Man sues Lan's Old Town over head-butting employee

Dan Harkins Apr. 9, 2015, 3:09pm

A Chicago man is suing a local establishment for an injury suffered after receiving a "friendly" head-butt from an employee, who had reportedly been drinking alcohol with customers.

Joshua Kaye filed suit against Old Town Lans Inc. on March 9 in Cook County Circuit Court.

On Aug. 17, 2013, Kaye, of Chicago, was a customer of Lan's Old Town, at 1507 N. Sedgwick St. Kaye claims that Jimmy Y. Ma, the employee, had been drinking "for many hours," according to the lawsuit. 

While celebrating his birthday, Kaye was allegedly approached by Ma, whom the lawsuit alleges first hugged, then head-butted Kaye in the head, causing a gaping laceration over his eye. The plaintiff claims the altercation was unprovoked; further, that the owner of the establishment knew that Ma "had been known on other occasions to head-butt restaurant patrons as a non-violent expression of congratulations or an expression of the defendant's warmth and friendliness toward their costumer drinking buddies of the evening," according to the lawsuit. 

The lawsuit requests compensation in excess of $50,000, in addition to damages and costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Jeffrey Deutschman of Deutschman and Associates of Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 15-L-2397

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