlement was handled by the former club’s insurer, Hospitality Mutual Insurance Co. of Westborough, Mass.

“These were unfortunate circumstances,” Svoleantopoulos said. “No one wants to see anybody get hurt.”

Svoleantopoulos said he was not aware of the incident until the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Boston. According to the lawsuit, Shields and a friend were asked to leave the club for unspecified reasons.

Shields and his friend obliged, but a confrontation ensued when a security member grabbed Shields around the neck and shoulder, the lawsuit states. Shields attempted to free himself, pushing the bouncer away and accidentally struck a female member of the security team, according to the lawsuit.

Svoleantopoulos disputed the claim that Shields was merely trying to defend himself.

“Had the young man not assaulted security, there would have been no need to restrain him,” Svoleantopoulos said.

Shields was taken first to Elliot Hospital after the incident, then transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Orlando said he had severe internal injuries and a traumatic brain injury.

“If this type of overreaction is to be avoided in the future, it was important that the club be held accountable for the conduct of his employees,” Orlando said in a statement.

No criminal charges were filed regarding the incident.
- See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/Mass.-man-awarded-$500k-in-lawsuit-settlement-against-Manchester-nightclub-where-he-was-injured-in-confrontation-with-security#sthash.nZxsepur.dpuf

MANCHESTER — A Massachusetts man has been awarded $500,000 in a settlement of a lawsuit filed against a Manchester nightclub where he was injured after a confrontation with security outside the club in December 2013.

Marc Shields, 23, suffered severe internal injuries that required multiple surgeries after the confrontation at Drynk at 20 Old Granite St. on Dec. 11, 2013, according to Joseph M. Orlando Sr., a Gloucester, Mass., attorney who represented Shields.

Orlando filed a civil suit seeking $1 million in damages. The case went to a mediator and was settled on Jan. 15, according to a document from Massachusetts Dispute Resolution Services signed by attorneys for both parties.

Shields, a student at Southern New Hampshire University at the time of the incident, is still recovering, Orlando said.

“He’s still looking forward to going back to school,” Orlando said. “Because of this he wasn’t able to graduate.”

Drynk is no longer in business, former owner Thomas Svoleantopoulos said Friday. Svoleantopoulos said the club was purchased in October by the group East Coast Service Industry Companies Inc., which opened a new club called Whiskey’s 20 at the same location with Svoleantopoulos serving as principal owner.

Although Svoleantopoulos disputed the claims club security “assaulted” Shields and other claims in the lawsuit, he said the settlement was handled by the former club’s insurer, Hospitality Mutual Insurance Co. of Westborough, Mass.

“These were unfortunate circumstances,” Svoleantopoulos said. “No one wants to see anybody get hurt.”

Svoleantopoulos said he was not aware of the incident until the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Boston. According to the lawsuit, Shields and a friend were asked to leave the club for unspecified reasons.

Shields and his friend obliged, but a confrontation ensued when a security member grabbed Shields around the neck and shoulder, the lawsuit states. Shields attempted to free himself, pushing the bouncer away and accidentally struck a female member of the security team, according to the lawsuit.

Svoleantopoulos disputed the claim that Shields was merely trying to defend himself.

“Had the young man not assaulted security, there would have been no need to restrain him,” Svoleantopoulos said.

Shields was taken first to Elliot Hospital after the incident, then transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Orlando said he had severe internal injuries and a traumatic brain injury.

“If this type of overreaction is to be avoided in the future, it was important that the club be held accountable for the conduct of his employees,” Orlando said in a statement.

No criminal charges were filed regarding the incident.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Nightclub, beaten patron reach $5 million settlement

- Associated Press Wednesday, 
August 26, 2015 
MIAMI (AP) - Attorneys say a young man who was attacked by a bouncer at a South Beach nightclub has received a $5 million settlement.  The lawyers representing 22-year-old Youness Adlan announced the settlement Wednesday. The Miami Herald (http://goo.gl/FEJ8L6 ) reports that it is the maximum amount covered by the club’s insurance.

Adlan had been a business student at Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island when he came to South Florida to celebrate the new year. A lawsuit claimed Adlan was outside Cameo nightclub in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2015 when bouncer Cody Quaife punched Adlan in the face. Adlan was in a coma for three months and remains unable to care for himself.

The club was owned by the Opium Group, but it was sold in March. A call by The Associated Press seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.

Court records show Quaife awaits trial on a felony battery charges.

VIA: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/26/nightclub-beaten-patron-reach-5-million-settlement/