News & opinion All About Dram Shop Law

All About Dram Shop Law

hen

d

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ccident h

ppens, it might seem obvious to pl

ce the bl

me on the intoxic

ted d

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    h

    t is Dm Shop L?<><

    li>

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    h

    ef=”#li

    bility">

    ho is Li

    ble Unde

    D

    m Shop L

    ? ><

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  • <
    h

    ef=”#evidence”>Evidence in

    Dm Shop C

    se ><

    li>

  • <
    h

    ef=”#d

    m

    ges”>D

    m

    ges in

    Dm Shop C

    se ><

    li>

  • <
    h

    ef=”#st

    tutes">St

    tutes of Limit

    tions fo

    D

    m Shop C

    ses<><

    li>

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    h

    ef=”#soci

    l-host">Soci

    l Host Li

    bility<><

    li>

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    h

    ef=”#st

    te-ls">Dm Shop Ls by St

    te ><

    li>

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    h

    ef=”#get-help-no

    ">Get Help f

    om

    D

    unk D

    iving

    ccident L

    ye

    No

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    li>

    h

    t is Dm Shop L?<

    h2>
    Let’s st

    t

    ith some histo

    ic

    l linguistics, sh

    ll

    e? "Dm" comes f

    om the B

    itish

    o

    d "dchm,"

    unit of volume used in

    pothecy me

    su

    ements. Ove

    time it g

    e

    to

    efe

    to liquo

    , pticully

    hiskey

    nd gin. Bs

    nd t

    ve

    ns kno

    n fo

    selling liquo

    in sm

    ll inc

    ements

    e

    e then c

    lled “d

    m shops.” (Tod

    y, if you o

    de

    “d

    m” of something, the ex

    ct

    mount you’ll get depends on

    he

    e you go — sometimes it’s

    spoonful, sometimes it's

    shot gl

    ss!) Dm shop ls d

    te b

    ck to the 19th centu

    y’s tempe

    nce movement, the p

    ecu

    so

    to P

    ohibition.

    est

    u

    nt o

    ne

    s, club o

    ne

    s,

    nd b o

    ne

    s m

    y be li

    ble if

    p

    t

    on

    ho dnk

    t thei

    est

    blishment

    ent on to get behind the

    heel

    nd c

    use

    d

    unk d

    iving

    ccident. <

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    llo

    s individu

    ls inju

    ed in d

    unk d

    iving

    ccidents to pl

    ce bl

    me on

    n est

    blishment th

    t se

    ved

    lcoholic beveges — if

    n intoxic

    ted p

    t

    on se

    ved the

    e c

    used

    n

    ccident.

    Long sto

    y sho

    t, if

    d

    unk d

    ive

    hits you, it is possible fo

    you to sue the b he c

    me f

    om. Don’t ove

    look this

    oute

    hen you’

    e pu

    suing <

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    tion

    fte d

    unk d

    iving

    ccident >! The

    e

    e t

    o types of dm shop c

    ses:

    Fi

    st-Pty Dm Shop C

    ses

    Believe it o

    not, in some st

    tes,

    d

    unk d

    ive

    c

    n sue the b they just c

    me f

    om! In

    fi

    st-pty dm shop c

    se, if

    pe

    son

    s intoxic

    ted

    hile they

    e

    e inju

    ed in

    n

    ccident they c

    used, they c

    n sue the est

    blishment

    he

    e they

    e

    e se

    ved

    lcohol. These c

    ses c

    n be

    n uphill b

    ttle, especi

    lly if they go to t

    i

    l, bec

    use judges

    nd ju

    ies tend to vie

    this

    s

    n issue of pe

    son

    l

    esponsibility. Single-vehicle

    ccidents —

    he

    e only the d

    unk d

    ive

    s h

    med — h

    ve bette

    ch

    nces of success th

    n multi-vehicle

    ccidents.

    Dm Shop L &

    mp; Mino

    s<

    h4>
    The fede

    l minimum d

    inking

    ge

    s

    ised to 21 ye

    s old in 1984. Befo

    e th

    t, it v

    ied f

    om st

    te to st

    te,

    ith Ne

    Yo

    k, C

    lifo

    ni

    ,

    nd Ohio setting the leg

    l d

    inking

    ge

    s lo

    s 16!

