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Champaign Bar Escapes Liability for Negligent Eviction

September 2020

Heineke & Burke secured an appellate victory in February 2020 for a Champaign bar accused of negligently evicting a drunk patron. A three-judge panel issued a published opinion affirming dismissal of a suit accusing Round Robin Enterprises of negligence and violation of the Illinois Dram Shop.

The second district held our client owed no duty and did not proximately cause the fatal fall that occurred while the patron walked home. The court also held the Illinois Dram Shop Act preempted the negligence claim.