Man sues over injuries he claims came from contaminated beer

Man claims beer from keg at American Legion post burned his mouth, throat and internal organs.
TNS Regional News
Jul 16, 2014


A Maumee man who claims beer from a contaminated keg at the local American Legion post burned his mouth, throat, and internal organs has filed suit in Lucas County Common Pleas Court against the post and the contractor hired to clean its equipment.

William R. McLaughlin said in the complaint that Tom McDermott, who does business as Tom’s Coil Cleaning in Pemberville, used “harsh, toxic, and dangerous chemicals” to clean the taps, lines, and hoses connected to the beer kegs at American Legion Post No. 320 at 617 Sackett St. then failed to purge and remove the chemicals from the lines serving the Budweiser keg.

Mr. McLaughlin, who said he managed the restaurant at the post as a volunteer, drank beer from the Budweiser keg July 15, 2013, after Mr. McDermott left, “not knowing that it contained a dangerous brew of toxic and dangerous chemicals burning his mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, and intestines.”

He had to have part of his organs surgically removed, the complaint states, and amassed medical expenses of more than $30,000.

His attorney, Daniel Grna, said his client was the only one who drank from the contaminated keg.

The lawsuit, which has been assigned to Judge Myron Duhart, alleges that both Tom’s Coil Cleaning and Post 320 were negligent — the equipment cleaner for failing to clean the chemicals out of the lines and failing to warn anyone about them, and the post for failing to warn Mr. McLaughlin that such chemicals were used to clean the taps, lines, and hoses to its kegs.

He is seeking more than $25,000 in damages.


By Jennifer Feehan - The Blade, Toledo, Ohio (MCT)

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Keystone Light and PBR have that affect on me also. I passed things I ate at my wedding 5 years ago !


Seeking more than $25K in damages for $30K worth of medical expenses?

Is this a misprint?

Gotta factor in atty. fees also.


J Cooper

Stop the presses the expert on all subjects doesn't know something, or else he lacks reading comprehension skills. His copy and paste failed him? I'll keep it simple for you. The article read seeking MORE than $25,000, which is the statutory amount that must be pled under Ohio Civil Rule 8a, Claims for Relief, the actual amount will be determined by the finder of fact, judge or a jury based on actual lose. Amazing what you can find in a box of Trix...


Thanks for responding to my question.

There's an amateur J.D. on boxes of Trix now too?

J Cooper

Since you got "lemon sours" from your box of Fruit Loops...


Re: "from your box of Fruit Loops"

Imitation is the best form of flattery.

Have a nice day, Sport.

J Cooper

Whatever it take chuckles, have a pleasant day...


...hear hear hear hear hear stoppit ...can't you two see you love each other?


Re: "can't you two see you love each other?"

Already spoken for. The stalking troll will sadly be heartbroken. :_(


...laughing with you ; )

J Cooper

Can't help he has a man crush, not interested, long term happy marriage with a real life. I don't think his relationship with his 12 cats can be considered spoken for.



"They're giving away amateur psychology degrees in boxes of Trix now?"

- Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:59pm

My 'joke,' his/her flattery.

It's a one-sided love affair. :)

J Cooper

Time for the meds chuckles you're off the deep end. Push the call button and ask the nurse for your pudding cup with the sprinkles that make you feel better and stop the voices.

Dr. Information

Ooooooweeeeee, was it just me Bill or did that 20 oncer have a bit of extra kick in it?