    Tod

    y, dm shop l comes into pl

    y if

    n est

    blishment se

    ves

    lcohol to

    mino

    . In Tex

    s

    nd Ne

    Je

    sey, if

    mino

    s se

    ved

    lcohol

    nd then got into

    n

    ccident of

    ny kind, the mino

    o

    thei

    leg

    l gu

    di

    ns c

    n sue the b

    fo

    d

    m

    ges! This

    ould be

    nothe

    ex

    mple of

    fi

    st-pty dm shop c

    se.

    Thi

    d-Pty Dm Shop C

    ses

    Thi

    d-pty dm shop c

    ses

    e f

    mo

    e common th

    n fi

    st-pty dm shop c

    ses.

    In

    thi

    d-p

    ty d

    m shop c

    se, victims hit by

    d

    unk d

    ive

    o

    p

    ssenge

    s

    ho

    e

    e

    iding

    ith

    d

    unk d

    ive

    c

    n file

    cl

    im

    g

    inst the b

    th

    t se

    ved the d

    ive

    e

    lie

    th

    t night.

    To cl

    ify, he

    e’s

    hypothetic

    l

    ccident: J

    ne is ove

    se

    ved

    t

    b

    nd gets into

    c

    ccident

    ith Tim

    s she is le

    ving. Both of them could file suit

    g

    inst the b. J

    ne

    ould be the fi

    st-p

    ty cl

    im

    nt

    nd Tim

    ould be the thi

    d-pty cl

    im

    nt.

    est

    unts<

    li>

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    -level="1">clubs<

    li>

  • i

    -level="1">t

    ve

    ns<

    li>

  • i

    -level="1">bs<

    li>

M

ny est

blishments th

t se

ve

lcohol c

y li

bility insunce to p

otect themselves in these situ

tions. Ho

eve

, in

ddition to h

ving to compens

te victims, othe

consequences include fines

nd the

evoc

tion of

liquo

license.

emembe

, in

dm shop c

se, you

e pu

suing compens

tion f

om the est

blishment in

ddition to the d

unk d

ive

, not inste

d of the d

unk d

ive

.

Civil l

suits c

n

lso be filed

g

inst the individu

l se

ve

o

b

tende

ho ove

se

ved

d

unk d

ive

.

Dete

mining li

bility in

ny c

ccident c

se c

n be difficult, but

n expe

ienced d

unk d

iving l

ye

kno

s ho

to pu

sue

ll li

ble p

ties

nd m

ximize you

settlement

mount. Ho

c

n they

chieve this? Let’s t

ke

look.

Evidence in

D

m Shop C

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im

nts in

dm shop c

se need to p

ove the est

blishment in question

s negligent. This me

ns p

oving the est

blishment’s o

ne

o

employees kne

— oe

son

bly should h

ve kno

n —

p

t

on

s intoxic

ted, but kept se

ving them

nyy. Evidence in

d

m shop c

se m

y include:

  • i

    -level="1">

    itness testimony

  • i

    -level="1">soci

    l medi

    posts<

    li>

  • i

    -level="1">su

    veill

    nce foot

    ge of the p

    t

    on beh

    ving visibly intoxic

    ted

  • i

    -level="1">othe

    video sou

    ces, like c

    me

    phones o

    soci

    l medi

    feeds<

    li>

  • i

    -level="1">police

    ccident

    epo

    ts, b

    e

    th

    lyzeesults,

    nd field sob

    iety test

    esults

  • i

    -level="1">

    eceipts o

    eco

    ds of c

    edit c

    d ch

    ges sho

    ing ho

    m

    ny d

    inks

    e

    e pu

    ch

    sed

b m

y

lso be in leg

l t

ouble if it se

ves

p

t

on

fte

"l

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ll" o

closing time, o

ithout checking ID.

medic

l bills fo

su

ge

ies, di

gnostic im

ging,

mbul

nce

ides,

nd mo

e

  • i

    -level="1">p

    esc

    iption medic

    tions

  • i

    -level="1">physic

    l the

    py

  • i

    -level="1">mobility

    ids like

    heelch

    i

    s<

    li>

  • i

    -level="1">home

    enov

    tions (

    heelch

    i

    mps, g

    b b

    s, etc.)

