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Dram Shop Wonderland Castle Withstands Surprise Attack

Previous blogs have discussed the long standing rule in Nevada that a proprietor’s sale of alcohol is not the proximate cause of injury to either the consumer or a victim of the consumer of the beverage.The most recent case that was discussed was Rodriguez v. Primmadonna Co., 125 Nev. Adv. Op. 45 (2009), discussed HERE.  That case involved inebriated casino patrons who had been kicked out of a casino, with the casino’s knowledge that they would be departing in a vehicle.  An ensuing accident … [Read more...]

The Walls Of Nevada’s Dram Shop Wonderland Castle Withstand Assault

In our previous blog post, Dram Shop Wonderland, we addressed attempts that have been made over the years by Nevada lawyers to impose liability on bar, tavern and hotel owners for injuries and damages caused by their inebriated guests.  We noted that despite compelling circumstances, the courts have not imposed liability.  The court’s argument has been that if dram shop liability is to be imposed, it must be done by the Nevada legislature.It has been 13 years since the last attempt to … [Read more...]

Dram Shop Wonderland

Once upon a time in a land far, far away the courts refused to legislate from the bench.  That place was called Dram Shop Wonderland.  The story goes like this:In that day, there were dram shop owners and innkeepers who served their guests beverages known to cause inebriation.  The guests would leave the place in a less than sober state and caused mischief in the town, including damage and injury.  The victims of the mischief made appeals to the courts and the courts ordered the guests … [Read more...]