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Possession is Key in Consent Case

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently had to consider the vicarious liability of a vehicle’s owner for the negligence of an impaired driver in Watts v. Boyce, Dunham and the Co-operators General Insurance Company,...more

Liquor Stores Held Liable To Victims Of Drunk Drivers

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

Hailey French’s Story – When millions barely cover the bills. [Video]

Every time we help a client recover a multi-million dollar verdict, we hear some people say, “How can you justify millions of dollars for one person’s injury?” We used to say that if you really wanted to understand, you...more

Hailey French’s Story – When millions barely cover the bills

When our client Hailey French was awarded a $5.5 million verdict in her personal injury case against a drunk driver and two government agencies that were also negligent, we heard some backlash from folks who couldn’t...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

Fighting For Compensation In Drunk Driving Accident Cases

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

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

NTSB Says Lower The Legal BAC, Lower Drunk Driving Fatalities

According to the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB), about 10,000 Americans die each year in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes. On top of that, about 173,000 more are injured and about 27,000 of those injuries are...more

How Intoxication Can Affect Fault In A Car Accident

The involvement of an intoxicated driver can have a huge effect on a Seattle car accident case. If a driver was involved in an accident while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, it becomes much more likely for the...more

California Employment Law Notes - September 2013

Employer May Be Liable For Death Resulting From Drunk Employee's Automobile Accident - Purton v. Marriott Int'l, Inc., 218 Cal. App. 4th 499 (2013) - In December 2009, the Marriott Del Mar Hotel held its annual...more

Employment Law -- Aug 28, 2013

Employer Liable for Employee’s Drunken Car Accident – After He Got Home - According to a recent California appellate court decision, an employer can be liable for an employee who drank too much at a company party, made...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - August 2013: Marriott Potentially Liable for Injury Following Holiday Party

Although it’s still summer, it’s never too early to start thinking about the annual company holiday party — the food, the conversation, the alcohol — and the liability that can flow from it. In Purton v. Marriott...more

Washington’s Counties Face Potential Liability for Citizen’s Drunken, Reckless Driving

In a case widely reported by the national media, the Washington State Supreme Court recently ruled that a governmental entity may face liability for faulty road design that leads to injuries in car crashes, even when the...more

Drunk Drivers Still Harm Thousands Each Year - Protect Your Family With An Attorney

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

DUIs Change Lives for the Worse

Few recent stories depict the downward spiral that can happen to your life if you are convicted for DUI better than what happened to John Goodman. Mr. Goodman, the multi-millionaire industrialist and founder of the...more

The Fourth Circuit On "Accidents" And Drunken Driving

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

Alabama Pedestrian Killed In Fatal Accident

A fatal accident is not what usually comes to mind when one hears "wrongful death." The term wrongful death often conjures up the image of someone being killed on purpose and with malice....more

Mission Viejo Man Dies in Suspected Irvine DUI Crash

A Mission Viejo man who was severely injured in a suspected Irvine DUI crash that claimed the life of his dog has also died, according to a news report. ...more

New Year's Day Witnessed Multiple Huntsville Wrecks

Around 2 a.m. on New Year's Day, several car crashes occurred in the Huntsville, Alabama area. It is more than likely that many of these crashes were caused by negligent drivers following a night of too much celebrating and...more

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