Couple sue Llanerch Country Club and members after alleged assault

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 7, 2019

MEDIA — A husband and wife are suing Llanerch Country Club, Stephen Devitis and Richard Devitis, country club and members, citing alleged defamation/slander, loss of consortium, malicious prosecution and negligence.

Scott and Eileen Hunter filed a complaint on Dec. 21, in the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County against the defendants, alleging they failed their duty to control an unruly and belligerent guest.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Nov. 24, 2017, plaintiff Scott Hunter sustained damages, including pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and legal costs, as a result of the wrongful conduct of defendant Stephen Devitis who, in a drunken state, threatened, attacked and assaulted plaintiff and other guests of defendant Llanerch Country Club at 950 West Chester Pike in Havertown. 

Plaintiffs say Stephen Devitis subsequently provided false statements to bring criminal prosecution toward plaintiff. Additionally, plaintiff Eileen Hunter was deprived of her spouse's consortium, the suit says.

The plaintiffs hold Llanerch Country Club, Stephen Devitis and Richard Devitis responsible because the defendants allegedly created unreasonable risks to invitees by serving alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person, threatened to assault invitees in the premises, and failed to prevent the altercation between invitees.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendants for compensatory damages in excess of $50,000, interest, including delay damages, and other relief the court deems necessary. They are represented by Gerard Egan and Brian McCarthy of Egan & McCarthy, Attorneys At Law in Exton.

The Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County Case No. is 18-CV-10170.

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