Dram Shop and Alcohol Related Case Results

Convenience Store Found Liable for a Paralysis Injury to a Minor Child

Attorney Josh Wright filed suit against Gurmeet Kapoor d/b/a Moody Friendly Mart in Pell City, Alabama, alleging that the Moody Friendly Mart served alcohol to a minor child who was later involved in a catastrophic accident. The minor child passenger was paralyzed from the accident. The majority of the named defendants settled the case with the minor Plaintiff for a confidential amount. And, the remainder of the case was tried against Gurmeet Kapoor and the Moody Friendly Mart. A verdict was rendered against the convenience store in the amount of $1,273,418.

Minor Child Dies After Becoming Intoxicated at a Restaurant Brenda Chambliss, et al. v. Applebee's of North Alabama, et al., CV 96-744, Jefferson County Circuit Court, Bessemer Division

A twenty-year-old University of Alabama student and a friend came to Birmingham to watch the Super Bowl at an Applebee's Restaurant in a mall. While watching the game, both girls became visibly intoxicated, but Applebee's continued to serve alcoholic beverages and allowed the girls to leave intoxicated. Shortly after leaving Applebee's, the girls were involved in a one-car accident that killed the twenty-year-old student. Suit was filed, alleging wrongful death under the Alabama Dram Shop Act, which prohibits serving alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated.

Judgment for the Plaintiff in the amount of $13,000,000.00.

Pedestrian Lost Both Legs in Accident Caused by Intoxicated Customer that Bar Refused to Stop Serving Alcoholic Beverages -- Civil Action No. CV-03-705, Circuit Court of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama

A pedestrian in Northport, Alabama lost both legs after she was crushed against the rear bumper of her car by a speeding vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver who had been drinking at a popular restaurant and bar.

According to testimony in the case, other bar customers had asked that the bar stop serving the intoxicated customer, who subsequently left the bar with a blood alcohol level far in excess of the legal limit and collided with the Plaintiff. The legal theory pursued by the Plaintiffs was that, under Alabama law, an establishment is liable for injury to the public caused by a "visibly intoxicated" customer to whom they serve alcohol.

The case was mediated to a confidential settlement for the Plaintiffs in December 2004.

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