Friday, February 8, 2013
Program Materials (PDF)
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
De La Salle, Lobby Level, West Wing
CLE PROGRAM: Liquor and the Law: Legal Issues Relating to the Sale of Alcohol
If a person is served alcohol at a bar or restaurant and subsequently leaves and injures a third party, who can be held liable? Approximately 75% of states have a dram shop act or similar case law under which the provider of alcohol can be liable for damages to the third party who was injured by the bar person. To determine whether the bar can be held liable, most states’ determinative standard is whether the bar served alcohol to the patron when he/she was obviously intoxicated.
The potential legal liability of large and small establishments that sell alcohol will be explored as well as ways those establishments can prevent against potential liabilities. Preventative measures that will be discussed include compliance with state regulations, working with state agencies, and employee training and service policies.
Presented by the: Dallas Host Committee
Moderator: Sarah Rogers, Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP, Dallas, TX
John B. Gessner, Front Burner Restaurants, LP, Addison, TX
David A. McFarland, Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP, Dallas, TX
Steven Moore, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Arlington, TX
Randy Yarbrough, former TABC Assistant Director & current regulatory consultant & expert witness, Austin, TX