Beer lawsuit capped

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Court records indicate Cory Stillson “submitted a notice of dismissal” on July 20. Ottawa County Circuit Judge Jon Van Allsburg ruled the lawsuit dismissed with prejudice the same day.

The lawsuit against the Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. of Akron, Ohio, was filed in early May, almost a year after the alleged incident.

Thirsty Dog official John Najeway said Friday he was unaware the lawsuit had been dismissed. He otherwise declined to comment because, as far as he knew, it was still pending litigation.

It was unknown whether or not a settlement had been made.

“We agreed to dismiss it,” said Grand Rapids attorney Jason Barrix, who was representing Stillson. Barrix would not comment further.

Stillson claimed that on June 6, 2011, he started opening a bottle of “beer-ale” manufactured by Thirsty Dog.

“When upon opening the bottle, there was an explosion resulting in the bottle cap striking the plaintiff in the face,” the lawsuit read.

Barrix clarified for a previous story that the man was using a bottle opener.

The lawsuit claimed that Stillson suffered injuries to his face, lip and nose, and that he went to the hospital for treatment. In addition to the facial injuries, the lawsuit claimed that Stillson incurred “pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other economic loss, fright and shock.”

Barrix said this was a case of product liability.

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