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South By Southwest Deaths Highlight Alcohol Issues For Texas Restaurants

Three people are now confirmed dead in the recent car crash tragedy at South By Southwest. According to an article by Quita Culpepper from KVUE.com, these people were “injured on Thursday, March 13 outside The Mohawk when...more

Serving Alcohol At Your Holiday Party

We here at the McNees Wallace & Nurick Labor and Employment Law Group have been busy preparing for the holiday season. While holiday parties can be great fun, hosting a holiday party or placing holiday decorations in...more

Illinois Supreme Court Limits Insurance Guaranty Fund's Liability in Dram Shop Act Cases

This morning, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court handed the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund a win, reversing the Appellate Court’s decision in Rogers v. Imeri. Rogers posed the question of how the Fund’s offset for prior...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Hand Down Decisions in Six Civil Cases Tomorrow Morning

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that it will hand down decisions tomorrow morning in six civil cases argued during the September term of the Court (exactly half the docket from that term). The cases are...more

How Can You Receive Justice for Injuries Caused by a Drunk Driver?

A woman was recently killed at World Center Drive after the car she was in was rear-ended by a drunk driver. The 20-year-old drunk driver slammed into the back of the car, killing her and critically injuring the car’s driver....more

Suing A Bar For Personal Injuries Caused By A “Visibly Intoxicated” Person: Sometimes Circumstantial Evidence Can Be Enough

Many people have seen it happen before: you are at a bar enjoying a cold one, someone stumbles up to the bar and orders another drink, and you think, "Geez, how in the world is that person in any condition to have another...more

Argument Report: Illinois Supreme Court Hears Dramshop Act Case

With the Illinois Supreme Court asking somewhat fewer questions than it generally does, it was unclear how the Court might decide Rogers v. Imeri, the Dramshop Act case the Court heard last week. Rogers arises from...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Dramshop Act Recovery Cap

Tomorrow morning, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Rogers v. Imeri. Rogers poses the question when the Dramshop Act recovery cap applies and other defendants have settled, how is the maximum exposure of...more

Maryland’s Highest Court Continues to Nix Tavern Owners’ Liability for Off-premises Acts by Intoxicated Patrons.

For the time being, Maryland remains among the states that refuse to impose liability on tavern owners for injuries caused by intoxicated patrons after they leave the premises. ...more

Weekly Law Resume - June 20, 2013: Strict Interpretation: Declining To Extend Liability Under Civil Code Section 1714

Adam Rybicki, et al. v. Ashley Carlson, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (May 22, 2013)- California Civil Code section 1714 immunizes from civil liability an individual who provides alcohol to...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Interplay Between Dram Shop Act and Insurance Guaranty Fund Act

In the final days of the Illinois Supreme Court's recently concluded May term, the Court allowed petitions for leave to appeal in five new civil cases. Today, we begin our detailed previews of those cases, discussing the...more

Missouri Court Holds Liquor Liability Applicable to Underlying Suit

In its recent decision in Nautilus Ins. Co. v. Roberts, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50141 (E.D. Mo. Apr. 8, 2013), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri had occasion to consider the application of a...more

Dram Shop Liability: $10.5 Million Awarded To Victim's Family

It is common knowledge that drunk driving is illegal and if a driver is found to be over the legal limit and causes an accident, they will face serious consequences including possible jail time. Further, the drunk driver...more

Are Bars and Restaurants Liable for Drunk Driving Accidents in California?

There are 28 people killed in car accidents involving drunk drivers every day throughout the United States. Tougher DUI penalties, wider use of sobriety checkpoints and extensive public education campaigns have contributed to...more

Holiday Cheer with Less Legal Fear

To start, for any company-sponsored gathering, liability cannot be totally eliminated. Even if attendance is completely voluntary for your employees, if the event is held on your property they will still be “invitees” like...more

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