Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Bomber's Sports Bar? 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.
Bomber's Sports Bar is located in Houston, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2017 and 2019, authorities conducted two separate 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 Bomber's Sports Bar for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of Bomber's Sports Bar Between 2017 and 2019
Houston - 15327 Gulf Freeway 'A'
Law enforcement contacted the TABC on 04/25/2017, accusing the bar of selling alcohol to an intoxicated person.
Upon investigation, TABC agents were able to find evidence to corroborate the allegation, which they classified as an administrative violation. After deciding not to hand down any punishment, investigators closed the case on 05/23/2017.
The TABC returned to investigate again on 08/28/2019, after receiving a complaint from a concerned citizen who alleged the bar sold alcohol to an intoxicated customer and that a breach of the peace (typically a fight) took place.
The ensuing investigation failed to turn up any hard evidence of a criminal or administrative violation. Unable to take any further action, authorities were left with no choice but to conclude their work on the case, which they did on 11/16/2019.
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.