Recent Bar and Restaurant Assault Cases Increase Exposure to Premises Owners

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Bars and restaurants are frequently sued for injuries to patrons that result from fights. Usually, the fights, or attacks, are between patrons. Sometimes, it’s a bouncer or security person who causes the injuries. In all cases, though, liability upon the bar or restaurant will depend on whether there was an opportunity to control (i.e., prevent) the incident and whether the premises owner was reasonably aware of the need for such control. There is simply no duty to protect patrons against unforeseeable and unexpected assaults. The courts have addressed these concepts in three recent cases in which patrons were beat up in bars and restaurants.

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