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Hospitality Industry Legal Risks: Texas Club Owner Ordered To Pay $10.5 Million To Family Of Woman Killed By “Monster Truck” In Parking Lot; “Dram Shop” Laws Hold Company Liable For Over-Serving Alcohol To Driver

“…(the plaintiff) sued Crutchfield and High Expectations Hospitality, the corporate name for Spearmint Rhino, pointing to state “dram shop” laws that allow a business to be held liable if it serves alcohol to someone who Alcohol Drink Responsiblywas clearly intoxicated and ended up causing harm to others…”

The parents of a 23-year-old woman killed by a monster truck outside a gentlemen’s club have won a $10.5 million civil verdict against the driver and the club for serving him alcohol. Kasey McKenzie died after she was run over in March 2011 by a pickup truck elevated on monster tires in the parking lot of the Spearmint Rhino club in Dallas. The driver of the truck, Eric Crutchfield, was drunk and has since pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

A Dallas civil jury on Tuesday awarded $4 million to the parents for mental anguish and $3.5 million for loss of companionship, along with about $3 million in other damages and expenses.

Michael Schmidt, an attorney for McKenzie’s parents, said the club served Crutchfield 10 or more drinks and shots on the night of McKenzie’s death. “This case basically is addressing a problem that we have, certainly in Dallas, of irresponsible establishments over-serving patrons and violating the law,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt said McKenzie was hit by Crutchfield’s truck while walking in the parking lot after 2 a.m. on March 17, 2011.

According to a police report, Crutchfield “had no idea he had run over” McKenzie. A blood test after the incident showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

For more:  http://www.azcentral.com/news/nationworld/free/20130220texas-monster-truck-death-lawsuit-verdict.html

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Hospitality Industry Legal Risks: Widow Sues Missouri Sports Bar For “Wrongful Death And Negligence” After Party Tent Collapsed During High Winds

The lawsuit claims the bar was  negligent in failing to properly inspect the tent and by allowing customers  underneath it, even as weather forecasts warned of dangerous conditions…Kilroy’s had obtained a city permit for the tent April 11. But city officials  noted that their inspectors have no way to test a tent for structural strength  to make sure it can withstand 90 mph winds, an industry standard cited in the  local ordinance.

The wife of a man killed in the April 28 storm accident at Kilroy’s Sports Bar has filed a wrongful death suit against the pub and the company that  leased and installed the tent that collapsed on more than  100 patrons. Alfred Goodman, 58, of Waterloo, suffered head and neck injuries when  heavy wind gusts — estimated at up to 50 mph — lifted a party tent at the bar  from its moorings and pushed it and its heavy metal posts against a railroad  trestle.

Goodman was pronounced dead at St. Louis University Hospital. Another 16  people went to the hospital, and about 100 total were treated on the scene, for  a range of injuries.

Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/lawsuit-filed-by-widow-of-man-killed-in-st-louis/article_1a4c7cce-abfb-11e1-9dc8-001a4bcf6878.html#ixzz1we8mnojm

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