Court tosses customer’s lawsuit against Dover Downs casino

DOVER — A Dover man’s lawsuit seeking $700,000 for alleged mental distress caused by a valet’s refusal to park his vehicle was dismissed on Tuesday.

Chad Ivan Daniels claimed he was “emotionally distraught, suffered from headaches, and could not sleep at night” after an alleged incident at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino on Jan. 1, 2017, according to a five-page order from Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Clark.

The court noted the plaintiff did not assert he was physically injured or intentionally abused emotionally by a Dover Downs employee, and had no claim.

“There are no reasonably conceivable set of circumstances susceptible of proof under the complaint that would justify recovery of personal injury damages for this breach of contract claim,” Judge Clark determined.

Filing his own complaint in civil court, Mr. Daniels alleged he had a platinum card membership that came with free valet parking, which was denied by Dover Downs staff.

He claimed a valet refused service “because he had ‘abused the privilege,’ was not tipping valets, and was being argumentative,” according to the order.

With the emotional distress allegation nullified, the court said it had no basis to consider any other contentions made by Mr. Daniels in the lawsuit.

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