DRAM SHOP LIABILITY - NJ SUPREME COURT RULES INTOXICATED PATRON CAN SUE BAR FOR INJURIES

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On June 1, 2011, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that an intoxicated patron can sue a bar, liquor store or other liquor establishment for injuries the patron sustained as a result of being served alcoholic beverages causing his intoxication. The cae is Voss v. Tranquilino and Tiffany’s Restaurant, argued 3/14/11 and decided 6/1/11. The patron was injured when his motorcycle collided with an automobile. The patron alleged that a proximate cause of the accident and injuries was the service of alcohol to him while he was visibly intoxicated. The Supreme Court ruled that the DWI statute (which prohibits a person who pleaded guilty or was found guilty of DWI from bringing a lawsuit for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident) does not apply to Dram Shop cases.

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