Nightclub sued over alleged violation of PA “dram shop” laws

A horrific car crash on Interstate 95 last September can be traced to “shot girls” at a strip club in Philadelphia, according to a lawsuit filed against the club.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff spent about four hours at the club the night of Sept. 6, 2012 before leaving in his car, the lawsuit claims. He had a blood-alcohol content of .19 at the time of the fatal crash less than a mile from the club, the lawsuit said.

According to the plaintiffs’ attorney, “Club employees get commissions on every shot poured, so there is financial incentive to overlook… a customer who is visibly intoxicated and should be shut off.”

The lawsuit claims the club is at fault for the victim’s death because it failed to adhere to Pennsylvania liquor-liability laws that are meant to ensure liquor-serving establishments don’t continue to serve a patron after the person is “visibly intoxicated.”

Although this a Pennsylvania case, similar activity can be found all over the country and highlights the problems caused when liquor establishments fail to take adequate precautions in the service of alcohol.

“Dram shop” or liquor liability laws in Massachusetts, provide that bars, restaurants and other places that serve alcohol to individuals have a duty not to over-serve. If a bartender, server or social host continues to serve alcohol to a person who is intoxicated, and that person causes injury to him or herself or another person, the person who served the alcohol and the bar or restaurant can be held accountable.

Talk With a Lawyer About Massachusetts Dram Shop Law

For more information about dram shop and liquor liability in Massachusetts, contact the Weymouth law firm of Curran & Desharnais, P.C. Schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation at 781-618-3197 or toll free at 888-682-9194.

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