As a criminal defense attorney in Arizona, I am consistently meeting people who are downright distraught and confused to have been charged with DUI Drugs (sometimes referred to as “drugged driving”) when the only drug they...more
A recent Ontario decision suggests that laypersons - such as supervisors – may assess whether a person is impaired from drugs or alcohol, and their assessment will be considered in legal proceedings.
In a “drug...more
Leandra’s Law, also known as the Child Passenger Protection Act, is a New York State law that makes driving drunk with a child under the age of 16 an automatic felony. The bill was passed by the New York State Assembly and...more
Arizona has historically taken a zero tolerance approach to individuals consuming marijuana and driving; if you are driving a vehicle and have any trace of marijuana in your system you were prosecuted and convicted. There...more
A notorious drunk driving case continues to draw attention to the legal process in Florida.
Multimillionaire John Goodman was behind the wheel of his black Bentley convertible in the early morning hours of February...more
Drunk driving is an ongoing issue in many states throughout the U.S. Due to the slowed reflexes, impaired judgment and other effects that alcohol intoxication can cause, there are a significant number of motor vehicle...more
Washington has a dram shop statute that states, "[n]o person shall sell liquor to any person apparently under the influence of liquor." Statutory violations are "punishable by a fine of not more than $500 as well as separate...more
‘Tis the season for office holiday parties which, unfortunately, are often fraught with labor and employment issues. A wild office party akin to a “Mad Men”-esque soirée may have unfortunate legal consequences for an employer...more
Who, What, Why . . .
Who does it apply to: This one is pretty straight forward. It applies to all employers contemplating any type of holiday gathering for its staff.
What are the legal issues: Holiday parties...more
Like festive lights and bow-wrapped luxury cars, ‘tis the season for horror stories from company holiday parties. Office holiday parties are a cherished tradition and a nice way for companies to thank their employees for a...more
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
Your company holiday party can be added to the list of things impacted by technology. In addition to the risk of alcohol-induced harassment, injuries, or property damage, employers should be mindful that technology and mobile...more
As 2013 draws to a close, attentions turn to the festivities and merriment of the holiday season, and many employers gear up for office holiday parties. A holiday party is a great way to reward employees for a long year’s...more
As the holiday season reaches its peak, company-sponsored holiday parties, and the risks that arise with them, are ubiquitous. Each year, company-sponsored holiday parties result in incidents that prompt claims against the...more
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
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
Law enforcement may not always be successful in bringing criminal charges against a drunk driver for an accident. However, any indication of drug or alcohol use while driving points to negligence in a civil case. A lack of...more
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
Did you know that in 2010 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that one person dies every 51 minutes from alcohol-impaired driving crashes; resulting in the deaths of more than 10,000 people a year and...more
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
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
The issue in Johnson v. American United Life Insurance Co., decided last week by the Fourth Circuit. was whether the Plaintiff's husband's death from a car wreck while driving intoxicated was an "accident" under his life...more
A fatal accident resulted in the death of a bike rider, and now a young man is facing criminal charges for at least the third time. The Mobile, Alabama area man was arrested on suspected DUI and vehicular manslaughter after...more
Overview: The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that the natural dissipation of alcohol in the bloodstream did not necessarily create an exigent circumstance justifying a warrantless blood test in all DUI cases. Missouri...more
Last month, we blogged about how in Alabama a drinking establishment can be liable if they knowingly serve alcohol to an intoxicated individual that then goes on to cause a serious drunk driving wreck. A terrible 2009 crash...more
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