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b2ap3_thumbnail_marques-gaines.pngHurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. represents the family of popular Chicago bartender Marques Gaines in their lawsuit against the convenience store chain 7-ELEVEN for Gaines’ violent death on February 7, 2016, on a Chicago street outside of the national chain’s State and Hubbard Street location. Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. filed the lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County alleging that the 7-ELEVEN store’s owners, operators and employees had a duty to protect Marcus Gaines while he was an innocent customer of the store. The lawsuit charges that 7-ELEVEN did not properly train personnel and did not provide adequate security during the store’s late-night hours of operation, when the store knew that high rates of criminal activity occurred in and around the store.

The complaint filed by Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. also charges two cab companies, Chicago Taxi and Globe Taxi, along with driver Mehdi Seyftolooi, with negligence in the wrongful death of Gaines.

In nationally televised interviews regarding this tragic death of Marques Gaines, trial attorney Christopher T. Hurley has stated, “There is no doubt about what happened on the morning that Marques Gaines was killed. The video record, culled from 7-ELEVEN’s own security cameras and City of Chicago surveillance tapes, shows the entire incident, from onset to escalation to horrific aftermath.”

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Contact: Tom Ciesielka, 312-422-1333, tc@tcpr.net

(April 21, 2016 – Chicago) The family of popular Chicago bartender Marques Gaines sued 7-ELEVEN today for Gaines’ death on the street outside of the national convenience store’s State and Hubbard Street location. There will be a press conference at 10 a.m. (Central) on April 21 outside of this store. Chicago law firm Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. filed the complaint today in the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of Phyllis Nelson, Gaines’ aunt. Nelson alleges that 7-ELEVEN store owners, operators and employees are culpable for her nephew’s death. The lawsuit charges that 7-ELEVEN did not properly train personnel and did not provide adequate security during the store’s late-night hours operation.

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