Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dram Shop Trial

   I recently completed a 2 week dram shop case in which the parties agreed to a settlement on the 10th day of trial.   It was a hard case emotionally because the client had lost an arm in a drunk driving accident and committed suicide 2 years later.   Despite confirmation that a hotel manager had sold liquor to 19 year olds from both eyewitnesses and business records, the hotel did not make any serious effort to resolve the case until trial.  A significant factor in settlement was the health of my client's father who was acting as personal representative and become the client.

   Sometimes you have to play your entire hand.  See