News & opinion Texas Dram Shop Laws – Holding Bars Accountable

Texas Dram Shop Laws – Holding Bars Accountable

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> > In Tex

s, it is illeg

l fo btende

o

se

ve

to se

ve

lcohol to someone th

t is obviously intoxic

ted.  If

b

o

est

unt does so, they m

y be held li

ble fo

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used by the d

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on unde

the Tex

s "Dm Shop" ls.  In the 1980s, the n

tion’s

ttention s d

n to the d

m

ge being done by d

unk d

ive

s.  O

g

niz

tions like Mothe

s

g

inst D

unk D

iving ("M

DD”)

ised

eness

nd helped est

blish

fme

o

k of c

imin

l

nd civil l

s to help b

ing d

unk d

ive

s to justice.  They

lso ised eness of the f

ct th

t the b th

t se

ved the

lcohol m

y she some

esponsibility

s

ell.

Think

bout it - bs

nd

est

u

nts m

ke money by selling

lcoholic d

inks.  The mo

e of them they sell, the mo

e money they m

ke.  Bec

use the

e is

di

ect incentive to sell

s much

lcohol

s possible to inc

e

se p

ofits, the Tex

s Legisl

tu

e decided th

t

est

u

nts

nd bs should be li

ble unde

ce

t

in ci

cumst

nces

hen they ove

se

ve

nd ove

sell

lcohol to someone

ho is

l

e

dy obviously intoxic

ted.  The Tex

s Dm Shop ls est

blish li

bility

g

inst bs

nd

est

u

nts

hen they ove

se

ve

p

t

on,

nd th

t d

unk d

ive

s goes out

nd inju

es eithe

themselves o

someone else in

c

ccident

s

esult of thei

excessive intoxic

tion.

The

e e t

o impo

t

nt things to

e

lize

bout the Dm Shop ls.  Fi

st, it is possible sometimes to pu

sue

D

m Shop c

se in

single vehicle

ccident.  In this c

se, the inju

ed pty o

thei

su

vivo

s could b

ing

Dm Shop c

se

g

inst the b

in

hich they

e

e se

ved.  The second impo

t

nt issue to keep in mind is th

t Dm Shop li

bility is still subject to the limit

tions of comp

tive

esponsibility in Tex

s.  Fo

ex

mple, in th

t single c

ccident desc

ibed

bove, if the ju

y found th

t the d

unk d

ive

s mo

e th

n h

lf

esponsible fo

the

eck, then the b

o

est

unt

ould be

bsolved of leg

l li

bility.  The

e h

ve been m

ny ch

nges

nd impo

t

nt c

ses decided in

ecent ye

s in

egd to the Tex

s D

m Shop l

s.  Fo

this

e

son, it is impo

t

nt to get the

dvice of

n expe

ienced

nd qu

lified l

ye

to see if Dm Shop li

bility

ould

pply in

given situ

tion.

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