Gold Club non-suited from bouncer assault suit

David Yates Mar. 22, 2013, 5:07pm

A suit alleging a Gold Club bouncer exceeded the limits of his job duty by sucker punching Johnathan Osborne has been dismissed with prejudice. 

As previously reported, Osborne filed his suit against Fannett Entertainment, doing business as Gold Club, and club employee Caleb Britt on Feb. 6, 2012, in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show that on Aug. 15 Osborne filed a motion to compel mediation, requesting that the court order one-half day mediation at the Dispute Resolution Center.

On March 8 Osborne filed a motion for non-suit with prejudice, which was grated three days later, court papers say.

The lawsuit alleged that on Dec. 31, 2011, Osborne and his girlfriend, a Gold Club employee who was not working the night of the incident, were at the establishment for New Year’s Eve.

Osborne and his girlfriend “got into a small argument” and he was forcefully removed from the club. While outside, Gold Club employees verbally and even physically attacked him.

“Osborne was ‘sucker punched’ by Caleb Britt, an employee of Gold Club,” the suit states.

“Plaintiff was knocked to the ground, suffering a nasal fracture, concussion, brain and head injuries … as a result of Caleb Britt exceeding the limits of his job duties.”

Gold Club was accused of negligently failing to hire and train its employees and handle minor disputes non-violently.

Beaumont attorney John Morgan represents Osborne.

Houston attorney Willie Daw III represents Britt.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. D191-878

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