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Fallen dancer’s suit against Alton Ruritan Club dismissed

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By Ben Carlson

A Frankfort couple apparently won’t receive a dime in a lawsuit they filed last year against the Alton Ruritan Club.
Kathy and William Slaughter filed the lawsuit after she claimed she slipped and fell during a dance at the club.
She and her husband, William, filed suit against the club and two Lawrenceburg men who sponsored a dance at the club.
According to documents on file in Anderson Circuit Court, the case has been dismissed, with prejudice.
Kathy Slaughter claimed the club and two men — Sam Howard of 1124 Alton Station Road and James Davis, address unknown — placed a “slippery foreign substance” on the floor during the dance, causing her to fall and suffer “sustained serious permanent disabilities and bodily injuries,” according to a copy of the suit filed in Anderson Circuit Court.
The club is a non-profit group located on Alton Station Road.
Kathy Slaughter sought about $22,000 to cover medical bills plus compensation for future expenses, lost wages, physical pain, mental anguish and emotional stress that she will suffer for “the remainder of her life.”
Her husband, William, sought damages for the “loss of consortium and companionship with his wife.”
Neither placed an amount of punitive damages they are seeking. Court documents said those amounts are “beyond the jurisdictional requirements of this court.”
The club filed a third-party complaint, claiming the club was rented to Howard and that if any substance was placed on the floor, Howard is responsible.