A COMPILATION OF DRAM SHOPS STATUTES AND JUDICIAL RULINGS

This publication is the fourth annual compilation of current dram shop statutes and relevant court cases interpreting those laws. In addition, court decisions on the common law liability of the server of alcoholic beverages are cited or summarized, where applicable. Highlights of 1984 activity are: Concerning Statutes--Though the legislatures of more than 20 states considered bills dealing with alcohol server liability, no new statutes were adopted during 1984; Concerning Litigation--The major judicial decisions of 1983-84 focused on the liability of social hosts, i.e., those noncommercial servers of alcoholic beverages whose guests become intoxicated and later cause injury. The significant decision was rendered in New Jersey, where the state Supreme Court held that social hosts who directly serve adult guests can be held liable for injury. This case represents a departure from rulings in other states. Just prior to the publication of this 1984 edition, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a major decision in two cases involving tavern owner liability.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Alcoholic Beverage Control Assn, Inc

    4216 King Street West
    Alexandria, VA  United States  22302
  • Publication Date: 1984-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 86 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00395471
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 4th ed., HS-037 995
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1985 12:00AM