Littlejohn suit dismissed

A suit filed by 2010 Scotts Bluff County Fair Queen Jessica Littlejohn and her father claiming three county entities were negligent when Jessica Littlejohn was charged and struck by a bull inside the Fair Rodeo arena in Mitchell has been dismissed.

Scotts Bluff County District Judge Leo Dobrovolny Tuesday threw out the case, ruling that the defendants were not served within the required six month time frame after the suit was filed in August of 2012.

The three defendants left in the case were the Scotts Bluff County Ag Society, the Scotts Bluff County Fair Board and the Scotts Bluff County Fair Board Pageant. Lincoln Attorney Sam Segrist had dismissed Scotts Bluff County from the case in March of last year.

Gering attorney Bob Brenner had maintained the Gering Fair Board Pageant was not an official entity, but Judge Dobrovolny did not rule on that motion in dismissing the case.

Littlejohn, other contestants in the Fair Pageant and the reigning Miss Nebraska and future Miss America Teresa Scanlan were being introduced to the crowd prior to the August 6th, 2010 bull riding event when a bull broke free from the chute, hit Littlejohn, and threw her into the air.

Littlejohn was hospitalized after suffering a concussion and other injuries. The suit asked for at least $29,000 in medical costs and other damages for serious personal, emotional, and psychological injuries in addition to a brain and closed head injury.

The suit maintained the defendants were negligent for not confining the bull to its pen, for placing the contestants in front of the pens with their backs to the bulls, and for failing to warn the contestants of the danger they were being exposed to.

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