Court Cases on the Liability of Manufaturers of Alcoholic Beverages

Court Cases on the Liability of Manufacturers of Alcoholic Beverages

McGuire v. Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc.
790 S.W. 2d 842 (Tex. App. 1990)

A consumer brought this action against a whiskey manufacturer, alleging that alcohol use causes some 32 physical harms, one of which was FAS. 790 S.W. 2d at 849. The appellate court held that the plaintiff could bring such a lawsuit under Texas law. It is unclear whether this particular plaintiff had been injured by FAS; his specific claim was that in the absence of warnings he had become addicted to alcohol. 790 S.W. 2d at 848.

Northern Insurance Co. of New York v. Allied Mutual Insurance Co.
955 F. 2d 1353 (9th Cir. 1992)

A Mr. and Mrs. Howard sued the makers of California Cooler, alleging that the mother's use of that drink had caused her child to be born with FAS. After two years of litigation, the Howards voluntarily dropped their lawsuit.

This case involved a dispute among the insurance companies and others regarding who was responsible for the costs of defending the manufacturer during the two years of litigation.