Patron blames Evil Olive bar, another customer for attack

By Robert Hadley | Jan 12, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County woman is suing the owners of a Chicago bar, alleging it overserved another patron who attacked her.

Krista Baum and Nick Psihos filed a lawsuit Jan. 8 in Cook County Circuit Court against Wladyslaw Kowynia Inc., doing business as Evil Olive, Sylvia Cheney and Olivia Driscol, alleging violations of the Dramshop Act.

According to the complaint, on Jan. 14, 2015, the Evil Olive bar continued to serve alcohol to Cheney, although she was obviously intoxicated and began acting in a threatening and aggressive manner. The suit says fellow patrons Baum and Psihos suffered disabling and disfiguring injuries and lost time from work as a result of Cheney’s attack.

The suit also alleges the bar owners should have ejected Cheney to protect Baum and Psihos from her drunken tirade.

Baum seeks damages of more than $50,000. She is represented by attorney Jon M. Topolewski of Ankin Law Office LLC in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2016-L000202

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