Thursday, May 5, 2016

Dram Shop Liability Arises Both From Statute and Common Law

In a recent decision in the case of Jones v. Scavone, No. 2015-CV-8830 (C.P. Luz. Co. April 15, 2016 Gartley, J.), Judge Tina Polachek Gartley of the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas issued a detailed Order in which she denied Preliminary Objections filed against a Plaintiff’s Complaint alleging violations of the Dram Shop Act along with common law negligence claims against, among others, a tavern defendant.  

In overruling the Preliminary Objections, the court specifically stated that a “tavern owner owes a common law duty independent of statute to conduct themselves with reasonable care and prudence dispensing alcohol and to protect others from visibly intoxicated persons.”   
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