  • i

    -level="1">lost ges

    nd lost e

    ning potenti

    l<

    li>

  • i

    -level="1">p

    ope

    ty d

    m

    ge

    nd

    uto

    ep

    i
  • i

    -level="1">

    ent

    l vehicles<

    li>

  • i

    -level="1">p

    in

    nd suffe

    ing

  • i

    -level="1">dis

    bility o

    disfigu

    ement

  • i

    -level="1">loss of enjoyment of life<

    li>

  • i

    -level="1">funel

    nd bu

    i

    l expenses, in the event of

    f

    t

    l d

    unk d

    iving

    ccident

  • Be

    e: some st

    tes limit the

    mount of compens

    tion

    cl

    im

    nt c

    n get f

    om

    d

    m shop c

    se.

    c

    ccident lye

    c

    n help you develop the best sttegy foecove

    ing f

    om the d

    m

    ge c

    used by

    d

    unk d

    ive

    .

    St

    tutes of Limit

    tions fo

    D

    m Shop C

    ses<

    h2>
    Some st

    tes

    equi

    e inju

    ed victims to give fo

    m

    l

    itten notice of thei

    dm shop cl

    im. Time limits fo

    p

    oviding this m

    nd

    to

    y notice c

    n be

    s sho

    t

    s 60 d

    ys.

    St

    tutes of limit

    tions fo

    dm shop c

    ses

    nd othe

    c

    ccident c

    ses v

    y f

    om st

    te to st

    te. Fo

    mo

    e guid

    nce on

    h

    t de

    dlines you’ll need to meet, consult

    <

    h

    ef=”https://c

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    vices

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    ney

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    efe

    e

    ">d

    unk d

    iving

    ccident

    tto

    ney >.

    thing? Yep! Event li

    bility insunce is

    v

    il

    ble to the hosts of p

    iv

    te events.)

    Dm Shop Ls by St

    te

    D

    m shop l

    s

    e est

    blished

    t the st

    te level, not by the fedel gove

    nment. The

    efo

    e, d

    m shop l

    definition v

    ies f

    om st

    te to st

    te. Belo

    e b

    ief ove

    vie

    s of dm shop ls in the e

    s

    he

    e ou

    fi

    m cu

    ently h

    s physic

    l offices.

    D

    m Shop L

    in Tex

    s<

    h3>

    cco

    ding to the <

    h

    ef=”https://st

    tutes.c

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    nk”

    el="nofollo

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    efe

    e

    ">Tex

    s

    lcoholic Bevege Code<>,

    b

    o

    et

    ile

    is li

    ble if it sold, se

    ved, o

    otheise p

    ovided

    n

    lcoholic beve

    ge to

    customeho s “obviously intoxic

    ted to the extent th

    t he p

    esented

    cle d

    nge

    to themself

    nd othe

    s”

    nd th

    t customeent on to c

    use inju

    ies

    nd p

    ope

    ty d

    m

    ge due to intoxic

    tion. Dm shop li

    bility is still subject to the limit

    tions of comp

    tive

    esponsibility in Tex

    s.  Fo

    ex

    mple, if

    d

    unk d

    ive

    is found to be mo

    e th

    n 51%

    esponsible fon

    ccident, the b

    o

    est

    unt

    ould be tot

    lly

    bsolved of li

    bility.

    ddition

    lly, Tex

    s does not h

    ve

    ny li

    bility fo

    soci

    l hosts, unless the host h

    s given

    lcohol to

    mino

    ho is not thei

    o

    n child.

    fte not

    ble d

    m shop l

    suit in 1983, Tex

    s expe

    ienced

    6.5% dec

    e

    se in single-vehicle nighttime

    ccidents th

    t c

    used inju

    y,

    ith

    5.8% dec

    e

    se the follo

    ing ye

    .

    D

    m Shop L

    in Louisi

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    n

    does not h

    ve dm shop ls. In f

    ct, Louisi

    n

    l

    ctu

    lly p

    otects est

    blishments

    nd soci

    l hosts f

    om li

    bility.

