$4,000,000 settlement in wedding reception brawl

The family of a Chicago area man who died during a brawl at a Chicago area hotel has settled its various wrongful death lawsuits for a total of over four million dollars. The brawl started when guests from two different wedding receptions at the same hotel started fighting. One reception was for a sheriff’s deputy and the other was for the Cook County state’s attorney’s Bridgeview office. During the course of the brawl, the decedent was put into a fatal chokehold. The family filed personal injury lawsuits and successfully settled several lawsuits. The family settled for $1,500,000 with the hotel that had served its guests too much alcohol; $1,200,000 with the Countryside police department for failing to take control of the scene because they deferred to the sheriff’s deputy and his guests; $500,000 with the security service for failing to prevent the brawl; and other sums from individuals for their participation in the assault.

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