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OU asks court to dismiss lawsuit

Ohio University filed a response in the Ohio Court of Claims asking the court to dismiss the claims of a West Virginia man, who is suing for lost wages.

Russel Lyon, of Huntington, W. Va., filed a lawsuit against OU after he fell down stairs at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium while attending a play in January 2009. Lyon is suing OU for $25,000 to cover medical, hospital and rehabilitation costs.

OU responded to the complaint Thursday denying Lyon's claims and asking the court to dismiss the complaint.

He claims he suffered acute subdural brain bleeding, moderate traumatic brain injuries and contusions causing memory problems, language problems and dizziness, according to court documents.

Lyon said these injuries occurred because he tripped and fell down the staircase after the house lights darkened, according to court documents.

In the complaint, he claims the incident occurred because OU failed to properly light, maintain and warn the public about the dangers of the stairs, according to Lyon's complaint.

OU denies all allegations in the complaint and states that the incident occurred because of Lyon's own negligence. In the response, OU states it cannot be held responsible for the incident and the case should be dismissed, according to court documents.


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