Eagles Lodge Hit With $11M Verdict For Patron Who Caused Crash

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A jury returned an $11.1 million verdict against an Eagles Lodge saying it served too much alcohol to a patron who drove off and collided with a motorcyclist.

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  • C. David Durkee, Esq.

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    This is the headline I was referring to:

    • Although He Drank Too Much, Jury Says He‘s Not At Fault For Drunken-Driving Accident

  • I think the headline is very misleading. The jury found that the driver who drank too much was negligent and caused damage to the plaintiff. However, the jury also found that the bar was responsible for that negligent act based on their own negligent conduct. Your article correctly points out that the drunk driver was NOT placed on the verdict form due to the "derivative" nature of the claim. Therefore, the bar is being held responsible for the drunk driver‘s negligent act. You headline makes it seem like the jury exhonerated the drunk drive and instead placed blame on the bar - that is a misreading of this case. The headline should have read Bar held responsible for serving a known alcoholic to the point he was visibly drunk. Justice was served in this case. Your headline makes it sound like somehow the Plaintiff attorney tricked them and made the bar responsible instead of the drunk driver. Actually, the bar and the drunk driver were both responsible. So society is protected from both acts of negligence.

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