dram shop liabilityJoe Segen2016-12-27T22:23:17+00:00
dram shop liability
PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY, SUBSTANCE ABUSE
A term referring to the body of laws governing the liability of taverns, liquor stores and other commercial establishments that serve alcoholic beverages.
The laws are intended to protect the general public from the hazards of taverns serving alcohol to minors and/or intoxicated patrons, who subsequently cause death or injury to third-parties unrelated to the dram shop due to alcohol-related car crashes and other accidents. Under these laws, third parties can recover damages if the defendant dram shop knew (or should have known) that the customer was intoxicated. Various dram shop laws have been enacted in the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
Synonym Tavern keeper liability