Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Alibi Pub? Here's What You Need To Know
I've sued more reckless bars for failing to adhere to liquor laws than anyone else in the state of Texas. With three decades of experience and hundreds of cases behind me, I have seen just how frequently bars put profit before safety and over-serve alcohol, in spite of their legal obligation to serve responsibly. While people might see or hear of drunk driving accidents from time to time, they don't tend to hear as much about the role that irresponsible bars play in those accidents. In order to raise more awareness of this topic, I spend a portion of my time researching the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's complaint database and writing about my findings here on my website. If you think you might have a dram shop (liquor liability) claim, don't hesitate to call my office at (855) 326-0000.
Alibi Pub is a bar located in Corpus Christi, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. In 2019 alone, authorities conducted two investigations into the bar's alcohol service practices.
In my three decades of legal practice, rarely have I seen bar end up involved in a wrongful death or injury case that didn't have a history of complaints on file with TABC. Almost every bar I've ever sued was already on the authorities radar, so when I see a bar that has been investigated several times over a short period, it raises my concern that it could one day play a part in an accident.
Note: Investigations are not proof of wrongdoing. However, if authorities investigate and fail to find evidence, it doesn't necessarily mean an establishment is innocent, either. The purpose of this article is simply to relay publicly-available information about incidents where the TABC has investigated Alibi Pub for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of Alibi Pub Between 2015 and 2019
Corpus Christi - 108 S 17th Street
On 07/10/2019, a concerned citizen filed a complaint with the TABC, alleging that staff was drinking on the job and that the bar sold alcohol to a minor. The first allegation is more serious than it might appear on the surface. If staff is intoxicated, the risk that it might serve irresponsibly is greatly increased.
Authorities looked into the matter shortly thereafter. For most liquor law violations, the TABC requires either video footage of the incident or eyewitness testimony from one of its agents before taking action. Having neither in this investigation, authorities closed the case on 08/16/2019.
A member of the Corpus Christi community reached out to the TABC on 11/22/2019, alleging that the bar sold alcohol to a minor and during prohibited hours.
An investigation ensued, but authorities were not able to locate any hard evidence of a criminal or administrative violation. As a result, the case came to a close on 01/12/2020.
Texas Law Says Accident Victims Can Sue Bad Bars
If you would like to learn more about Texas dram shop law (i.e. lawsuits against bars who play a role in injurious or fatal accidents), please visit our Texas Dram Shop Law Info Page.