A local gay country and western bar is now on the hook for monetary damages after a jury last month found the bar responsible for injuries relating to a 2011 incident, the Broward County Daily Business Review has reported.
Jeffrey Dinsmore, 35, said he was pushed to the ground where he hit his head and suffered a concussion at the now closed Stable bar in Fort Lauderdale. He claimed that he missed three months of work due to a medically diagnosed post-concussion syndrome.
Consequently, Dinsmore sued Stable’s owner, Scandals Bar & Lounge, for failing to properly train, supervise or interview staff. The company elected not to defend the case, and the court issued a default judgment, for failing to contest the claim. On December 30, 2015, a Broward County jury awarded Dinsmore $39,787 in damages.
SFGN contacted Ken Kelley, owner of Scandals, for a response.
“The Stable had liability insurance but the insurance carrier filed for receivership in 2014,” Kelley wrote in an email. He noted that a Broward Sheriff’s Office investigation cleared his bouncer, who he refused to identify, telling SFGN “I determined the incident was a non-issue and elected to not defend the case. End of story."
That however was not the case for Dinsmore’s attorney, Scott M. Behren of Weston. He nevertheless proceeded to trial on the issue of damages and secured the verdict last week against Scandals, the parent corporation of the Stable.
In August of 2015, the Stable, located at 205 E. Oakland Park Blvd., closed and merged its operations with Scandals Saloon, located at 3073 NE 6th Avenue in Wilton Manors.
Kelley declined to say if the bouncer is still employed by his company. Instead, he told SFGN that it “must be desperately searching for news to fill the pages of your publication if you feel this story has any merit or is newsworthy…it is tabloid journalism at its worst.”
RETRACTION: Our print edition incorrectly identified Ken Kelley in a picture. The picture is of Scandals bartender Todd, who had nothing to do with this story. We apologize for the error.