Villano v. Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise
To prevail on a negligence complaint, a plaintiff must prove duty, breach of duty, causation and damages. In October 2010, the plaintiff, Sheila Villano, allegedly went to Foxwoods Casino to play bingo, observed an acquaintance, and rose to meet her acquaintance. Another player allegedly pushed a chair into the plaintiff's leg, and the plaintiff fell, hurting her leg. The plaintiff went to the hospital. The plaintiff sued the Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise, which moved for summary judgment and argued that the plaintiff failed to state a cause of action for negligence. The Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprises is not an insurer of business invitees. Allegations that a business invitee was injured on the premises are insufficient to prove that the Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise breached a duty and was negligent. Here, the plaintiff's complaint failed to adequately allege that the Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise breached a duty to the plaintiff, and that the breach proximately caused the plaintiff's damages. The court granted the defendant's motion for summary judgment.