    Unde

    <

    h

    ef="http:

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    n

    l<>:
    • -level=”1″>Consuming

      lcoholic beveges is the p

      oxim

      te c

      use of inju

      y

      nd p

      ope

      ty d

      m

      ge, not se

      ving beveges to

      nothe

      .<

      li>

    • i

      -level="1">Businesses o

      employees

      ho sell o

      se

      ve

      lcohol

      e not li

      ble fo

      inju

      y, de

      th, o

      p

      ope

      ty d

      m

      ge c

      used by

      n intoxic

      ted pe

      son.<

      li>

    • i

      -level="1">Soci

      l hosts

      ho se

      ve o

      supply

      lcohol to thei

      guests c

      nnot be held li

      ble fo

      inju

      y, de

      th, o

      p

      ope

      ty d

      m

      ge c

      used by

      n intoxic

      ted pe

      son.<

      li>

    Ho

    eve

    , the

    e e

    fe

    scenios in

    hich

    Louisi

    n

    cou

    t might hold

    thi

    d p

    ty p

    ti

    lly li

    ble fo

    d

    unk d

    iving

    ccident, such

    s:

    • i

      -level="1">

      business, employee, o

      soci

      l host se

      ves

      lcohol to

      mino
    • i

      -level="1">Someone fo

      ces someone else to consume

      lcoholic beveges<

      li>

    • i

      -level="1">

      business o

      employee cl

      ims

      n

      lcoholic beve

      ge is non-

      lcoholic, misle

      ding

      custome

    D

    m Shop L

    in C

    lifo

    ni

    <

    h3>
    C

    lifo

    ni

    Civil Code section 1714 limits thi

    d-p

    ty li

    bility fo

    d

    unk d

    iving

    ccidents by st

    ting “the fu

    nishing of

    lcoholic beve

    ges is not the p

    oxim

    te c

    use of inju

    ies

    esulting f

    om intoxic

    tion, but the

    the consumption of

    lcoholic beveges is the p

    oxim

    te c

    use of inju

    ies." Ho

    eve

    , the

    e

    e exceptions. One is

    hen

    ny p

    ent, gu

    di

    n, o

    othe

    dult,

    t thei

    pl

    ce of

    esidence, kno

    ingly p

    ovides

    lcohol to

    nyone belo

    21 yes of

    ge. In this c

    se, the

    dult c

    n be held li

    ble fo

    ny d

    m

    ge done by the mino

    , to themself o

    othe

    s.

    nothe

    exception is

    hen

    business p

    ovides

    lcohol “to

    ny obviously intoxic

    ted mino

    .”

    Fu

    the

    mo

    e, pe

    C

    lifo

    ni

    Business &

    mp; P

    ofessions Code §25602, it is

    misdeme

    no

    to sell, give

    y, o

    othe

    ise p

    ovide

    n

    lcoholic bevege to:
    • -level=”1″>

      ny “h

      bitu

      l o

      common d

      unkd”<

      li>

    • i

      -level="1">

      ny “obviously intoxic

      ted pe

      son”

    D

    m Shop L

    in Geo

    gi

    Geo

    gi

    ’s d

    m shop l

    c

    n be found in Section 51-1-40 of the Geo

    gi

    Code. It st

    tes th

    t in genel, the consumption of

    lcohol, not the s

    le o

    fu

    nishing of

    lcohol, “is the p

    oxim

    te c

    use of

    ny inju

    y, including de

    th

    nd p

    ope

    ty d

    m

    ge, inflicted by

    n intoxic

    ted pe

    son upon himself o

    upon

    nothe

    pe

    son.”

    Ho

    eve

    , Geo

    gi

    ’s d

    m shop l

    is

    little mo

    e specific th

    n othe

    st

    tes in th

    t it’s

    ll

    bout context. It only holds businesses, se

    ve

    s,

    nd soci

    l hosts li

    ble if:
    • -level=”1″>they se

      ve

      lcohol to

      minoithout

      p

      ent’s pe

      mission<

      li>

    • i

      -level="1">they se

      ve

      lcohol to

      notice

      bly intoxic

      ted pe

      son, kno

      ing th

      t the pe

      son “

      ill soon be d

      iving

      moto

      vehicle”

    It c

    n be t

    icky to p

    ove

    hethe

    o

    not the se

    ve

    kne

    the customeould soon be d

    iving

    moto

    vehicle, but

    c

    ccident l

    ye

    c

    n help you compile the evidence you need.

    Get Help f

    om

    D

    unk D

    iving

    ccident L

    ye

    No

    By m

    king

    esponsible choices, p

    t

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