Northeast Times

Family of deceased man sues Club Risque

George Thomas Fadgen III

— At­tor­neys for the fam­ily of George Thomas Fadgen III filed the wrong­ful death com­plaint against Club Risque claim­ing the club con­tin­ued to serve Fadgen drinks after he be­came vis­ibly in­tox­ic­ated.

The fam­ily of a North­east man who crashed his car and died last Septem­ber after drink­ing at a Ta­cony gen­tle­men’s club has sued the busi­ness for al­legedly serving the man too much al­co­hol.

At­tor­neys for the fam­ily of George Thomas Fadgen III filed the wrong­ful death com­plaint against Club Risque in Phil­adelphia Com­mon Pleas Court on March 4.

The law­suit claims that the club, at 5921 Ta­cony St., con­tin­ued to serve Fadgen drinks for about four hours last Sept. 7 and 8, even after he be­came vis­ibly in­tox­ic­ated. Minutes after leav­ing the club, Fadgen crashed and flipped his car on north­bound In­ter­state 95 between the Bridge Street and Cottman Av­en­ue exits. Fadgen, 46, of the 11800 block of Basile Road, was ejec­ted from the vehicle and died at the scene from mul­tiple in­jur­ies.

No oth­er vehicles were in­volved. Fadgen’s blood-al­co­hol con­tent soon after his death was meas­ured at 0.19 per­cent, more than twice the leg­al lim­it for driv­ing, ac­cord­ing to the law­suit.

The court fil­ing states that Fadgen ar­rived at the club at about 10:15 p.m. and left at about 2 a.m. In that time, he with­drew $100 on three oc­ca­sions from an auto­mated tell­er ma­chine in­side the busi­ness, at 10:15 p.m., 1 a.m. and 1:55 a.m.

Dur­ing those hours, the law­suit claims, the club em­ployed “shot girls” to walk around the club and sell al­co­hol to pat­rons, in ad­di­tion to drinks served by bar­tenders. “Shot girls” were com­pensated for each shot they sold.

“Club em­ploy­ees get com­mis­sions on every shot poured so there is fin­an­cial in­cent­ive to over­look, as in the case of Mr. Fadgen, a cus­tom­er who is vis­ibly in­tox­ic­ated and should be shut off,” said Mi­chael F. Bar­rett, an at­tor­ney with Saltz, Mon­geluzzi, Bar­rett & Bendesky. “With every shot, prac­tic­ally up un­til the club closed, Mr. Fadgen was one ounce closer to his un­timely and pre­vent­able death.”

A man­ager for Club Risque told the North­east Times that the busi­ness had no com­ment re­gard­ing the law­suit.

Bar­rett’s firm and co-coun­sel Bern­ard M. Gross, P.C., rep­res­ent Fadgen’s fath­er, George Fadgen Jr., who is the ad­min­is­trat­or of his son’s es­tate.

Ac­cord­ing to a death no­tice re­leased last Septem­ber by John F. Givn­ish Fu­ner­al Home, Fadgen III was sur­vived by his par­ents, a sis­ter and ex­ten­ded fam­ily. He gradu­ated from St. Martha School in 1980, Arch­bish­op Ry­an in 1984 and Bucks County Com­munity Col­lege in 2000. He worked as a com­puter tech­ni­cian.

The law­suit claims that Club Risque failed to train and su­per­vise its em­ploy­ees prop­erly in ac­cord­ance with Pennsylvania’s li­quor laws and seeks dam­ages in ex­cess of $50,000. ••

Re­port­er Wil­li­am Kenny can be reached at 215-354-3031 or wkenny@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at wkenny@bsmphilly.com.

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