Lawsuit Against Diamond’s Gentlemen’s Club Regarding Letting Homatas Drive Drunk Settled for $1 Million

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The lawsuit against a Diamond’s Gentlemen’s Club, a West Chicago strip club has been settled for $1 million with $800,000 going to Ryan Simmons, husband of April Simmons, and $200,000 to the family of John Chiariello.

In January 2006, John Homatas and John Chiariello left Diamond’s after Diamond’s employees put Homatas in the driver’s seat of his car when he was found vomiting in the strip club’s bathroom. About 15 minutes later Homatas car crashed head-on into an SUV driven by April Simmons. The crash killed Homatas’ passenger John Chiariello, and the SUV driver April Simmons, and her unborn child.

Since the club argued that they did not bear responsibility for the crash because they do not serve alcohol. The Illinois Supreme Court ruled in March that Diamond’s did bear some responsibility for the crash. The Supreme Court ruling led to talks between the defendant and the plaintiffs. The settlement was then finalized on July 23.

The clubs maximum insurance amount on the insurance policy was $1 million.

John Homatas, 29, is serving a 12-year prison term for aggravated DUI and reckless homicide. He was found guilty following a 2007 trial in Kane County court.

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