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Sunseri v. Puccia

422 N.E.2d 925 (1981)

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Sunseri v. Puccia

Illinois Appellate Court

422 N.E.2d 925 (1981)

Facts

Samuel J. Sunseri (plaintiff) was at a bar and restaurant owned by Patrick Puccia (defendant). Larry Goeske (defendant) was employed as the bartender. When Sunseri arrived at the bar, Goeske asked to see his identification. Sunseri showed Goeske his identification, then complained to a friend about being carded. Goeske became angry about Sunseri’s remark, eventually beating up Sunseri and gnawing Sunseri’s ear, part of which had to be amputated as a result. Puccia and several others watched the assault of Sunseri but made no effort to stop Goeske or otherwise intervene. Sunseri sued Goeske and Puccia, and the trial court granted a directed verdict in favor of Puccia. Sunseri appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Hartman, J.)

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